Is cheerleading a sport? Legally, no. That issue was put to bed last year by the courts (and people who play real sports). But I had to chuckle when during the Louisville-Pitt basketball game, a Louisville cheerleader got all pumped after the Cardinals scored on a breakaway. He grabbed the ball off the court and threw it in the air, despite the fact that there was still time on the clock.
Don't get me wrong, if someone offered me a scholarship to cheer, I probably would take it and own it like a boss. I'd be doing eggrolls and cartwheels all over the place. I'd make Cirque de Sole look like amateurs. "G-V-S-U, are you a Laker? #&%! YES!" People wouldn't leave after the men's game anymore, they would now go home after halftime, because the real show would be over. I'd set up a table for autographs, and hire a manager and security. I would put Louie the Laker out of a job. But this guy took it too far and just became the butt of all jokes, and the living stereotype that 99% of Americans have about male cheerleaders. Smooth move, meathead. You forever tarnished my cheerleading dreams.
By Aaron Brandt, who indeed passed gymnastics in high school P.E. with a rousing routine that featured the NBC Olympic theme music. Boss.