Sunday, December 28, 2008
I've got a special spot in my heart for the Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders. Back when the blog was young and no one knew who I was, they took a chance and were the first squad to invite me to take photos at a game.
So it's always a special treat to return to Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena and see how my "First" squad is doing.
Elizabeth "Liz" Guaraldo is now in her second season as Director of the Blast Cheerleaders. You may remember Liz from her time as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader.
Liz is a graduate of UMBC. She then went on to earn her Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins and she did it ONE YEAR! She took 39 credits, while working an internship and coaching the Blast. She had literally no free time.
Liz is now a 7th grade Social Studies teacher. She says what she misses most about bot cheering is the interaction with the fans.
I think the Blast Cheerleaders set a record for signing autographs. For the whole third quarter, the Cheerleaders in the corner I was in did nothing but sign for a never ending wave of children.
Philadelphia KiXX Vice President of Internal Operations David Deal made the trip down I-95 to watch his team.
The Cheerleaders made the switch to holiday-themed uniforms for their half-time performance.
2nd-year veteran Rosa is a graduate of Coppin State University. Next up she's going for her Masters in Human Resources.
Some fans did more than get autographs.
Melissa in the stands selling the Blast Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar. That's Melissa on the back cover of the calendar.
Yes, Blast Cheerleaders will autograph almost anything (but not bare skin)
This is 1st-year Blast Cheerleader Amanda. You may remember Amanda from MTV's True Life: I'm Deaf where her attempt to make the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders was documented. I'll have more on Amanda coming up later this week.
New uniforms for the 2008-09 season
In the end the Blast continued their undefeated season with a 16-10 win over the Philadelphia KiXX.
More photos in the gallery.
[Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders]