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SPORTS SUNDAY • SEPTEMBER 15,2002 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • 87 Cheerleaders still kicking . . IRVING, Texas (AP) — They "caught the attention of fans in the 1970s by shimmying and high- kicking in their short-shorts and .'fringed vests on the sidelines, Tooting for "America's Team." "-.' Thirty years later, the Dallas JSowboys cheerleaders are as popular as ever — posing for a swim- /s,uit calendar, appearing in TV "commercials and performing at -military bases worldwide — regardless of the team's fortunes. At the Cowboys' home opener today, about 125 former cheerleaders are expected at a halftime performance with the current squad 'to celebrate their 30th anniversary. ,.. "We've had a magical mix of Dallas, Texas, being glamorous *and the home of J.R. Ewing and "'the Dallas Cowboys being in Super Bowls," said Kelli McGonagill Finglass, who cheered from 1984-89 and has been the squad's direc- "tor since 1991. "The cheerleaders "nave been sharing in that image, and we also work very hard at not .letting it die." "- The football team began playing in 1960 and won its first Super Bowl after the 1971 season. The following year, then-president Tex •fj.chramm wanted to entertain 'fans with professional dancers -rather than traditional high ^school cheerleaders. ' The seven-member squad debuted in 1972, a year after Texas Stadium opened. "People went crazy. We weren't <»3ven ready for it," said original Jmember Dixie Smith Luque, now |Ja 48-year-old real estate agent in *Dallas. "People were screaming, Celling, wanting our autographs Jjind throwing flowers before we Jjeven walked on the field." *" The cheerleaders' popularity Skyrocketed after the Cowboys' jsecond Super Bowl victory follow- •4ng the 1977 season. The squad appeared in TV specials, a shampoo ^commercial and a two-hour, TV • movie. Overseas appearances fol- ! lowed. ;" The appeal hasn't faded. About •600 women try out for the squad '.annually. This year, some 1,000 'hopefuls auditioned in 46 U.S. ^cities as a talent scouting compa- liiy helped in the search. ;" This year's 33-member squad •includes teachers, dance instructors, a massage therapist, a legal (assistant, even an auditor. Their |ages%jjttge from 18 to^e.'Some^are' istudentis, some have master's'de- "grees. « Women say they want to be' !Cowboys cheerleaders not for the "money — $50 per game, sometimes more for other appearances **- but for the chance to travel and dance. ASSOCIATED PRESS Two Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform at a preseason game last month in Irving, Texas, The cheerleaders will be celebrating their 30th anniversary at the team's home opener today. "I remember seeing the cheerleaders on 'The Love Boat' when I was a child, and that interest has always been with me," said Iris Steward, 33, a former stock broker who tried out six times before making the squad three years ago. "There's really a lot of work and preparation, and in order to stand out, you have to work hard." Organizers insist there are no height or weight requirements, only that women "look well-proportioned hi dancewear." But cheerleaders are required to step on scales each week and are reprimanded harshly if the'y've put on extra pounds. .-' "They want you to stay your tryout weight, and it's for our benefit," said newcomer Leah Lyons, a 23-year-old nurse. "I'd rather hear (criticism) from them than have someone in the stands say, 'Oh my God — she's fat!' It makes you want to look better," There was a glimpse of the strict rules as HBO's "Hard Knocks," which documented the football team's training camp this summer. Choreographer Judy Trammell appeared tougher than Cowboys; tain standards, and there's no gray area." The cheerleaders recently performed on their 47th USO tour of military bases worldwide, and they appear at various charity and corporate events. The trademark uniform — a long-sleeve low-cut blue blouse, short white-fringed vest with blue stars, tiny white shorts and white cowboy boots — has had only a few minor changes since 1972. A few years ago, the traditional boots were scrapped for more comfortable ones made specifically to fit each woman'; foot. Cheerleaders are allowed to wear the uniform only at ap> proved functions. While it's on they can't drink alcohol or smoke There are more rules. Cheer leaders can't date players, coach es or other Cowboys employees they can't leave the group when traveling for games or charity events; and they are always ac companied by a member of the administrative staff on overnight trips. Even former cheerleaders don't get off the hook when i comes to reunion performances coach'-DaW'Campo at times.'batk^TfammeU and -Finglass planned ing at and berating the cheerlead- three days of rigorous practices ers for everything from gaining weight to minor flubs in dance routines. "I'm not going to make excuses for the fact that we are regimented, passionate and disciplined," Finglass said, "You have to main- before today's show. "They want it to look profes sional... but you won't see us out there doing high kicks," Luque, who has a 7-month-old grandson, said with a laugh. "And we won't be wearing that uniform." BRONCOS: QB almost benched CONTINUED FROM PAGE B6 Denver looked good, but the victory also contained controversy. Though Shanahan was ready to bench Griese for Steve Beuerlein after some third-quarter struggles, Griese stayed in the game. The Broncos hope he doesn't give Shanahan's trigger finger any cause to itch again, The Broncos have seen Griese's talents when he's at his best, and they want him to play at that level all the time, not just when his job is in jeopardy. "I'm kind of like a PR guy," Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe said. "I'm kind of like Don King. I'm a hype guy. I make sure his confidence remains high. I said, 'Look, you're driving the bus right now." Then, I told everybody, 'Brian's driving the bus right now, and we're all on it, and we're all going to ride on it unless (Shanahan) stops it.'" Jeff Garcia has an intimate knowledge of the crisis of confi- dence that occurs when a coach doesn't believe in his quarterback. Just two seasons earlier, Garcia spent several weeks in a battle with Rick Mirer for the starting job, and Mariucci admitted several times the position was up in the air. Garcia won the job emphatically, making the Pro Bowl after passing for a franchise-record 4,278 yards in 2000, but Mariucci's no-confidence vote was the cause of some friction between the two. Garcia also knows about the perils of following a superstar. Griese followed only one; Garcia is following both Joe Montana and Steve Young. "I think (Griese) has done a lot of positive things in his short career," Garcia said. "He's young still, and I think he's still learning in many ways. Obviously, certain expectations are put out there on him because he's following a legend in John Elway" Though the 49ers beat the Giants in their opener, New York made life miserable for Garcia and All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens, who disappeared under constant double-teams from the Giants' safeties. But he made a key 33-yard catch that set up Jose Cortez's winning field goal. Mariucci and Owens insisted the Giants didn't do anything the 49ers haven't seen, which makes Owens' lack of success even more troubling. San Francisco's offense managed just one touchdown on a short pass to Garrison Hearst, hardly the production expected from a unit with so many talented players. Today, Owens faces a defense he burned for seven catches and 123 yards in an exhibition game. Owens is aware of his statistics, and he knows he's got some catching up to do to be among the NFL's receiving leaders. "It may be a pushing and shoving match," Owens said, "but I don't think it's really going to be a Shootout unless somebody comes unraveled." CHIEFS: Jaguars look to stop Holmes • CONTINUED FROM PAGE B6 The Jaguars, who've lost 11 of their last 15, will face an offense loaded with star power. Priest Holmes, last year's NFL rushing champion, tied a team record with four TDs against Cleveland while running for 122 yards. Gonzalez, a three-time Pro Bowler, caught five passes for 87 yards. A key to stopping Holmes will be second-year defensive tackle Marcus Stroud, who had four tackles, forced a fumble a'nd blocked a field goal against the Colts. "Those guys are going to double-team you and come off the ball," he said. "They're either go- ing to run up the middle or run outside. You just have to buckle down and man up." Stroud is looking forward to a chance to show his big game was no flluke. "It'll let me know how far I've come with my game," he said. "We played a great offensive line in Indy last week. Now, we're coming up, playing another great back, another great offensive line, and it will let me know if I can do it on a week-to-week basis." Holmes leads the NFL with 24 points. He also caught a team- high six passes for 19 yards. "He's an extremely impressive football player," said Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin. "He continues to grow on you. This guy, you have to really understand how good a football player he is. Don't misjudge his speed, don't misjudge his power, his determination. He has emerged as a solid, solid player who has performed game in, game out." Dick Vermeil, in the meantime, will be hoping for quick and significant improvement in his defense. "The No. 1 quality of this defense is it's won two world championships back-to-back (in Denver)," Kansas City's coach said. "No. 2, it's, a little different scheme, and therefore offensive teams can't just take out last week's game plan and apply it au- .tomatically to this week's game plan." Hawks' Johnson seriously injured in car crash ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Der- Marr Johnson broke his neck in a car crash early Friday, an injury that is not life-threatening but could cause him to miss the season. "A fraction of an inch one way or the other, and the doctor said it would have been very bad," Hawks general manager Pete Babcock said. ..'."/' Jo'biisbn iwas'AiltHeT>irtteMiyi ; ,care ! unit;atiAtlanta Medical Center, Hawks-spokesman Arthur Triche said. Team doctors recommended the 22-year-old player have surgery at Shepherd Spinal Center, but the de- cision will be made by Johnson's mother, who was traveling to Atlanta from Washington. The other option is to have the surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. "In the long term, his prognosis is excellent," Triche said. "His playing status for the upcoming season is in question." Johnson, a first-round draft pick in 2000 after only onet'yeaf "at-'Cmcmnati^a^a'ged-^A^b'Uits 13 ^ 72 games last season — his second with the Hawks.. .,., If Johnson misses the season, the Hawks can apply for a roster exemption from the NBA. American League ->' • Blue Jays 5, Devil Rays 2 • •Tampa Bay 000 001 100—2 9 0 Toronto 200 003 OOx—S 6 2 ''- Brazelton, LCarter (7) and Hall; Halladay, Politte (8), KEscobar (9) and Huckaby. W—Halla- tiay 16-7. L—Brazelton 0-1. Sv—KEscobar (32). HRs—Toronto, Hinske (22), CDelgado (25). ;, • " • Indians 12, Twins 5 • Minnesota 000 000 203— 5 B 0 Cleveland 540 003 OOx—12 16 0 Milton, Santana (2), Wells (5), Flore (7), MJackson (8) and Pierzynskl, LeCroy (5); Mulholland, Herrera (8), JSWrlght (9) and Bard. W— Mulholland 3-1. L—Milton 13-9. HRs—Minneso- ta, JJones (26), LeCroy 2 (7). Cleveland, Thome (45), KGarcia (13), Fryman (10). • Tigers 4, Royals 2 • !•" (10 Innings) Kansas City 000 000 200 0—2 8 1 Detroit 001 001 000, 2—4 10 1 °- Suppan, Affeldt (7), Grimsley (8), Mullen (10) £nd Mayne; Comejo, JWalker (7), Rodney (7), German (8), JuAcevedo (9), Eckenstahler (10) and MIRIvera, Walbeck (9). W—Eckenstahler 10" L—Mullen 4-4. HR—Detroit, CPena (18). "-, • Orioles 8, Red Sox 3 • Baltimore 010 412 000—8 12 0 Boston 001 020 000—3 6 0 , RLopez, Bauer (7), Groom (8), Julio (9) and GGil; Possum, Hermanson (5), FCastillo (8) and Varitek. W—RLopez 15-7. L—Fossum 4-4. HR— Baltimore, GGII (11). " • White Sox 13, Yankees 2 • Chicago 100 200 028—13 13 2 New York 002 000 000— 233 Blddle, MPorzio (6), Osuna (7) and Paul; Mussina, Mendoza (8), Knight (9) and Posada. W—Biddie 2-3. L—Mussina 16-10. Sv—Osuna (11). • Athletics 5, Mariners 0 • Seattle ,. 000 000 000—0 2 0 Oakland '. 100 010 12x—5 10 0 Valdes, Creek (8), Hasegawa (8) and DWil- son; Zlto, Rlncon (9) and RaHemandez. W—Zlto 21-5. L—Valdes 8-11. HR—Oakland, Durham ft3). • Angels 3, Rangers 2 * jexas 100 010 000—2 5 0 Anaheim 002 100 OOx—3 9 1 Friday's Linescores Benolt, Van Poppel (5), JAIvarez (7), Kolb (7) and IRodriguez; Washburn, Weber (8), Perclval (9) and BMollna. W—Washburn 18-5. L—Benolt 3-4. Sv—Perclval (38). HR—Texas, Greene (B). National League • Marlins 13, Braves 3 • Atlanta 002 010 000— 330 Florida 612 300 10x—13 16 1 Maddux, Hodges (3), ALopez (5), Gryboskl (8) and Blanco; Pavano, Borland (7), Malrena (8), Looper (9) and RCastro. W—Pavano 5-10. L— Maddux 13-6. HRs—Atlanta, JLopez (8), Castllla (10). Florida, PrWilson (22), RCastro (5), AFox (4). • Cubs 7, Reds 6 • Chicago 000 330 100— 7 11 0 Cincinnati 202 002 000—6 8 2 Wood, Borowskl (8), Alfonseca (9) and Glrar- di; JHaynes, Reltsma (7) and LaRue. W—Wood 11-9. L— Reitsma 6-11. Sv—Alfonseca (19). HRs—Chicago, McGriff (29), Alou (15). Cincinnati, Taylor (9), TWalker (10). • Pirates 5, Phillies 3 • Pittsburgh 210 000 200—5 5 0 Philadelphia 001 200 000—3 9 2 Fogg, Lincoln (6), Beimel (6), Boehringer (7), Sauerbeck (8), MlWIIIIams (9) and Kendall; Mercado, CSilva (5), Timlin (7), Plesac (7), Adams (8) and Lieberthal. W—Beimel 2-5. L—Timlin 4-6. Sv—MlWilliams (42). HRs—Pittsburgh, Hyzdu (11). Philadelphia, Rollins (11). • Expos 11, Mets 8* New York 002 012 003— 8 16 6 Montreal 102 503 OOx—11 16 2 Thomson, Feliclano (5), GRoberts (7), Strange (8) and Piazza; Colon, ScStewart (6), TDrew (6), Elschen (9), DSmith (9) and Schneider. W—Colon 9-3. L—Thomson 9-12. Sv— DSmith (1). HRs—New York, Vaughn 2 (24). Montreal, Vidro (18), VGuerrero (37). • Cardinals 3, Astros 2 • (10 Innings) St. Louis 000 200 000 1—3 11 2 Houston 101000000.0—2 9 1 Slmonlacchl, Fassero (7), RiWhite (8), Isrlng- hausen (10) and DIFelice, Matheny (8); Oswalt, Dotel (8), Wagner (9), Gordon (10) and Ausmus. W—RiWhite 3-6. L—Gordon 1-3. Sv—Isringhausen (30). • Rockies 5, Dodgers 4 • Los Angeles 201 100 000—4 10 1 Colorado 010 100 30x—5 11 1 Belme, Mota (6), Orosco (7), Shuey (7), Quantrill (8) and Lo Duca; JJennlngs, Mercker (7), TJones (8), JJImenez (9) and Bennett, SAIomar (9). W—Mercker 3-0. L—Mota 1-3. Sv— JJimenez (39). HRs—Los Angeles, BJordan (16), Karros (11). • Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 4 • Milwaukee 040 000 130—8 9 0 Arizona 031 000 000—4 7 1 Rusch and Bako; Helling, Mantel (8), Swindell (8), JoPatterson (9) and DMiller. W—Rusch 1013. L—Helling 8-11. HRs—Milwaukee, Rushford (1). Arizona, MWIIIIams (8). • Giants 10, Padres 3 • San Francisco 002 006 020—10 17 1 San Diego 110 000 100— 370 RuOrtiz, Fultz (8) and Torrealba; Lawrence, JJohnson (6), Bynum (6), Nlckle (7), Flkac (8) and Lampkln, W—RuOrtiz 12-10. L—Lawrence 1211. HRs—San Francisco, JKent (34). San Diego, Buchanan (4). 1UH Sl'HUUl. UlfLUMAHlUH SCHOOL UlfLUMA BiVfi PP It's FREE!! Believe it or not, you're never too old to get your high school diploma. 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