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NFL Cheerleading Is A Scam: A Former Ravens Cheerleader Tells All

As a glimpse into the dark side of NFL cheerleading, the recent Raiderettes lawsuit was revelatory, but it didn't quite capture the soup-to-nuts seediness of the enterprise. Thanks to a tipster—a former cheerleader—we've gotten our hands on a copy of the many rules and many regulations the 2009 Baltimore Ravens cheer… » 1/28/14 1:15pm 1/28/14 1:15pm

This Guy Yells At Girls All Day, But It's Cool

In September 1965, LIFE magazine profiled a man named Bill Horan, a World War II vet who spent his days yelling at young women. That's not all he did, though. He also instilled the sort of character traits one might expect from a former paratrooper — tenacity, discipline, resilience — through cheerleading clinics he… » 11/13/13 9:36am 11/13/13 9:36am

University Of Florida Marketing Dept. Outlaws The Acrobatic Parts Of…

On Tuesday, Jamie Woode, a member of the Orlando Magic cheerleading squad and "stunt team"—that's where they throw you around—fell during a between-quarter routine and landed on her head and neck, fracturing three vertebrae and breaking a rib. It was scary and uncomfortable to see her on the ground in such obvious… » 11/17/12 1:45pm 11/17/12 1:45pm

Catholic School Cheerleader Hazing Involved Poopy Lap Dances, Claims…

Reitz Memorial High School, in Evansville, Ind., bills itself as "providing an exceptional educational opportunity," while offering "a Christian community where young people are valued and cherished." The 87-year-old school has a rich sporting tradition—Tigers teams have won numerous state titles in football,… » 8/30/12 10:30am 8/30/12 10:30am

Meet The Man Who Tried Out To Be A Denver Broncos Cheerleader

When Sacha Heppell noticed that the Broncos were holding an open call for new cheerleaders last weekend, he decided to give it a go. Although Denver's cheerleading powers-that-be maintained that the squad is solely for women, that didn't stop Heppell from trying to make history. He was cut after the first round. » 4/17/12 10:05pm 4/17/12 10:05pm

This Week's Florida Youth-Football Fight Involved A Cheerleader, Her…

"Yolanda Jones was the only adult arrested after the fight at JC Turner Field in South St. Petersburg. Jones told police she was trying to protect her cheerleader daughter who had come under attack. The coach, who is also Jones' daughter, said she joined the fight too. 'We started fighting, because that other girl… » 9/07/11 8:00pm 9/07/11 8:00pm

Frivolous Lawsuit Theater: Court Bitchslaps Wannabe Cheerleader

This is a story of how awful high school girls are, and how petty cheerleading politics can be, and how an overbearing stage mom get take this bullshit all the way to a federal appeals court. But mostly it's the story of how satisfying it can be to see justice done, with usually staid jurists writing an opinion that's… » 7/19/11 12:55pm 7/19/11 12:55pm

U Of Memphis Dance Team Member Goes Apeshit After Winning National…

The University of Memphis hip hop dance team won the Universal Dance Association's college title in January, after this riveting performance at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. When the results were announced, they were excited. Overwhelmingly excited. But YouTube commenter justinkyle09 makes an… » 3/02/11 10:25am 3/02/11 10:25am