Here’s a ten year old photograph of one of my all time favorite Charger Girls to shoot…CG Summer. I rarely took a bad photograph of her, which is a testament to her photogenic good looks and personality, and to this day, her photos still bring joy to my heart.
It is a new beginning for the Chargers. Their long quest for a solution to their stadium issue was resolved when they formally relocated to the Los Angeles market for 2017 season. The team will play their home games in the intimate confines of the StubHub Center for the next two years while they await the completion of their new, state of the art stadium in Inglewood.
It is also a new beginning for the Charger Girls. Of the 28 young women who graced the sidelines last year, only eight are tying out for the 2017 squad. So, there are definitely big changes in store for the organization and for the Charger Girls. It is a new chapter in their storied history.
Many more photos after the break.
The Charger Girls are holding auditions tomorrow at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. In honor of this event, we feature a more recent image for this week’s Flashback Friday. Its a photo of Rebecca, one of my favorite Charger Girls from the past two years.
I made the mistake of assuming she was just out of high school because she had a rather younger look to her and bio page kind of implied that she was, but the Chargers are notorious for not updating these pages timely. Girls out of high school rarely make the Charger Girls straight away, but some do…the ones that are really special. Either way, Rebecca had a fresh faced look to her and she belonged on that squad.
In this edition of Flashback Friday, we feature what is a rarity in Southern California…1) rain and 2) the Chargers in the NFL playoffs. It rarely rains in Southern California and in all the years that I have been going to Charger games, it has only rained three or four times. And “rain” is a misnomer. Those “rain” games were more of intermittent, light showers because if it was a slow and steady rain…I wouldn’t be there…not with thousands of dollars of photographic equipment at risk.
In this photo from January 6, 2008 we feature one of the most popular Charger Girls ever…Marlina Moreno, who was performing in the rain at the 2008 Wildcard Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans. And who says California sunshine boys can’t play in the rain…the Chargers held the Titans to two Rob Bironas field goals in route to a 17-6 victory.
The selection process for the 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders was a long and grueling process, spanning several days and several rounds of judging. Twenty four hours earlier, over 150 girls began the process with the hopes of making one of the few spots on the 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders squad. Several hours and two cuts later, the mass of hopefuls was whittled down to the sixty best candidates. They would return on Sunday to perform two more dance routines in front of a panel of judges who scrutinized every detail from their appearance, dance technique, public speaking and overall look. It was another chance to stand out and make a lasting impression…and more than a few did from my perspective.
In part two of our coverage, we feature the most memorable images from the semi-final round. So let’s take a long look at the remaining candidates.
“One Team. One Dream.” That’s the motto for this year’s Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. This past weekend, the Arizona Cardinals held their preliminary auditions for their 2017 cheerleading squad. Over 150 young women were in attendance, vying for one of the 28 positions on the team and a chance to share the dream. With 15 or 16 returning veterans trying out again, the competition for one of the available spots on the squad would be fierce.
Spanning several days, the 2017 auditions would be a grueling process. For the preliminary auditions, three dance routines would be taught and performed in front a panel of judges before the finalists would be announced. The remaining girls would undergo an extensive interview and then endure a two day final audition before the team would be announced.
It’s audition season and I thought it might be a good idea to share a never seen photo from the 2012 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders Final auditions. A little background. When I was growing up, the Rams were my favorite NFL team. They were the home team and as a kid, I used to watch Rams games with my father. I grew up watching Roman Gabriel, Merlin Olsen, Rosie Grier and a host of other old time Rams players.
But when the Rams moved to St. Louis, I became more of a college football fan and I never became as hard core of a fan of another NFL team as an adult, as I was when I was a child. But, there still there was a special place in my heart for the Rams even when I became a season ticket holder to the San Diego Chargers.
So in 2012 when I was looking to expand my horizon of teams that I covered for UltimateCheerleaders.com, I immediately thought of the St. Louis Rams and covering their final auditions. I reached out to their director, Keely Fimbres, and she welcomed our coverage of her squad. And over the next five years, I have been able to shoot their final auditions.
And here is a never before seen photo from that audition. It’s an image of one of the most memorable candidates that tried out on that day. Her name is Morgan and she was clearly one of the most beautiful girls at the event. So I hope you enjoy this edition of Flashback Friday.