SI- The Albany State men's basketball team was steam-rolled by Tuskegee, 80-63, at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday. But while Albany State's basketball team advanced to the semifinals, the cheerleaders and dance team were sent home.
During halftime of the game, a brawl broke out between the two universities' spirit leaders. The SIAC later released a statement saying the spirit squads would be banned from the rest of the tournament.
I have always maintained that cheerleading is most definitely not a sport. That's not to say that I can do it. That's not to say that it isn't difficult. That's not to say that it doesn't require an extreme amount of athleticism. I just fundamentally don't think that something can be a sport if it depends on the presence of another sport to even exist. Something can't be a sport if 95% of the time that it is being performed it is being performed against no competition. The one or two actual competitions per year don't warrant the label of sport.
With that said, if this is what new school cheerleading is about they can put it on the bottom-line on ESPN tomorrow. Fuck it, give them their own channel. Hire analysts to look at game tape. We don't even need basketball or football games to distract us from the action of two squads throwing bows between "be aggressive" chants. A good old fashioned girl fight is arguably more entertaining than any soccer game, outside of the the World Cup, that I have watched. It's easily more intriguing than a division 1-AA football game. Hell, if we started airing cheerleader brawls on television it would instantly be the highest rated female sport.
Prep the set for the next 'Bring It On' movie. Make sure to bring extra band-aids and an economy size pack of hair extensions. They can just put these chicks in the movie if they want. Everyone knows production is cheaper if you go with virtually unknown cast members. Not like you need any acting experience to play a cheerleader anyway.