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Monday, November 13th: The Patriots Cheerleaders

Monday, November 13th: The Patriots Cheerleaders


SQUAD IS FIERCE. AND AS KAREN MEYERS SHOWS US, THE GRANITE STATE IS WELL REPRESENTED. KAREN: IN FRONT OF 67,000 PUMPED-UP FANS — THE PATRIOTS CHEERLEADERS, DRESSED IN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES THIS LATE OCTOBER GAME, TAKE THE FIELD BEFORE KICKOFF AT A SOLD-OUT GILLETTE STADIUM — ♪ KAREN: TO GET THIS PARTY STARTED. A BIG STAGE FOR CHEERLEADERS NICOLE MANELAS AND COURTNEY LAMONT, CHILDHOOD FRIENDS FROM PELHAM –>>WE’RE JUST SMALL TOWN GIRLS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE. KAREN: WHO JUST HAPPENED TO BEAT OUT 500 OTHER GIRLS TO MAKE THE PATRIOTS SQUAD. NICOLE, A CAPTAIN AND A THREE-YEAR VET. COURTNEY, IN HER SECOND YEAR. EVEN STILL, EVERY MOMENT ONE TO SAVOR.>>THAT TUNNEL WHEN YOU LINE UP FOR THOSE PLAYERS TO RUN THROUGH, IT’S THE BEST PART OF THE WHOLE GAME.>>I ACTUALLY LIKE CRY, LIKE I TEAR UP EVERY SINGLE TIME. COURTNEY: YOU JUST RELISH WHAT’S HAPPENING. KAREN: BOTH LIVING OUT A DREAM. COURTNEY: SHE HAD THE DREAM BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO DANCE ON THE FIELD. I WANTED TO GET AS CLOSE AS I COULD TO BILL BELICHICK. NICOLE: SHE IS LIKE, I NEED TO GET TO BILL. COURTNEY: I NEED TO GET TO BILL. KAREN: SHE’S ONLY HALF KIDDING. COURTNEY’S PASSION FOR FOOTBALL HELPED HER IN TRYOUTS. HERE, A RARE PEAK INSIDE CHEERLEADING PRACTICE AT GILLETTE.>>OKAY. SO THIS IS FORMATION ONE. LET’S GO TO FORMATION TWO. KAREN: ALL 34 GIRLS, SIX FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MUST PASS A 50-QUESTION QUIZ TO MAKE THE TEAM. FOOTBALL TERMS, POSITIONS, AND PATRIOTS HISTORY.>>YOU HAVE TO NAME EVERY SUP BOWL THAT THE PATRIOTS HAVE PLAYED IN. WHERE, WHAT YEAR IT WAS, WHAT SEASON IT WAS, SCORE. NICOLE: WHAT THE SCORES WERE. AND OBVIOUSLY WHO WON THE GAME. YEAH. THAT’S ONE QUESTION. COURTNEY: YEAH, THAT’S ONE QUESTION. KAREN: THEY’RE MOSTLY JUDGED ON SPIRIT AND SKILL.>>♪ 1, 2, 3 ♪ KAREN: CHEERLEADING COACH TRACY SORMANTI HANDPICKS EACH GIRL.>>IT’S PRETTY ELITE, BUT A VERY SELECTIVE PROCESS. BUT THEY’RE REPRESENTING THE PATRIOTS, SO YOU CAN’T JUST CHOOSE ANYONE.>>TIGHTEN IT UP, GUYS. KAREN: THEIR WORK EXTENDS BEYOND THE SIDELINES — PROMOTIONAL APPEARANCES. CHARITABLE WORK. INTENSE PRACTICE AND TRAINING. A PART-TIME JOB WITH A FULL-TIME COMMITMENT. ♪ [CHANTING] KAREN: NICOLE AND COURTNEY HAVE BEEN HONING THEIR SKILLS SINCE THEY WERE LITTLE GIRLS –>>[CHANTING] KAREN: CHEERING TOGETHER FOR THE RAZORBACKS UNDER THE LIGHTS AT MULDOON PARK IN PELHAM. THEY RETURN TO THEIR ROOTS — >>THEY’RE HERE! KAREN: WHERE TO THE NEXT GENERATION, THEIR STARS SHINE AS BRIGHT AS THE BLING AROUND THEIR NECKS.>>THIS IS OUR SUPER BOWL NECKLACE FROM LAST YEAR.>>SUPER BOWL LI. BEST GAME EVER. KAREN: IMPULSIVELY, COURTNEY AND NICOLE BREAK OUT AN OLD CHEER.>>DO YOU GUYS STILL DO THIS ONE? RAZORBACKS.>>RAZORBACKS [INDISCERNIBLE] [CHANTING] KAREN: NO DOUBT THIS IS THE START OF NEW DREAMS.>>GO FIGHT WIN! KAREN: HOW MANY OF YOU WANT TO BE PATRIOTS CHEERLEADERS?>>ME! KAREN: LEARNING THEY MADE THE TEAM, SOMETHING COURTNEY AND NICOLE WILL NEVER FORGET, ESPECIALLY DAY ONE WALKING INTO THE AUDITION.>>YOU HAVE THESE WOMEN, ALL BEAUTIFUL. YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE THEIR HAIR DONE, THEY HAVE SPARKLY OUTFITS. COURTNEY: GREAT SHAPE. NICOLE: LIKE WHOSE SPARKLES ARE THE BEST, YOU KNOW. AND YOU’RE SITTING THERE, LIKE ALMOST SECOND-GUESSING YOURSELF BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH JUST APPEARANCE-WISE, THERE’S SO MUCH BEAUTY. ♪ KAREN: CUTS COME QUICKLY. THE FIRST DAY, 500 GIRLS WHITTLED DOWN TO 100. THEN INTERVIEWS, QUIZZES, SWIMSUIT, AND CHOREOGRAPHY. THE NEW SQUAD POSTED ONLINE. NICOLE COULDN’T BRING HERSELF TO LOOK. NICOLE: I WOULDN’T LOOK. I REFUSED. I WAS LIKE, I DON’T WANT TO, IT GIVES ME ANXIETY. KAREN: NICOLE’S MOM FINALLY BROKE THE GOOD NEWS. COURTNEY’S PRACTICAL MOM MADE HER WAIT. COURTNEY: I’M LIKE, MOM, WE NEED TO CHECK. AND SHE’S LIKE, NO. I’VE PAID TOO MUCH OF THE BILL, BLAH BLAH BLAH. KAREN: YOU HAVE TO TRY OUT EVERY YEAR, NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN ON THE TEAM. YOU’RE MAXED OUT AFTER FOUR YEAR CHEERLEADING COMES WITH PERKS, LIKE THE ANNUAL CALENDAR TRIP TO THE TROPICS.>>IT’S A WORK TRIP. BEST OFFICE EVER. COURTNEY: THE BEACH. NICOLE: DEFINITELY THE BEST. KAREN: AND MEETING TOM BRADY. NICOLE RAN INTO THE QUARTERBACK BEFORE THE HALLOWEEN GAME LAST YEAR, DRESSED AS A SHARK. NICOLE: AND TOM BRADY IS WALKING OUT OF THE TUNNEL. ALMOST LIKE WALKED INTO ME. I WAS LIKE, THERE IT IS. TOM BRADY KNOWS ME AS SHARK GIRL. [LAUGHTER] KAREN: AND OF COURSE, BE SUPER BOWL. — THE SUPER BOWL.>>WE LOOK AT EACH OTHER AND WE’RE LIKE, WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL. COURTNEY: THAT’S ALL WE COULD SAY. NICOLE: DID YOU EVER THINK WHEN WE WERE THIS BIG THAT WE WOULD BE HEADING TO THE SUPER BOWL TOGETHER? KAREN: AND BRINGING HOME THAT NECKLACE.>>THERE’S LIGHTS THAT TURN ON SO IT SHINES AND SPARKLES. NICOLE: THAT SHINE ON IT SO IT SPARKLES. COURTNEY: AND YOU’RE LITERALLY — WHEN I OPENED IT, I WAS LIKE, AHH. KAREN: PATRIOTS PRIDE SHINING THROUGH THESE TWO GRANITE STATE GIRLS WHO DARED TO DREAM BIG.>>WE’RE STILL VERY REGULAR PEOPLE, UNTIL WE WEAR THAT UNIFORM. THAT UNIFORM IS LIKE OUR SUPER HERO COSTUME

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