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Sunday, October 19, 2008

NFL Week #6 - San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush - Bonus Photos 

Posted by James at 10:00 AM ET

Midwest Dave finished up his visit to California with a trip to the Eagles-49ers game:

It was a beautiful sunny day last Sunday as the 49ers hosted the Eagles. As I arrived at the stadium, I checked out the pre-game appearances of the Gold Rush, the 49ers cheerleaders. There is an area within the tailgate area called Faithful City, and four members of the Gold Rush were sitting at a table signing photos and calendars.

49ers Gold Rush

49ers Gold Rush



Another area inside the gates is called the Gold Mine, and six Ambassadors greet fans and pose for photos. I know many teams have an ambassador squad, but had never met any before. Because of Fleet Week and a large amount of highway patrolman present, there were many photos taken with men in uniform. In fact, one of Ambassadors was invited to throw a football at one of the games at a Navy display. She had great form, but that darn Bay wind must have kept her throws from hitting the target.


49ers Gold Rush

49ers Gold Rush



Soon, a line of the Gold Rush came on stage, introduced themselves, and then performed. Afterward, they posed for photos and gave autographs.

49ers Gold Rush

49ers Gold Rush


Then it was time for the game. A lot of Eagle green could be seen throughout the stadium, but the home team held their own for most of the game. The 49ers had a chance to drive for a tying touchdown, but threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown for a 14 point Eagles win.


49ers Gold Rush

49ers Gold Rush



I took loads of sideline photos, but want to focus on Maki, my Standout of the Game Award winner. I have never, ever, ever seen such a spirited Pro Cheerleader. Born and raised in Tokyo, Maki cheered for seven years in Japan, and then came to the States with hope, a dream, and two suitcases.


49ers Gold Rush

49ers Gold Rush



She is studying English and Exercise Science, and knows some Italian. She wanted to be a football player as a young girl, but because there were no leagues for girls in Japan, she became a cheerleader. All I know is that Donovan McNabb is lucky Maki wasn't on the other side of the ball. From her bio:



Q: What is the most important attribute for a member of the Gold Rush?

A: Passion!



49ers Gold Rush

49ers Gold Rush

49ers Gold Rush



No kidding!! Here's to Maki, my vote for the most spirit in the history of pro sports, and I approve this message.


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