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The Godfather of Cheerleading, John Campbell.
The birth of cheerleading is credited to former crazy University of Minnesota student, Johnny Campbell. While attending a game at the University of Minnesota in 1898, Johnny "Soup" Campbell tried to incite an organized riot. He formed a squad of six male "yell-leaders" for the football game beforehand. Minnesota won the game 17-6, credit was given to the ol' yellers. Their first cheer? "Rah, Rah, Rah! Sku-u-mar, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!" Damn, that's intimidating.
George Bush, Jr.
Cheerleading started out as an all male group activity, just like voting did. This was the result of guys being cut from their school's sports team and them needing something to believe in . Cheerleading gave them something positive to do besides crying themselves into oblvion. Anyway, emo and feeling sorry for yourself wasn't invented yet, sillies.
Females started taking over around 1923. Yes, around the same time as women's suffrage. Women took over because there weren't many sports for women to participate in. Male participation in cheerleading dwindled because they bristled at being called "light in the britches" and were afraid of the ridicule they would endure from dorks.
Women started kicking out most of the males from cheerleading and made cheerleading an attractive alternative to flagpole sitting.
It is noted that around the same time something curious happened. Guys who hated sports started appearing at games. Attendance greatly increased at sporting events. It is unknown why this happened.
NFL Cheerleaders-In the 1960's Nation Football League teams began organizing professional cheerleading squads. Cheerleaders existed early on but were paid in peanuts and crackerjacks. It was the Dallas Cowboys who made professional cheerleading great. In 1972 Tex Schramm,the owner of the Cowboys, tried to hire professional models for cheerleaders. Unfortunaley, they were too clumsy, stupid, and bitchy. He then tried to hire strippers, but he realized they would take valuable $1 dollar bills away from beer and concession sales. Finally Tex realized he would have to hire professional dancers with stamina. Oh yeah, stamina. Tex wanted really hot chicks with athletic ability and talent as performers. Tex recognized that the only way to get people to like his team was with hot girls and maybe even a somewhat decent football team. When other teams realized how freakin' hot the Cowboy Cheerleaders were, they tried to emulate them with their own cheer squads. No one complained ever. Except for the wives of athletes and fans, and pretty much all women in general.
This girl could kick your ass.
Laker Girls- In the late 1970's, new owner of the Lakers, Dr. Jerry Buss, was impressed with the collegiate look and spirit that existed at USC and UCLA. Jerry liked hot co-eds. He sought to bus over that same atmosphere to Laker's home games. The Dr. brought together former cheerleaders from both universities to form the original Laker Girls in 1979. The Laker Girls have evolved over time into a professional dance squad of fine young women.
In this section we will explode the most common myths of cheerleading:
Cheerleaders have to be thin or skinny-Size doesn't matter when it comes to cheerleading. You can always binge and purge.
You need to be tall to be a cheerleader-There is no height requirement. Although you don't want to look like a freak and stick out from the crowd.
Cheerleaders can't dunk-Cheerleaders can easily throwdown.
Cheerleading is not dangerous- Yes it is. Cheerleaders attract jocks, nerds, freaks, stalkers, pedophiles, high school teachers, and their own friend's dads.. Sometimes cheerleaders must pack heat to protect themselves from unwelcome advances. All the while looking friendly and cheery.
Cheerleading is for girls, not guys-Men have spirit, yes they do! Men have spirit, how bout you!!!???
Male Cheerleaders are gay-Many males use cheerleading as an excuse to be around hot chicks and cop a feel during routines.Some dudes, with a little to much spirit in their underoos, may be gay though.
Cheerleaders are dumb-Who the hell cares?
Cheerleading is a popularity contest-Not quite. It's about showing other girls how much prettier and better they are then other girls.
Cheerleaders are snobs-Only the hot ones are. The fuglies are extremely nice if you give them a chance.
Cheerleaders don't make good ninjas-WTF? They can definteley do some wicked ass kicks and shit!
Cheerleading is all about T 'n' A- No. It's all about getting male attention. Lot's of it. Attention received.
A hot cheerleader would never date a guy like me- Wrong. A cheerleader might date a guy like you, just not you. None of them.
Cheerleading helps cardiovascular health- Cheerleading raises the heart rate and increases blood flow in men who are watching.
Increased attendance at sporting events. Where ever hot girls go, guys flock like a bunch of sheep flockers.
Gives women something to do besides gossiping about others- It's better then sitting on your ass bitching. And better for your health.
Guys will like you just because you're a cheerleader- Girls increase their chances of getting a boyfriend by a whole bunch percent. Guys like arm trophies to show off to their friends.
Increase in GPA in school- Male teachers love cheerleaders and reward them with good grades and help them late night after class. Like "Why don't you come over to my house tonight" late.