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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

NFL Week 10 – Football Night In America: When Peyton Comes To Town 

Posted by David Allen Tyau at 1:04 PM ET

Two weeks ago, it was firestorms and gusty Santa Ana winds. This week, it was chilly weather, intermittent showers and a national television audience. Football Night in America is always a special event and NBC brought out a cavalcade of celebrities (okay four, to be exact) to promote their shows and add a bit of glamour to the day’s featured match between the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers.


The game was a tale of two halves. The first half was dominated by the Chargers, who stormed out to a 23 point lead by coaxing Peyton Manning into throwing four interceptions. Manning would have a career high six interceptions on the night and looked uncharacteristically mediocre, throwing several passes into coverage. The second half saw the Colts fight back to within two points and had a chance to win the game on an Adam Vinatieri field goal attempt. But the kick sailed wide right and the Chargers weathered the storm to defeat the Colts, 23 – 21.


Now, I am a little biased, but I do believe that the Charger Girls have to be the toughest NFL cheerleading squad out there. You see, these beautiful and talented girls perform in the same skimpy uniform whether it’s 95 degrees and hot or 55 degrees and wet. No parkas, no sweat pants, no rain suits. Sure, it’s California and we have relatively mild weather, but you go out in the cold rain and stand there wearing little more than a swimsuit. (Photographer’s note: I was nice and warm wearing two shirts, a Polartec jacket and a red vinyl rain poncho…hey, I have to keep the camera dry.)


Line Captain Ashley W. and her killer abs endure the cold weather and the intermittent showers to entertain the crowd of Charger and Colt fans.


Colts vs Chargers


Charger Girls Gail, Marlina and Constance dance through the rain and celebrate the Chargers’ early success.


Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers


Veterans Robin, Marisa, Kaylin and Rebecca ignore the chilly weather and cheer on the Chargers.


Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers


I am not sure that these girls had this in mind when they tried out, but Rookies Heather, Kimberly, Lauren and Ashlie get the full Charger Girl experience, bad weather and all.


Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers


Shantel is arguably the toughest, most competitive Charger Girl. A former Line Captain, Shantel displayed her competitive fire in the NFL Cheerleader Playoffs.


Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers


Judging from the smile on her face, Line Captain Katrina seems to be enjoying dancing in the rain.


Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers


Here’s another photo of Ashley W. and a couple of Summer, both Captains and two of my favorite subjects to photograph.


Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers


And I saved my best photos for last. Here are a few photos of Rookie Charger Girl Shelby that visually summarize the miserable weather.


Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers


Right before the first photo was taken, Shelby mouthed, “I’m so cold!” Then she shuddered. Of course as any good photographer would do, I snapped the photo. And Shelby wasn’t exaggerating…it was cold, wet and miserable. This is why I believe the Charger Girls are the toughest NFL Cheerleading Squad out there.


Now I must apologize to Stacie’s line. My camera was getting quite wet and I left the game before I could snap some photos of her awesome line. No, it wasn’t because I was cold…I just don’t have an extra $6,000 lying around to replace my camera equipment.


And here are a few photos of the celebrities that made it out to the game. I have long believed that football is not a sport; its entertainment. NBC must believe the same thing, never missing an opportunity to cross promote their television shows. The stars of the Chuck, Heroes, and The Office made it out to Qualcomm.


Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers

Colts vs Chargers


I’m not sure if he’s promoting a show, but Hulk Hogan was in attendance as well. (Hogan is co-host of the soon-to-be-revived American Gladiators - James) Like I said before, Football Night in America is always something special.

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