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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

NFL Week 4 – K.C. and the Sunshine Band 

Posted by David Allen Tyau at 6:51 AM ET

It was a sunny day in Southern California and in a homecoming of sorts, Kansas City Chief Linebacker Donnie Edwards returned to San Diego and thumped his former team, 30 – 16. The Chiefs’ defense thoroughly throttled the hapless Charger offense in the second half to force two key turnovers that led to 14 points and ultimately, the win. The Chargers with three consecutive losses hardly resembled the team that won 14 regular season games a year ago.


Although San Diego does not have a championship caliber football team, it does have a championship caliber dance team in the Charger Girls. One girl who has to be considered a candidate for M.V.C. (most vivacious cheerleader) is Marlina. With photogenic good looks and great dance moves, Marlina is a pleasure to photograph.


San Diego Charger Girls


And speaking of photogenic Charger Girls, Line Captain Summer never looks bad in front of the camera. (Yeah, I know I have said this before, but it’s true.)


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

Originally from Northern California, Line Captain Katrina used to dance for perennial national champion Orange Coast College. She now graces the sidelines at Qualcomm stadium, cheering on the Charger faithful.


San Diego Charger Girls


Katrina is the perfect Charger Girl with exotic good looks, exceptional dance moves and a physique that compliments the classic Charger Girl uniform.


San Diego Charger Girls


Over the course of this season and seasons past, I have discovered what it takes to be a Charger Girl: beauty, personality, dance ability, and . . . a pierced belly button. Ashley M., Gail, Heather and Ashley W. exemplify these qualities.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


Another quality that seems to define NFL cheerleaders is big, sexy hair. Stacie is one of the most exceptional dancers on the squad and she is very photogenic. One thing that particularly stands out about Stacie is her long, flowing tresses.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


Smiling is also part of being an NFL cheerleader. I am sure for most of these girls, smiling comes naturally when you get to perform in front of 70,000 enthusiastic fans. Charger Girls Ashlie, Jill Ann, Kimberly, Lindsay and Alicia are all smiles for those in attendance, including those wearing red.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


Charger Girl Alicia and I have something in common. We both attended U.C.L.A. and we both make the four hour round trip trek from Los Angeles to support our Chargers.


And speaking of great smiles, my vote for best smile goes to rookie Charger Girl Lauren. There’s just something about Lauren that is engaging and compelling. She, like so many other Charger Girls, never takes a bad photograph.


San Diego Charger Girls


The next trio of Charger Girls, two rookies and a veteran, are a treat to photograph because they are all very expressive dancing or showing their emotions for their team. Lizzy, Shelby and Shantel are three Charger Girls that get your attention.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


You may remember Shantel from her winning performance in the NFL Cheerleader Playoffs. Shantel along with former Charger Girl Casie thoroughly dominated every dance challenge throughout the competition.


I don’t know if the Charger Girls have a contest for Rookie of the Year, but one girl that should be a candidate is Kylette. She always has a smile on her face and seems to genuinely enjoy the Charger Girl experience.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


The loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was both unexpected and a disappointment. With the exception of a new coaching staff, this Charger team is essentially the same team that won a NFL best 14 regular season games in 2006. This was supposed to be a championship caliber team. However, some things changed. And with change, comes uncertainty.


Although the Chargers appear to be mired in mediocrity, the Charger Girls are a top notch NFL cheerleading squad. All the girls are great dancers, very photogenic and are great ambassadors to the community. Lisa Simmons has done an exceptional job in directing the Charger Girls. Perhaps the Chargers could learn a lesson from the Charger Girls…you don’t mess with success. Leadership and continuity go hand in hand.

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