Locked-out cheerleaders get new role


Locked-out cheerleaders get new role

By Justin Aucoin

Little over a week ago the New England Patriots held their 2011 Cheerleader Auditions. At first we thought this was a silly idea the NFL 2011-2012 season is all but buried six feet under at this point.

And then we gave it a little more thought and realized, yes, there still is room for cheerleaders, even during a lockout season.

Promoting the NFLs new financial system
Team owners plan on using cheerleaders to promote their new financial system for the NFL via interpretive dance and diagrams.

Not sure if the players will find the pyramid scheme any more enticing than the last CBA. At least, not without financial auditing for the past several years first.
New cheer opportunities
Studies have shown that NFL fans are smart and are bored of the usual D-Fense! and Go Team! Woooo! chants. The lockout will allow the cheerleaders to work on some cheers that are more outside the box.

Giving fans their moneys worth
The NFL teams already have season ticket holders money. You think theyre just going to give it back? Of course not!

Each week NFL cheerleaders will face off for a grueling game of Our cheers are better than your cheers!

Also, what else is there to watch on Sunday afternoons?

Its still 100x better than the alternative.

Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip


Brady enjoying "unique experience" of road trip

While being away from home isn’t uncommon for the Patriots - just think about all those Super Bowl trips - Tom Brady believes each excursion takes on it’s own feel, it’s own flavor and - eventually - it’s own meaning.

Back in 2014, the Pats went from playing in Green Bay and losing to the Packers straight to San Diego for a week on the West Coast prior to a rousing victory over the Chargers. That week, many players said in the aftermath, helped propel the team to great heights,.  You’ll recall, that season ended in grand fashion, a triumph in Super Bowl 49 over Seattle, at the time - and maybe still - the greatest Super Bowl ever played.

“I think all these experiences are pretty unique,” Brady said Friday from Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy. “That was a very unique experience. This is different.”

Brady spoke about the number of stops the Pats have and will have to make on this trip - from Denver to Colorado Springs then on to Mexico City Saturday before a Sunday night return to Foxboro and their own beds for the first time in 10 nights.

“When you’re on the road like this, there’s less to do,” he said. “You know my family is not here, my kids aren’t here. There’s nobody telling me what I did wrong in the house. It’s just being at home and now it’s being here and trying to figure out a way to win a game.”

Brady quickly smoothed over any possible ill-will at home - why make Gisele mad? - smiling and saying “I didn’t mean that so I’ll take it back.”

Kidding aside, the 40-year old signal caller seemed pleased with the work the Patriots have put in during this long trip. A week of team-bonding can’t be a bad thing, especially for a group that seems to be hitting it’s stride both on and off the field. There’s the five wins in a row and also a locker room that has a better understanding of one another than it did during the first month of the season. But Brady is not ready to make any grand proclamations. That just wouldn’t be his style.

“I think it’s still work in progress,” he said of team chemistry. “You look at still adding a player like Marty (Bennett) last week. Things are always changing and evolving. We’re still trying to figure out what we’re doing well and after 8 or 9 weeks, you start to figure those things out. Now we have to work hard at those things, try to really own them, and use them going forward to try and win the most important games. We have a lot of important games coming up, starting with this one. Hopefully we can play our best football going forward.”

Brady said he’s been fired up for this game with the Raiders south of the border ever since the schedule was released all those months ago.

“I’ve never been to Mexico City,” he said. “It’s been a game you kind of look forward to. We’re playing against a really good football team in a pretty cool environment. It will be very memorable. I think everyone is excited.”