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The Inappropriate Cheer
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image A photo has been circulating showing a scene from the recent Rose Bowl in which a USC cheerleader seems to be celebrating a Texas touchdown. Snopes has posted the picture, but is skeptical of the claim that the cheerleader was cheering after a touchdown by the opposing team. They write: "the image appears to represent not a brainless cheerleader who couldn't tell that the other team had just made a touchdown, but a play that resulted in a close scoring call, with the on-field Texas players signaling their belief that their team had scored, while from other vantage points (such as the cheerleader's sideline view, especially if the goalposts, referee, or other players had momentarily blocked her view) it might have looked at first glance as if USC had successfully stopped Texas short of the goal line."

I'd agree that it's very hard to tell when during the game this picture was taken, and without that information it's basically impossible to know why the cheerleader has her arms raised. Though it does seem odd that no one from USC is cheering, except for her (and the picture really doesn't look photoshopped). Plus, the two cheerleaders to her right do seem to be giving her a funny look. The cheerleader in question has been identified as Natalie. The image was first posted on a Bruin's message board (which makes it a pretty biased source).
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 16, 2006

well just a few weeks ago, Michael Strahan, who plays for the New York Giants ran onto the field, arms raised in celebration of what he saw as a made field goal in overtime to win...unfortunately, he was the only one who interpreted it as made....he got razzed a bit but everybody understood it was a mistake due to his angle of view....also, this cheerleader is way hotter than Strahan so I forgive her LOL
Posted by Chuck  in  Rhode Island  on  Mon Jan 16, 2006  at  09:39 AM
They may be in the middle of a cheer. The girl next to her seems like she might be in a "ready position" and the other two are turning their heads to hear.
Posted by dae dae  on  Mon Jan 16, 2006  at  02:59 PM
Number 18 is jumping; maybe she took her cue from him? (I'm assuming that the 18 is who the sheerleaders are 'for' so to speak? IE their team?)
Posted by db  on  Mon Jan 16, 2006  at  09:22 PM
No, I think that that player is from the opposing team, since he has "Texas" written across his chest. For some odd reason, the USC cheerleaders are wearing uniforms that match the Texans' uniforms.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Tue Jan 17, 2006  at  12:25 AM
I seem to remember the Trojans play in either red jerseys with yellow flashes or white jerseys with red flashes (both with yellow pants). So half the time the cheerleaders will match, half the time they won't(*). Actually, from the pom-poms I'd guess that red/yellow are the team colours and the white/yellow strip is the alternate uniform.

(*)I wonder, do the cheerleaders also wear yellow pants?
Posted by David B.  on  Tue Jan 17, 2006  at  12:16 PM
Non-football fans should NEVER post a comment on a football related topic.
Posted by longhorn90  in  Arlington  on  Sat Jan 21, 2006  at  01:04 AM
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