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Cheerleading story from Detroit News

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by KJIM, May 14, 2007.

  1. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    This Detroit News lede amused me. (FYI, it's on the metro front, not sports page.)

    Plymouth High School cheerleader JessieLaurer says she just can't get any respect.

    Boys don't think cheerleading is a sport, despite hours of conditioning, training, flexing and jumping. And her own school district is locked in a yearlong controversy tinged with gender politics over efforts to establish a competitive cheerleading team so she and 60 friends can show their stuff.

    “A lot of people don't think it's a sport because we don't really compete,” she said.

    (Didn't see the link, but didn't look too hard, either)

    From thefreedictionary.com:

    a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I saw the title and thought Spad came back to cover Michigan...
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. However, if you can't bet on it, it's not a sport.
  4. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    I find this very interesting :-\. I have covered many cheerleading events and in our area a lot of boys compete. Also, boys do respect the sport in my area, as I did interview several for a story on whether the sport gets a lot of respect or not. I actually am surprised by the practices and training/conditioning cheerleaders go through. Judges have to look at a lot of elements when scoring (I got to see a scoresheet for provincials,and this was my reaction :eek:).

    slappy, you could bet on this sport if you bet on which team will win the meet. ;D
  5. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I've said it before and I'll say it again; Cheerleading is a physically demanding activity designed to provide support and encouragement at games like basketball and football.

    Until a varsity basketball game breaks out during halftime of a cheerleading competition, I don't consider cheerleading to be a 'sport.'
  6. JR

    JR Active Member

    Bang on.

    If your definition of a sport is something that requires physically demanding activity, ballet's right up there.
  7. slap --
    Two posts on this thread and not a single attempt at the obvious frontrunning columnist joke?
    You're slipping, dude.
  8. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Yesterday, my six-year-old was trying to tell me that dance is a sport. ::)
  9. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Any bloody thing can be a sport, in theory, if you slap a scoring system on it. Ballet, tap, Cirque de Soleil, synchronized masturbation. Everything's in play as long as there's a number to give out at the end.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    No, but the state school for the blind might....

    I know... I'm going to hell...
  11. CollegeJournalist

    CollegeJournalist Active Member

    Unless it involves wacking off each other.
  12. RedCanuck

    RedCanuck Active Member

    I'd love to add, and one where you can clearly win or lose, not be declared a winner or loser by a judge.
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