This is the closest thing to good press we'll likely have this year.http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=656738 http://thebiglead.com/?s=oh+canada You're welcome.
My annoyance with this story begins with Dena Clark, the cheerleading coach who goes on and on about how this incident betrays the ideal cheerleader image. If the image they project isn't sexual in nature, then why don't the Blue Lightning have a co-ed acrobatic style cheerleading team with animals and Buzz and Boomer participating? What are the Lightning supposed to be, trophy wives in training? Give me a break.
My second annoyance is that I couldn't find one author that lapped up the story to identify the ex-cheerleaders by name. Not even Dena Clark could be bothered to name the "young women on a path of positive thinking, healthy living and athletic training," perpetuating the perception that these scantily clad cheerleaders are sex objects to complement the gridiron gods.
If this doesn't prove that cheerleaders are little more to football than eye candy paid to put bums in the seats, then what does? I'm not here to criticize that, but let's not lie to ourselves and feign righteous indignation. My favourite picture is the brunette mooning Parliament Hill. Enjoy!