The 2011 Super Bowl has two classic teams -- the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers -- meeting in one legendary setting. But tradition will be broken in this Bowl, and it may or may not upset you.
There won't be any cheerleaders. No cheerleaders! (But question: Aren't they more like dance squads, anyway? I don't see them doing any stunts.) The Packers and the Steelers are two of six teams in the NFL that do not have shiny, glittery, extremely fit women on their sidelines cheering them on.
"But, but, the pom poms!" you say. "The tradition! It's Dallas, for crying out loud, home of the most famous cheerleading squad in the world, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, and there's just going to be ... no one cheering?"
Hmm, I have a feeling we'll all be OK without the professionals, don't you?
Listen, I understand the appeal of cheerleaders and don't necessarily think the ... sport? ... is a bad one. For girls growing up who don't like contact sports but still want to be involved in school or community athletics, cheer and dance are great options. And they need someone to look up to.
But on the other hand, cheerleaders are objectified more than other female athletes and there's been plenty of controversy over uniforms and discrimination. Heck, there was even a murder when a Texas mom hired a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's cheering competition.
Maybe NFL cheerleaders are becoming something of the past, maybe a little outdated. Maybe we won't miss the bare midriffs and heavy makeup. Maybe we've evolved past it.
But then, there's still the Lingerie Bowl, which will be aired on pay-per-view at halftime. So, then again, maybe not.
Will you miss the cheerleaders at Super Bowl 2011?
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