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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hail to the Soccer Moms?

What the hell is going on with Michigan's cheerleaders?

As many of you commented and even more noticed, they were dressed last Saturday like they were going to a PTA meeting. Look, we're not advocating they dress like Laker girls but could they at least dress like, I dunno, cheerleaders?

Doubt us? Check out this picture and you tell me.

You half expected to see the Michigan cheerleader getting out of a minivan followed by her twin children, Oliver and Samantha. I mean come on! When did our cheerleading squad strike a clothing deal with the LPGA?!

Even more aggravating about our cheerleaders is they way they "fire up" the home crowd. Yes, they hold up signs that say "NOISE" but, for some reason I can't understand, they also still hold up "KEY PLAY" signs when the visiting team has the ball during crucial moments. Needless to say, this encourages Michigan fans to reach into their pockets, pull forth their house and car keys, only to jangle them in such a way that is as about as loud as...keys being jangled.

C'mon, guys. You can do better. Your reason for being there is to support the team. Hell, in the bio of the cheerleading coach, Pam St. John, it says, "The main focus of the program is to support the athletic teams at the University of Michigan." Well, a good way to do that is to make the stadium LOUD. Someone told me that, during the game, Coach Carr motioned for the crowd to make noise. If this is true, the cheerleaders should be embarrased and cancel their pot luck mixer after the next Girl Scout meeting.

If you watched the game on TV, the announcers were talking about how new Wisco head coach Bret Bielema wanted to get to Michigan Stadium early so his team could take in the environment before the game. But, due to a travel delay, they weren't able to. However, former Badger head coach Barry Alvarez told his protege not to worry about The Big (Quiet) House because it's not that intimidating or loud.

I guess that should come as no surprise when you have the Ann Arbor Book Club leading the cheers.

(Thanks to O for sending us the M "cheerleader" pic)

53 comments:

Crabapple Buck said...

While the uniforms Saturday ar a little more wholesome than you might prefer, I doubt the dykes on spikes will offended. Any publicity you can give the LPGA is appreciated. I guess when you get to Columbus, the new cheer will be - FORE!!! Drive for show, putt for dough.

robert paulson said...

The Wisconsin players said it was very loud on Saturday and they had a hard time getting plays called.

TitleIX said...

dykes on spikes????

jealously will not get you far crabby one....

and, what, pray tell, is the purpose of a cheerleader???
to stoke the overblown fantasies of letcherous men? or lead the crowd in cheers???
our soccer moms and their golfing husbands on the squad did neither, I guess.

beast in bama said...

I'm thinking career change: athletic trainer @ USC!!!

paulwesterdawg said...

MILF
MILF
MILF
MILF

Jeff said...

Hey Yost,

How do I contact you for a possible funny story?

ShaunTX said...

I hate the Horns as much as the next fan, but damn I love those chaps over little shorts :)

beast in 'bama said...

Julie Inkster and JoAnn Carner might have some field hockey eligibility left. While they're on campus...

BaggyPantsDevil said...

TitleIX,

As a lecherous man, to stoke our overblown fantasies. It's all about the combination of on field violence and sideline sex appeal.

I did see some girls--the Dance Team perhaps--in more "appropriate" dark blue attire. No chaps, hot pants, or bare midriffs, but it is Michigan after all.

Mike said...

At least the cheerleaders don't look as bad as the ones at Texas A&M.

Cool Hand Mike said...

Show some damn skin while you can. Winter is coming!

Andy said...

overblown fantasies of letcherous men ??????

Yes, you called.

Aram said...

I'm still confused as to why you insist that the "key play" means that fans only jangle their keys and don't use their mouths. Are you even at the games?

Mike said...

That's pretty sad. I can't see her lower body. Were they wearing skorts?

Anonymous said...

what Shauntx said....

Cheerleaders are for the fantasies of lecherous men...but the Michigan squad is for the fantasies of lecherous school administrators.

Lichty said...

At least the cheerleaders don't look as bad as the ones at Texas A&M.

Yeah, but who are you gonna brag to about that?

Anonymous said...

I'm with Aram. Jangling keys and yelling loudly are not mutually exclusive. Unless you're jangling your keys with your mouth, in which case you've got other issues or you're a Schnauzer.

The Big House definitely could and should be louder on many occasions, but I fail to see how eliminating the "Key Play" tradition would help the situation.

Also, Michigan Dance Team >>>>> Michigan Cheerleaders

Ben said...

Hey Benny, Yost and gang... were you at the game?

All this bitching about the noise would, I think, be laid to rest if you were.

It. Was. Loud.

usctrojan78 said...
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Anonymous said...

I was at the game and I can honestly say that I didn't see any keys being jangled. I wasn't looking for them, but no one in my area was jangling them. And I was prepared for a quiet crowd, but it really was loud. It didn't blow me away, but I think overall it was an improvement.
BTW, they did have shorts on.
http://static.flickr.com/88/253242527_e1aff88dac_b.jpg

Anonymous said...

I was disappointed with the lack of Maize...
see previous photo.

Sam said...

I was under the impression that the uniforms were temporary? I thought there was some golf tie-in, perhaps, that I missed in the insanity of getting into my section while the pregame announcements and such were going on. The golf visors, if nothing else, were no end of trouble; the cheerleaders kept taking them off to do routines and then having to pick them up and put them back on again, or having them fall off in the middle of flips.

I don't know about the rest of the stadium, but in the heart of the student section, the jangling keys combined with everyone hooting makes it pretty bloody loud.

esipp said...

In the student section, there are always keys being jangled on a "key play." It annoys the hell out of me b/c people think that's all the noise that they have to make.

Yost, if you guys make-up a shirt with the no-keys logo on the front, and "Put the damn keys away" and "Make noise" on the back, I'll proudly wear it around the student section.

Oh, and it was loud on Saturday.

Yost said...

Aram, Ben, et. al...

I have season tickets but live out of state now. So I no longer make it back for every game.

When I can't go, I give the tickets to family and friends. I was not at the game Saturday. And I agree, it did get loud in the 4th quarter *for a Michigan game*.

In addition, somebody sent us a file of the game which should be downloaded by 2009. When it is, we'll put up a clip of all the times they cut to folks with keys.

As for not wanting to end this "tradtion," why? Why on earth is this such a great "tradition?" First of all, MANY other schools do it for different reasons, thus it's not remotely original. It's not like running under the MClub banner.

So why do it? It it "clever?" No, not really. Maybe the first time somebody did it in the 70s or 80s and there was that, "Oh, I get it - 'key play' moment." But now?

Second, clapping while yelling or cupping one's hands is much louder than jangling keys. So why not help the team out as muc as possible.

And to see that in the student section? Please. I can almost understand it on the 50.

Finally, as mentioned, even the announcers were talking about the reputation about the Big House being quite.

Thus, for all of those who ask "Were you there" like that proves a point, I ask you -- Have you ever been to MSU, Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon, Notre Dame or any other big game on the road? I have. And I promise you they are ALL louder than the Big House. Period.

So compared to usual Michigan games, Wisco might have been "loud." But when they keep cutting to *the student section* and they're jangling keys - many without screaming - then I'm going to keep bitching about it. Sorry.

You don't have to agree w/ me about everything nor do I expect people to.

While Saturday may have been good, we can do better. And there's nothing wrong with trying to get there.

Yost said...

ESIPP,

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Anonymous said...

guys....

I've been to Ann Arbor. Of the thousand girls I saw, maybe two were good looking. How in the hell have you survived this long?

Face it. Southern girls are incredibly good looking and don't wear LPGA clothing. Come on down and partake.

Anonymous said...

> I'm thinking career change: athletic trainer @ USC!!!

Seriously.

I had to look at that three or four times before I was convinced that it wasn't a porn screen cap.

Anonymous said...

My take on the uniforms is the fact that they probably needed something to wear that was maize for "maize out". My guess is that they borrowed those uniforms from the golf team.

srudoff said...

Isn't it ironic that most Michigan cheerleaders sport Buckstaches????

Anonymous said...

The uniforms were just for the "Maize Out." What's dumb is the fact that they weren't even maize it seemed like, they were a faded yellow.

And as far as the keys go. I think it is a stupid thing to do, but don't believe it takes that much noise away. The Big House isn't the loudest stadium, but it's better than most.

I went to the season opener for the Lions and couldn't believe how loud it was in Ford Field. You think those Save the Big House people would have a problem with plopping a dome over the stadium? I can't even imagine how loud it would be then.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and one more thing to add. I think Wisconsin fans have the tradition of jangling their keys for a kickoff. A Badger fan sat in front of me and did it on the first kickoff, and then got too lazy to dig his keys out the rest of the game and made the motion without the keys.

I can see doing it for a key play, but the kickoff thing doesn't even make sense.

Anonymous said...

Northwestern jangles keys during kickoffs as well. Mostly, of course, during the other teams' kickoffs when I went there in the early 90s.

TitleIX said...

baggy---
just like yanking chains.
I like the pseudo-illiteration--"on-field violence and side line sex appeal" nice.

I guess that I am forced to agree that the Chaps on the skinny blonde girl are H O T.....
so maybe it's MY jealously I'm talkin' about here??

srudoff--you make me laugh. good one!

and finally....what if the cheerleaders put the keys on their bodies and shook them? would that help??????

Andy said...

....what if the cheerleaders put the keys on their bodies and shook them? would that help??????

Now there's an idea with some merit!!!!!!! Sold.

daddy said...

"...a porn screen cap."

For those of us who aren't in the business: What is a porn screen cap?

Anonymous said...

She's still hot. Not as hot as the Texas cheerleader, but--god damn those Texas cheerleaders look good. Oh well, as I was saying...

Anonymous said...

Dude I think you need to back off of the cheerleaders and key play comments. It's not relevant, it's obessive and weird.

Scarlet & Gray Matters said...

I wish this was a better pic, but the '73 OSU cheerleaders had hot uni's...backless haltertop thingys.
Any teenage boy's (and his father's) wetdream.

http://ohiostatebuckeyes.cstv.com/sports/c-cheer/spec-rel/032702aab.html?pic=5

Yost said...

Anon 5:33,

"Dude," I think this is the first time we've ripped on the cheerleaders so maybe your overreaction is a little creepy.

But you're right. Those golf uniforms were great. Fantastic. My bad.

longhorn_steve said...

for the record, the girls in chaps aren't our cheerleaders, they're the pom squad.. but who really gives a shit right?

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPfiNbPGaTA

RizzoSports said...

http://digg.com/football/Does_Michigan_have_the_hottest_Cheeleader_outfits_ever

What are talking about....how can you get hotter than this....Michigan has the hottest Cheerleaders

srudoff said...

http://i.a.cnn.net./si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0609/gallery.cfb.cheerleaders.week4/images/016095658.jpg

riiiiiiight

Anonymous said...

To answer Daddy (4:13)'s serious inquiry, to provide meaningful education and to erase the Carol Brady look of MI's cheer leaders from last Saturday from our minds, maybe you guys should post an example of a porn cap. All in the context of football of course, maybe something from Mike Price's famous night out.

Quiet Storm said...

I went to the game on Saturday and I will say that watching those stupid visors fall off every time a cheerleader did a flip or pretty much any kind of physical movement was just painful. Jessica Alba is to USC/Miami cheerleaders as Rene Zelwegger is to Michigan cheerleaders.

GDawg said...

At least they're still halfway cute though, have ya seen Georgia's cheerleaders lately?! My God man, ever since the ACLU, Jewish lawyers and a bunch of other "liberties" organizations band together to force out Marilou Braswell (our old cheerleading coach who realized it's not really as much about how well they can actually "cheer" as much as it is how good they look in a skirt, or LPGA outfit in your case...) the downward trend of cute cheerleaders between the hedges has been spinning out of control. I can only PRAY we've already reached the low point, because let's just say the DAWGS across their chest is an accurate description of at least half our pack, I mean squad.

beast in 'bama said...

"maybe you guys should post an example of a porn cap. All in the context of football of course, maybe something from Mike Price's famous night out."

It's rollin' baby!!!

Ali Haji-Sheikh said...

gdawg--in case you didn't realize it you are in a Michgan/college football forum, not a blog for the Nazi Party of Georgia. Unklike the fact that it is quite appropriate that the former UGA cheerleading coach's last name who apparently favored well endowed female was "bras well", your reference to "Jewish lawyers" is completely inappropriate. Spew your ingorant anti-semitism somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

> For those of us who aren't in the business: What is a porn screen cap?

Nerd?

daddy said...

When I worked in Hollywood, they called them publicity stills. Now, I prefer "Screenie"

Charlie said...

Don't hate on the cheerleaders. In reference to the cheerleaders not "doing their job to make the stadium loud"... REALITY CHECK: The big house not being loud is no one's fault but the CROWD'S. I'm furious that someone would have the audacity to question the cheerleaders' effort and commitment to the big house and its environment. Did you see them standing in the freezing rain cheering the NW game after you went home? Did you even COME TO THE GAME?? If you want to get the crowd loud, then dammit, cheer along with them. Another question: do you REALLY think that you'd join in the cheers more if the cheerleader girls were dressed like strippers? No, you wouldn't. You'd sit there in your $55-ticket seat (that you wouldn't dare stand up in, because you paid way too much to be on your feet) and revel in the fact that there's something else there to distract you from the game. Let the cheerleaders worry about what the cheerleaders wear; you just do YOUR job and GET OFF YOUR ASS AND YELL.
If you don't like it, watch the game at home.

Charlie said...

Don't hate on the cheerleaders. In reference to the cheerleaders not "doing their job to make the stadium loud"... REALITY CHECK: The big house not being loud is no one's fault but the CROWD'S. I'm furious that someone would have the audacity to question the cheerleaders' effort and commitment to the big house and its environment. Did you see them standing in the freezing rain cheering the NW game after you went home? Did you even COME TO THE GAME?? If you want to get the crowd loud, then dammit, cheer along with them. Another question: do you REALLY think that you'd join in the cheers more if the cheerleader girls were dressed like strippers? No, you wouldn't. You'd sit there in your $55-ticket seat (that you wouldn't dare stand up in, because you paid way too much to be on your feet) and revel in the fact that there's something else there to distract you from the game. Let the cheerleaders worry about what the cheerleaders wear; you just do YOUR job and GET OFF YOUR ASS AND YELL.
If you don't like it, watch the game at home.

-charlie

Charlie said...

Don't hate on the cheerleaders. In reference to the cheerleaders not "doing their job to make the stadium loud"... REALITY CHECK: The big house not being loud is no one's fault but the CROWD'S. I'm furious that someone would have the audacity to question the cheerleaders' effort and commitment to the big house and its environment. Did you see them standing in the freezing rain cheering the NW game after you went home? Did you even COME TO THE GAME?? If you want to get the crowd loud, then dammit, cheer along with them. Another question: do you REALLY think that you'd join in the cheers more if the cheerleader girls were dressed like strippers? No, you wouldn't. You'd sit there in your $55-ticket seat (that you wouldn't dare stand up in, because you paid way too much to be on your feet) and revel in the fact that there's something else there to distract you from the game. Let the cheerleaders worry about what the cheerleaders wear; you just do YOUR job and GET OFF YOUR ASS AND YELL.
If you don't like it, watch the game at home.