This Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV outside Dallas has practically everything that the NFL’s biggest game could ask for.
You have two historic teams in the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, who have combined to win nine Super Bowls in their rich histories. Both teams are led by superstar quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers. And both clubs have stellar defenses, with the Steelers and Packers No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in fewest points allowed during the regular season, making this the first time the NFL’s top two scoring defenses are in the Super Bowl since 1982. There’s even the most state-of-the-art stadium in America, the $1.6 billion Cowboys Stadium. The NFL is projecting that 105,000 people will fill the stadium and an outdoor plaza, which would be a record for the league’s biggest game.
But Super Bowl XLV is clearly missing one very important thing: cheerleaders. How can there be no cheerleaders at the home of the Dallas Cowboys? They only have the most famous cheerleaders on the planet. There are just six teams in the NFL that don’t have cheerleaders. The Steelers and Packers, two of the NFL’s most conservative franchises, happen to be two of the six, meaning for the first time in Super Bowl history there will be no cheerleaders at the NFL’s biggest event (the other teams without are the Bears, Lions, Browns and Giants). The Packers haven’t had cheerleaders since 1988, the Steelers since 1970.
Green Bay does have a cheerleading squad at home games, but that’s courtesy of the St. Norbert College and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s cheerleading squads, and they were told their services wouldn’t be needed for the Super Bowl because what they do is unique for Lambeau Field. The cheer coach for UW-Green Bay told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that the cheer teams were invited to the two Packers Super Bowls in the 1990s, but that they had to raise most of their own funding, which they did. From 1961 to 1969, Pittsburgh had the Steelerettes, who were students from Robert Morris Junior College in Pittsburgh. In the late 1960s, Robert Morris got its own football team, and the Steelerettes were never replaced.
There simply can’t be a Super Bowl without the lovely ladies on the sideline, so Bodog has started an online petition to ensure that this never happens again. To further this goal, Bodog has created a football cheerleader Facebook page
“Bodog believes that cheerleaders are as American as apple pie and the Super Bowl itself,” said Anique Gooden, Spokeswoman for Bodog.net. “The tradition of spirit squads patrolling the sidelines of football games, no matter the level of competition, is crucial in creating the best possible football experience.”
Perhaps Jerry Jones will take notice and offer his Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders for Super Bowl XLV. But if not, sign Bodog’s online petition and “like” the football cheerleader Facebook page to help make sure cheerleaders are a staple at every Super Bowl.
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