Sunday, October 19, 2008
Midwest Dave finished up his visit to California with a trip to the Eagles-49ers game:
[SF 49ers Gold Rush]
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.
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.
Soon, a line of the Gold Rush came on stage, introduced themselves, and then performed. Afterward, they posed for photos and gave autographs.
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.
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.
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?
No kidding!! Here's to Maki, my vote for the most spirit in the history of pro sports, and I approve this message.
[SF 49ers Gold Rush]