A Charger Girl Tribute – Shelbi B.

I have been going to Charger games since 1996 and I have been a season ticket holder since 1999.  Over that time, I have seen many gorgeous Charger Girls come and go, but there are a few girls that stand out as truly being exceptional.  Exceptionally beautiful.  Exceptionally talented.  And perhaps most of all, exceptionally photogenic.

In this edition of A Charger Girl Tribute, we feature one of my all time favorite Charger Girls…Shelbi Buccholz.

Shelbi is a wonderfully talented dancer and she is as beautiful as they come with her flowing blonde hair and her engaging smile.  But what I like about her the most is that she is super-photogenic and can look like a flirty, super vamp at one moment and then look like the sweet girl next door the next.  Either way, she looks amazing in front of the camera and I thoroughly enjoyed photographing her.  She has that special quality that makes her stand out among a bevy of beautiful Charger Girls.

So let’s take a look a some of my favorite photographs of this very special Charger Girl.

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What you don’t see in this photo is the throng of guys with camera phones standing behind me as I was setting up this shot…hence her cheesy smile.  I was barely able to get the shot off before the hordes of horny males swarmed her.  But that’s the thing about Shelbi…she attracted a lot of attention.

2015

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2016

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Ooh, Shelbi!

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Flashback Friday – 2012 Anaheim Bolts Dance Team Auditions

I am still lamenting the loss of the Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team.  I have enjoyed photographing Lynae de Leon’s girls for the past several years because they have great personalities and were fun to work with.  You really could get to know them a little bit because its a more intimate environment with minor league sports.

And for those who may not know it, the precursor organization to the Ontario Fury was the Anaheim Bolts, whose dance team was led by Lynae de Leon as well.  She has a well deserved reputation for developing dance talent that goes on to major league dance teams.

In 2012, I found myself covering the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team auditions for UltimateCheerleaders.com and there were many beautiful and talented girls trying out for this minor league soccer franchise’s dance team.  Southern California is a hot bed of dance talent, so it can as no surprise that the auditions attracted many qualified candidates. But there was one girl that caught my eye…her name was Michelle Cirrito, a fresh faced beauty with lots of charisma and dance moves.  And as luck would have it, she made the team.

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Michelle was one of a number of gifted dancers who made the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team and if my memory serves correct, six of those girls in attendance would go on an make major league professional dance teams.  Three girls made it to the Charger Girls (Alex, Jessica, and Angela…who happens to be the first NFL cheerleader from the UK), one made the Clippers Spirit (Veronica), two made the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders (Veronica and Stephanie), one made the Golden State Warrior Girls (Kaylee), and Michelle…well she made the Lakers Girls.

Here’s a bonus pic that should get your heart pounding.

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Flashback Friday – Charger Girl Lindsay

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Sometimes our favorite cheerleaders are on a squad for many years or they may move from one professional dance team to another.  We expect to see them year in and year out…and every season, they always delight our senses.

But some others are only on a squad for a year and these one season wonders are quickly gone from our collective memory.  So we have to enjoy these beauties while they are here and in the now.  Our next Flashback Friday honoree is one of these one season wonders.  Her name is Lindsay and she was on the Charger Girls, if memory serves correctly, for one year…2008.  I always thought she was unique for her exotic good looks and vivacious spirit…she was our little Latina firecracker and she stood out.

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Flashback Friday – UCLA Dance Team Member

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The PAC 12 Basketball Tournament used to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and in between games, they used to hold a “battle of the bands” contest whereby the spirit squads and bands would perform for the crowd in attendance.  I attended a few of these events and brought my camera to take some photos of the festivities.

In this edition of Flashback Friday, we take a look at a UCLA dance team member from 2011.  Unfortunately, the PAC 12 Basketball Tournament is no longer held in Los Angeles…a victim of poor attendance.  The PAC 12 brain trust wisely moved the tournament to Las Vegas, where attendance has skyrocketed…I wonder why.

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Flashback Friday – St. Louis Rams Cheerleader Tiffany

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The Los Angeles Rams were my team when I was growing up and to this day, the Rams have a soft spot in my heart.  Back in 2012, I decided to expand my photographic horizons by photographing the 2012 St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders auditions for UltimateCheerleaders.com.

I had always thought that the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders were hot and they wore some of the most sexy uniforms in the NFL, which were designed by the same designer (Angela King Twitero) who makes the Charger Girls uniforms.  So it was a “no brainer” to want to shoot their auditions.  Thankfully, their director Keely Fimbres was supportive of our efforts and we were granted credentials to shoot the event.

The final auditions were a pageant style audition showcase and the 2011 captains kicked off the festivities with a brief dance performance, where I was able to take this wonderful photograph of Captain Tiffany.

Oh and if you are wondering what a pageant style cheerleader audition looks like…well click here to find out.

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Flashback Friday – Washington Redskins Cheerleader Amanda

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Road trips are always fun and a few years ago I was able to catch a Washington Redskins game in Landover, MD.  I have never been to D.C. and technically, I still haven’t been, but I’ve always wanted to go.  Unfortunately, FedEx Field was as close as I got.

Back then, one of the squads that I always wanted to photograph was the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders because they had one of the hottest cheerleading squads in the NFL and they wore the sexiest uniforms in professional cheerleading…kind of ironic because the Mid Atlantic states tend to be rather conservative, particularly when you get to the more rural areas.  People out there love their religion, love their football, and love their cheerleaders to wear skimpy outfits…and so do I!

Anyway, this photo was taken before the game at one of the ticketed party areas inside the stadium.  Two lines of the WRC made appearances there and they performed for 10 minutes each session…and I mean 10 minutes of solid and continuous dancing.  That was something that I had never seen before…a squad dancing for that long at a pregame party.

Good times!

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Flashback Friday – Ladies of Ontario Fury

A few days ago, I learned that the Ontario Fury has decided not to field a dance team this year.  With the passage of the cheerleader minimum wage law in California, the economics of offering a dance team did not work for the Ontario Fury and I would imagine several other minor league sports are also feeling the pinch.  I know that the San Diego Sockers came to the same conclusion last year and the Socker Girls were eliminated.

Fact of the matter is that although professional cheerleaders were egregiously underpaid over the years, dance teams are a significant expense for most franchises and in an era of increasing costs, they have become, in many cases, expendable.  And that is truly unfortunate because I know first hand the value of the Ladies of Ontario Fury and the goodwill that they fostered for the organization with their public appearances, community outreach efforts and junior cheerleader programs.

For me this loss is devastating because I have covered the Ladies of Ontario Fury and their predecessor organization, the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team, for several years.  And the most impressive thing is that under the direction of Lynae de Leon, these two programs have been a hot bed of dance talent and a breeding ground for major league cheerleaders.  Lynae’s girls have gone on to perform with the Laker Girls, Charger Girls, Clippers Spirit, Sacramento Kings, 49ers Gold Rush, Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders.

In this Flashback Friday post, we recognize the Lynae’s efforts in developing dance talent to fulfill their potential and achieve higher level success.  So here are a few of Lynae’s girls from the past few years that have made it to the next level.  We present: McKenzie, Sativa-Skye, Kellie, Lizzie, Krista, Courtney, Diana, Alex, and Madison.

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I hope the Ontario Fury finds the resources to bring back the Ladies of Ontario Fury because they are an asset that cannot be described by mere dollars alone.

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