2016 Charger Girls of the Day

It’s mid March and audition season is well under way for NFL, so it’s an appropriate time to take a look back at the 2016 Charger Girls of the Day.

The 2016 season was momentous as it turned out to be the final season for the Chargers in San Diego.  The unthinkable happened and after more than a decade of trying to secure a new stadium, the Chargers finally gave up on San Diego and accepted the NFL’s offer to relocate to Los Angeles.  Overnight, the Chargers tripled the value of the franchise, but the move up north is not without consequence.  The bottom line is that the franchise is starting over in terms of developing a fan base that they can leverage financially and that will be a challenge with the Rams already staking a claim to the nation’s second largest market.  And for long time season ticket holders like myself, the Chargers did themselves no favors by raising ticket price from $110 to $255 per game.  Sometimes it makes you wonder what they are thinking, other than squeezing every last dollar of revenue they can.

Well we shall see what the 2017 has in store for fans like myself.  But for now, let’s take a look back at the 2026 Charger Girls of the Day, those girls that provided me with the most outstanding photos of the day.

Our first honoree is a Tina, a former Captain and one of the most talented dancers on the team.  She has always been wonderful to photograph and was in the mix for a couple of Charger Girl of the Day honors.

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The second preseason game of the year was a tribute to our military and the Charger Girls wore these special military themed uniforms.  Many Charger Girls were outstanding, but the CG that stood out the most was a beautiful rookie named Madison.  With a fresh face, great dance moves and a rare photogenic quality, Madison left a very positive impression throughout her rookie season.

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2016 saw a number of memorable rookies join the team and another one of those special rookies clearly deserved the title of Charger Girl of the Day for the first home game of the regular season.  Kayla Ann caught my eye because she is quite beautiful, but also because she takes some very compelling photographs while dancing and that in my book is what I find worthy of consideration.

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Our fourth honoree of the season is one of my favorite Charger Girls of all time…Shelbi. She is as beautiful as they come and she’s a great dancer, but the most compelling thing about her is that she is extremely photogenic.  I never take a bad photograph of her and pretty much every photo I take of her, I find something in it that I absolutely love.

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2016 might be called the season of the rookie because another rookie earns the title of Charger Girl of the Day.  Glory is another one of those special Charger Girls that stand out.  Perhaps it’s her flaming red hair or perhaps it’s her wonderful smile.  Whatever the reason may be, Glory stands out.  And for week 6 of the regular season, she was very memorable indeed.

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Our honoree for week 9 was a Captain and one of the best dancers on the squad.  Delani has been one of my favorite Charger Girls to photograph over the years because she has it all…great looks, great dance ability, and she is extremely photogenic.  She is always in consideration for Charger Girl of the Day for these reasons and for week 9, she was the most outstanding Charger Girl of the Day.

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Did I mention that 2016 was the year of the rookie?  I did?  Well, our next honoree is another one of those amazing rookies and this one comes from Baltimore, MD.  Shelby caught my eye from day one.  Those people that know me, know that I have a soft spot for leggy blondes and Shelby is definitely a leggy blonde.  In addition to being leggy and blonde, Shelby is a great dancer and I got many, many great photos of her dancing.  In week 10 of the regular season, there was only one choice for Charger Girl of the Day and her name was Shelby.

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Our next honoree is a repeat winner!  Delani is one special cheerleader and always gives me amazing photographs.  I generally don’t like giving out repeat awards, but I always believe in doing what is right.  There must be a reason why Delani was named a Captain this year and named the Charger’s Pro Bowl Cheerleaders…I suppose those are the same reasons why she is a two time CGOTD award winner.

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Our final Charger Girl of the Day for the 2016 season is another Captain, who has often been in the conversation for this award.  Bridget has been on my radar ever since the made the squad a few years ago and she had been in the running for this award several times over the years.  This award has evolved from the best photo of the day to the best series of photos of the day.  This award has become more competitive as the caliber of girl has improved over the years.  And on this week, Bridget, by far, gave me the most memorable series of images on this day.

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Well that’s a wrap for the 2016 season. I  only went to nine games, but they were memorable ones.  I don’t know what the 2017 season will bring, but it will be a season of change.  A new city.  A new stadium.  And a new squad of Charger Girls….Los Angeles Charger Girls.

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Snapshots – The Ladies of Ontario Fury in the MASL Playoffs

It’s playoff time in the MASL and this past Tuesday, I attended the Ontario Fury game against the San Diego Sockers.   The visiting Sockers won the first game of the series, making this a must win game for the Fury if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive.  If the Fury wins, then the two teams would play a 15 minute abbreviated mini game for the rights to move on in the playoffs.  So there was a palpable sense of urgency for the home team…win and they would continue on, lose…well…see you next year.

The game started off fast for the Fury as they scored three first quarter goals before the Sockers responded with two goals in the second period.  As the game tightened up, the play turned physical with several hard tackles and some hard feelings that carried over into the locker area during half time.  In the second half, the Fury outscored the Sockers 5-2 to win the game and force the 15 minute mini-game.

Final Score: Ontario Fury – 8, San Diego Sockers – 4

After a brief 15 minute break, the two teams returned to the field to play the decisive mini game.  Nine seconds into the rubber game of the match, the Sockers scored the lone goal of the mini-game.  With more than 14 minutes left to play, the Fury were unable to score an equalizer and the Sockers went onto prevail and move on to the next round of the playoffs.  And with that, the Fury’s season was over.

As it turned out, this was also the last game of the season for the Ladies of Ontario Fury and perhaps the last time this group of young women will perform together.  It’s audition season and Lynae de Leon, the director of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, has a knack of developing dance talent that go onto major league dance teams.  Last year alone, four members of her 2016 squad made it to NBA and NFL dance teams.  And on Sunday, the first of several local NFL and NBA auditions begin and I know that several of her current squad will be trying out.

So let’s take a final look at the 2017 Ladies of Ontario Fury.

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Flashback Friday – Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Brittany Wagner

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One of the most beautiful cheerleaders that I have ever photographed is Brittany Wagner, a dancer for the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  She doesn’t have cheerleader good looks…no, she has next level actress/model good looks.  In fact, Brittany was crowned Miss United States California in 2015 and she was a 1st runner up in the Miss California USA pageant.  And yes, she’s an actress as well as being one of the my favorite Ladies of Ontario Fury dancers.

So let’s take a look back at the 2014 Ladies of Ontario Fury auditions for this edition of Flashback Friday and let us fondly remember days gone by.

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2017 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Audition Dates – March 19

Join the World Renowned Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders

“We are seeking professional, glamourous, talented candidates to be part of our team. Our cheerleaders represent the Rams organization not only on the field, but also throughout the community, both nationally and across the globe.”

   –  Keely Fimbres-Bledsoe Director of Special Events and Cheerleaders

Established in 1968, the Rams Cheerleaders have a rich history of memorable home game performances. Off the field, the team participates in more than 1,500 hours of community service annually, represents the organization at events and media appearances, and are profiled across a variety of Rams’ media assets.

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Workshops
March 11 & 12

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Preliminary Audition
March 19, Round 1

Learn new choreography and perform alongside other participants as you audition to become a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams.

Final Audition
April 2

Candidates who advance past the preliminary auditions are required to participate in an interview, additional training and rehearsals leading up to the final auditions, which will be held at The Bovard Theatre, USC.

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Flashback Friday – Charger Girl Jennifer O.

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This is a photo of one of my favorite Charger Girls, Jennifer O.  It is interesting to note that the Charger Girls wore these thick, pink warm up jackets for the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on that day, if memory serves correct, it was in the upper 80’s.  It was a rather warm day and everyone else was in warm weather attire (shorts and thin shirts) while the Charger Girls were wearing these thick tops.  They must have been dying because I remember I was. And I was not very fond of the look.  Thankfully, the Charger Girls abandoned this look the following year and just decided to cheer with pink pom poms.

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Flashback Friday – Ladies of Ontario Fury Video

 

This was the first video I made for UltimateCheerleaders.com.  I used my old iPhone 5s and the iMovie app and cobbled together this video as an experiment.  I had great time working with the Ladies of Ontario Fury. They’re fun to be around and are game for any crazy idea I come up with.

I think I did okay for the first time creating a video.  The main thing in this process was having a concept for the video and transforming those visualizations into substance…and then editing them together in a coherent sequence.  It was a fun experiment and I came away with a desire to do more in the medium, but I also understood that first and foremost  I am a photographer and if I wanted to do video at these events, I wouldn’t be able to shoot stills at the same time.  They are two separate disciplines that demand your whole attention span.  You can’t do both and do them properly because in the end, you’d get something half-assed….so for now, I’ll stick with still photos.

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Snapshots: Ladies of Ontario Fury – 02/04/17

Another week, another Ontario Fury game.  This past Saturday, I watched the Ontario Fury battle the Turlock Express in another exciting MASL soccer game…exciting if you are a fan of the hometown team because this one was a blow out.  The MASL doesn’t have a 10 run mercy rule like they have in Little League Baseball, but maybe they should.  The Ontario Fury thoroughly dominated the boys from Stanislaus County, taking a 7-2 lead into halftime and never looked back.  Five third quarter goals put the Ontario Fury up 12-2 before the Express started playing some soccer, scoring three fourth quarter goals to keep the final margin of victory at 10.

Final Score: Ontario Fury – 15, Turlock Express – 5

Twenty goals in 60 minutes of game play.  That’s a goal every three minutes  And with each Fury goal…you get some dancing!  So let’s take a look at this week’s snapshots of the Ladies of Ontario Fury, the hottest dance team in the MASL.

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