What’s Next, The Truth Squad?

UConn has dumped its cheerleaders in favor of something called the “Spirit Squad.”

Christine Wilson, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of student activities, said the change was made because “we want people formerly called cheerleaders to focus in on building spirit at UConn, on spending time working on ways to engage fans and to really spread Husky spirit” rather than spend hours perfecting stunts.”  (from the Hartford Courant)

But, of course, it’s OK letting “student-athletes” spend hours practicing two-minute drills and making free throws.  After all, they bring in revenue.

As for a “Spirit Squad”…the mere name makes me think of this classic exchange between Lou Grant and Mary Richards:

Lou: You know what? You’ve got spunk.
Mary: Well, yes…
Lou: I hate spunk.

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5 Responses to What’s Next, The Truth Squad?

  1. My guess is this all boils down to what everything boils down to these days. Litigation. The fear that cheerleaders’ gymnastic moves will result in an injury. And the legal process that would en-SUE.

  2. How about….

    The ministry of silly moves?

  3. Linda says:

    If you’ve ever been to a basketball game or football game, you know the crowds don’t need any more spirit or need ways to be “engaged”. Heck, just watching a UConn crowd on TV energizes me. Both my daughters went to UConn and absolutely loved their experience there. They are – as I am – very puzzled by this decision. My heart goes out to the former cheerleaders who chose UConn because of its very talented, competitive, award winning cheerleading program. Whatever the reasons behind this decision, it’s just wrong.

    • Gerry says:

      The cheerleaders work just as hard, or harder, than the players they cheer for. And if I recall correctly, cheerleading is the most dangerous “sport” of all, from an injury standpoint. Which brings us back to Terry’s comment.

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