20 Reminders That You Are A Retired Cheerleader

20 Reminders That You Are A Retired Cheerleader

5. One day you will be found under an avalanche of cheer T-shirts

1. Every time you hear Austin Powers' " Yeah baby" you have to finish it with "Jock Jams."

2. When you are walking in public and realize your arms are glued.

3. Every time you move, a bone cracks.

4. You use 8 counts for EVERYTHING.. and I mean everything, "Chug 5-6-7-8."

5. One day you will be found under an avalanche of cheer T-shirts .

6. Listening to the radio saying, " I danced to this in (Place Year Here)!"

7. Knowing every word to the F5 hater mix.. "And we're marching....."

8. Looking at pictures where your skin looks like a cross between leather and an orange.

9. Quoting bring it on and mean girls in your sleep.

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10. "Full out" still makes you anxious.

11. You're probably still involved in the sport some how.

12. All of your cheer friends are still some of your closest friends.

13. Sarcasm.

14. Cheer music still excites you.

15. Every time a cheer video comes on your news feed you stop and watch it.

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16. Time Hop.

17. Your mom still brings up cheerleading disappointments and achievements.

18. You see the " Other athletes lift weights, we lift other athletes" shirt that has been around since I was a child.

19. Your amazing work ethic.

20. Being a well-rounded human being. ( Thank you cheerleading)

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Does Leaving A Franchise Make An Athlete A Villain?

After an NFL Free-Agency that say many players leave their teams and an NBA season with a lot of moves, it's to to really ask this.

Loyalty: 1. the quality of being loyal to someone or something. 2. a strong feeling of support or allegiance.

Betrayal: 1. the action of betraying one's country, a group, or a person; treachery.

Traitor: 1. a person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc.

I think it's important to remember exactly what these words mean before I start this article.

In sports, there are three ways to leave a team: free agency, trade/cut, and retirement.

Those first two are going to be the main focus here.

When players leave a franchise via free agency, they are considered disloyal, people say they betrayed their team, and they get labeled a snake or a traitor. When a franchise trades away or cuts a player, it was done to improve the team, the player wouldn't take a pay cut, or they were a "locker room" problem. Basically, if a player choose to leave, they are a villain, but if a franchise gets rid of a player, it was best for business.

If you don't see at least a small problem with that, then you are part of the reason I decided to write this article.

Let me give you two examples, one that is sports related and one that is a bit more of a real-world example.

Tom Brady, yes the Patriots quarterback, is one of the most underpaid players in the league, and that is being generous. He is one of the greatest NFL players of all-time but was paid BELOW the league average for starting quarterbacks. Brady did this because he is loyal to the Patriots and wanted championships, but now that he is forty, he is getting closer to market value which is also starting to cause problems for the Patriots dynasty, i.e. they don't have a backup QB or much depth on the team.

The end of the Patriots dynasty is on the horizon, not just because of Brady's age, but the fact that he is going to want finally be getting paid a fair wage.

In a more real-world example for why the current mentality toward loyalty is a problem, think about any job you ever had. Now imagine if that job wanted to pay you below market value. Would you be a Tom Brady and take less than what you deserve because you would have the opportunity to be a part of a successful business, or would you actually want to get paid what you deserve?

If the options are $12 per hour at, I don't know, Panera, or $20 per hour plus tips at a steakhouse, which one are you taking? Money isn't everything, but are you really going to take that kind of pay-cut for a job? The problem is that, when it comes to sports, having that mentality makes you a villain.

The modern age has made money the most important thing to being considered successful. Yet we hold athletes to a different standard when it comes to going after money, rather than staying loyal to the franchise that drafted or signed them. Then those very same franchises do not have to have the same level of loyalty towards their players.

The next time one of your favorite players chooses to leave your favorite franchise, remember that they were just doing what they thought was best for them. It's not about loyalty, or betrayal, or being a traitor, but it's about doing what they had to do. Having them no longer with you team sucks, but if you really like the player, then you should be happy for them because they got to make the choice rather than the franchise making it for them.

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