With my favorite sport, college basketball, fast approaching, it's time to take a look and see what kind of talent we'll be dealing with. And I don't just mean talent on the court, I'm also talking about the talent that runs out onto the court during timeouts and halftime and shakes their moneymakers.
That's right, we're talking cheerleaders. For this particular list, I've laid out a couple of rules that you might want to look over before you get all indignant, which many of you will.
1) I say cheerleader, but dance team members count as well. They cheer as well, are hotter most of the time, and "Cheerleader/Dance Team Member" is just too wordy
2) The team has to be good as well. If they weren't on the Top-25 lists or getting votes, they don't make the list. But once you're on it, how good your team is goes out the window and I rank solely on hotness.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let the ogling begin!
Oklahoma may be reeling from the loss of the Griffin brothers (okay, just Blake, don't tell the other one), but are still hanging onto a Top-25 ranking thanks to Willie Warren.
Their cheerleaders just barely cracked the Top-25 as well. Let's hope they have some hot freshmen.
The Bulldogs are hoping to show that the SEC is back from it's one year anomaly as a punching bag by returning their top players and adding blue chip freshman/potential headcase Renardo Sidney.
The cheerleaders are just happy to be hoisted in the air again. She's something like 5'0 on the ground, so she's finally able to see things again.
Alright, I know schools are a little uptight about students that have swine flu, but making students that have it carry these signs around seems a little ridiculous.
Hey, Duke has a female that's not half bad looking. Maybe I should renew my search for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. Sometimes the impossible happens.
This cheerleader is not only pumped for the season to start, but Tyler Hansbrough found her dog right before he left for the NBA.
The Boilermakers are once again making noise in the Big 10 and are even considered a Top 10 team for the first time in a long while.
Their cheerleaders, on the other hand, are nice, but not quite ready for a Top 10 ranking. Apparently that's where Indiana comes in, except their team isn't good enough to get them on here. Maybe they should join forces.
As long as Scottie Reynolds plays for Nova, the Wildcats will still be dangerous. And as long as this cheerleader is cheering, we'll all wish we were the guy holding her up.
This cheerleader isn't waving, she's holding her hands out to try to visually show you how much Jim Calhoun makes.
Why is this cheerleader so excited? Rick Pitino just invited her out to dinner.
This cheerleader is celebrating because the Jayhawks are the consensus No. 1 in the preseason.
I'm celebrating because she's hot.
This photo was taken right before Bruce Pearl inappropriately grabbed and hugged her.
And this picture was taken before Syracuse lost to some team named LeMoyne is an exhibition game. Needless to say, the cheerleaders were a lot less happy afterwards.
How do you follow up a championship runner-up? By drowning your sorrows in cheerleader pictures.
What? That's not how you do it? It's very therapeutic.
Cal is really trying to establish themselves as the best team in the Pac-10 this year. Their cheerleaders are working hard too, but as you'll see, they have their work cut out for them.
North Carolina and Duke have had a stranglehold on the ACC elite for some time now, but as far as I'm concerned, Clemson has had them beat even longer in the department that really matters.
Let's just say Duke and UNC's girls never inspired a four hour road trip in the middle of the night. Clemson's has.
Believe it or not, but it's cold up in Minnesota. So this cheerleader showing this amount of leg is actually very courageous and, I would say, something of a hero.
Who knew that her being hot when it's cold could actually give you goosebumps?
Apparently we've stumbled on to a game of group limbo... with cheerleaders... that look like this.
Allow me a few moments to pick my jaw up off the floor.
This Texas dancer has every right to celebrate. Their football team is supposedly doing okay and their basketball team is a preseason top three team.
Celebratory booty dance, everybody! Okay, just her. Cut it out Bob.
UK's cheerleaders get all the awards and glory, but their dance team is really hot and shows more skin, so I'm giving them their moment in the sun. Really, I'd be happy to give them more than just a few moments.
PS - If you want to find out if a girl is a UK fan and she's not as easily distinguishable as this one, just ask if John Calipari is a scumbag. If she answers either "Yes!" or "Who?" she isn't. If she defends him, she's a Kentucky fan. There's no other options.
Let's see here. Plodding, slow, games that aren't entertaining and cheerleader outfits that cover up almost everything? It's a really good thing that the girls of the Big 10 are really hot.
I've used this picture before, but I just can't get over how cute this girl is. It's like she's just begging you to go ask her out and get shot down.
Washington doesn't exactly have the biggest reputation of a school where hot girls flock. It's cold, dark, and rainy. I've been told girls like the sun more. But Washington surprised me with this amazing cheerleader right here which catapulted them into the top four.
USC has done so much in the field of hot women. It has given us the Song Girls and of course girls like this.
Let's just say that if a couple of USC cheerleaders were fighting, not even ex-coach Tim Floyd would break that up.
There's really not much to say here. Just bravo Georgia Tech. Bravo.
And, of course, UCLA comes in at number one.
Their basketball team may not be the strongest this year, but their cheerleading and dance squads never ever have an off year.
I mean, come on.
The defense rests.