A few disclaimers to start off the year: First, I watched exactly zero football over the holiday weekend, so you’ll have to forgive me if I missed a few things. Also, I spent very little time on the computer over the past few days (I’m still catching up on e-mail and reading through the Comments sections), so if you sent me something and I didn’t respond or include it in the ticker, hang in there — it’ll take me a few more days to get back up to speed.
Now then: Back on December 20th, I linked to this article about the Redskins’ cheerleaders, which in turn included a link to this timeline. That prompted a my-t-informative dispatch from Becky Stein, as follows:
Thought you’d like to know that that “present” outfit [in the timeline] is actually not the current one. I know, cuz I worked for the company that made ’em (and the outfits for a bunch of other squads, too) from 1999 until last June. The uni has changed very slightly each of the last few years. The one shown in the timeline was from about 2001. We dropped the waistband on the shorts slightly each of the next two years, redesigned the top (that one was the “420-3F,” and their current top is a version of the “260-2” halter [you can see these and many of the company’s other standard styles here — PL]), changed the rhinestone patterns, etc. Also: This year Donald Wells — Director of Cheerleaders and Entertainment for the Redskins — asked for a short that has striping on the side to match their neckline trim, and to go with their “jersey tops.”
There’s a good photo gallery here that shows a lot of the company’s cheerleader uniforms. If you go look closely at the New England Patriots pic, you’ll notice that she’s wearing a Buffalo Jills skirt — they screwed up during the photo shoot two years ago!
As far as I know, only a few companies make the girls’ unis, and you might be surprised to know that they aren’t the logo-creepers — at least not for the signature outfit each team wears. The big three are the Line Up, Satin Stitches, and Angela King Designs [you might want to mute your computer’s sound before checking out the Angela King page — PL].
If you want to know more, there’s a blog specifically geared to pro cheerleading, with GREAT photos and links to all the other cheerleading pages.
I think I speak for everyone here when I say
I’d like to do a cheerleader on the 50 yard line thanks to Becky for that dynamite introduction to the world of cheerleader uni design.
A few thoughts:
• If the NBA can have cheerleaders on the court, why can’t the NHL have cheerleaders on the ice? A marketing coup waiting to happen!
• Is it just me, or do some of those NFL cheerleaders look a bit androgynous?
Coming tomorrow: a thorough examination of the waitress uniforms at Hooters.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Sunday’s entry about sailor-hatted school mascots brough this from John Okray: “The ‘Strutting Wolf’ of NC State, who also wears a sailor hat, was designed in the 1970s by a student. However, everyone knows that the student ripped off the idea from Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin (which was designed in 1940). The logo theft is still a controversy today in Madison.” … Movie review from John Philips: “While watching the Will Smith movie Pursuit of Happyness, I completely irritated my wife with my noting of an erroneous uniform worn in a 1981 Giants/49ers game that’s central to the movie. While the 49er uniforms were the old 1980s style, the Giants were wearing blue pants, which were only worn from 1975 through 1978. My wife gave me a disgusted look and munched some popcorn.” … The minor league Grand Rapids Griffins rang in the new year with tuxedo-styled jerseys (an extra champagne toast to Brittany Mohr). … Anyone know what the story is behind the new jerseys being worn by the Wisconsin hockey team? … The new MLB batting practice jerseys (slightly updated from the last round we saw), straight off of Majestic’s web site. … Great first-hand report from Matt Ryburn, who writes: “I’ve worked the Rose Bowl as an usher the past nine years. We wear a Rose Bowl cap, which we keep, and a Rose Bowl jacket, which has be returned in order to get paid. Anyway, we had these old, ratty button-up jackets for several years, and they were pretty horrible. But this year we got new ones, and I had to smirk when I saw the supplier. But I was very grateful for the jacket’s quality. Our hats are also made by the same supplier, but they were ugly in my opinion, so I did not wear mine.”