Claim: Photograph shows USC cheerleader celebrating opposing team’s Rose Bowl-winning touchdown.
Status: Multiple — see below.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
True Blonde Joke
USC cheerleader following the winning touchdown by UT — This is best “blonde” joke I’ve ever seen!
2006 Rose Bowl (or BCS Championship Game) pitted two undefeated
The photograph displayed above purportedly shows the immediate aftermath of that final scoring play, an image that many viewers have found amusing because it captures a USC cheerleader, her arms outstretched and mouth open in mid-cheer, seemingly celebrating the play that resulted in her team’s defeat while her comrades stand still and silent. We don’t yet know for sure whether the photograph is a genuine,
unmanipulated one, but even if it were, it wouldn’t necessarily represent what is claimed of it (i.e., a “dumb blonde cheerleader” cheering for the wrong team).
On that last-minute scoring play, Vince Young slid away from the rush, looked for a receiver, and after spotting an open lane, opted to keep the ball and run it himself, beating USC defenders into a corner of the end zone. The photograph displayed above doesn’t look like it corresponds to
Vince Young’s final touchdown dash (shown to the right); it’s probably a shot taken earlier in the game, or possibly a picture of the successful
Whenever it was taken, the image appears to represent not a brainless cheerleader who couldn’t tell that the other team had just made a touchdown, but a play that resulted in a close scoring call, with the
Last updated: 13 January 2006