Road Trip 2015: The Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders

This past weekend, I made a road trip to visit the Phoenix area and to see the 2015 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders in person. I have covered their auditions over the past several years, but this year I was not able to attend and I was very interested in seeing the new squad in person. They have a new director, Kristina Ferdig who was a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader and I was looking forward to seeing the changes she brought to the sidelines being that it has been a couple of years since I last attended a game here.

And I was very pleasantly surprised.  The girls are gorgeous and there are more opportunities to photograph the girls interacting with the crowd, which for me was the reason why I came to Phoenix.









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2015 NFL Regular Season Week 1 – The Lions vs. The Chargers

An old proverb says that it is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.  Well if that day was Sunday, it might have been better if the Lions were sheep because at least the Rams won.

The NFC North division Lions made a rare appearance in Southern California and many of us fantasy football players were excited to see how a couple of rookie running backs would play.  Lion Ameer Abdullah played like…a lion and had himself 129 all purpose yards and a touchdown, while his Charger counterpart, Melvin Gordon, had 51 rushing yards and a costly fumble.  Well at least the Chargers had Danny Woodhead to bail them out.  He scored two clutch touchdowns.  Quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 404 yards and threw two second half touchdowns to rally the Chargers to victory.

Final Score: Chargers – 33, Lions – 28.

Well Philip Rivers wasn’t the only one having a good day, so was The Hottest Dance Team in the NFL, your Charger Girls.











It was another hot and sunny day in San Diego…I can’t wait for cooler weather because I really hate being all hot and sweaty…but that’s how it usually is for me when I photograph the Charger Girls.  And speaking of hot things, let’s begin this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the Captains: Tawnie, Katelyn, Kayla, and Tina.





This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a former Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader who found her way back home to California…introducing Laguna Niguel’s own Roxi.










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2015 NFL Preseason Week 3 – The Seahawks vs The Chargers

Week 3 of the preseason saw the Seattle Seahawks fly into San Diego to play the Chargers in a titanic battle of…okay…it was just another preseason game.  The defending Super Bowl Champions…uh…Super Bowl runner ups survived the unseasonably hot weather to prevail in the last minute on a 60 yard field goal by Steven Hauschka, 16-15.

If you like kicks, this was a game for you as three kickers combined to score six field goals.  Yawn.  Me?  I like kicks of a different sort.










The San Diego Chargers honored the men and women in uniform at this past Saturday’s game, holding their 27th annual Salute to the Military celebration.  The Charger Girls were adorned in military themed uniforms to cheer on the boys in blue, but it was to no avail as the Chargers succumbed to the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.

Side note: I never played a down of football in my life, but I am smart enough to know that if you are on the opponent’s one yard line in the Super Bowl with seconds left in the game and you have a player nicknamed “Beastmode”, you feed him the ball…on second down…on third down…and on fourth down.

I am a proud San Diego Chargers season ticket holder and a Charger Girl fan…like most of you reading this article. So let’s kick off this week’s coverage of the Charger Girls with the captains: Tawnie, Katelyn, Kayla, and Tina.





This week’s Charger Girl of the Day is a second year veteran who really caught my eye this year…introducing Delani!








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The 2015 Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions

The Ladies of Ontario Fury held their auditions for the 2015 dance team this past Saturday and I was very interested in the outcome.  You see, the Ladies of Ontario Fury have become one of my most beloved squads to shoot and under the direction of Lynae de Leon, they always seem to have some girls that are “next level” cheerleaders.  This past season, two girls made NBA squads (the Laker Girls and the Golden State Warriors) and another Fury dancer was a finalist for the Phoenix Suns.

So every year, I eagerly await auditions to see who are the returning veterans and who are the potential newcomers to this squad.  And this year, there are several openings for newcomers as only nine veterans were trying out again.  With nearly 50 girls trying out, the competition for one of the 16 spots would be the most competitive in the three year history of the team








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2015 NFL Preseason Week 1 – The Cowboys vs The Chargers

NFL football is back!  And its better than ever…okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration…okay, that’s more than a bit of exaggeration.  But hey, it’s football…preseason football…but football nonetheless.  And if you are like me, tired of watching the glacial paced Major League Baseball, preseason NFL football is a god send.  Why?  Because MLB doesn’t have cheerleaders…at least not like the NFL.









I do like watching preseason football.  Not because it is good, per se, but because I play fantasy football and I am always trying to glean some tidbit of information on up and coming players or some sort of intelligence on new coaches with new schemes in new places.  For example, many years ago, I was intrigued at the prospects of a young and talented running back from the University of Tennessee, named Arian Foster.  He was an undrafted free agent and definitely under the radar, but after watching a preseason game in which he rushed for a touchdown and had another one called back, he was a player to watch.  And when draft day came around, I selected him and rode him to a fantasy football championship.  He has been a productive player for several years, before injuries ravaged his hamstrings and groin.

So what did I learn this past weekend when the Dallas Cowboys came to visit the San Diego Chargers…not a damn thing.  There wasn’t much passing.  There wasn’t much rushing.  There wasn’t much quality football played.  And what did I learn about Tony Romo or Joseph Randle?  Nothing because they didn’t play.  Or what about highly touted Charger rookie Melvin Gordon?  Not much from his six carry, eleven yard performance.

The starters played only one or two series, if they played at all, and the rest of the game was relegated to scrubs and guys who won’t even make the 53 man roster.  Heck the Cowboys even played Lache Seastrunk…Lache Seastrunk?  The last time I read about him was when he left the University of Oregon in a cloud of mystery surrounding his recruitment.  That’s how bad it was.

But quality football was not the reason why I drove 120 miles to San Diego.  No.  It was to scout out a different sort of fantasy football team…the Charger Girls.  And they did not disappoint.  So let’s take our first look at the 2015 Charger Girls and we begin with the Captains: Tawnie, Kayla, Katelyn, Tina.






This year many of my favorite Charger Girls from years past retired, but there was one special girl who returned for her third year and she happens to be our first Charger Girl of the Day for 2015…introducing Shelbi.


Little known fact about Shelbi – she was crowned third runner up in this year’s Miss California USA pageant!







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Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions – August 22, 2015

2015 tryouts

The Ladies of Fury uphold a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement to represent the Ontario Fury with professionalism on and off the field. During the audition process, applicants will be judged on dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, crowd appeal, and individual applications. Finalists will participate in a group interview and display their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties (music will be provided).

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Time: Registration Starts at 9am (Auditions begin promptly at 9:30am)

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont CA 91711)


  • You must be at least 18 years old by October 1, 2015. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form
  • All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
  • A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury for 1 year
  • Must be available for mandatory mini-camp on Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30

What to wear

  • 2-piece attire (crop top w/ athletic shorts or briefs)
  • Skin colored nylons
  • Jazz, dance or athletic shoes
  • Hair must be worn down; Full hair and make-up
  • All tattoos must be covered up

For further information, contact Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon at

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2015 P-R-O Convention All Star: Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Hannah

Whew! We have finally reached the end of a long journey to identify and highlight those special girls who attended the 2015 P-R-O Convention. To be sure there were many more girls that I would have liked to feature, but scheduling and time constraints prevented me from visiting each squad as much as I would have liked to, but you can snag only so many girls during the brief breaks in the action.

Our final honoree of 2015 hails from the Minnesota Vikings and she is in her first year with the team, according to their web page…introducing Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Hannah, our 28th and final 2015 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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Well, this concludes’s coverage of the 2015 P-R-O Convention from Atlanta. If you are a professional cheerleader, you may wanted to consider attending this convention next year. It is the premier professional cheerleading and dance convention in the world and the opportunity to meet your peers and learn from the best choreographers in professional sports is truly inspiring. Plus, you may get to meet a couple of old geezers and get singled out for some special attention…Wink! Wink!

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