Chargers Kick the Cardinals into Submission – NFL Preseason Week 2

On Friday, the Arizona Cardinals flew into town to play the San Diego Chargers in a game that saw the home team mount a stout defense and kick four field goals en route to a 19-3 victory.  But before we get ahead ourselves, this was a preseason game and the starters for both teams played sparingly.  This contest looked like a typical preseason game…lots of errors and uninspired play.  On their second series, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw an interception to defensive back Brandon Flowers, who returned the pass for a pick six.  That would be the only points needed to win the game for the boys in blue and there were more than 50 minutes of game time yet to play.  Several Charger drives sputtered to a premature end, forcing them to kick four field goals…which was a good thing for Josh Lambo fans, but for most of us the lack of big play touchdowns was somewhat of a disappointment.

But hey…its a preseason game. And I didn’t drive 120 miles to see second and third string football players struggle to secure a roster spot. No, I came to see the new crop of Charger Girls and I was not disappointed.

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For the San Diego Chargers, 2016 is a season of change. I know several season ticket holders, long time fans, who have changed their allegiance and no longer support the team because of the attempt to relocate to Los Angeles. That may still happen and judging by the number of empty seats at Qualcomm stadium, things look bleak. And while the Chargers are desperately trying to secure approval and funding for a downtown San Diego stadium project, that seems to be a long shot at best. So what does the future bode for the home team? No one knows for sure…but things cannot remain the same.

We hope that it is a season of change for the play on the field. Melvin Gordon, the second year running back, has looked surprisingly good this preseason. We hope that he is fully recovered from microfracture surgery and becomes the dynamic back that fans hoped he would be when he was drafted last year. And there is a new sense of urgency and hopefulness in that the team can be competitive in an AFC West division that looks more open than ever and that success on the field can propel voters to approve the downtown stadium ballot measure in November.

For what is the alternative if the ballot measure fails? Will the Chargers take the NFL’s one year offer to move to Inglewood’s two billion dollar stadium? Or will the Raiders snatch the option to relocate to Los Angeles if the Chargers pass on the opportunity. And if they do, what does that mean for the Chargers. Will Southern California support three NFL franchises within 100 miles of each other? Certainly there are the numbers…people and dollars, sure…but that’s a tough sell if you don’t put a competitive product on the field and we all know what happens to teams that don’t.

So, this year is shaping up to be monumental for the Chargers…the team and its fans.


Let’s see if I got this correct and start our coverage off with the 2016 Line Captains: Marissa (welcome back!), Delani, Bridget and Teran.

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Flashback Friday – Los Angeles Raiderette Girl Anjanette Abayari

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Back in the early 1990’s, the Raiders were still in Los Angeles and I was a season ticket holder.  The Raiderettes were all the rage because they had the most beautiful cheerleaders in the NFL and Al Davis’ right hand man, Al LoCasale made it a priority to select the hottest girls for the squad.  One of the most beautiful of them all was a Raiderette named Anjanette Abayari who was a former Miss Philippines and later became a movie star back in her native country.

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UPDATE: Who is the First-ever British Cheerleader in the NFL?

UPDATE: An astute reader has emailed me to let me know that there was another cheerleader from Britain who preceded Holly in cheering for the NFL. Her name is Angela G. who cheered for the San Diego Charger Girls in 2014. As luck would happen, I photographed Angela and here’s a photo of her as proof.

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I was referencing information from the Daily Mail article linked below and it was erroneous. My apologies to Angela and Holly for the error.


The NFL is going international. No, not the football teams. The cheerleaders. We have had dancers who came from Japan and Australia make NFL cheerleading squads, but we have another first. The first cheerleader from Britain to make a NFL cheerleading squad.

So who is the first ever British cheerleader in the NFL? That would be Holly Warden, 25, from Bristol, who auditioned in Mexico earlier this year and beat out hundreds of hopefuls to become one of the 2016-2017 Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.

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Holly was the subject of an article in the UK’s Daily Mail. You can read about Holly and her journey here.

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Flashback Friday – San Diego Charger Girl Anjelica

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This is a photo of one of my all time favorite Charger Girls.  Her name is Anjelica and she was on the squad from 2010 to 2014.  If I recall correctly, she made the squad straight out of high school and her family moved from Colorado to San Diego after she made the cut.

Tall, leggy and strikingly beautiful, Anjelica was one of the most popular Charger Girls and one of my all time favorites.

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2016 Phoenix Suns Dancers Auditions

This past Saturday, I made the trek to the Valley of the Sun to cover the 2016 Phoenix Suns Dancers Auditions.  The Suns have a new coach, Earl Watson a former standout at U.C.L.A. whose NBA playing career spanned over a decade, and there is a tangible sense of excitement over the team’s future prospects.  And this excitement extended over to the Suns Dancers auditions, which drew over 80 hopefuls to the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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2016 P-R-O Convention All Star: Houston Texans Cheerleader Taylor C.

As we wind down our coverage of the 2016 P-R-O Convention, I just want to say that is was another great year and I was so fortunate to meet so many amazing professional cheerleaders and dancers.  It was truly a wonderful experience and if you have a passion for dance, you should be there next year.

Our final 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star is another one of those amazing Houston Texans Cheerleaders.  She is a first year member of the HTC and graduated with a degree in accounting, introducing Taylor C., our final 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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One thing I noticed about Taylor…she’s very photogenic, a rare quality indeed.

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Well that’s all for this year’s P-R-O Convention.  To all the cheerleaders who took time out of their busy schedule to pose for me, thank you.  And to all who were in attendance, I look forward to see you all again next year.

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2016 P-R-O Convention All Star: Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader Ashley

I have been covering the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders auditions since 2009 and I enjoy my time there because its a wonderful event to cover and I get some amazing photographs of some amazing cheerleaders.  So you could say I have a fondness for the AZCC and I was pleased to see them in attendance after a one year absence.  Our next 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star is a first year Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader from Friendswood, Texas…introducing Ashley.

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Only one more cheerleader to feature! Check back tomorrow to see who is our final 201 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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