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Claim: Photograph shows USC cheerleader celebrating opposing team's Rose Bowl-winning touchdown.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
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
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