Friday, November 7: One Last Note on the Stretching Thing

Photo by Brian Murphy

Photo by Brian Murphy

In case you missed it, there was a bit of fuss in the run-up to Monday night’s game about the Redskins cheerleaders stretching in the opposition tunnel.

“I’m not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they’re really good at home and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That’s just not good,” Roethlisberger said yesterday.

The practice by the Redskins cheerleaders was so legendary around the league that when commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all teams last year banning the practice some dubbed the “Redskins Rule.”

(For the record, I talked to Mike Sellers about it last week and he dismissed the whole thing, but that’s really beside the point.)

Anyhow, walking around the stadium before the game on Monday, I ran into the guys who run the flags around the field at the start of the game and after each score. Seeing them in uniform and ready to go an hour or so before gametime is not unusual, but finding them at the visitor’s tunnel instead of the Redskins tunnel … that was a little strange.

“We’re doing our stretching here,” flag guy Josh Keller told me. “The cheerleaders can’t do it, but we can.”

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Redskins Cheerleaders: Jim Zorn and George Allen

If you got to this post by Googling “Redskins Cheerleaders,” you’re probably pretty disappointed right now. George Allen is a Hall of Fame coach, and Jim Zorn has looked impressive through the first quarter of his first season, but … realistically, that’s probably not what you were looking for. Sorry about that. But one of things Zorn has gotten some notoriety for is, in fact, leading a cheer, the old-school “Hip hip hooray!”

As I mentioned yesterday, he attributes the cheer to Chuck Knox, not to George Allen, but was surprised and pleased to find the George Allen connection. Now, someone on YouTube has spliced together Allen’s three cheers with Zorn’s three cheers, and the two really do look similar. It’s a little eerie, if Zorn actually isn’t echoing Allen. (Via The Zone Blitz.)

And just to salve the disappointment of anyone who was looking for the other kind of cheerleaders, a couple of pictures from the Cardinals pregame are after the jump.

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Friday, September 5: An Unpleasant Morning

I’ll have stuff on last night’s game as Friday goes on, including Coach Zorn’s day-after press conference. But to start the day with something a little less unpleasant…

The guys at Maxim.com decided that Redskins fans might need some cheering up this morning, so they’ve gone ahead and featured the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders as Today’s Girls, including a Vote For Your Favorite survey. (As you’d expect, the combination of Maxim plus Cheerleaders equals links that are probably not safe for some workplaces.)

Still much, much less frustrating than reading some of the postgame reaction, I promise.

Redskins v. Jaguars – Cheerleaders Warming Up

The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders have taken the field in their practice yellows under a gray sky as pregame preparations get fully underway here at FedExField. To be more precise, they’ve taken the tarp, as the field was covered during this morning’s rain.

I’ve been spending the day worrying about injuries to the players in this last preseason game, but watching these ladies do their routines on a wet tarp in those boots, I’m beginning to suspect that my concerns have been misplaced. Let’s hope everyone gets through this practice okay.