No cheering at Super Bowl XLV


No cheering at Super Bowl XLV

By Justin Aucoin

So, were not sure what the odds are (somewhere between unlikely and an absolute travesty), but there wont be cheerleaders at Super Bowl XLV.

We know that the NFL is supposed to stand for the No Fun League but this is cruel and unusual. Hell, its practically un-American.

Alas, we cant blame league officials for this one. Apparently the Packers and the Steelers dont have cheerleaders.

There are only six teams without cheer squads and two of them just happened to land in this years Super Bowl (OK, only partially true despite what some might say Green Bay actually borrows college cheerleaders).

We can understand why Green Bay doesnt have official cheerleaders. Its usually -100 to -200 F during most of the season. The poor cheer-gals would either be so covered up thered be no point, or they'd be turned black from frostbite in a matter of seconds.

And yet...

Still, theres a better chance of the Packers having a squad of this guy shaking pom-poms.

And by pom-poms we mean his moobs.

As for the Steelers, well insert generic Ben Roethlisberger joke.

Too soon?

Side note: You find a lot of interesting photos just by Google-image searching for Steelers fans. Some not exactly safe for work, FYI.

Were also amused that sports sites arent allowed to write an article about this story without showing you a photo of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.

Could be because the Super Bowl is in Dallas this year. Could be the outfits. Were not saying either way.

What we do know is that most of us probably never actually read the article. In fact, we have no evidence that shows that there is a body of text to go along with these headlines and photos. We will say that.

This all begs the question: Who the hell is FOX going to point their cameras at to keep our attention while rattling off hundreds of sponsors we dont care about?

And it brings up other important issues: Whos going to teach us to spell Packers and Steelers? Whos going to tell us when to chant D-fense!? Whos going to get us in trouble with our significant others while we drool over ourselves like toddlers?

Who knows?

The Super Bowl is a time when heroes are born. A time for people to step it up, take charge and show leadership.

We expect nothing less to come out of the Great Cheerleader Shortage of 2011.

Make sure to check out more fun with Photoshop from Justin and his team

Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men


Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while prepping for Claude Bowl II.

*It’s going to be a robust trade market for defensemen with names such as Jack Johnson, Dion Phaneuf and Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlighting the group that’s available. Paul Martin will be in that select company if he clears through waivers and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson will as well with many teams holding D-men they’re willing to part with.

*The Buffalo Sabres apparently want four assets in any deal for rental Evander Kane that includes a draft pick, a prospect and an NHL roster player, and it’s hard to believe anybody is going to do that for a perennial underachiever who's never even scored 60 points in a season before.

*A tough end to the Andrew Cogliano iron-man streak as he’s been suspended for a couple of games after an incident last weekend.

*Brent Burns is the envy of many blueliners around the league because of his hard, accurate shot, which isn’t scoring him as many goals this season

*Year-round Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland has been rewarded for being a member of the Golden Knights with a one-year contract extension.

*It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have got Shayne Gostisbehere thinking more about defense after some up-and-down moments last season in his sophomore effort.

*For something completely different: A profile on a UFC champion and a firefighter all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting dude.


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – Noel Acciari was in and out of the Bruins lineup in the Monday afternoon loss to the Dallas Stars with an upper-body injury and the fourth-line grinder was missing from the practice ice on Tuesday as well. 

Acciari has been able to stay healthy the past few months while helping to establish Boston’s fourth line and has added to his hard-hitting style of play with six goals in 28 games this season.

But there's been a litany of injuries the past few seasons given the physical pounding the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder takes given his rugged style of play. This current injury limited him to just 6:05 of ice time in an overtime loss to the Stars. Still, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was optimistic that Acciari would be able to suit up against the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Claude Julien’s return to TD Garden.

“Jake DeBrusk was under the weather and so was Kevan Miller, so they stayed home,” said Cassidy of Acciari, who has missed 14 games this season mainly due to a broken finger suffered blocking a shot on opening night. “Noel Acciari has a bit of an upper-body injury and it affected his minutes [Monday vs. Dallas]. He’s kind of day-to-day. I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on [Wednesday] morning.”

Both DeBrusk and Miller are expected to be fine to play against the Habs in their rematch from last weekend this time on Boston's home ice. Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the players that were on the ice for Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena: