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)