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Cheerleaders and Sammy: going to Australia?
Anyone know if they are going?

Are we having a pep rally in sydney?
07-10-2017 06:22 AM
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RE: Cheerleaders and Sammy: going to Australia?
(07-10-2017 06:22 AM)seniorowl Wrote:  Anyone know if they are going?

Are we having a pep rally in sydney?

Cheerleaders are definitely not going.
07-10-2017 08:05 AM
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RE: Cheerleaders and Sammy: going to Australia?
All the more interesting given this bit featured on http://news.rice.edu/2017/01/30/rice-and...own-under/

Adam Marshall, the New South Wales Government minister for trade, tourism and major events and minister for sport, said he is thrilled to have college football action returning to Sydney in what will be an action-packed afternoon and a boost to the local economy.

“The game between Stanford and Rice will be even bigger, featuring marching bands, cheerleaders, mascots and traditional American stadium food,” Marshall said.

I sat next to Oliver Luck, (who I believe was at the time president of the NFL Europe), at an American Chamber of Commerce Dinner about 20 years ago. If I remember correctly, he alluded that the NFL Europe had to amp up the theater based on what foreign audiences had seen annually in the super bowl (cheerleaders, shows, etc.). The Super Bowl became the 'standard.'

So... if we're not bringing our own, where are the cheerleaders coming from?
07-10-2017 03:58 PM
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07-10-2017 04:08 PM
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RE: Cheerleaders and Sammy: going to Australia?
(07-10-2017 03:58 PM)NYNightOwl Wrote:  Adam Marshall, the New South Wales Government minister for trade, tourism and major events and minister for sport, said he is thrilled to have college football action returning to Sydney in what will be an action-packed afternoon and a boost to the local economy.

“The game between Stanford and Rice will be even bigger, featuring marching bands, cheerleaders, mascots and traditional American stadium food,” Marshall said.

Last year, both the Hawaii and Cal cheerleaders went to Sydney, as well as Cal's costumed mascot. The Cal folks were "aiming to make Sydney Bear Country."

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It would be quite the embarrassment if Rice had neither cheerleaders nor Sammy!

As for halftime, last year, "a local marching band provided halftime entertainment, supplemented by 30 members of the Hawaii marching band" ... and the fans feasted on 2-foot-long hot dogs and were treated to hour-long beer lines (before the concessioneer ran out).

And in December, this Stanford message board was hoping we would bring our band, as the Stanford band's status/quality post-performance ban was unknown, and these fans apparently feared the worst.
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07-10-2017 04:35 PM
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RE: Cheerleaders and Sammy: going to Australia?
Boston College, one of the lowest budget schools in the P5, brought their full band and cheer squad to Ireland last season. If we aren't willing to do that, it's just another example of how bush league an operations Kaarlgard runs.
07-10-2017 04:48 PM
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RE: Cheerleaders and Sammy: going to Australia?
As a last resort, there is a former Sammy (aka THIS GUY) who is already going who may be willing to be Sammy.
07-10-2017 06:53 PM
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Cheerleaders and Sammy: going to Australia?
(07-10-2017 06:53 PM)seniorowl Wrote:  As a last resort, there is a former Sammy (aka THIS GUY) who is already going who may be willing to be Sammy.

Now *there's* a major motion picture just waiting to happen.

"C'mon, we need you! Do it for the team!"
"Shucks, I don't know. I hung up my feathers, talons and eyelashes long ago"
"Please? We NEED you! Just one more time for old time's sake?"
(Cue theme from Rocky: 'Gonna Fly Now')
"Oy Mate!! I'll Do It"
07-10-2017 09:42 PM
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Those eyelashes are terrible.
07-10-2017 11:47 PM
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RE: Cheerleaders and Sammy: going to Australia?
(07-10-2017 04:48 PM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  Boston College, one of the lowest budget schools in the P5, brought their full band and cheer squad to Ireland last season. If we aren't willing to do that, it's just another example of how bush league an operations Kaarlgard runs.

The cheerleaders held a fundraiser earlier this year at which Bailiff was kind enough to not only attend, but emcee. He seemed genuinely astonished (direct quote: "I had no idea they just didn't have money for this budget") at how much of the cheerleading budget was funded by donations (especially from a few particularly generous alums) and not by the athletic department. Same song and dance as what the MOB goes through, most likely.

To be fair, this is not just a Karlgaard thing. There has been less than zero support for cheerleading/Sammy/MOB for at least a few athletic administrations.
07-11-2017 08:01 AM
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