Cheerleaders can be found on the sideline at a variety of sporting events throughout the world. They are at the high school, college, and even professional level seemingly always ready to lend their vocal support to a team in need. Whatever one’s personal feelings are toward cheerleaders, one thing is for certain; the game just wouldn’t be the same without them.
For some, they are incredible athletes, for others, simply eye candy. That being said, regardless of ones perspective, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
In pop culture films, they are often portrayed as the cool girls and can generally be counted on to be among the most attractive females on campus. While this is clearly a stereotype, many people have encountered cheerleaders in real life situations that fit the bill. Conversely, they can also be some of kindest people you will ever encounter. In this article, we will see quite a wide variety of cheerleaders.
Cheerleaders, like most athletes (or people in general), like to be photographed when they look their best or when they are performing at a high level. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen, as our readers are about to find out.
In this piece, you are about to see 15 of the most embarrassing cheerleader photos ever taken.
16 So Many Unflattering Faces...
More often than not, cheerleaders can be seen smiling on the sidelines. However, in this particular photo, we can see a variety of different facial expressions. In fact, a couple of the ladies even have their eyes completely closed. There is also a girl sticking her tongue out. That being said, the girl in the middle definitely wins the prize for the best face in this shot. She definitely likes what she sees and isn’t afraid to express herself.
Cheer Fact: Cheerleaders don’t simply exist to cheer others to victory, they also have their own competitions. If one attends a cheerleading tournament, they should expect to be dazzled by a wide array of routines. These routines will often include things like dancing, tumbling, stunting, and of course...cheers.
15 That's A Great View!
There is one thing that can definitely be said for this male cheerleader; he is focused. Although it looks like he might not be focused on the right thing in this particular instance. The female cheerleader looks ready to fall to the ground, as the gentlemen holding her appears to be conducting a thorough uniform inspection. In all likelihood, it was probably just a case of a photo being taken at a bad time. That being said, it still makes for quite the awkward image.
Cheer Fact: There are currently six NFL teams that don’t have their own cheerleading squads. These six franchises are none other than the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
14 Just... Gross
Readers in search of the most disgusting photo in the article have definitely found it here. In truth, this picture doesn’t even really need a caption; the expression on the girl’s faces really say it all. Unfortunately, in any sport, accidents happen, but it’s even worse when someone happens to take a picture of it. It’s hard to say who felt worse after this pic, the girl in the air or the unfortunate folks below her. It’s fair to say that these ladies…had a pretty crappy day.
Cheer Fact: While cheerleading is thought of as being primarily an American sport, it has increased in popularity in countries like Australia and China. This is due in large part to ESPN’s 1997 International Cheerleading Competition (which was broadcast overseas )as well as the cheer film, Bring It On.
13 Scary Spirit
Coming up with the perfect cheer face can be more of an art than a science. Despite what looks to be a solid effort, this young lady hasn’t found the perfect cheer face just yet. Still, you would think one of her teammates would at least be nice enough to help her fix her hair. Where is the team spirit here ladies? This is another case of the camera catching someone at an inopportune moment.
Cheer Fact: The 2000 teen comedy film Bring It On helped make the sport of cheerleading even more popular. The movie featured several big name stars including Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, and Eliza Dushku. The film features two squads from different backgrounds battling it out for cheer supremacy. The movie is also considered to be something of a cult classic.
12 A Leg Up
There are several downsides to wearing white pants when performing in front of a large audience; this is definitely one of them. On the plus side, the stain probably isn’t that noticeable when her leg isn’t in the air. Unfortunately, someone took a picture at the worst possible moment. Hopefully, her gorgeous smile will help distract fans from her noticeable mishap. This photo has to be a cheerleader’s worst nightmare.
Cheer Fact: Cheerleading is a sport that is most often associated with females. However, organized cheerleading started as an all-male activity, in 1877, at Princeton University. According to the University website, their very first cheer was, "Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Tiger! S-s-s-t! Boom! A-h-h-h!" The over 100-year-old cheer is still used today at Princeton sporting events.
11 Get Out Of The Way
This Dallas Cowboys cheerleader looks way too surprised in this photo. You would have to think she knows, that by standing next to the sidelines, that there is a good chance this sort of thing could happen. However, the look of disbelief makes for a pretty entertaining photo. It looks like she is okay, which is a positive takeaway. This image proves that cheerleading can be a dangerous sport at times.
Cheer Fact: The Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad is one of the most popular squads in the world. They debuted way back in 1960 and called themselves “CowBelles & Beaux” in those days. They have also appeared on several TV shows including The Love Boat, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and their own reality based series, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.
9 Tongue Out
This girl has impressive abs, but her cheer face definitely needs a little work. It’s fair to assume that closing one eye and sticking out your tongue is not a standard part of the routine. The expression needs to be fixed, but her flexibility is on point at least. Who knows? With a little work, this girl might have a future in the sport if she can just try a little harder to smile.
Cheer Fact: Princeton is credited with having the very first cheer from the stands. However, the University of Minnesota is credited with having the very first cheerleader who directed the crowd. This cheer pioneer was Minnesota Gopher Johnny Campbell. According to Findery.com, his first cheer was, "Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!"
8 So... Much... Teeth
The blonde girl’s expression in the back alone might be enough to make our list. That being said, the frightening gentleman on the left makes this photo all the more memorable. That is one man you definitely don’t want to square off against in a cheer-off. That guy looks as though he is ready to quite literally devour his opponent. Perhaps this fellow is taking cheerleading just a bit too seriously.
Cheer Fact: Besides having had the very first cheerleader, the University of Minnesota made history again, by being the first school to allow women to participate in the sport. This happened way back in 1923. Minnesota started the trend, but many schools didn’t allow female cheerleaders until the late 1920s. These women were still often referred to as chaps or men in their school newspapers.
7 Falling Down
This photograph seems to capture the very moment when this cheerleader realizes that the jump isn’t going to end well. This appears to have been taken at some sort of competition, and this incident likely won’t help her get the perfect score she may have been hoping for. The look of sheer terror on the poor girl's face has been captured for the world to see, in a pic of a cheer-disaster waiting to happen.
Cheer Fact: Female cheerleaders rose to prominence in the 1940s. A large number of college aged American men were off fighting in WWII; this created an opportunity for women across the country to participate in the sport at the collegiate level. By the time 1955 rolled around, cheerleading had been largely taken over by female participants.
6 Strange Moves
This has to be one of the most unorthodox cheerleading moves ever seen. It almost looks as if the male cheerleader is getting ready to catapult the girl on his back across the room. Moreover, the girl in the front of the photo might not appreciate his tongue so close to her face. There is definitely a lot going on in this memorable image, as this is one of the more bizarre cheerleading photos you will ever see.
Cheer Fact: It wasn’t until the 1950s that professional sports teams began to have their own cheerleaders. The first NFL team to have a cheerleading squad was the Baltimore (now Indianapolis) Colts. In those days, pro cheerleaders were selected primarily for their looks, though the ability to dance was also a key factor.
5 Epic Fall
This incident looks like it was painful for more than a few of the participants involved. A cheer-pyramid gone wrong in not a pretty sight as we can see from this image. The poor blonde girl face plants into the guys below her, who appears to be in the process of dropping a different blonde gal. The female on the right looks to have braced herself, after landing on the girl beneath her. It’s unclear how all this happened, but it certainly doesn’t look pretty.
Cheer Fact: While the Baltimore Colts were the first pro team to utilize cheerleaders in the NFL, other teams would eventually follow their lead. In fact, by 1981, there were 17 professional football teams who had their own cheerleading squads. Today, It’s hard to imagine a time when there weren't cheerleaders in the NFL.
4 The Split
This guy looks way too excited to have someone sitting on his head. Even the girl on the right seemed to notice the goofy expression on his face. That being said, the girl being held is actually able to pull off an impressive split. The girl on top probably thinks this is going to a great photo, and likely won’t be pleased with her teammate when she sees the final results.
Cheer Fact: The vinyl pom-pom is one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in the modern cheerleader’s arsenal. It was invented by a man named Fred Gastoff back in 1965 and was sanctioned to be used in competition by the World Cheerleading Association. Next time you pick up a pom-pom, be sure to pay your respects to Gastoff.
3 The Struggle Is Real
Being a male cheerleader often isn’t as prestigious as it is for their female counterparts. Prestige aside, having to lift your fellow squad members requires a great deal of physical strength. Cheerleaders tend to be short and petite. However, we know that people can come in all shapes and sizes and that’s one of the things that help make us unique. That being said, the guy in this photo appears to have his work cut out for him, trying to get this young lady on his shoulders. Based on his facial expression, his failure doesn’t appear to be due to a lack of effort.
Cheer Fact: The sport of cheerleading first started in the United States of America. It’s is believed that almost 1.5 million American’s are involved are involved in all-star cheerleading.
There is supposedly an unwritten rule in cheerleading which states, if you throw someone in the air, be sure to catch them. Unfortunately, that isn’t how it went down on this particular occasion. It looks like three of the four girls were able to make the catch. However, the girl on the ground wasn’t so fortunate. This photo shows what can happen when a cheerleader loses his or her focus. While they were able to keep the girl being thrown from hitting the ground, this incident still must have been a tad embarrassing.
Cheer Fact: The first nationally televised cheerleading competition in the United States aired back in 1978. It was known as the Collegiate Cheerleading Championship and was featured on CBS. The University of North Carolina became the event's first champion.
1 Too Much Spirit
Having a ton of school (or team) spirit is essential for any cheerleader who hopes to get the crowd on their feet. That being said, it could be possible to have too much spirit. If such a thing is indeed possible, then the gentleman pictured here might be a perfect example. I suppose if one had to choose, it's probably better to have too much spirit as opposed to not enough. Whatever the case may be, this guy definitely brought it to this particular competition.
Cheer Fact: Several of the most famous celebrities around were cheerleaders before they hit it big. Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry and even Cameron Diaz are all former cheerleaders. Interestingly enough, Bring it On stars Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union both had prior cheerleading experience before making the film.