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Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Jims242, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. Jims242

    Jims242 Member

    Hello SportsJournalists.comers,

    Overall opinions on covering "competitive cheer."

    We're in the meat of our district and regional volleyball with football right around the corner. I've gotten only two phone complaints via the phone, but was wondering what the rest of you guys and gals think about this.
     
  2. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Cheerleading is not a sport.

    Period.
     
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

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  4. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    I second Doc.
     
  5. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    How many phone complaints did you get via the microwave?
     
  6. Jims242

    Jims242 Member

    Glad to see it's an agreement.
    A lady called me today and told me to read our competition (10 miles away) to learn how a real sports section covers competitive cheer.

    I told her I didn't think real sports sections covered competitive cheer (not a knock on the "other" paper, of course).

    She was not amused and will, no doubt, call my ME later.
     
  7. Jims242

    Jims242 Member

    Good one, Mystery Meat. (I guess a newbie such as I should expect a good smart-ass answer every now and again.)
     
  8. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    I don't think all that much of competitive cheer personally, but if it's sanctioned as a sport by your state's high school athletic association and district/conference, region and state titles are awarded, then it's a sport. I wouldn't go nuts covering it, but that's the standard I'd go by.

    Of course, the parents of said cheerleaders are more likely to lodge non-sports complaints about your coverage. Case in point: one time I had a freelancer shoot the teams I had in the region meet, and one of the mothers was upset because the action photo that represented her team didn't have faces visible. I explained to her that no other sports parent ever made that comment to me before, but a sideline cheering parent did.

    And sideline cheering has no place in sports at all unless it's unusually good wild art, a part of a photo page or ... well, that's it.
     
  9. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Lugnuts is wondering why she just pounded a wall with her fist.
     
  10. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    Gimme an N! Gimme a O!

    Band is as much of a sport as cheerleading. Neither should be in the sports section.
     
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Do any states sanction it and award state titles? Gawd I hope not.
     
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    It's an activity, not a sport...

    Tell mom to put the tinfoil hat back on and go away
     
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