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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

NFL Wild Card Playoffs – It’s Raining Charger Girls, Hallelujah… 

Posted by David Allen Tyau at 5:20 AM ET

Well, bad weather finally made its way to San Diego. Now people in other parts of the country might not consider scattered showers as bad weather, but I was working at the Rose Parade a few days ago and it was 73 degrees and sunny. As far Southern Californians are concerned…this is bad weather.


Well rain or shine, the game must go on and the Chargers endured the light rain and an inconsistent running game to eek out a 17-6 victory over the visiting Tennessee Titans. In their first playoff win since the 1994 Super Bowl Season, the Chargers were uncharacteristically pass happy as Phillip Rivers threw for 292 yards and 1 touchdown. But the news wasn’t all good. NFL rushing champion LaDainian Tomlinson was held to 42 yards rushing and perennial Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates suffered a foot injury and did not return. But a win is a win and that means the Chargers get to play on for another week.


Turning our attention to the Charger Girls, once again I have to commend them for enduring the elements and dancing in their regular uniforms, their only uniforms. I am sure that the Spanos family could spring for a few clear plastic rain coats or some nice polyester pantsuits, but that would make for some terribly uninteresting photographs. I figure if I am going to have to endure the rain with my camera equipment, the Charger Girls might as well dance for us…okay it’s actually the other way around. If the Charger Girls are going to endure the cold and the rain, I might as well too and take some photos of the NFL’s Hottest (wettest?) Dance Team for posterity.


It is almost becoming customary for me to start off my article with a few photographs of the Line Captains. Not only are they very good at what they do, the Line Captains also perform right in front of my seats, so I am always in position to take some compelling photographs of perhaps the best dancers on the squad.


Line Captain Katrina is all smiles. Maybe she likes dancing in the rain.


San Diego Charger Girls


Even in the rain, Line Captain Stacie is rocking the big hair and the big dance moves. She’s also got the big smile working as well.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


One of my favorite Charger Girls, Line Captain Ashley W. (and her killer abs), still looks like she’s having fun while getting rained on. I, on the other hand, do not like shooting in the rain and getting drenched. I do this only for our devoted readers.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


And here are a few photos of Line Captain Summer. With strikingly good looks and a flair for the dramatic, I think you can see why she’s one of my favorite Charger Girls to photograph.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


I also heard a rumor that Summer was selected as the Charger Girls’ Pro Bowl Representative. I wasn’t at the last game to confirm this fact and the Charger’s Webmaster is negligent in updating the web site with this information, but if this is true…congratulations Summer!


Okay, let’s mix things up this week and start off our parade of Charger Girls by showing those photographs of CGs getting drenched. Here’s a photo of Shelby, who if you will recall was photographed a few weeks ago getting rained upon in Week 10. It looks like she’s enjoying performing in the rain this time round.


San Diego Charger Girls


And here’s Ashlie, Gail, Kamri, Kimberly, Marisa, and Marlina enduring the light rain.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


We did catch a break in the weather for a few minutes, which was a nice change of pace photographically speaking. Here’s Charger Girls Alicia, Ashley M, Carly, Constance, Kaylin, Lindsay, and Lizzy enjoying the lack of precipitation.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


Kylette, Heather and Lauren, all Rookies, have become my new favorites to photograph because of their enthusiastic smiles and photogenic good looks.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


And speaking of Charger Girls who are always interesting to shoot in rain or shine, I present Shantel, Rebecca, Robin, Natalie and Michelle.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


Here’s a couple of photographs of Jill Ann when the rains were at the worst and when they were a bit better.


San Diego Charger Girls

San Diego Charger Girls


Remember that Albert Hammond song, It never rains in Southern California? Well, that’s not quite true. It’s rains here, but not all that often. And when it does, it is something of a novelty or oddity. Perhaps that’s why the Charger Girls only have the one uniform. And whether it’s rain or shine, hot or cold, or day or night, the Charger Girls perform in that classic uniform. I guess its part of being a Charger Girl, weather notwithstanding.


This is probably my last game day report for the Charger Girls for this season. It would take some miracles for the Chargers to host the AFC Championship Game, but if they do I will be there to file my report. But, in all probability, this is it for me for this year. That being said, I should recognize the one person who is responsible for making the Charger Girls one of the premier dance teams in the NFL, Charger Girl Director Lisa Simmons. As a fan, I am sure that we do not recognize the time and effort required to be an NFL cheerleader. And certainly, we do not recognize the efforts of those individuals responsible for making all of this happen. So, I extend personal thanks to Ms. Simmons for making this squad a proud representative of the Southern California sports community.


Lisa Simmons


Lisa Simmons, if you are reading this, I still would like to interview you for the blog. Thank you and keep up the great work with the Charger Girls.

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