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What kind of question is this? (Looks both ways to see if the wife is coming into the room...)

Seriously, who thought of this question? They are cheerleaders. They lead cheers. How else will the drunk guys in the first three rows know when to root for their team and what to yell? How else would a generation of football fans otherwise know how to spell the word aggressive (Hint: A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E)?

In all seriousness, cheerleaders have been a staple at football games for years, all the way up from the pee wee games on your neighborhood rec fields to high school to college to the NFL. They are a part of the game, just like the college band and those ridiculous mascot costumes.

I honestly can't believe we are having this conversation.

And before people get all 'oh my gosh you're such a misogynist' on me, let me be perfectly clear on one thing... you're over-reacting.

I'm not suggesting the cheerleaders wear skimpy outfits. I'm not suggesting they all do scantily-clad calendar shoots. I know most teams do cheerleader calendars at this point, but I actually think teams are missing out on doing player calendars as well -- if some fans wants to ogle the cheerleaders, why then wouldn't other fans want to ogle the players? Throw some shirtless skill position guys on the beach -- no linemen, please -- and they'd sell far more than a dozen cheerleaders in bikinis.

But that's not the question. The question was not, are cheerleaders getting more attention than the players? The question was not, are cheerleaders becoming too much a part of the game? The question was not, are cheerleaders wearing 'uniforms' that go better with a stage and a pole than a set of pom poms?

The question was, should the NFL get rid of cheerleaders? And that's just a silly question.

By Dan Levy  |  September 2, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  | Category:  Cheerleaders , Dan Levy , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Why can't you humorless PC freaks just once leave the rest of us alone!?

Posted by: nc41585 | September 3, 2009 1:58 PM

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