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The Best Cheerleading Scandals

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This week brings the premiere of The CW’s new show “Hellcats,” which is based on the book Cheer!: Inside The Secret World of College Cheerleaders, by The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick. To get you pumped up and ready to shake your pom-poms, we’re bringing you cheer-related content all week. This post is an oldie, but a goodie. Enjoy, and make sure to watch the premiere Wednesday at 9pm (EST). Catching politicians in a scandal is fun. A Hollywood starlet losing it is better. But there’s nothing quite like a story involving cheerleaders gone wild to capture the American cultural imagination. Here’s a look back at our favorite cheerleading scandals—from hitmen-for-hire to nudie photos.

A Brief History Of Cheerleading

This week brings the premiere of The CW’s new show “Hellcats,” which is based on the book Cheer!: Inside The Secret World of College Cheerleaders written by The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick. To get you pumped up and ready to shake your pom-poms, we’re bringing you cheer-related content all week. Enjoy, and make sure to watch Wednesday at 9pm (EST).

Cheerleading is an iconic American phenomenon, on par with apple pie and the bald eagle. But, uh, where did it come from? Good question. Most people don’t know this, but cheerleaders were originally men. Cheerleading goes back to the very first college football game, between Princeton and Rutgers University. Princeton students started chanting, “Rah rah rah! Tiger tiger tiger! Sis sis sis! Boom boom boom! Ahhhhh!” It became a student tradition, and soon the school appointed “yell leaders” who sat in the audience and lead said chants. The idea spread across the country, and in 1898 a University of Minnesota yell leader ran in front of the crowd to lead his chants. Cheerleading was born. Keep reading »

Quotable: Ian Ziering Disappointed No “90210″ Reunion On 09/02/10

“About six or seven months ago, I had my entire cast together. I wanted to put together a reunion special to run on this day and the CW dropped the ball.”

—Ian Ziering tells us what could have been on yesterday’s once-in-a-lifetime date, 09/02/10. Sigh. Oh, well. At least we did some good “Beverly Hills, 90210” reminiscing? [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

“Dancing With The Stars” Contestants Start Rehearsals

Rehearsals have begun for season 11 of “Dancing with the Stars” and ABC has released images of some of our fave contestants. Here, Bristol Palin is shown some moves by her partner, Mark Ballas. Can he turn Alaska’s former first daughter from preggers prom queen into a ballroom dancer? Personally, I think it’s cute that they’re in socks. [Zap2It]

After the jump, more photos. Keep reading »

A Senate Candidate Who Is Anti-Masturbation

Christine O’Donnell has all the makings of an East Coast Sarah Palin. She’s a candidate running for the Senate in Delaware. More specifically, she’s a Tea Party member who is challenging Republican Mike Castle in the upcoming primary. For a while, she looked like a longshot, but all of a sudden, she’s picked up a bit of steam. Which has folks very worried because let’s just say that O’Donnell has some pretty extreme views. Years ago, O’Donnell made an appearance on the MTV series “Sex in the ’90s.” The point she wanted to make: masturbation is evil. Keep reading »

“Hellcats” To Set A Guinness World Record

For the past, oh, 20 years, I have wanted few things more than to set a Guinness World Record. Last year, I determined that the most likely way to do this is by gathering a mass group of people to do an activity together, à la getting the most people dressed as Smurfs to one place. It looks like The CW’s new show “Hellcats” has read my mind. (Which is doubly meta since the show about the rough-and-tumble world of college cheerleaders is based on my book, Cheer!.) To promote the show, which stars Aly Michalka and Asley Tisdale, The CW is holding a world record attempt. TOMORROW. Keep reading »

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