Introducing the 2010 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders

The Falcons 2010 cheer squad. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

The Falcons 2010 cheer squad. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Congratulations to the 40 young ladies who made the 2010 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders  Thursday night.

There were a lot of very talented and athletic dancers, who were on point during their routines. At the end, the entire group of 72 were brought down to main ballroom.

The team was announced and the ladies who didn’t make the team were thanked and told not to give up by Chato Waters, the Falcons cheer coordinator. They were invited back to tryout again next season.

It was an honor and a pleasure to serve as a judge. Also, the lovely Mrs. Stephanie Blank joined the panel and was so kind.

We had to judge them on physical fitness and appearance, dance/cheer ability and showmanship on a scale of 1 to 5. Let’s just say there weren’t many 3s in the group of 72 on fitness and appearance.

Some struggled with the dance routine, but if they messed up, regrouped and got back on track I didn’t hold it against them.

Some of the young ladies just flat out nailed the routine. Felt like I was on the set of “Fame.”

As for showmanship, they had to look comfortable throughout, make contact and strike a pose at the end.

Now Ms. Waters and her staff is charged with molding theme into unit and let’s just stay that she has some serious talent to work with.

83 comments Add your comment

first

April 16th, 2010
7:18 am

Old devil

April 16th, 2010
7:18 am

Absolutely first! And by the way, thank you all for coming…

Jim

April 16th, 2010
7:18 am

Couldn`t come up with a better picture so i could put on my desktop?

first

April 16th, 2010
7:19 am

Sorry, old devil.

FalconUGAFan

April 16th, 2010
7:25 am

The trials you have to endure, my friend! :)

Paddy

April 16th, 2010
7:32 am

There must be at least one back-up tight end in that group????!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2010
7:34 am

Jim — Photo wise, I gave you the link to the Falcons site and “professional” picture by the Falcons famed photographer Jimmy Cribb!!!

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Tea Party Protest Sign Spell Chequer

April 16th, 2010
7:44 am

DOL….Just a tip on taking photos with your phone. Make sure you wipe the lens clean first. That’s why this photo looks cloudy/hazy.

Mongo

April 16th, 2010
8:08 am

Mongo like–especially #423–she make Mongo smile.

O–the picture on the website is excellent. Especially when you zoom in–if you know what I mean!!

Yoda

April 16th, 2010
8:16 am

DOL…you’re a real sports writer…working so so hard to cover the most important stories….next year I’d be more than willing to assist you in this endeavor of selecting the Cheerleaders!

margo

April 16th, 2010
8:18 am

molding theme into unit?

dean

April 16th, 2010
8:39 am

Ahh. There IS a God. Who else could bless this earth with such beauty? Have a Great, Safe weekend!

BigTimeTECHFan

April 16th, 2010
8:41 am

looks like Tiger Woods fan club

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2010
8:49 am

Tea Party — Thanks for the photo tip.

Yoda — This was right up there with 2000 Sydney Olympics assignment!

marko

April 16th, 2010
8:49 am

Give the Falcons credit they do an outstanding job picking cheerleaders. Let’s hope we give them something to cheer about. Orlando my man, the chiefs are trying to turn Glen Dorsey into a three four end. he got a whole sack last year. The Falcons are trying to turn Jamaal into a tackle. Why not trade the two guy’s straight up. the change would most likely work to the benefit of all. Just a thought.

D Hawks

April 16th, 2010
8:52 am

Why isn’t this competition open to the public?

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

April 16th, 2010
8:58 am

NFL cheerleaders only work at home games right ? or am I wrong again

JACKIE

April 16th, 2010
9:06 am

put individual pictures and their names on line

Matt the Brave

April 16th, 2010
9:13 am

HAAARD assignment, right DOL? ;D I know that it’s a treat to go out and see these auditions, and it really shows how truly talented these ladies are. But man, if you had to be sent out for a couple of days work, you pretty much got the top one, right?

JBGoode

April 16th, 2010
9:13 am

Dishwashers and Sandwich makers! All colors, shapes and sizes! Get yours now!

Mike Jay

April 16th, 2010
9:15 am

Let’s see…

Yes, yep, yes, yes, yes, oh-yea, sure, yes, yes, yes, anytime, you betcha!, yes, yes, yes, yes. in a heartbeat, yes,yes,yes,yep, every day and twice on Sunday, yes, yes, yes…

Billy Peeler

April 16th, 2010
9:34 am

Yeah, another new crop o’ dizzy bimbos whose job it is to get out there on Sunday afternoons and wiggle and shimmy and flop their hooters around. And then on Monday they’ll go back to their real jobs and wonder why none of the men (or women either, for that matter) has any respect for them.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2010
9:36 am

Marko — I like that idea. Will check it out.

DHawks — They were not open to the public, but the public could watch live on AtlantaFalcons.com/live.

S.Ga Dawg Fan
–Home games and they make a ton of local appearances.

Jackie
— The Falcons will do that later on their website. Pictures, first names. We’ll keep you posted when they do that and give you the link.

Falcons Fan

April 16th, 2010
9:45 am

Hey, Billy, go take your quiche out of the oven before it burns. And please don’t come back.

Paddy

April 16th, 2010
9:46 am

Billy Peeler……are you sure you are a real man?. Who cares what people think about these beautiful women on Moday. I believe your opinion is in the very high minority. Get out of the basement and enjoy a little! Life can really be fun if you let it!

Sly Ty

April 16th, 2010
9:55 am

Jamal Anderson is a better football player than Glenn Dorsey. Dorsey can’t rush the passer, and he is horrible against the run. Jamal Anderson is poor at pass rushing from DE position, but he does better than Dorsey rushing from the DT spots. Also, JA98 is a monster against the run. Ask other coaches in the NFC South they will tell you he is perhaps the best run stuffing DE in the division.

John

April 16th, 2010
9:59 am

GO DEVON!! J-Town…Devils4Life

D Hawks

April 16th, 2010
10:02 am

Thanks D Led. I’ll add a note to my calendar for next year. Unless I figure out a way to get one of the judging gigs instead.

Sly Ty…”Ask other coaches in the NFC South they will tell you he is perhaps the best run stuffing DE in the division” Really??? I don’t think I’ve ever heard one positive quote about JA from anyone outside of the Falcons organization. I doubt if they’re game planning for him.

Old Dawg

April 16th, 2010
10:02 am

DLed, they pay you to do this? Who says being a sports writer doesn’t get perks?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2010
10:08 am

Old Dawg — That was some hard work!

John

April 16th, 2010
10:13 am

CHEERLEADERS!!!! this is exactly what baseball is missing

stinky sullivan

April 16th, 2010
10:23 am

I’ve dated several of those beautiful young women. Intelligent, engaging and dynamic…each one.

But then again, women of all shapes and sizes think I’m attractive,

Winks at the ladies,
SS

George P Burdell

April 16th, 2010
10:24 am

My sister went and said it was the most derogatory treatment of females that she had ever seen…Plus add the cost of the ruination of perfectly good pies…then what do you have?…

MYTOOCENTS

April 16th, 2010
10:27 am

Women HATE to be objectified, but yet they prance around NFL sidelines and beauty pageants half-naked. I don’t get it.

Moral of the story? Women will line up in droves and COMPETE to objectify THEMSELVES.

Tiffani

April 16th, 2010
10:29 am

Who the heck cares that you’re first, lame.

Jowie

April 16th, 2010
10:45 am

Why even have comments about this article?? Seriously…

Falcons Fan

April 16th, 2010
10:50 am

And yet you take the time to make a comment, Jowie. Seriously…

ugaclassof2004

April 16th, 2010
10:51 am

mmm mmm mmm….Bless ‘em! Right Click and Save.

Eraserhead

April 16th, 2010
10:57 am

Well done ladies!

MCook

April 16th, 2010
11:03 am

One word……WOOOOOOOFFF!!! Gotta love cheerleaders!

MCook

April 16th, 2010
11:05 am

DOL…keep up the good work…you are AWESOME!!! (miz)

BlackDiamond

April 16th, 2010
11:06 am

After making it to the finals, I figured out that the last step is all political. If you arent in their “clique” you arent in! Unfortunately, they gave up a Great dancer. Whatever happened to talent 1st then looks!

first

April 16th, 2010
11:32 am

Who cares if you’re first? Well, me and Old Devil. Any other questions? Also, I know some of the chicks went to Tech. So any Derogatory Dawg comments are just full of woof! The only women who don’t approve of this are the ones who cant do it!

Paddy

April 16th, 2010
11:46 am

George Burdell…….would your sister have made the final cut??? Maybe she can try next year!

Paddy

April 16th, 2010
11:55 am

Black Diamond…..sounds like sour grapes to me!

Delbert D.

April 16th, 2010
12:06 pm

Please keep them away from Rothlisberger.

JED

April 16th, 2010
12:38 pm

How about get a picture that isn’t so blurry?
(I left J. Mike a message. Trying to get permission to use one of theirs. But for now, you’ve my camera phone/facebook page photo. –dol)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2010
12:47 pm

JED — you canlink to the “professional” picture taken by famed Falcons photographer Jimmy Cribb.

CB969

April 16th, 2010
12:59 pm

Old Devil got schooled!