Locked-out cheerleaders get new role


Locked-out cheerleaders get new role

By Justin Aucoin

Little over a week ago the New England Patriots held their 2011 Cheerleader Auditions. At first we thought this was a silly idea the NFL 2011-2012 season is all but buried six feet under at this point.

And then we gave it a little more thought and realized, yes, there still is room for cheerleaders, even during a lockout season.

Promoting the NFLs new financial system
Team owners plan on using cheerleaders to promote their new financial system for the NFL via interpretive dance and diagrams.

Not sure if the players will find the pyramid scheme any more enticing than the last CBA. At least, not without financial auditing for the past several years first.
New cheer opportunities
Studies have shown that NFL fans are smart and are bored of the usual D-Fense! and Go Team! Woooo! chants. The lockout will allow the cheerleaders to work on some cheers that are more outside the box.

Giving fans their moneys worth
The NFL teams already have season ticket holders money. You think theyre just going to give it back? Of course not!

Each week NFL cheerleaders will face off for a grueling game of Our cheers are better than your cheers!

Also, what else is there to watch on Sunday afternoons?

Its still 100x better than the alternative.

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally


Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.