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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 »

“Hellcats” Cram Session: What You Don’t Know About Male Cheerleaders


The first two episodes of “Hellcats,” the new show based on my book Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders, were all about the ladies—Marti (Aly Michalka) and Savannah (Ashley Tisdale). But in tonight’s episode, we’re going to get the back story on Lewis Flynn (played by Robbie Jones), the Hellcats’ star base who, as we’ll find out, was once a Lancer University star football player. Keep reading »

Parents Did Not Want 6-Year-Old Cheering “We Shake Our Booties Left To Right”

“Our backs ache/
Our skirts are too tight/
we shake our booties from left to right!”

Jennifer and Duane Tesch, of Madison Heights, Michigan, would have sooner gang-banged the cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba” than hear those words come out of 6-year-old daughter Kennedy’s mouth. I mean, who did the coaches think these kids are — Destiny’s Child? But when the Tesches complained to the cheerleading squad that perhaps there might be more age-appropriate cheers for tykes, what did the adults who run the Madison Heights Wolverines flag football cheerleading team do? They unanimously voted Kennedy off the team and told her she could try out again next year. The Tesches were told they would be reimbursed the cost of her $125 cheer uniform and to not let the door hit them on the way out. Kennedy will pursue gymnastics instead, her parents said. [FOX News] Keep reading »

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 »

Girls In LEGO-land Are Either A Cheerleader Or A Nurse

Facepalm. What kind of bull hooey is this? LEGO has these thingies called “minifigures,” which are little LEGO people dressed up in different outfits. There’s a spaceman. A cowboy. A magician. A deep sea diver. A zombie with a shovel and a chicken drumstick. And even a kick-ass robot! But all of those minifigures — and more — apparently have tiny little yellow LEGO penises. (OK, not really. But they are all boy LEGOs.) The only two that are women are a cheerleader and a nurse.

Geez Louise. I’m actually shocked there’s no secretary or waitress. Keep reading »

The Japan Pom Pom Squad Cheers In Their Silver Years

The Japan Pom Pom Squad was founded 15 years ago and now has an average age of 66. These seriously flexible old ladies are keeping their bodies in top condition with this sport. But their minds also get a work-out because they have to memorize all their routines. This isn’t at all what I’d want to do in my silver years, but I applaud the Japan Pom Pom Squad for excelling at a sport that’s usually so exclusionary. [Reuters via Dlisted] Keep reading »

Cheerleader Sues Coach And High School For $100 Million

Why do cheerleaders have the most scandalous lives? Like, I know they really want their team to win and they’re willing to shout and kick their legs as high as possible to make that happen, but after that, can’t they just be normal? I guess not.

The latest cheer drama comes to you from Mississippi, where Mandi Jackson, a soon-to-be junior in high school, and her family are suing her former coach, Tommie Hill, and Pearl High School for the upwards of $100 million! Keep reading »

A Cheerleading Tazer Attack

It’s hard to go more than a few months in the United States without a juicy cheerleading scandal. (Don’t believe me? Check out my book CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders.) Today, a case in Oklahoma is eerily reminiscent of Wanda Holloway, the infamous Texas cheer mom who tried to have her daughter’s cheer rival offed in the 1990s. Find out what happened this time time around, after the jump… Keep reading »

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