OTC: No Cheerleaders @ Super Bowl A First

 

“There will be no cheerleaders at the Super Bowl for the first time in 45 years. The Packers did away with their cheerleaders in 1988 after market research indicated fans didn’t really care, and in 1970 it was an ‘organizational decision’ to dissolve the Steelerettes.”
FoxNews.com
GH: I was stunned to hear that the Packers and Steelers do not employee cheerleaders. They are not alone. Six NFL teams do not have sideline eye candy. Which teams? Some of the oldest in the league join the tradition-rich franchises in Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and the New York Giants also go skirtless on game day.
“Gimme an I-R-O-N-Y!! The upcoming Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium, home of the world’s most famous cheerleaders and monument to all things poufy and glittering, will make history for a different reason. There will be no cheerleaders. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are two of the six NFL teams that do not employ cheerleaders, and the NFL said Thursday that they have no plans to bring in ringers.”
Bill Platschke, columnist, LA Times
GH: I would have let the Cowboys cheerleaders do their thing in Dallas for Super Bowl 45. There are a lot of events where sexed-up cheerleading outfits don’t belong (high school activities for one), but the NFL is not one of those. The Raiderettes are one of the few redeeming things about the Oakland franchise.
“With the possible exception of the baseball caps worn by quarterbacks on the sidelines, there is nothing more useless in an NFL game than a cheerleader. You can’t hear them. You can barely see them. You don’t need them to lead cheers that can be started by the scoreboard. You don’t need them to entertain you during a halftime spent standing in line for the bathroom.”
Bill Platschke, columnist, LA Times
GH: Spoken like a guy sitting in a free seat in a tomb-quiet pressbox who has no feel for his readers – who are sitting at home in front of a 56-inch HD Sony with a stop-action remote in their beer-free paw. And since when is not being able to hear a scantily-dressed 25-year-old female a bad thing?
 

“With Super Bowl XLV void of cheerleaders and the public relatively dismayed, Bodog.net has organized a campaign to stand up for this American tradition. They’ve set up an online petition and Facebook page to give the fans a voice and mandate that cheerleaders be a part of every future Super Bowl. Here are the links. We think your readers would find them quite intriguing.”
OTC Reader
GH: After reading my OTC on Friday, an OTC reader emailed me and sent me the two links below;
 

http://www.petitiononline.com/4SBCheer/petition.html

 
“I’ve never been to the Super Bowl. Never been to the game and I’ve never been there for the week before. When we were over at Fox 4, and I’m guessing it’s the same at (KSHB) 41, we kind of saved our money (for other events to cover). If your team is not there, there’s no sense in going. There will be more impact (locally) on the Big 12 basketball and the NCAAs than the Packers/Steelers Super Bowl.”
Frank Boal, when asked by Soren Petro when was the last time he attended the Super Bowl, 810 AM
GH: WHB sends at least a couple of broadcasters to the Super Bowl every year to set up on radio row. We get fed a few truncated interviews with some NFL and entertainment “stars.” The quality of the stars varies. What doesn’t vary is my lack of interest for these cattle-call interviews. It reminds me a lot of the American Century golf tourney in Lake Tahoe every summer where the interviews are just as uninteresting to the Kansas City audience. That said, Danny Clinkscale did have a good interview with Jamaal Charles this week. Charles mentioned he would like to get a 4×4 100-meter team together with other NFL players to compete in the Texas Relays. That was an interesting nugget from radio row but not one you’d think you would have to go to Dallas to get.
“I like Evander and the Hood – but I told Ziggy (Hood) he’s going to have to move up the food chain before we go with that.”
Mike Tomlin, Steelers’ head coach, when asked his favorite nickname for Pittsburgh’s defense, with a slight dig to the former Mizzou defensive lineman, Fox
 
“The worst thing he say is, ‘Jiminy Christmas.’ ”
Julius Peppers, on Bears’ head coach Lovie Smith’s penchant for avoiding cursing, Fox
GH: I watched the Fox pregame show with my lovely bride. She relates to football like I relate to opera – she just doesn’t get it no matter how many times she tries. As they interviewed the Bears’ head coach, she turned to me with a quizzical look. “His name is Lovie,” she said. “Like Mrs. Howell on Gilligan?”
 
“I can’t say I liked it, to be completely honest.”
Matt Cassel, when asked by Danny Clinkscale if he liked Charlie Weis saying he was hired to “fix the quarterback,” 810 AM
GH: I wonder if the Chiefs new OC, 68-year-old Bill Muir, has any designs on fixing Cassel. Maybe Muir’s job will be to keep Cassel regular.
“The Chiefs will try to pass off the promotion of offensive line coach Bill Muir — a lifetime football man entering his 34th NFL season — to offensive coordinator as a sign they already have the right people. You shouldn’t believe that, and not many do. For now, it’s a clear missed opportunity for the Chiefs to move closer to their goal of being at future Super Bowls. People around the league — certainly a good number of the ones here for the Super Bowl — see this as confirmation that head coach Todd Haley is a pain in the spandex to work for.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: This is a bold move by Haley – and one that we should not forget is being allowed by Scott Pioli. Haley wants to call his own plays and he’ll now get the chance – again. The bad news for him is that the Chiefs’ schedule in 2011 gets fire-the-coach tough. One thing you have to agree on about Haley is this guy doesn’t back off from a challenge. He is one very confident second-year head coach.
 
“We’re stuck with a guy who comes across as a ‘country bumpkin.’ Todd Haley in the most boring and non-descript coach I’ve covered in my 50 years in this business. When I watch Haley on TV, I keep thinking, when is this guy going to shave, or get a haircut, or take a bath? Why can’t he lose that dirty, ratty, ball cap?”
Jack Harry, NBCActionsNews.com
GH: Call me old fashioned but I agree with Mad Jack. Haley appears to have little concern about his public image or the fact he is the face of the Chiefs organization. If clothes and appearance make the man, Haley’s next job might be holding a hand-written sign off an I-435 exit ramp.

“Let me tell you the team to watch next year – the Oakland Raiders!”
Bill Grigsby, 810 AM
GH: Grigsby was on with Kevin Kietzman this week and Grigs sounded old. His famous pipes are rattling badly now as he climbs closer to 90. As for his pick of the Raiders in 2011, I think he’s dead on.
“What are you going to do – hold a grudge forever?”
Bill Grigsby, when asked how he could promote the hated Raiders as being a team to watch in 2011, 810 AM
GH: Grigs’ lack of a sense of humor about himself pretty much got me canned from my radio show in 1999. The guy wouldn’t even take my calls to discuss the parody that aired on my show that led to my dismissal. I lost a lot of respect for Bill when he let me and my young family die on the vine without even answering the phone or lifting a finger to help. I no longer hold a grudge against Grigs — just an enlightened perspective of the man.
“Public relations professional who is an unrestricted free agent pursuing any and all opportunities. Make sure you see me at the Super Bowl Media Center.”
Pete Morris, Twitter bio for former Chiefs’ media liaison, Twitter
GH: I don’t know if you can find a member of the media who has an unkind word to say about Pete Morris. Scott Pioli appears intent on stripping all Carl Peterson-era personnel from One Arrowhead Drive. Even the good ones like Pete. If Morris is willing to tell some tales about his years with the Chiefs and working with the NFL, he might make a nice addition to one of the local radio stations as a Chiefs reporter/insider.
  “Who is this Weird Wolf character? … I have no idea who Belly Boy is. No idea. … Arrowman is in the Hall of Fame?”
Shan Shariff, getting an education from his listeners on the most well-known Chiefs fans, 610 AM
GH: Sometimes ignorance is not bliss.
“When I was growing up my dad always refused to buy cable television, and that’s fine.”
Brad Porter, Metro Sports anchor, 610 AM
GH: Porter has spent the last 15 years or so working for Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports. Sometimes what you are forbidden to have becomes your obsession. I believe that’s what makes the SI Swimsuit issue so popular.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24
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14 Responses to OTC: No Cheerleaders @ Super Bowl A First

  1. olathecat says:

    Good stuff
    Good stuff today, Greg.

  2. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Get on the clue bus, Hall.
    Hilarious. A self proclaimed football addict didn’t know that the Packers and Steelers don’t have cheerleaders? Hey Greg, the Steelers only have their logo on one side of their helmets. Did you miss that one too?

  3. bschloz says:

    Professor and Mary Ann
    Jim Backus references never get old.
    My wife can never understand what “The Fighting Illini” is all about.

    Have a good weekend….Steelers by 3…best 2 fan bases in Country deserve a great game.
    Big Ben and Co. to much experience.

  4. Kerouac says:

    WELL, AT LEAST WE HAVE WIDER CONCOURSES
    “The Raiderettes are one of the few redeeming things about the Oakland franchise.”

    – better looking cheerleaders, 3x as many Superbowl trophies, more than twice as many Hall of Fame players… as a Chiefs fan since 1963, it’s hard not to be impressed by the Raiders legacy (which is why – grudgingly yet reverently – Oakland has always been my 2nd favorite team going back to AFL days.) Al Davis > than the best KC has ever had to offer, i.e., Hunt, Stram, Schottenheimer, Edwards, Vermeil, et al.

    “GH: I was stunned to hear that the Packers and Steelers do not employee cheerleaders.”

    – veterate fans will recall the Chiefs used male cheerleaders in tandem with female back in the 1960’s when they came to KC… ironic in this day & age of implied equal opportunity, no gender bias, ADA / handicap access & political correctness that a town & teams that found room for a mule (Charlie O), an bigger ass (Charlie Finley), equine (Warpaint) & canidae (KC Wolf) cannot bolster their flagging attendance and lightweight teams x2 with entertainment that caters to the tastes of their modern fandom, 21st century:

    http://www.weirdworm.com/10-most-realistic-transvestites/

    … which is why old school Kerouac remains happily ensconced in yesterday nee year…

    “GH: If clothes and appearance make the man, Haley

  5. Kerouac says:

    WELL, AT LEAST WE HAVE WIDER CONCOURSES
    “The Raiderettes are one of the few redeeming things about the Oakland franchise.”

    – better looking cheerleaders, 3x as many Superbowl trophies, more than twice as many Hall of Fame players… as a Chiefs fan since 1963, it’s hard not to be impressed by the Raiders legacy (which is why – grudgingly yet reverently – Oakland has always been my 2nd favorite team going back to AFL days.) Al Davis > than the best KC has ever had to offer, i.e., Hunt, Stram, Schottenheimer, Edwards, Vermeil, et al.

    “GH: I was stunned to hear that the Packers and Steelers do not employee cheerleaders.”

    – veterate fans will recall the Chiefs used male cheerleaders in tandem with female back in the 1960’s when they came to KC… ironic in this day & age of implied equal opportunity, no gender bias, ADA / handicap access & political correctness that a town & teams that found room for a mule (Charlie O), an bigger ass (Charlie Finley), equine (Warpaint) & canidae (KC Wolf) cannot bolster their flagging attendance and lightweight teams x2 with entertainment that caters to the tastes of their modern fandom, 21st century:

    http://www.weirdworm.com/10-most-realistic-transvestites/

    … which is why old school Kerouac remains happily ensconced in yesterday nee year…

    “GH: If clothes and appearance make the man, Haley

  6. Kerouac says:

    KUDOS TO ME, NUTS TO YOU
    I agree KCC, it was a good great post mine, but posting it once was enough…

  7. harley says:

    steelers….and vegas knows it and needs it…
    vegas got killed this year with the packers. And most of the money there has been
    winning with the packers.
    Vegas needs to get their money back…vegas knows how these things work….and
    vegas will get their money back when steelers win……the line is a set up for
    uneducated bettors.
    Great piece hall…liked the line about the scantily clad 25 year old.
    I’ve found the answer to women who talk during football games….duct tape!
    Works wonders!

  8. Marcus Aurelius says:

    No cheerleaders in the frozen tundra…
    I wasn’t aware which teams do and do not have cheerleaders but it’s not that surprising once you see the list. Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and the Giants — all cold weather places with cold weather outdoor football (except for Detroit with its dome). No one looks at the cheerleaders when they’re bundled up with sweatshirts and track pants so what’s the point of having them in those places. This just in — they’re not on the sidelines to actually lead cheers.

  9. Sir Mix-A-Lot says:

    Here you go, we know what you like and what you need
    DeDr prescribes…..
    DrinkUp somefunky cold medina……
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkBXGnwVuyw
    and watch some …..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ImZTwYwCug
    and/or
    put de lime in the coconut and drink it all up….

  10. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Women Who Don’t Know Football
    re: Bill Grigsby’s prediction

    Ask him which one of those stud Oakland QBs he thinks is going to lead them to the promised land. And before he gets up to refill his 9th glass of scotch before lunch, remind the old man that the Raiders just promoted some guy named Hue Jackson to be head coach, their 7th in the past 10 years I believe. They also have New England, Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston and the NY Jets on the schedule next season.

    It’s a beeeeeyootiful day for drinking heavily, aye Grigs?

  11. Plainsman says:

    Speaking of Warpaint…
    It does seem odd that the Chiefs’ name and logo is based on an Indian theme, but the person riding War Paint around Arrowhead Stadium wears a Cowgirl costume. What’s that about?

  12. chuck says:

    Green Bay by 7
    .

  13. aerosquid says:

    Yo harley-
    How’s that Vegas line working for you now that the Steelers are sitting at home licking their wounds and thinking about turning it over 3 times. Your prediction of a Steelers victors was total FAIL. What say you now?

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