Guest Editorial – Give the Cheerleader a Break (3/4/11) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Guest Editorial – Give the Cheerleader a Break (3/4/11)

Who can forget the U of L game against Pittsburgh when a technical was called because a cheerleader, Jordan Alcazar, threw the ball into the air? Sure it was bad judgment, but we won, and the game was never really in jeopardy. But I've seen the C-J call this man by name, players have been hard on him and SportsCenter and Mike & Mike have talked about the incident.

Here's what I see. Louisville has the best cheerleading squads in the country. They have the best coach in James Speed and are led by the "Tom Jurich" of Spirit Coordinators, Todd Sharp. This sport, which is likely to become an Olympic sport, is as big as any at the University, and they recruit from all over the country. These athletes come to Louisville because they know they will learn from the best and win multiple championships.

Here's my point, folks: I wouldn't fault anyone who's on the squad for those reasons alone and merely cheer at the games out of obligation. But when you have someone like Mr. Alcazar, who is a huge fan as well, how can you fault the man? He made a mistake out of excitement, not anger. He threw the ball, not an elbow or a tantrum. He was simply excited because it appeared his team had won the game! Now would you rather have a non-emotional, obligated robot cheering 22,000 fans, or a true fan of the university? I'd rather have the latter!

So Mr. Alcazar -- hang in there Buddy. We all make mistakes. Hey, I'm in the front row of the Crunch Zone and would have stormed the field when Doug Beaumont scored his first touchdown if I could have gotten Sec. 119 to go "Alcazar" with me!

I'm Brian Moore, and that's my Point of View.

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