NFL.com gallery Update – Week 7

This week’s NFL.com cheerleader gallery features dance teams from the Chiefs, Chargers, Saints, Ravens, Titans, Falcons, Bucs, and Seahawks. Click here to go there now.

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Science Cheerleader Collector Cards

sciencecheerleadercardHere’s a sample of the collector cards the Science Cheerleaders will be signing this weekend at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC.

Jennifer cheered for the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Kats and the Nashville Predators. Now she’s a mechanical engineer with Nissan.

[Interview with Jennifer at ScienceCheerleader.com]

Titans Cheerleaders Sing at Halftime

By Stacie Kinder, Titans Online
Sep 15, 2010

Four Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders who comprise the band, DLS, sang a patriotic medley during halftime of the Titans-Raiders game on September 12th. Cheerleaders Jessi, Bri, Clair, and Dani, brought the crowd to a standing ovation after their stirring rendition of America the Beautiful, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and God Bless America in honor of our troops who have been in active conflict since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Over one-hundred members of our Armed Forces stood at attention behind the Cheerleaders as they sang.

DLS has been performing together for nearly a year, and they will be releasing their first single, “Quarterback Crush” this fall. The group is headed to Fort Lewis, Washington in November and will be featured during another Titans game this season. To hire DLS for your corporate or entertainment function, phone 615-565-4172.

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Meet the Science Cheerleaders at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

These professional cheerleaders-turned-scientists and engineers challenge stereotypes while helping to inspire young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

At the USA Science and Engineering Festival, October 23-24 in D.C., these women will perform science-themed routines for thousands of people, conduct a free cheer clinic, and meet the public, sign their Science Cheerleader cards, and describe how they’ve bridged these two seemingly different worlds.

Science Cheerleader Performances: Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building
October 23, 11:30-11:50am. October 24, noon-12:20 pm

Science Cheerleading Clinic: Freedom Plaza on the National Mall
October 23, noon-12:30pm. October 24, 12:30-1 pm

Science Cheerleader Autograph Sessions: Pennsylvania Avenue, Booth 1227
October 23, 1-5:00 pm. October 24, 1:30-5 pm

Melissa, TN Titans, Neuro Researcher

Summer, Houston Texans, NASA engineer

Regina, Washington Redskins, Medical Doctor

Alyson, TN Titans, Bio, Chem

Andrea, D.C. Wizards, Chemistry Student

Sandra, Atlanta Falcons, E.R. Nurse

Jennifer, TN Titans, Engineer

Heidi, K.C. Chiefs, Physical Therapist

Steph, Redskins, Math Ed Major

Kim, Iowa Energy, Computer Scientist

Wanda, Washington Redskins, M.S. Comm/Med Sales

[ScienceCheerleader.com]

Titans Cheerleader Alyson Interviewed at ScienceCheerleader.com

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Another great interview from out friends at ScienceCheerleader.com. This time they talk with Tennessee Titans Cheerleader Alyson who just graduated withe a BS in Biology and Chemistry and is waiting on her acceptance to medical school.

[Alyson's Interview]

[Alyson at the Titans Website]

Monday Morning Cheerleader: Jena of the Titans

By Steve Mazzucchi
Esquire

The most heartbreaking failed comeback of the young season left this sideline expert no worse for the wear: as far as she’s concerned, Chris Johnson and Co. are still primed to dominate

With 58 seconds to play on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans cut Pittsburgh’s lead to eight, recovered a clever onside kick, and rallied through 87-degree heat behind their second-string QB. But when the comeback fell short, one number loomed large: seven. That’s how many turnovers the Titans amassed in Week 2 — and it was the easiest explanation to Titans fans for how the Roethlisberger-less Steelers could trot out two back-up QBs, gain just 127 yards, and still win 19-11. (An 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the game didn’t hurt, either.)

Despite the outcome, second-year Titans cheerleader Jena remains upbeat when it comes to her 1-1 team’s prospects. Thanks to an 0-and-6 start by her Flaming Thumbtacks last year, this University of Memphis grad and hot yoga disciple (“I’m not a contortionist, but being flexible helps with what we have to do on a daily basis”) is keeping it all in perspective.

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ESQUIRE: Let’s start at the beginning. You kick off, the Steelers pull a reverse, and you’re instantly down 7-0. How much did that take the crowd out of it?

JENA: You can see a difference in the fans, because it was another sellout and probably the loudest and hottest game I’ve been at yet. In a situation like that, you can feel the disappointment in the crowd. But I think they’ve learned to move on and look forward to how we’re going to come back.

ESQ: It seemed like nothing went right out there today. Were there any encouraging signs?

J: There are always encouraging signs. It was very much a defensive game for both sides, and our defense played great. Our guys played with their hearts — that’s what you want to see and what the fans want to see.

ESQ: Chris Johnson’s streak of 12 straight 100-yard rushing games got snapped as he was held to just 34. Was he off his game, or is the Steeler D just really good?

J: I don’t think he was off his game at all. The whole team knew going in it was going to be tough. The Steelers are known for preventing 100-yard games. Johnson’s still the best running back in the league. You miss him for one second, and he can be gone for 80, 90 yards. He had an 85-yard run called back for holding which would have given him the hundred yards.

ESQ: Vince Young got benched after two interceptions and a fumble. Kerry Collins comes in to cheers, and has one interception and a fumble, but he at least got the team a touchdown. Is there a QB controversy brewing?

J: This is the first time Young has ever gone up against the Steelers and their defense. Collins has been around a long time and played them before, and I think that came into it. It’s all up to Jeff Fisher, but no matter who starts, we know his decision is in the best interests of team.

ESQ: Did you have much hope when the team recovered that onside kick?

J: Absolutely. Just like the Cards game last year where we won in the last few seconds — you can’t ever give up because you never know what’s gonna happen. Those last two minutes, we were all on our toes, the crowd was back in full effect and really wanting it to happen for us. It didn’t, but I think our team is going to learn from this and be ready for the games coming up.

ESQ: Think they’ll bounce back next week in New York?

J: I believe so. We’re young, but I think that kinda helps us because you can also mold better into a team. I have all the faith in the world they can go up there and beat Eli Manning and the Giants.

ESQ: Anything else to add about the game?

J: It was extremely hot, and our guys toughed it out while the Steelers sat under shades and their trainers were squirting water on them. I guess that kind of tells you who the real men were.

ESQ: In fairness, they were wearing black jerseys.

J: Well, I have black hair, and we definitely didn’t have shade over our heads when we were cheering.

ESQ: We were going to ask you about the longest-tenured mustache in the NFL, but Fisher has morphed it into a goatee. Is this good or bad for Tennessee’s fortunes?

J: A lot of people are going with that look nowadays. If he feels he can rock out the goatee, I’m all for it.

ESQ: What’s your take on the Jets/Ines Sainz controversy?

J: It’s a tough call. I don’t know for sure what went on. It’s heartbreaking to hear something like that, but there are always two sides to every story.

ESQ: You work as a corporate accountant. So on a date, what would be smartest way for a guy to spend a hundred dollars?

J: I’m not really a mushy girl. I would love to go golfing, and you’d better not let me win. That’s a big turnoff. When I win, I want to be able to say that I won. My team has won the Titans charity golf tournament the past two years. I take it very seriously. I bring my own clubs.

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Mascot Devours Titans Cheerleader

Looks like the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders have joined the Toronto Raptor Dance Pak and Houston Rocket Power Dancers on the list of cheerleading squads that have to be concerned about being eaten by their own mascot.

Meet Melissa: Titans Cheerleader & Vanderbilt Medical Researcher

Another great interview from our friends at ScienceCheerleader.com:

Meet Melissa, a Tennessee Titans Cheerleader and a medical researcher at Vanderbilt University, specializing in molecular neuroimaging. Last we heard from Melissa, she and her co-cheerleading/scientist pals sent us this greeting:

Melissa’s back as a participant in our ongoing effort to playfully challenge stereotypes and inspire young women to consider careers in science and technology. Our favorite quote from Melissa: “I wish I had a knack for Newton’s laws, but I’m much better with action potentials!” Goooo Melissa!

What type of scientist are you, Melissa?

melissatitansI am currently working as a clinical research coordinator specializing in neuroimaging. I was a neuroscience major at Vanderbilt University and since graduating, have devoted myself to full time medical research at Vanderbilt. I worked in a molecular neuro/psychiatric lab for two years, studying genetic expression of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease, and since then, I joined the aforementioned neuroimaging group, specializing in PET, fMRI, and fat-water imaging. I am trained in various molecular techniques, including but not limited to qPCR, primary tissue culture, DNA and RNA extraction. With regard to neuroimaging, I am trained to use many imaging analysis tools such as statistical parametric mapping and voxel based morphometry. My title is Research Assistant II: Neuro Radiology.

Read the rest over at ScienceCheerleader.com

[Melissa's on the Titan's Website]

Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders Calendar Release Party

From Nashville Metromix:

titansswim2Amidst a sea of flashbulbs and smoke, our very own Titans Cheerleaders strutted their stuff down the catwalk at Cabana on Tuesday night in barely-there bikinis. They were showing off their sizzling physiques for the packed house of friends, family and fans, that cheered nearly as loudly as the girls do on the field, in honor of the release of their 2010 Swimsuit Calendar. The girls looked absolutely gorgeous and it was the perfect event to kick off the season. They even stayed after the show to sign copies of their new calendar for everyone in the audience.

See all the photos here.


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Order the Titans Swimsuit Calendar here.

Spotlight: Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders

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Titans cheerleaders are more than pretty faces

By Melonee Hurt
Nashville Metromix
August 17, 2010
[Photo Credit:Samuel M. Simpkins]

It’s one thing to cheer for your Tennessee Titans from the comfort of your Barcalounger with one hand in a bowl of chips and the other hand wrapped around a cold beer.

It’s another thing to devote an entire year to hours of practice most days, learning dozens of routines, making public appearances and, for every home game, arriving four hours beforehand while being the last ones to leave the stadium. All while looking polished and faultless, working full-time, being a parent and keeping up with a strict regimen to maintain that picture-perfect figure, hair, nails and award-winning smile.

The Tennessee Titans cheerleaders are definitely pretty faces, but one look inside the organization reveals there’s so much more to these 26 girls than meets the eye.

“We have cheerleaders right now who practice law and medicine, we have a neuroscience major, and there are girls in public relations, marketing and education,” said Stacie Kinder, director of cheerleading for the Titans. “They are beautiful, but they aren’t bimbos. Do we have bimbos try out? Yes. Do they make the team? No.”

Upwards of 300 girls audition each year. Any woman at least 18 years old with a high school diploma can try out. And getting in the door is easy.

Getting to the next step? Not so much.

On the first day of auditions, the group is narrowed to 48. Then Kinder spends nearly a month with them getting to know them. She knows they can dance; that’s why they made the final 48. Now she needs to figure out whether they can fit the mold of a Titans cheerleader.

That mold has been carefully sculpted by Kinder since she took her position seven seasons ago. She knows exactly what she wants in a cheerleader. Yes, it’s the five-star figure, the sparkling smile and the endless energy, but it’s also drive.

“It’s looks and human characteristics, and I won’t take one without the other,” Kinder said. “I’d call the look a diva on the outside and girl-next-door on the inside. Their physical appearance would turn your head, but we have a very distinct culture on the team of women who are driven, career-oriented and have high moral standings and personal accountability.”

Once they make the team, the real work begins. During their first summer on the team, it’s training camp five days a week, dance four days a week and “Fitness Fridays,” where they are coached by an Olympic decathlete. Once the season starts, they practice two to three days a week.

Kinder said the biggest misconception about the squad is how hard they work.

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“It’s an enormous time commitment,” Kinder said. “They don’t roll out of bed looking like that every morning. They are in the gym five to six days a week. They have their hair done every three weeks. They choose to significantly watch what they eat. Most people don’t realize that to put together an 80-second routine on the field might take eight hours of practice.”

One cheerleader on this year’s team also cheered for the 2004-05 season. Since then, she graduated from Belmont University, married, had a baby and made the team again only
9 months after having her baby.

The cheerleaders have to maintain a goal weight that is set for each member of the squad by Kinder. They cannot fraternize with the football team, and there’s no time for late nights out. And dessert? Forget it.

“You are expected to maintain your weight,” she said. “If you break the player rule, you are fired on the spot. If the weight isn’t maintained, you are suspended.”

So if the team has to be full of ladies who are disciplined, professional, successful and talented, why so much emphasis on their looks? A million reasons.

Kinder said more than a million people a month visit the Titans cheerleader page.

“All they know is how you look. It’s the nature of the business,” she said. “It’s the same as with football. Mostly all you see is how they play. You don’t really get to know who the players are as people. Our world is very similar.”
[Titans Cheerleaders Gallery at Metromix.com]


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