Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun
November 16, 2010
Fans won't find evidence of the men in the Raven's cheerleader calendar. They won't spot them at most official appearances. And, have no doubt, the men have heard all of the male cheerleader jokes.
"Male cheerleaders," Galdieri says diplomatically, "sometimes aren't always accepted."
Odd, considering that the very first cheerleaders, back in the late 1800s, were men -- women were added later. And some very virile characters have cheerleading on their resume -- including George W. Bush, Ronald Regan, Jimmy Stewart and, believe it or not, Samuel L. Jackson.
Whatever people say, male cheerleaders have to be strong and willing to suffer countless bangs and bruises in the name of spirit. (It's certainly not for the $100-a-game stipend.)