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“Hellcats” Cram Session: What Do Cheerleaders Do After Graduating?

Bust out your pom-poms, ‘cause tonight is “Hellcats” night! Since The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick happens to be an expert on college cheerleading—after all, the show is based on her book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders—every Wednesday we have her sound off on how the show stacks up to reality.

While she joined the cheerleading squad to get a scholarship, Marti has always made it clear what her priority is—going to law school and becoming a lawyer somewhere outside of the state of Tennessee. Which brings us to the question: what do cheerleaders tend to do after graduating from college? Keep reading »

“Hellcats” Cram Session: The Internet Sure Loves Racy Cheerleader Photos

Bust out your pom-poms, ‘cause tonight is “Hellcats” night! Since The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick happens to be an expert on college cheerleading—after all, the show is based on her book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders—every Wednesday we have her sound off on how the show stacks up to reality.

Tonight on “Hellcats,” naked pics of squad co-captain Alice are leaked on the interwebs and quickly became the most-viewed pages on Lancer University campus. So how realistic is this plot? Unfortunately, extremely. Rebecca Manns of the University of Louisville knows first hand what this is like. When dirty photos of her ended up online in 2007, she quickly became the most Googled name of the week. Keep reading »

Insider Claims Life As A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Is A Living Hell

Anyone been watching the CMT channel’s reality show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team”? Clips posted online portray the cheer squad as sugary sweet good ol’ girls: In one episode, they visit Iraq War veterans and in another they dig in at Cracker Barrel. (Although the actual eating part doesn’t make it onscreen.)

But alas, there’s a rat in their “white and blue star-spangled” midst! Keep reading »

“Hellcats” Cram Session: Are Cheerleaders Hazed?

Bust out your pom-poms, ‘cause tonight is “Hellcats” night! Since The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick happens to be an expert on college cheerleading—after all, the show is based on her book CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders—every Wednesday we have her sound off on how the show stacks up to reality.

For the past few weeks, it’s seemed like Marti has been welcomed with open arms into the Hellcats crew. But now that Savannah has discovered that Marti and Dan lost their virginity to each other back in the day, all of a sudden Marti is back to being an outsider.

Which raises the question—when is a newbie officially taken into the fold of a cheerleading squad? Keep reading »

“Hellcats” Cram Session: Who Are Cheerleading Coaches?

Bust out your pom-poms, ‘cause tonight is “Hellcats” night! Since The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick happens to be an expert on college cheerleading—after all, the show is based on her book CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders—every Wednesday we have her sound off on how the show stacks up to reality.

Tonight’s episode of “Hellcats” will involve lots of neon and crimped hair. The squad throws a rocking ’80s costume party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the squad. During the shindig, Hellcats coach Vanessa sings two classic ’80s tunes—she does an awesome rendition of “We Got the Beat” with Marti and Savannah, before giving us a solo of “Tempted By the Fruit of Another.” Interesting, since while she loves her boyfriend, the (hot!) athletic department doctor, she used to have a thing with football coach Red Raymond.

As the Hellcats mythology goes, Vanessa was a Hellcats squad member 10 years ago. So how realistic is this? Keep reading »

Cheerleader Kicked Off Squad For Refusing To Cheer For Her Attacker

A Texas high school has taken “school spirit” to the extreme and kicked a cheerleader off the squad after she refused to cheer for a football player who sexually assaulted her. According to Ms. magazine, player Rakheem Jamal Bolton, 19, of Silsbee High School in Hardin County, TX, and two other males were accused of sexually assaulting a female student (identified only as H.S.) in 2008 at a post-game party. H.S. claims the three young men forced her into a room, locked the door, held her down and sexually assaulted her. Other party-goers tried to get in the room and two of the three men, including Bolton, fled through the window … Keep reading »

“Hellcats” Cram Session: Cheerleaders Playing Football?


Bust out your pom-poms, ’cause tonight is “Hellcats” night! Since The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick happens to be an expert on college cheerleading—after all, the show is based on her book CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders—every Wednesday we have her sound off on how the show stacks up to reality.

Tonight on “Hellcats,” Savannah, Marti, Alice and the crew throw on their sweats (finally, some ample clothing), smear on some eye black, and play flag football against their arch nemeses on Lancer campus—the women’s volleyball team.

I know what you’re thinking—cheerleaders playing football? But you’ll be surprised to know that this plot line is very real. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Boyfriend Has A Teen Cheerleader Fetish”

I’m 28 and in a very loving relationship with my 31-year-old boyfriend of about three years. Recently, I’ve been getting annoyed, or perhaps better stated, creeped out, by his interest in high school girls. Not that he knows any personally — as far as I’m aware — but I know he’s perused photos of high school juniors and seniors on Facebook and he’s been recording high school cheerleading and volleyball shows on ESPN. It’s really starting to bother me as well as make me feel like he’s not turned on by me because I’m no longer in shape like an 18-year-old. I mentioned this to him and he said he would stop, but it’s still really bothering me. What do you think? — Too Old For My Older Man?

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“Hellcats” Cram Session: Cheerleading Uniforms Just Keep Getting Skimpier

Bust out your pom-poms, folks, because it is “Hellcats” night! This CW series about the Wild West of college cheerleading is based on my book, Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. So, after last week’s episode, I got a hilarious email from a cousin saying that she enjoyed the show but, “Wow, they only have about 10 inches of fabric to those uniforms, total.” Keep reading »

“Hellcats” Cram Session: The Truth About Injuries In Cheerleading


It’s “Hellcats” night, party people! As I’ve told you 901 times—this show has a special place in my DVR heart because it is based on a non-fiction book I wrote a few years back called Cheer: Inside The Secret World Of College Cheerleaders. Also, the show is awesome. So I hope you’ll be watching tonight at 9 p.m.

In the first three episodes, we’ve seen a cheerleader—Alice—topple off the top of a pyramid and break her wrist. And we witnessed another—Savannah’s sister—slip out of a stunt and be hospitalized for head injuries. So, you are probably wondering, how realistic is this? Keep reading »

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