If you’ve ever been to a game at Lambeau Field then you probably know the Green Bay Packers have some cheerleaders. They’re pulled from St. Norbert College and UWGB.
The Packers used to have a, uh, professional cheerleading squad back in the ’80s. My old man used to tell me they were all players’ wives, which was probably just his way of inferring the players were banging them.
Anyway, the team got rid of those broads in 1987. Bob McGinn took the cheerleading question to the Packers again and, as you might expect from an organization that is run by a bunch of uptight dudes, the pro cheerleaders aren’t coming back. Because it’s not the Green Bay way… or something.
“Most of us feel the college cheerleaders fit with the image we want to project,” Packers President Mark Murphy said Friday. “It’s wholesome. I hear mostly good things about our cheerleaders from fans. I think they find it kind of quaint, to be honest.”
McGinn also talked to some players and got their opinions on Packers cheerleaders. The votes were pretty much split.
“I would definitely like to see it go down to five with Green Bay adding a team, yes,” said quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “I think it’d be great.
“Take the last home game, for example. They showed a couple cheese bikini-clad women in the stands and the fans went nuts. The ‘Bikini Girls’ in general, I don’t know if they’ve shown pictures of them yet on the Jumbotron, but they’re a big hit.
“I’m all for it. No offense to the (college) girls. They do a great job.”
We’re, of course, all for it too, but obviously it’s not going to happen.
Here’s the best quote though, from tight end Ryan Taylor.
“I don’t know that it would add anything. There are other teams that want to put on more of a show, I suppose, because they’re worried about selling tickets. There’s another team in our division that feels it has to put on a show.”
The Minnesota Vikings are the only other team in the NFC North that has cheerleaders. A very well-placed thinly veiled shot.