Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NU Pep Squad practice Tuesday March 15

When I watch the annual Cheerdance Competition or even the traditional halftime cheering, I am seeing only the finished product. What I do not see are the hours and hours of constant practice where a lot of people get hurt trying to perfect routines. I can only hope that the book that I wrote, Rise, that is about the NU Pep Squad, does them justice.

Having said that, today was the first time I watched the NU Pep Squad train for an upcoming competition, the NCC. And I found myself standing up and getting worried. It took all my willpower not to rush onto the mats and try and catch someone.

It was an eye opener -- the almost two hours I was at the NU Pep Squad's practice. I had fun and well, I think I aged a bit watching all those stunts and routines. It is definitely not for the faint of heart!

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