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Pirates Black Pearls Named Top Team in MLN MAJOR ATTITUDE Magazine

January 20, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Peoria Pirates News Release

BOCA RATON, FLA - 01.18.09 - The Black Pearls dance team of the arenafootball2 Peoria Pirates took top honors; Nicole Steward of the Black Pearls was selected as the best dancer as the MAJOR ATTITUDE Dance Team 2009 list was announced by MLN Sports.

The Black Pearls narrowly edged out the Denver Outlaws Cheerleaders (MLL) for taking the most of the twenty top places in the competition hosted annually by MLN Sports, and published in the flagship digital magazine SZ.

Dancers submit photographs, answers to a short series of questions, and either team photos or video. SZ's editors also check out videos of the dance teams on YouTube and, in some cases, in person.

"For our showcase we try to select twenty of the most beautiful and talented women who dance or cheer professionally for the minor league and alternative pro sports teams in North America," said SZ senior editor Brian Ross. "The questions that we ask also influence are picks as well. Most of the women who dance also have a day job, or something interesting or unusual that they do away from the field or court-side."

Nicole Steward of the Black Pearls, who graces our January, 2009 cover (see above) was selected as the top dancer overall for her beauty and her moves on the field. In all, three of the top ten dancers and eight of the top twenty in the Dance Team were members of the Black Pearls team. Three of the Denver Outlaws Dance Team made the top ten, and six more filled out the top twenty spots.

Shalaine Priddle of the af2 Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz' dance team was no. 2, Candice Vecchiarelli of the Outlaws was third, Philicia Moredock of the Black Pearls was fourth, and Keri Ramsey of the Storm Chasers (Albuquerque Thunderbirds, NBA D-League) was fifth. The feature includes large photos of each dancer, a short bio, and, in several cases, digital posters that can be printed out on inkjet paper.

Have plenty of ink on hand.

More than twenty three teams entered this year's MLN MAJOR ATTITUDE Dance Team competition. Also featured this year were dancers from the Storm Chasers (3), the Rochester Knightingales (Rochester Knighthawks (NLL) (2) and the OKC Yard Dawgz (1).

A few teams from the Arena Football League (AFL) had dance teams that were slated to appear, but withdrew when the league went into hiatus for the 2009 season.

This is the second call to competition for the MAJOR ATTITUDE Dance Team. Last year's debut of the feature in January was one of the biggest audiences for a story appearing at SZ, surpassed only by the MLN FAB50 Hockey 2008 rankings last March, and the MLN FAB50 Baseball 2008 mid-season rankings in July.

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