With the NFL lockout upon us with no end in sight, many fans are already starting to go through withdrawal.
We'll miss the players, the games and the tailgates, but there's one thing that truly cannot be replaced: the cheerleaders.
I've compiled a list of the cheerleaders that we're going to miss the most should the NFL season be postponed or even canceled.
Why an NFL team would not have cheerleaders is beyond me, but certain teams decided against a squad of scantily clad eye candy that can only improve a fan's experience.
In those cases, I've found another woman from the organization we'll miss. Enjoy.
The Cowboys are America's team, so there's no cheerleader we are going to miss more than the all-American, blonde haired, blue-eyed Cassie.
Cassie says on her profile that she's a journalism student, so she might have a smooth transition into sideline reporting.
Look out Erin Andrews!
But, her favorite player is Tony Romo, so she could also become a WAG in no time.
Photo courtesy of dallascowboyscheerleaders.com
The Giants are one of the six NFL teams that don't have cheerleaders, so we'll have to go with a worthy substitute, Kate Mara.
Kate is an actress who's had roles in films like We Are Marshall and Shooter, but she's more known for her NFL ties.
The girl literally bleeds NY Giants. Her great-grandfather, Tim, founded the Giants...her grandfather used to be a co-owner of the team and her uncle is currently a co-owner...and her father currently works in the front office.
She even has a clause put in all her movie contracts that if either the Giants or Steelers (her other grandfather founded the team) make the Super Bowl, she's allowed to miss work to attend.
Who needs cheerleaders when you have Kate?
Photo courtesy of katemara.net
There's something to be said for dedication, and prancing around in this outfit on a cold day in Philly certainly proves your commitment to the team.
It was her steadfast "win-at-all-costs" attitude that made us fall in love with Danni-Lynn. And it's exactly what we'll miss during the lockout.
Photo courtesy of philadelphiaeagles.com
Mila was just a rookie last year, but boy did she make her presence felt.
Buzz around Washington was that Mila implemented a new offseason training regimen and diet, and that she was ready to take huge steps forward in her sophomore season.
Sad to know that could all be wasted if the lockout continues.
Photo courtesy of kanyetothe.com
The Bills get tons of credit for having the best cheerleader squad name in the league: the Buffalo Jills.
One squad member who lives up to the name is Meghan. She's got the looks and the moves, and you may not mind being stranded on a deserted island with her.
She lists the three thing she'd bring with her on the Jills website: "My bikini, tanning lotion and a cute guy!"
Of course let's hope you're the guy and it's not you, her, and some other dude...that would just be awkward...
Photo courtesy of buffalojills.com
Fabiola is just on the cusp of her prime as a cheerleader, as this would be her fifth year with the squad. She's clearly in great shape and has a mini-situation working in her midsection, but who knows if she'll come back in that same form after the lockout.
But with a name like Fabiola, she probably has some good genes. So we're not too worried.
Photo courtesy of miamidolphinscheerleaders.net
Tom Brady may have a tough time concentrating with Jessica on the sidelines, but she's still a valuable asset to the squad.
She's studying to become a dental hygienist, so at least she has something to fall back on should the lockout continue.
So don't be surprised if suddenly teenage boys across the country are actually asking to go to the dentist.
Photo courtesy of patriots.com
The Jets play in New Jersey, and Nicole is the consummate Jersey girl. Her favorite meal is her mom's homemade pizza, so you know she likes to cook.
She'll have plenty of time for pizza with the lockout on. Let's just hope she doesn't eat too much, or she could end up looking like another famous Nicole from Jersey...and nobody wants that.
Photo courtesy of newyorkjets.com
Amy gets major props for supporting the military. On top of that she's also an Arizona native and was named captain for the upcoming season.
There's nothing worse than being voted captain, then seeing the season go up in flames because of a lockout.
Amy needs to use her military might to end this thing...quick.
Photo courtesy of azcardinals.com
The 49ers website doesn't provide bios for the girls, but we like the look of Kelsie. She's got her eyes on the prize...and she takes a good picture.
Maybe if the lockout continues she and the entire Gold Rush squad can actually go looking for gold.
Photo courtesy of 49ers.com
Definitely a runner-up for best squad name are the Sea Gals. Chantale is clearly the one we'll miss most.
She has a degree in English and Elementary Education. That's one way to get kids to pay attention in class.
Photo courtesy of seahawks.com
The Rams have gone from one of the worst franchises in the league to a playoff contender, and much of that is due to cheerleader Brooke.
She enjoys dancing, swimming and "sand volleyball." Not sure if that's the same as beach volleyball, but you'll be able to see her playing quite a bit if the lockout continues.
Photo courtesy of stlouisrams.com
As you can see by the cowboy hat, Christina clearly understands the fans that she cheers for. She works for the government as a paralegal in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, so she definitely has something to fall back on.
We, however, will certainly miss her environmentally friendly outfits on the Broncos sidelines.
Less leather = fewer dead cows.
Photo courtesy of denverbroncos.com
Carol happens to be one of the most agile and flexible of the Kansas City Chief cheerleaders.
Who knows how the stoppage will affect her performance, but experts say she'll never be the same.
Photo courtesy of flickr.com
The least creative cheerleader squad name definitely goes to the Raiders and the Raiderettes. Really? That's the best we could come up with?
As a squad, however, they will certainly make you forget about their stupid name. This is one of the hottest collections in the NFL, but the one we'll miss most has to be Aimee.
She's got everything we're looking for in a cheerleader, but most importantly she provides a much-needed alternative to watching the Raiders on the field.
Photo courtesy of raiders.com
For a beach city like San Diego we're definitely going to miss Jessie, who looks like she just climbed out of the ocean.
Raised in a football family (grandpa and uncle played in the NFL), Jessie has the pedigree to be one of the NFL's top cheerleaders.
Unfortunately her talents will go to waste if the lockout continues.
Photo courtesy of chargers.com
The Bears are another team without cheerleaders. It's somewhat understandable since the temperature hovers slightly above zero on most game days.
I tried to find one girl we'll miss from the Bears Drum Corps, which is I guess their version of cheerleaders, but it seems as if the Corps is not yet coeducational.
Instead we'll go with Jaime Edmondson, a former Playmate and reality tv star who seems to have taken pictures in every team's gear—but we are especially fond of this Bears picture.
Photo courtesy of elliottharris.com
Apparently the Lions have never had cheerleaders because they want to promote a family-friendly atmosphere. No wonder they went 0-16.
Luckily for us there is the Detroit Pride, who are hoping to be christened as the official cheerleaders of the Lions. They were allowed to appear at a game last season, but under very strict rules.
I don't get it, but bless the Pride for trying. The member we're going to miss the most is Erica. She just seems to want it more than anyone else.
Photo courtesy of itsalwayssunnyindetroit.com
The Packers had a cheerleading squad, The Golden Girls, until 1988. After seeing this picture of them, I can see why they were eliminated.
Currently the Packers allow cheer squads from two separate schools to alternate cheering at home games. Since some of their fathers might be reading, I didn't want to select any of them.
So instead we'll go with Sunny, a Penthouse pet who may or may not have dabbled in the adult film industry.
Hey, she's clearly a Packers fan.
Photo courtesy of torontojungle.com
Bailey is homegrown Minnesotan who knows how to get it done on and off the field. She'd be going into her fifth year on the squad were it not for the lockout.
All these cheerleaders robbed of their primes. It's like when Ted Williams, Bob Feller and others went to serve in WWII in the '40s. Who knows what might have been?
Photo courtesy of esquire.com
The Ravens are a tough, intense, defense-oriented team, but that does not extend to their cheerleading squad.
The one we'll miss most is Abbie, who was actually the inspiration for Ray Lewis' famous celebration dance. Ok I have no evidence for that, but it seems like something that could be possible.
Photo courtesy of esquire.com
I feel like the Ben-Gals should be a list of girls that have charged Ben Roethlisberger with sexual assault, but it's actually the name of the Bengals cheerleaders.
There's two things we're going to miss about Elizabeth. I'll let you guess what they are.
Photo courtesy of bengals.com
No surprise that the Browns are one of the teams that don't have cheerleaders. I would expect nothing less from the miserable sports scene in Cleveland.
It would definitely pick things up if they had a squad, but last time they did, in the '70s, the cheerleaders apparently looked like they were wearing wooly pajamas. That's not a good look.
So for Cleveland we're choosing Heather Kozar, a former Playboy model who is married to Browns ex-QB Tim Couch.
This was Couch's only contribution to the franchise and the city.
Photo courtesy of mademan.com
The Steelers haven't had cheerleaders since they waved goodbye to the Steelerettes in 1969.
What they do have however, is girls who love to pose in Steelers gear for sexy photos. Here's one, we'll call her "July," who has found a new and interesting use for the Terrible Towel.
Photo courtesy of coedmagazine.com
The cheerleaders led the Falcons to an NFC South Division championship last season, and a big part of that was Shauna.
On her profile she lists "something my teammates don't know about me" as she can recite every single line from Top Gun, so is this really a girl that we can live without?
End the lockout!
Photo courtesy of atlantafalcons.com
Things weren't so great for the Panthers last season. But even if Carolina fans were in store for some bad football, at least they could count on Myra to brighten up their Sunday.
If the lockout continues, they're going to have to focus on Tar Heel football. Yikes.
Photo courtesy of panthers.com
There are a couple things I don't like about the Saints cheerleaders. One is that it took me three reads to figure out what their name, Saintsations, actually said.
Another is that looking at their web page literally made me nauseous. After I recovered, I looked through their team and luckily found Victoria, who made me feel a lot better.
Photo courtesy of neworleanssaints.com
One cheerleader we'll certainly miss from the Bucs is Marlana. She's been with the squad three years and we've grown accustomed to seeing her...uh...face...on the sidelines.
Photo courtesy of connect.in.com
Her favorite book is Quiet Strength, and that's exactly what this Colts cheerleader has. It's going to be hard to live without her this fall.
She's the total package, as she has brains as well. When asked what she would take to a desert island, she said, "Well after experiencing a 20 day overseas trip, I would have to say Sodium-free water, American food and my international cell phone!"
A woman of the world. Got to love it.
Photo courtesy of colts.com
The spirit of the Jaguar is exhibited on a daily basis by the Jacksonville cheerleading squad, The Roar.
Our favorite of the bunch has to be Marissa, who growls when she gets particularly excited about a play. Let's hope the Jaguars have a great season...if it ever happens.
Photo courtesy of forum.jaguars.com
This Titans cheerleader knows how to have a good time. Her favorite movie is The Hangover, which I imagine she'll be having quite a few of if there's no NFL season this year.
She also gets points for having to fend off countless cheesy pickup lines like, "you're the only 10 I see".
Photo courtesy of titansonline.com