Gotta Watch: Inside cheerleading
Redskin Cheerleaders entertain the troops during halftime of the live broadcast of Super Bowl XXXVI.
June 29th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Inside cheerleading

They're the rah-rah-rah that get fans and athletes hyped up. Without cheerleaders, how would we know when to be aggressive or use defense? Yet being one of sports' happy helpers isn't so simple. Whether it's perfecting dancing moves, upstaging female counterparts with your sassy swings or donning the right uniform, you've gotta watch how cheerleaders get down.

Too young to be sexy? – A provocative dance plus elementary girls multiplied by viral video success equals controversy. When a young dance troupe suggestively sways, splits and turns to "Single Ladies," some parents are proud, but others are offended. "Uh oh oh" indeed.
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Who wears short skirts? – A group of Ohio cheerleaders ran into trouble when they learned their cheerleading uniforms didn't adhere to the school dress code. Administrators thought the outfits were too skimpy.
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You call those cheerleaders? – Who needs fit and rhythmically precise cheerleaders when you can have "manatees" instead? It's a new look for a cheery profession that gives the big guys a chance to show their stuff on the field. This all-male dance team catches eyes for more than just its moves.
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  1. boka

    is it me or has high school girls gotten obese. All the girls are fat. lol

    June 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spaceman

      manufacturers are making clothes smaller – I noticed that myself !

      June 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Trollie McTrollenstein

    @jackson. Whats it like to live your life in fear because all the news does is report the worst mankind has to offer and all the horrible things that only happen to a small minority of people? To steal a line from a great comic: Perverts arent lined up outside your door waiting for thier turn to f..k your kid.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tad Pole

    Only in America.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Caesar in Atlanta

    OMG, religious freaks see sin everywhere. They better never go to Europe where girls that age are naked at the beach, and nobody finds that sinful. If they see sin, that means, their minds are perverted. Who cares if there are a few that get turned on. What do they want next? Full sheet on all women like the Arab countries to ensure nobody has a dirty thought on any women?

    June 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anonymous

    Looks like Slowpoke is in charge of the news cycle again.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Melissa

    I shall believe that you are trolling.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe in Colorado

    I've always thought cheerleading was just weird. Girls in short skirts at a sporting event lining up in front of the crowd and lifting their legs to show their panties, over and over again. I mean, yeah, from a guy's perspective that's cool and all... but I just can't see a parent of a teenage girl justifying allowing their daughter to actually do it. I wouldn't.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • boka

      You can say the same for letting boys smash their heads against other boys in a football game. If you think about USA culture is Effed up!

      June 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Rat Pack

    Hey there, mister, build a fence around your sister. Its a ... boys night out.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pete O'Phile

    I fail to see the problem.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pedro Phile

    @Pete O'Phile- I feel ya cuz!

    June 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Give me a C. "C". Give me and N. "N". Give me another N. "N". What does it spell! "CNN". Say it again! "CNN".

    June 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jarred

    Girls dressing and acting like that that young is very innapropriate. It inevitably opens their minds up to promiscuous thoughts. how old are those little girls 8? 9? really?

    June 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trollie McTrollenstein

      No it opens your mind to those thoughts, which you then plant in their heads. Puberty opens a girls mind to promiscuous thoughts. What f..king species do you belong to, retard?

      June 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dreamer96

    Good old Republican role models....
    I don't see Palin or Bachmann, didn't they get the message?

    June 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dreamer96

      I thought I saw Romney, what a way to go through college, free tickets to every game and a cheering crowd..and your not all beatup after the game....party time...

      June 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. troll baba loo

    @Trollie McTrollenstein: once again your comments hit the mark dead on. The only thing I might add is that all the ones complaining about it are probably themselves turned on by it ew.

    June 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    Trollie, you turn me on! I'm Scandinavian & as you probably know, we have a thing for trolls, the tails, the stench, the underground bachelor cave? There's a Norwegian film out, Trollhunter, have you seen it? If so is it a true depiction? Anyway, call me, ah'it?!

    June 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
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