Our last home game was held at Cowboys Stadium on Oct. 28 against the New York Giants. This game was an emotional rollercoaster, the Giants being one of our biggest rivals. Leaving their stadium with an exciting win at the start of our football season and New York being undefeated in Cowboys Stadium, meant this game was not going to be easy.
Our Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders locker room was festive that night (just a few days before Halloween). Most of the girls lounged around in Cowboys sweats and orange-and-black-striped socks. Bowls of candy and other goodies were set out in the middle of the floor. Yes, that’s right. I said candy. It’s only fair that we get to eat candy when Halloween is just around the corner!
Once the game started, the fans were LOUD. Cowboys Stadium started a new feature to help create some home-field advantage, and it definitely worked. On the opposing team’s third downs, the video board lit up with graphics urging everyone to stand up and get loud. As cheerleaders, performers and true Cowboys fans, we loved it. The fans were passionate and, yes, incredibly loud!
During halftime, we were able to change out of our star-spangled uniforms into creepy, um, zombie-like outfits (that were still, of course, a little cute with black lace, fluffy skirts and fishnet hose). This is one of my favorite halftimes because we are able to tease our hair, put on darker lipstick, and let loose a little more than usual.
At first, our faces don’t show at all. We wear white masks and black men’s coats on backwards, giving the audience a creepy illusion that our back is actually our front, and, well, you’ll need to watch the video to see it. During the second half of the show, we removed the oversized men’s gear to reveal a fun black and white costume with bows and lace and tulle fabric.
And, of course, it wouldn’t have been as awesome without the song Thriller, a cast of over 200 performers, and the wonderful Kilgore Rangerettes. Our choreographer, Judy Trammell, did a fabulous job of bringing this Halloween performance together.
We did the following performances:
Plaza Performance by Group One: Wild Ones by Flo Rida
Pregame: Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Quarter One: She’s Country by Jason Aldean
Quarter Three: Wild Ones by Flo Rida
Quarter Four: You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
Congratulations to our Planet Tan GAMEDAY GIRL, four-year veteran (of Group Three), Mia Greenhouse! I am very happy that Mia was chosen to be my second leader this season. We work great together as a team, and we love our group!
Although we did not walk away with a Cowboys win in this game, we sure came close. Dez Bryant’s amazing catch in the final seconds was reversed due to the fact that his fingers hit the ground first out of bounds in the back of the end zone.
At first, Jackie Bob and I were so unbelievably ecstatic that the Cowboys had scored a touchdown at the end of the game that tears came to our eyes, and we couldn’t stop jumping up and down. The fans were screaming at the top of their lungs in excitement. However, the play was reversed. We were shocked! It was sad to leave the platforms at Cowboys Stadium without performing our traditional touchdown dance to Celebrate Good Times, but we were proud of the way our Cowboys played during the second half of the game.
Now it’s time to prepare for our next home game, coming up on Nov. 18 against the Cleveland Browns. Thanksgiving is also right around corner, and we were all thrilled to hear that Kenny Chesney is going to be kicking off the Salvation Army’s 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign during halftime of the Cowboys’ game against the Redskins on Nov. 22. Not only is Kenny Chesney a huge football fan, but he also loves to give back. We have already started rehearsing for this fun halftime performance and cannot wait to share it with everyone!
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