Years ago, I wrote a story about how perverts were spying on naked Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders.
For decades, from the 1980s until the early 2000s, players, coaches and owners would ogle the cheerleaders through carved-out peepholes as the cheerleaders showered. Yes, even owners.聽
Maybe some would dismiss these stories as not being about sports, but they are. They offer a rare window into how teams think about the non-billionaire masses.
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It’s not just owners, either. It’s the league overall.聽You have to understand how the league views cheerleaders. Owners view players as property. Owners see cheerleaders as three-fifths of a player.
As one front-office executive told me, Team mascots and guys who do the laundry are seen as more valuable than cheerleaders.
But is it a distraction? Because everything invariably leads back to this and, ultimately, distractions are to blame for whatever might go wrong in the future. That’s how the media likes to portray it, anyway. Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells isn’t buying it.
I don’t pay any attention to that, Parcells told The Athletic’s Gary Myers. Nobody knows what’s what exactly. You are just hearing gossip and conjecture and opinion. I don’t put much stock in that. Having been in a position myself as a head coach, a lot of things are said about an organization, the coaching staff and the owner. Some of the things are just flat out not true. Yet they get out and they get publicized because they make good headlines. The only thing you got to do is watch the product on the field. When the season starts, all this offseason stuff, it doesn’t mean anything. Nothing.