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Back in the hay day of Saturday Night Live, now Senator Al Franken played the host of a self-help show called "Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley". In the show, Smalley provided motivation for those in need.

Someone call the Senator because, well, Christian Ponder needs a "checkup from the neckup". Smalley would pull Christian aside, look him dead in the eyes and say, "you are good enough, smart enough and doggone it, people like you".

We all know just as Smalley is a fictional character, Ponder is a fictional quarterback.

After his putrid performance in the Puget, he went on to say the same thing he has said after every bad game in his three seasons under center.

"Everything I did is correctable."

We know the mistakes are correctable Christian, what we also know is that because you say the same thing every week and continue to make the same mistakes that you have no idea how to correct them.

Maybe it's, everything he did is correctable against Seattle in 2013? Because he played them last year and turned in the worst performance of his career (there are many). In back to back possessions against the Seahawks, he threw the ball directly into the arms of the defender leading to yet another laugher. Someone pass me some Tylenol because my head hurts from banging it against the same wall over and over and over.

Just once, it would be refreshing to see Ponder approach the podium after a dismal performance, smile for the cameras and say.

"I thought everyone should know that I am color blind and near sighted. When I'm out there, I can't tell who is on my team and who is on their team."

At least then it would make some sense. He sees a mass and throws it up hoping for the best. But like a good (or not so) politician, we have to keep choking down the same rhetoric that any sane person would have stopped believing a long time ago.

In his 33 game career, Ponder has thrown nearly as many interceptions (34) as he has touchdowns (37) and owns a 13-20 career record with only a four game stretch in December last season that propelled the Vikings to the playoffs. That stretch had more to do with Adrian Peterson than Ponder, but in those four game he did not turn the ball over and threw four touchdowns including three against the Packers in the final game of the season.

For a moment, let's pretend those four games didn't happen. Ponder would own a 9-20 career record with 33 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. In 10 games out of his 33, he has thrown multiple interceptions. To put that number in perspective, over that same 33 games, his division rival quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford have combined for 15 games with multiple picks.

Finally, if you needed any more ammunition, Ponder has thrown multiple touchdowns in just 12 of his 33 games which is last in the division during that time span. Jay Cutler has 15 games, Matthew Stafford has 17 and Aaron Rodgers thrown multiple touchdowns in 24 of his last 33 games.

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