Holly Ramey graduated from Florida State University in 2006, and went on to earn her Masters degree in Sports Administration from FSU as well in 2007. I would call her a former cheerleader, but she will tell you she's been cheering for the garnet and gold since birth, and will never stop. I was lucky enough to chat with Holly fresh off the nirvana of a victory in the recent Chick-Fil-A-Nole!
Andy: First thing first. How do you feel after your Seminoles put the beatdown on the Gamecocks last weekend?
Holly: It was just an amazing year. Nobody thought we would be in the hunt for a National Championship just yet, but to have a 10 win season with a rookie head coach in which we beat Miami, Florida & Spurrier? As a Seminoles fan, that's pretty hard to top!
Andy: That is quite the trifecta! Watching cheerleaders as closely as I do (it's a sport!), I've noticed it can be a little rough, and being a cheerleader is much more dangerous than most people think. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Holly: Very true, and like you pointed out, most people don't realize that cheerleading is very much a sport. And like any of the other major division I sports, only the best cheerleaders from across the country make the cut, and the competition at the college level is intense. Due to the acrobatic nature of the sport, the amount of catastrophic injury that occurs in cheerleading is pretty high. Catching an elbow in the face on a regular basis is something that definitely isn't unheard of.
Andy: When you were growing up, did you always want to be a cheerleader?
Holly: I've always been athletic, and in high school I played on the flag football team in addition to cheerleading. It wasn't for gym class or intramurals, either; it was a developmental league, and we played other high schools in what has now become a sanctioned sport. Basically I would say that I was always interested in, and wanted to participate in sports on some level.
Andy: You were lucky enough to cheer on the sidelines while Bobby Bowden was still at the helm. Did you ever get a chance to meet with him, or were the coaches and players strictly off limits? Any specific thought on Coach Bowden?
Holly: Our squad did many public appearances, pep rallies, and meet & greets with the team, so we did get to meet with the coaches on a personal level. Gameday was 100% off limits however.
I grew up in Talahassee. 27 years and hadn't seen a different coach my entire life. I feel Coach Bowden was the best ever. Not taking anything away from Joe Paterno and others, but Bobby's record of 14 straight years of finishing in the top 5 is unmatched. Not even close.
Andy: Recently, you were kind enough to feature the Original Retro Brand in a holiday fashion piece on your most awesome blog: PINKCleats: Converting the Language of Sports for the Female Mind a) THANK YOU! b) How'd you hear about us, and what do you like so much about the brand? c) What is the premise behind Pink Cleats?
Holly: a) You're very welcome - I really love the brand! b) Actually it was my very cool Mom that turned me on to Original Retro Brand. She is in the sports business industry, and told me she really thought I would love these t-shirts from this cool & edgy company. So as any good daughter should, I took her advice. And she was right. The shirts are cool, edgy & nostalgic at the same time. They are comfy & fashionable. - not the same old, same old. My friends love it. c) I know that women want sports stories, but from their perspective. Yes, they want to know the same things as men do about sports, as in when Brett Favre is really going to retire, etc., but they also want to know what to wear at a tailgate party! Human interest stories and side stories too - Make-up that won't melt on game day, and what ORB gear to buy for Christmas!
We want to thank Holly for her support and time. We highly recommend you put in the time to check out her blog, and you can also find PINKCleats on Facebook and follow on Twitter. You gamers can also find Holly and her non-melting FSU face paint, in the latest EASports NCAA Football video game (below).
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