NFL Kommissar Roger Goodell recently modified where cheerleaders are allowed to stretch and warm up, because many players felt that the blazing intensity of their sexuality and firm-yet-supple bodies toned to perfection were distracting. It seemed like a load of BS, but actually, former Giants backup/The Bachelor/announcer Jesse Palmer sided with the NFL and shared this anecdote from his Week 16 start against the Cowboys in 2005:
In that game we started several drives inside our own 20-yard line, with each drive following a TV timeout. With my back to the end zone in the huddle, I became frustrated because I couldn't make eye contact with any of my 10 teammates as I was trying to call our plays; they were all staring right at the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders who were performing in the end zone.
I remember our offensive linemen shaking their heads in utter amazement, but the classic line came from our tight end, Visanthe Shiancoe, who interrupted me in the middle of a play call and said, "Jesse you really need to turn around and see this…"
That is an amazing story. I mean, Jesse Palmer started a game? Who knew?