Buccaneers use cheerleaders to try and distract Vikings
The NFL is comprised of a bunch of enormous and powerful men in the peak of physical shape, but sometimes the distraction that scantily-clad women provide can be a team's best defense.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers must believe this, as they sent out their cheerleaders to dance directly in front of the Minnesota Vikings on the field during a timeout on Sunday. Minnesota had the ball down three points with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter looking to tie or win the game.
Unfortunately, though, it didn't work. The Vikings did a pretty respectable job of not letting their minds wander away from the game, as they went right down the field and kicked a field goal to tie the game, then won in overtime 19-13.
We can't say for sure that the Bucs ordered the cheerleaders to dance where they did, but considering how little has gone right for Lovie Smith and his 1-6 team this year, it wouldn't be surprising if they felt the need to resort to such tactics.
The incident was reminiscent of the marching band that played right through Panthers kicker Graham Gano's second half warm-ups during a game earlier this year. Unlike Gano, the Vikings (and the Buccaneers) didn't seem to mind that their field had been taken over.
- Ben Estes