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The Redskins Cheerleader Who Thought She Wasn’t

Posted by Matt Terl on April 4, 2011 – 4:08 pm

When I trailed Marisa for last year’s Redskins cheerleader final auditions, I figured the post was going to go one of two ways — and midway through the auditions, I realized that one of those two ways represented a huge problem for me. Either she was going to make the squad and it was going to be a happy piece, which I could handle, or she was going to miss the cut and I was going to turn into an emotion vulture feeding on her misery and tears. And that I wasn’t so sure I could do.

Marisa’s story turned out to be a happy one, and it was correspondingly easy to write, but my realization left me in a bit of a qundary this year: if I wrote about a rookie making the team, I’d have a tough time not rehashing last year’s stuff. But writing about someone missing the team would’ve sent me right back to that bottom-feeding vampire stuff that I was so pleased to avoid.

You can imagine how excited I was to find out — however accidentally — that there was a third option.

This picture was taken shortly after the new squad was announced; the black and pink number 1 jerseys are given to the ladies who make the cut. The person to pay attention to in this picture is the blonde to the right, not the brunette who’s actually looking at the camera. If you look closely, you’ll notice that most people wearing the jerseys are also wearing stockings with cheerleading briefs, but Megan — the blonde — has made the much less cheer-friendly choice of jeans.

That’s because Megan wasn’t with the rest of her new squadmates when they were announced. Here’s how that looked from my vantage point off stage right, with a clear view of the door through which the newly-announced were entering: Read more »

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A Seriously Vintage Redskins Commercial, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on April 4, 2011 – 12:24 pm

Digging through YouTube for vintage Redskins clips during slow points in the offseason is a time-honored blogging tradition — heaven knows I’ve resorted to it a time or two — but Doug Ramey at Fatpickled does an impressively thorough job of it today. And a couple of the videos he’s unearthed are real gems. There’s a 1983 clip of a cocky group of Hogs staging a funeral for all the teams they’d beaten; given the way Super Bowl XVIII would end up, it’s cringe-inducingly painful to watch. (Neat, though, to see future broadcasting all-pro Rick Walker in his earliest days on air — so early that he hasn’t yet started using “Doc” in his introductions.)

There’s a George Allen/Sonny Jurgensen cigar commercial that I’m not sure I’ve seen before, a John Riggins Ford commercial that’s always funny, and this gem, a local car ad that doesn’t really go for the high production values of an Easterns Automotive:

That’s a really reasonable price for a car. (Also, Jerry Smith automatically wins the catching vs. blocking argument, because he’s one of the greatest tight ends in Redskins history — you can find him all over the record books despite having to share the ball with Charley Taylor and Bobby Mitchell. There are very few Redskins-related arguments where I won’t side with whatever Jerry Smith says.)

And a few other links….

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A Quick Look At Yesterday’s Cheerleader Finals

Posted by Matt Terl on April 4, 2011 – 9:45 am

As I may have mentioned once or twice, yesterday was the final stage in the auditions for the 2011 Redskins Cheerleaders. The event went smoothly, some ladies made the team while others left upset, the large crowd seemed satisfied, and the day as a whole was a success.

I’ll have a couple of posts about this today, but let me start out simple: here’s a quick video that gives a sense of what the event was like. (The clip also demonstrates the limitations of a Flip Camera’s built-in microphone — I was very close to the stack amps, and the camera wasn’t pleased.)

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