Falcons cheer squad ranked 10th; Saints 8th

 110901 Atlanta - The new Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders kick things off performing before the Falcons take the field to play the Ravens in the final exhibition game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.   Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.comCurtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

110901 Atlanta - The new Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders kick things off performing before the Falcons take the field to play the Ravens in the final exhibition game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.comCurtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

The Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders were ranked 10th in the league in a sports business CNBC.com article by Darren Rovell and Paul Toscano titled “The NFL Best Cheerleading Squads of 2012.”

In the off-season, one of the best ways for teams to generate buzz and get significant page

Shamea -- Ms. June 2012 in the swimsuit calendar -- was also listed in Jezebel Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans. Falcons cheerleaders Natalie D. and Brandy also made the list.

Shamea -- Ms. June 2012 in the swimsuit calendar -- was also listed in Jezebel Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans. Falcons cheerleaders Natalie D. and Brandy also made the list.

 views on their websites is to have a strong cheerleader page. So we went through all 32 teams, including the ones still in the playoffs, and ranked the top cheerleading squads, taking in consideration everything from presentation of the cheerleaders online, to fan interaction, community outreach and overall success of the cheerleading teams.

Although there is certainly a measure of subjectivity that goes into rankings of this nature, the cheerleader websites and the team’s cheerleader-related marketing campaigns were the major factors in determining this list.

Here are the rankings:

101128 Atlanta - The Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform between the 1st and 2nd quarter at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.  Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

101128 Atlanta - The Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders perform between the 1st and 2nd quarter at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

1. New England

2. Dallas

3. Miami

4. Houston

5. Denver

6. Philadelphia

7. New York Jets

8. New Orleans

9. Oakland

10. Atlanta

The Falcons have a wealth of interaction with their fans, with plenty of blog posts and Twitter feeds, a great junior cheerleaders program, and a sponsor list that includes nine local and regional businesses.

If you’ve been paying attention in class, you know that (They even had the wisdom to let yours truly be a judge over during the last two tryouts!!!!)

100608 Flowery Branch - Falcons cheerleaders Erika, left, and Bristen, right, wait for a bite as Atlanta Falcons players and coaches pay tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Each veteran was partnered with one or more Falcons players, coaches, or cheerleaders on individual boats for an afternoon of angling on the lake.   Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

100608 Flowery Branch - Falcons cheerleaders Erika, left, and Bristen, right, wait for a bite as Atlanta Falcons players and coaches pay tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Each veteran was partnered with one or more Falcons players, coaches, or cheerleaders on individual boats for an afternoon of angling on the lake. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

That’s when the Falcons started searching for ladies a who epitomize the “New South” – young, glamorous, hip, attractive and intelligent.

There have been calendar shoots in Cancun and Bermuda over the last two offseasons, the expanded 40-member squad received new uniforms and have their own website (atlantafalconscheerleaders.com), while also making an even bigger commitment in the community.

“I think the calendar is just the icing on the cake,’’ said Chato Waters, a former Falcons cheerleader who now coaches the team in an recent article. “I think the foundation has always been there … talented women, articulate, educated, active in the community. And yes, we wanted to add a different aspect to the program (the calendar) and to really show how glamorous these ladies are.’’

And quickly added Chato, “I cannot wait until our fans see the new uniforms — they are glamorous, they are hot, they are sexy.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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35 comments Add your comment

Blue Fender

January 19th, 2012
8:01 am

If they were in the NFC or AFC East, they’d be higher.

Ex-Season Ticket Holder

January 19th, 2012
8:16 am

The Falcons should use their cheerleaders as defensive backs. No receiver would try to avoid them!

Joe

January 19th, 2012
8:20 am

Cool Story Bro…..

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 19th, 2012
9:07 am

Nicole

January 19th, 2012
9:35 am

Go Saints! Who Dat

Marcus

January 19th, 2012
9:47 am

man, must the the hazards of the job. I guess somebody has to do it.

joe

January 19th, 2012
10:22 am

Ever since I was a kid and had the poster of the DCC’s on my wall, they’ve been it. BTW, not every NFL team has cheerleaders…Steelers for one…so not a full deck. Also, the ratings criteria is out of whack…rankings on breast size, leg kicks and overall hotness would be better…

KG

January 19th, 2012
10:57 am

In my Homer Simpson voice…MMMM Cheerleaders!!! Don’t we all wish we could have one (or more) that looked like that and wore those unis at home!!

Mako

January 19th, 2012
11:19 am

DOL….I guess the Falcons have appointed you to the tryouts and selection committee,huh? Such hard and unrewarding work, but someones got do it, right DOL!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!

rollo lawson

January 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

More evidence to why our local NFL media coverage is sub-par.

Joe

January 19th, 2012
1:03 pm

Do the Cheerleaders’ salaries go toward the salary cap? If so, well done Dimitroff on acquiring minimal talent so we can spend more on Ray Edwards and Dunta Robinson….well done

GeeZ

January 19th, 2012
4:17 pm

How do you rank those FINE WOMEN…They all should be #1

Michael M.

January 19th, 2012
4:38 pm

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

January 19th, 2012
5:59 pm

Anyone who has ever attended a game in the Superdome in New Orleans (or seen them on TV) knows that there is no way in hell that the Saints cheerleaders should have been ranked in the top ten. Don’t believe my statement…just go to the team’s website and check out their pictures….enough said!!!!!!

Duluth Marie

January 19th, 2012
7:50 pm

KHWatson

January 19th, 2012
8:45 pm

1- How is this “the new south” – are you saying we were dumb or ugly before?
2 – Saints beat the Falcons again :) WHODAT!
3 – But seriously, this must be next to the Bud Bowl when it comes to “news.” No idea how or why they ranked these girls but one thing’s for sure – this is NOT news.

The best cheerleaders ever in NFL history were the 1980’s Cowboys Cheerleaders. All of us girls wanted to be one and all of the guys wanted to be with one – since then this has all gone down hill. But still not news!

falconfansince03

January 19th, 2012
9:01 pm

D-Led, what’s the point of mentioning the Saints? Telling on yourself again.

hiramsaint

January 19th, 2012
9:36 pm

sick and tired -does your jealousy know no bounds ?

Michael M.

January 19th, 2012
11:04 pm

hiram’s Superbowl champs…………….Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Keep the ring polish on the shelves !

Veedub

January 20th, 2012
8:59 am

@D Led.. I would have never guessed that. Good for the girls!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 20th, 2012
9:55 am

KHWatson – 1. “New South” was the team’s wording. 2. Both teams are at home watching this weekend. 3. Some kind of marketing/PR tool. (I think everybody likes cheerleaders. Girls want to be one and guys like the way they “cheer!”)

SF

January 20th, 2012
2:29 pm

whodat? the 49er’s – lol

hiramsaint

January 20th, 2012
5:46 pm

@michael m- at least we can say we’ve been there before . can you ?…..oh yeah-2 pts. really? hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha

Michael M.

January 20th, 2012
9:42 pm

@ hiram………….I wasn’t the idiot that was on the Atlanta blog bragging my Team was going to win the superbowl while the Saints sat at home either so go over to Nola and brag about them where it belongs

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SAINTSLSU1

January 22nd, 2012
3:16 am

@ Michael M just win a playoff Game first Saints 2006 NFC championship 2009 superbowl champion 2010 lost in first round 2011 lost in second round ok falcons 2008 lost first 2009 miss the playoff 2010 lost in second round 2011 lost in first round & please don’t talk about the saints lost to seattle no more 24-2 just scored 2 points when brees leave the saints that when the falcons will win again in 2 to 3 years

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January 23rd, 2012
9:25 am

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Prime Time

January 23rd, 2012
11:57 am

I’m still the best cover corner ever. Who got 25 million for 1 year?

Pimpin Paul of Paulding

January 23rd, 2012
4:53 pm

Da be shakin da money makers but Alabaster better keep his dames off my corner. LOL

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January 23rd, 2012
9:20 pm

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