Forget Football: Three Cheers For The Cheerleaders


Cynthia:  In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, I thought I would pay homage to those unsung athletes on football fields everywhere… the cheerleaders.

Marcy:  Cheerleaders aren’t athletes.

Cynthia:  Maybe back in the 1950’s and 60’s they weren’t athletes, but by the time I was cheering in the 1970’s and 1980’s, cheerleading had become increasingly gymnastic and spectacular at the grade school, high school, and college level.

Standing on the sidelines and clapping gave way to intricate pyramids and girls flying through the air. It became a fiercely competitive sport in its own right.



Cynthia:  Plus cheerleaders always get to wear super cute uniforms. Check out the evolution of cheerleading below!



Cynthia:  Here we have a cheerleader from the 1950’s. Love those saddle shoes and bobby socks!


Cheerleader from the 1950’s


Cynthia:  And here’s Meryl Streep in 1966 cheering for her high school football team.

By this time, bulky sweaters gave way to sleek sweater vests with white blouses underneath. This style looked so crisp and strong when the girls were all cheering in unison. It stayed popular until the late 1970’s.


Meryl Streep was a cheerleader, 1966


Cynthia: By 1980, sweaters with attached collars were popular. Short sleeved for the hot months and long sleeved for the cooler months.


early 1980’s cheerleaders


Cynthia: And by the late 1980’s, sleeveless vests in the same fabric as the skirt had become the rage. Here’s me and members of my squad in 1986.

Sandy, Jennifer, and me in 1986

Cynthia:  These uniforms were brand spanking new. We spent all summer fundraising to buy them and we were soooo excited when they arrived. Don’t know if you can tell, but this was back when frosted blue eyeshadow was all the rage.

Me (up top) with Kim, Leigh, and Jennifer

Cynthia:  And here cheerleading is today. Uniforms are now sportier looking and of course made with high tech fabric. But they’re still cute and the girls are fierce.

cheerleading stunts
cheerleading stunts


Cynthia:  I still love to watch cheerleading competitions. My heart does flip flops every time I see cheerleaders fly through the air.

cheerleading stunts


Cynthia:  So what do you think, Marcy?

Marcy:  Whatever. I can do that.


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  • Reply Merrie K. January 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    How cute were you with blonde hair and freckles??? Adorable! 🙂 You are right about cheer leaders…they deserve as much praise as ice skaters or gymnasts, but are often treated like unskilled dancers. So not true!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 31, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      The injury rate amongst cheerleaders is very high too. I remember having girls fall on my head!
      Oh and it was Florida in the 1980's. We all used Sun-In on our hair!

  • Reply Anonymous January 31, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Cynthia, you were soooo cute! You still are, of course, but it's a more mature cuteness.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      thank you! i feel like being cute when one is mature is the equivalent of being nice and i like to think i am nice! 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous January 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    This is such a great post! I'm so glad you included pictures of your cheerleading days!!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch January 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      yay! thank you! it was a looooong time ago. lol

  • Reply GnomeLover February 1, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Ahhhhh! I was having such a bad day and you made me smile! Thank you! I loved seeing your cheerleading photos! Cynthia with blond hair?! I never knew! You were and are so cute!!! I am excited about tomorrow if only because I love making all of the yummy food!


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 1, 2015 at 2:31 am

      I hope your day is getting better! Can't wait to hear what you are making for the Super Bowl. I think we are ordering pizza! Yum!

  • Reply Vik February 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    As I was reading your post, I thought, all these pics are fun, and I wish she would include some of her own glory days of cheering. And bam there you were. Such fun and cute pics. Are you gonna do any living room cheering during today's game? And speaking of athletic abilities….how is Penelope's diet going? Hope she is still not falling off the bookcase?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      You know, now that you suggest it, maybe I will do some living room cheers! LOL I wonder if I remember any of them.
      Penelope has plateaued. She doesn't look scary anymore so that's good. But, I would like her to get a little more fit so we are playing with her more – which she loves of course. She loooooves to eat. But don't we all!

  • Reply Liana February 2, 2015 at 2:48 am

    I love that we got to see a blast from your past. Those stunts make my heart flutter. Wow!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch February 2, 2015 at 4:35 am

      Me too! I swear my heart does flip flops when I see them!

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