Is a cheer curse afoot? For the fourth year in a row, only one of the teams competing in the Super Bowl has its own cheerleading team. The Arizona Cardinal Cheerleaders have been thrusting its pom-poms for over thirty years, but the Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t had their own squad since the Steelerettes disbanded in 1969.
With only six of the thirty two teams in the NFL without squads, you’d think this wouldn’t be as common an occurrence as it is. But between the Steelers, the Packers (using college teams at home games since ’89) and the New York Giants (who’ve never had ladies on the sidelines), one sided cheering has happened at almost half the Super Bowls over the last twenty years. It’s practically a cheer crime!
While this obviously hasn’t hurt any of teams mentioned—though some Chicago Bears fans blame twenty-odd years without a Super Bowl win on the firing of the Honey Bears in 1986—it must be demoralizing for the Cardinals ladies to have no one to compete against at the big game (Steely McBeam doesn’t count). Should every team be forced to have cheerleaders, or should the NFL get rid of the objectification parade all together?
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Our new favorite cheerleader, Caitlin Davis (seen above in skimpier gear), has come forward to claim that she was not responsible for drawing penises, swastikas, and offensive words on a friend. Pictures of Davis posing with the kid in question leaked onto the internet this week and secured her termination from the Patriots cheerleading squad. Her excuse is reminiscent of something we told our parents back in the day: “The kid in the picture was a ‘drunk guy who passed out and was written on,’ as his costume for the night.”
Ah, the old ‘blame the other guy’ trick! She then describes what went down that night in a Boston College dorm:
“Me and my girls left the dorm and went to another house and came back to the kid passed out on the futon we were suppose to sleep on. The guys ended up drawing more on him due to the fact that he was the first one to pass out on Halloween night … At the time I had jumped in the picture with the kid, I didn’t realize what had been drawn on him, which I take responsibility for not being alert. Me and my girlfirends [sic] took pictures with him because we found it humorous how badly he was drawn on.”
It seems like a pretty convenient excuse to us and we doubt the Patriots are buying it, but maybe a reality show casting director will. Caitlin seems perfect for the tiny, trashy screen, doesn’t she? For more pics of Caitlin and her former squad, click below. [Photo: BustedCoverage]
How many times do we have to tell you kids: incriminating pics posted on Facebook will surely come back to haunt you! Just ask Caitlin Davis, the pint-sized Patriots cheerleader who was booted from the squad this week after photos of her and a pal drawing penises and swastikas all over a friend’s face leaked onto the web. “She is no longer with the squad,” the team’s spokesperson revealed yesterday.
Caitlin is a college student at Johnson & Wales University who grew up in Foxboro, the same town in which the Pats play. The blond babe was the youngest woman ever to land a spot cheering on the field, and she told a local paper she admired the team for their commitment to community service. “That’s what I did growing up with my church youth group,” she told a local newspaper.
Caitlin revealed a randier side on her Patriots profile, listing her favorite song as “Wasted” by Carrie Underwood. Looks like she was more about getting sloppy than serving others, which is sadly nothing to cheer about. [Deadspin, Boston Herald]
The University Of Idaho Vandals may not be the most promising team of this year’s college football team, but they’re certainly the spiciest. First the team got grief for putting the team logo on the ass of their pants. Now their Spirit Squad is making headlines with skimpy outfits they’ve since been forced to abandon. “A number of fans were concerned that the uniforms were inappropriate,” said the Unviersity’s dean of students. “To be fair, there were a number of fans who liked them.” Hopefully those horndog fans won’t be put off by their new outfit—a longer skirt and less revealing top—when it debuts October 4th. It has to be better than the football jersey and shorts ensemble they’ve been rocking since the controversy started.
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How many teenage cheerleaders can you cram in a University of Texas elevator? 26. And how many minutes will it take a repairman to get the girls out of the elevator? The answer is also about 26. A group of 14-to-17-year-olds at a UT cheerleading camp found that out the hard way on Tuesday, when the doors refused to open after a whimsical full-capacity journey. Wish you’d been stuck in the middle (like Seann William Scott in the unrelated picture above), hornballs? Don’t: one girl fainted and two others had to be helped by paramedics at the scene. An elevator full of panicking high school cheerleaders is not a sexy time. [Dallas Morning News]