You’d think cheerleaders would be required to pass color identification tests.
“Please identify burnt orange.”
“Please identify Bengals orange.”
Our buddy Mo a radio talking head at 1530 in Cincinnati had the above picture sent to him and is still dealing with Bengals fan today who wants to make it all end. The losses. The management. The Steelers. The horrible draft picks. The Chris Henry DUI videos. Mike Brown. Etc.
And then this.
The Ben-Gals captured cheering for Stokely’s Immaculate Deflection touchdown reception.
To put this all into perspective, Esquire had a reporter call up a Ben-Gals cheerleader Tara Wilson and get an interview less than 24 hours after this huge disaster.
After Cedric Benson’s touchdown in the last minute, we were totally psyched. It feels different in the stadium this year. With Hard Knocks and the changes the team has made, we were so hopeful. When that ball landed in Stokley’s arms, and he ran right across the goal line, waiting to go into the end zone, it just took the wind out of me. And then our sound guy plays two or three songs back to back, and I was like, I don’t even want to dance right now.
You don’t even want to dance right now?!?
What the hell do you call that photo above. Someone was shaking it.
Someone cheering as Stokely ran into Bengals lore and probably guaranteed another losing record after this team implodes.
But it gets better, people. The ladies were required to dance, according to Wilson (in photo below)!
ESQ: You had to keep dancing?
TW: Oh, yeah. I have a little sheet in a fliptop wristband â€” just like a QB â€” and I call the different dances out to the girls in my corner of the field. It was really hard to keep smiling. The crowd was so loud, we had the hardest time hearing each other the whole game. And then when that happened, it was silent. I could have whispered to the girls.
This would be our walking papers.
Required to dance?
After one of the worst losses in NFL history?
Only in Cincinnati, folks. Only Mike Brown’s team.
More 2009 NFL Cheerleaders To Peruse:
The Jets Flight Crew does Maxim [Epic Carnival]
Redskins cheerleaders partying away from the field [Uncoached]
2009 AFC Cheerleader Directory [NextRound]