A special holiday themed Freestyle Fridays video from the Houston Texans Cheerleaders!
A special holiday themed Freestyle Fridays video from the Houston Texans Cheerleaders!
Cheerleader Alison of the Miami Dolphins tries on a helmet inside an MV-22B Osprey while meeting last September with Marines at Morón Air Base, Spain. The MDC visited Spain as part of their military tour around Europe. U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa Command support operations, contingencies and security cooperation in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Tia Nagle)
by Amy Bartner, email@example.com
The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls were “Crushing” it dressed in Winter Whites during last night’s 4 to 1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
This past game was my final Chargers game for the season and as I wrote last year, there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty surround this franchise. Will it be the San Diego Chargers or the Los Angeles “Re-branded Team”. A rumor was spread on social media during the middle of the Raiders game that Dean Spanos has planned to re-brand the team for the eventual and inevitable move to Los Angeles. That made quite a stir for Charger fans in the ether of the internet, but you wouldn’t have noticed it at Qualcomm stadium since it was essentially a Raiders home game and hardly a Charger fan was to be seen.
But to the point, there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the future of this franchise. There is no stadium deal in the works and the last, best chance at a new deal, a ballot initiative, was voted down in the November election. Relocating to Los Angeles is still on the table, but if you read the reports on the internet, sharing a brand spanking new stadium with Stan Kroenke’s Rams is a less than ideal situation for Spanos, something that he would only consider as a final option when all the other San Diego alternatives have been exhausted. And now, that seems like the only possibility left for the Chargers.
For what do they get if they move the team to Los Angeles? They will undoubtedly double or triple the book value of the franchise the moment they change the address on their stationary, but they will also have to build their fan base from the bottom up as the second class tenant in a city that now belongs to the Rams. The core of it’s current fan base, San Diegans, will not support this team. They will not buy season tickets. They will not buy merchandise. They will not travel north to see a game. So the worse case scenario for Dean Spanos is to move to Los Angeles and start over in a city rife with teams competing for the sports and entertainment dollar. And this city doesn’t support losing franchises, not with so many other teams to choose from.
So as the season winds down, so does the doomsday clock. What would you do, if you were the owner of the Chargers? Me? I would exercise the Los Angeles option, but choose to play the next two or three seasons in San Diego until Kroenke’s stadium is built. Yeah, it’s not ideal, but it gives Spanos a few more years to try to work something out here and if nothing comes to fruition, then I would make the move up north. I mean the Chargers should be in San Diego. It’s what the owner wants. It’s what the NFL wants…so they say. And it’s what Charger fans want.
But in the end, this has to be a business decision…and the NFL is all about big business.
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Speaking of the game…the 10-2 Raiders were in town to play the Chargers in a game that had a lot of significance in determining the outcome of the AFC West. There was a lot at stake for the Raiders and their fan base turned out in droves to support their team. The Chargers radio announcers estimated that the crowd was 80% Raiders fans and that might not be too much of an exaggeration. It was a sea of black clad fans cheering for the visiting team.
You would have expected the Raiders, whom some consider to be the second best team in the AFC, to come in and plunder the hapless Chargers, but that didn’t happen. In fact, it was a tightly contested game with the Chargers essentially leading or tying the Raiders well into the fourth quarter when the Raiders scored two field goals to win the game.
Final Score: Oakland Raiders – 19, San Diego Chargers – 16
A most competitive and entertaining game and well worth the price of admission. And another thing well worth the price of admission…the hottest dance team in the NFL, your San Diego Charger Girls.
Got to love the Charger Girls wearing their blue velvet Christmas uniforms…there’s nothing better than that to kick off the holiday season! Oh, and you know what my favorite stocking stuffer is? The Charger Girls!!! Okay, enough of the bad puns.
Let’s begin our final game day report with the Captains: Marissa, Bridget, Teran and Delani.
SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 15. More interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.
Photos are courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.
Press Release Davie, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs on Sunday, Dec. 18 hosted more than 1,000 kids ages 4-15 years old from Mid Florida, Gold Coast Pop Warner, American Youth Football League, Florida Youth Football League, Miami Xtreme & National Youth Football League for championship cheer competitions at the Don Taft University Center Arena at Nova Southeastern University.
“We’re very excited to be here,” said Cheer Director of Miami Xtreme Football and Cheer Ayana Harris, whose league brought 20 teams from its local competition that placed first and second in their division to compete in the event. “We’re grateful to the Dolphins for having this competition because there really hasn’t been another platform in the community for all of the kids from so many different leagues to come together on this scale. The Dolphins have given these teams the opportunity to come together and compete in this fashion and on this scale. We’re very grateful to the Dolphins and happy to be here.”
“This event is new to our youth programs line up, but we’ve had a tremendous response,” Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Coordinator Cassy Congemi said. “We have more than 60 teams here, and the spirit level is high. The Dolphins cheerleaders are here, escorting groups through the rotations and taking photos. That brings an extra element for these young girls looking up to the Dolphins cheerleaders.”
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.
The talented, beautiful and vivacious Alison has been chosen to represent the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders in the upcoming Pro Bowl to be held in Orlando.
Alison in her fifth year, is a repeat Line Captain for the MDC. Alison is from Ft. Lauderdale and “has been to every Dolphins home game since she was 5 years old”.
Congrats out to Alison.
MDC website is HERE
The Beautiful and talented Claire has been chosen as the Pro Bowl representative for the ROAR of the Jaguars.
Claire is an Alum of Kansas State University where she danced on the Classy Cats squad. Claire works as a Recruiter in Jacksonville. Congrats out to Claire.
During college Claire was featured as a Sports Illustrated Cheerleader of the Week.
SI profile is HERE
ROAR website is HERE
Last week, the Oakland Raiders announced Cassie as their 2016-2017 Raiderette of the Year. Cassie will be joining her fellow Pro Bowl Cheerleaders in beautiful Orlando on January 29th.
Our good friends at the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders got into the holiday spirit last week by dressing up in their favorite Christmas Costumes. Check out their gallery here.
The Baltimore Ravens announced Dana F. as their 2016 Pro Bowl Cheerleader at the Dec. 3rd game against the Dolphins.
Wow, not since 2002 (Super Bowl Season) have the Buccaneers been on a 5 game winning streak. The Joint is Rockin’ at Ray Jay.
Tune in for Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys in Big D.
Enjoy the photos of the ladies in their Christmas Season outfits. Yowser Yowser!!
Click on the horizontal photos to enlarge. Game album versus the Saints is HERE.
EVENT: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016
TIME: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Don Taft University Center Arena at Nova Southeastern University – 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
DETAILS: As part of the their Championship Series, the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs will host kids ages 4-15 years old from Mid Florida, Gold Coast Pop Warner, American Youth Football League, Florida Youth Football League, Miami Xtreme & National Youth Football League for championship cheer competitions. This event is OPEN to the public.
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics, and Youth Football Camps. The goal of the event is to promote Youth Football in the south Florida community.
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