AlliedNews.com - Grove City, Pennsylvania

Sports

May 11, 2013

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Competitive cheerleading tough for even manly men

OPINION — WHEN I THINK OF MYSELF, I think I’m one of the more manly men you’ll find.

I definitely don’t mind eating all kinds of meat and potatoes. I love watching sports — and participating in them when I can.

I do many other things that ‘real’ men do that aren’t fit for print and proper readers.

What I don’t do is wear skinny jeans or other tight-fitting clothes. I don’t wear jewelry nor do I wear colors that lean more to the femine side than the masculine side.

Over the past five months, I found myself doing something that at one point in the time I would’ve considered very girly — cheerleading.

Not the rah, rah shish coom bah type of cheerleading you find at football games where the cheerleaders are in neat and tidy rows.

That kind of cheerleading is still very girly to this manly man, but there certainly isn’t anything wrong with it.

Instead, I got involved in competitive cheerleading with the parent team with The Rockers — the competitive cheer team my daughter Maddyn cheers for — mainly for her amusement.

The funny thing is I quickly found out I wasn’t very good at cheerleading — I‘m not flexible enough to do a very good toe touch nor was my party jump very graceful.

I vividly remember texting my wife during our first parent team practice that I wasn’t cut out for cheerleading, but I stuck it out because I didn’t want my daughter to see quitting as an option when things weren’t easy.

As it turns out, we weren’t competing to win awards — although we did capture a handful of first places — but solely as entertainment so my lack of grace added to the laugh factor.

I also found out just how athletic you have to be to do some of the moves needed to look even halfway decent on the mat — I tried to do a cartwheel during a tumbling pass and nearly executed a tackle on a teammate that would’ve made Jack Lambert, Greg Lloyd or James Harrison smile.

So our coaches found a perfect spot for me — as a base or a back spot on mounts.

No grace or agility were needed to be a base just some brute strength and proper technique — something the manly man inside of me could live with if I were going to perform on a mat in front of hundreds if not thousands of spectators.

I also discovered the basket toss, which entails two bases locking their hands on the other’s forearms to form a square onto a lighter person is placed and then ‘tossed’ into the air.

I found some manly bliss in the basket toss, wondering how high my partner Lee Yeager and I could get our flyer into the air, so that we could possibly get her higher than the time before.

Not to pat myself on the back, but our basket toss was so good and we got our flyer so high in the air that we had so many judges comment on the air we got.

That my friends is what a manly man like myself can hang his hat on and justify doing something we once considered a very ‘girly’ endeavor.

Agree, disagree or just want to comment? Contact Corey at gcsportsguy@yahoo.com.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • THE CHECKERED FLAG: April should bring welcome return of local racing

    MOTHER NATURE’S last stronghold on winter may slowly be releasing her grip as the calendar changes to April and racing begins to get under way throughout the region. 
    Locally, nothing has happened yet, but that may soon be changing. Mercer had to postpone their “Chiller Thriller” to this Saturday (April 5), weather permitting, featuring the NDRL Northeast Super Late Models, NDRL E-Mods, Crate Late Models, and Stock Cars. Mercer’s regular season opener featuring their weekly divisions of “410” Sprints, “358” Modifieds, “305” Sprints, Stock Cars, Mod Lites, and Mini Stocks has now been pushed back to April 12. 

    April 6, 2014

  • Dishing off Mercer boys bow in Guerino finals

    The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
    The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
    In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • EXTRA INNINGS: Bonds ruined opening day for Pirates fans

    As this column begins today its 47th year, longtime readers no doubt expected to find what they have found at the beginning of every baseball season — predictions for upcoming summer.
    And as I sat down last week to start to put together some ideas for today’s entry, that is fully what I anticipated would fill this space.
    Well, I’m as surprised as you are; 2014’s season prognostications must wait until next week.
    I just can’t get past the fact that club president Frank Coonelly thought the celebration of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first winning season in 21 years should include Barry Bonds.
    You gotta be kidding me!

    April 3, 2014

  • NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U

    Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).

    October 19, 2011

  • steez pc.jpg NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return

    Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.

    October 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • wheldon, dan pc.jpg IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life

    Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.

    October 19, 2011 3 Photos

  • pens pc.jpg NHL: Sabres beat Penguins 3-2

    The Buffalo Sabres have had trouble with the Pittsburgh Penguins whether Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin play or not.

    October 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • canadiens logo pc.jpg NHL Quick glance: Montreal at Pittsburgh

    A breakdown of the National Hockey League game Thursday night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and visiting Montreal Canadiens.

    October 19, 2011 4 Photos

  • High School Highlights: Oct. 19, 2011

    A look at the last few days in local high school fall sports action.

    October 19, 2011

  • washington, ron pc.jpg Leading Off: Oct. 19, 2011

    News and notes from the local, regional and national sports scene.

    October 19, 2011 5 Photos

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide