Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Anna, Natalie, Gabrielle
The 8th Annual Buffalo Jills Golf Tournament at the start of August is the setting for both photos from the Jills. The 1st photo was taken at the little party zone near the 11th tee where Jickster was set up with the 97Rock van, music, a dunk booth, and a bake sale. Shown posing next to the van are 3rd year vet and calendar covergirl Anna, rookie and Buffalo Bills blogger Natalie, and the always-smiling 2nd year vet Gabrielle.
Morgan, Amanda F, Kelly
The 2nd photo comes from after the tournament while the golfers were having dinner and features rookie Morgan with 4th year vet Amanda F and 2nd year vet Kelly. I can't say much about Morgan as of yet other than to say she's an energetic dancer who took to the snap-and-flash routine that choreographer Kelli W designed as if she's been dancing for Kelli for years. Amanda F is the lone co-captain on the Jills 2010 squad, working with Keisha to run an outstanding Ambassador squad. Kelly is known for, in addition to her obvious beauty, her writing skills as well as the fact she was the 2009 dance rookie of the year.
Alexis, Lauren S, Ashley
This week's Bandettes photo comes from the Bandits Open Practice held last December at HSBC Arena. Shown posing for a photo are 2nd year vets Alexis and Lauren S with rookie Ashley V. Alexis and Lauren have had a habit of getting pics together quite frequently over the course of their Bandettes careers but sadly, that practice won't continue in 2011 as Alexis won't be returning to the squad, despite my protests...lol. Lauren definitely plans to return though and her big smile is always a treat for the fans and the cameras. Bandettes tryouts are coming up in 5 weeks, taking place October 2nd and 3rd at Gold's Gym in Depew.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Set 1 can be found at http://97rock.com/PhotoWall.asp?id=64365
Jessica W, Anna, Keisha
Set 2 at http://97rock.com/PhotoWall.asp?id=64367
and set 3 at http://97rock.com/PhotoWall.asp?id=64368
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Bills in Toronto series was the setting as the Bills faced off against the Colts in a preseason contest last Thursday night. Some big TDs from CJ Spiller, Lee Evans, Terence McGee, and Joique Bell helped propel the Bills past the reigning AFC Champions by a score of 34-21.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Last year, a powderpuff football game was organized by an organization called Blondes Vs Brunettes. The game obviously featured blondes and brunettes facing off against each other and the purpose was more than just about having fun playing football, although plenty of that happened as well. The big goal behind the Blondes Vs Brunettes games, which happen all over the United States, is to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association and last year's events raised a total of $25,000 for the Alzheimer's Association of Western NY. The game itself was a 12-12 tie with dozens of beautiful players. Obviously we're focused on the Jills here and while several Jills were in attendance to perform and sell raffle tickets, there were a few Jills alumni suited up to play as well in Jills director Stephanie M and Jills alumnus Danielle H (1998-2002). Danielle even took the brunette MVP award for the game.
That was last year, though and bigger things are projected for this year's game, which will feature 6 Jills alumni in all. Friday night, SoHo on Chippewa hosted the Blondes Vs Brunettes kickoff party, which had a outstanding turnout to say the least. Four of the Jills alumni who will be playing in the game were in attendance with many of their teammates as well as a trio of current Jills who were on hand to help with raffles. In addition to selling raffle tickets, Lindsay, Christina, and Taryn spent time talking to and posing for pictures with fans and players. Photos from the event, with a heavy Jills focus, can be found at http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a375/buffalojills2005/2010/BVB%20Kickoff/
The game is being played on September 18th at Sweet Home High School with kickoff at 2pm with an after party at Shenanigans on Niagara Falls Blvd in Amherst. Get all the details and donate $10 or more for a ticket to the game at http://www.bvbbuffalo.com/index.html
- Kimberly Z (1996-98/99)...not sure on her final year
- Amanda F (2001-03) and Bandettes (2006-07)
- Dana (2008)
- Danielle H (1998-2002)
- Jenn C (1998-2004)
- Francine (2000-04)
Jaclyn, Stefanie, Jill, Danielle
Lauren B, Ashley, Stephanie
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I know football season is about to get started and the Jills will be in Toronto with the Bills Thursday night before their first home game on the 28th but it's also time to look at re-stocking the Bandettes roster. Today, tryout dates were set for the 2011 Bandettes roster and there are definitely going to be some spots up for grabs as captain Meghan and veterans Amanda and Alexis already decided not to return to the squad. Add into that the fact that choreographer Erin Y suited up on occasion to fill in for a rookie who left the squad unexpectedly last year and we'll be looking at a minimum of 4 rookies on the squad. And keep in mind that veterans do still have to try out to keep their spots so the number could be higher.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Our first photo from the Buffalo Jills comes from the Buffalo Jills Golf Tournament held recently and features two ladies who should need no introduction as 2010 is going to be their 5th seasons on the squad. Valerie and Stefanie are two of only 3 left from that rookie class along with dance captain Christina. Despite being out of high school for a few years, Val has been to the prom 3 times since joining the Jills…as a result of contests by 97Rock. This year, they added a twist…the contest winner had to choose from among 6 of the Jills to be his date. He still chose Valerie and while any of the other 5 girls would’ve been great choices, who can blame him for choosing Val? Stefanie’s major claims to fame are the gymnastic abilities she’s shown on the sidelines over the course of her career and her willingness to go anywhere to support the troops. This October, during the Bills bye week, she’ll join 7 other Jills in a troop visit to Iraq, her 3rd trip to the Middle East.
Reena, Jessica W, Gabrielle, Amanda V
Also from the Jills Golf Tourney, we have a photo featuring 3 rookies and 1 2nd year vet from the Jills. We’ve already introduced you to dancer Reena and ambassador Jessica W. Posing with them are Gabrielle, in her 2nd year as a dancer, and Amanda V. All I can tell you right now about Amanda is that she’s a dancer on the Jills, having joined most of the other dancers on the squad when the Jills performed at the Bills Open Practice back in June.
If you’re looking to meet some of the Jills this weekend, there’s a pair of appearances that you can find them at. Some of them will be appearing at the Grand Opening of the NAPA Auto Parts store on Southwestern Blvd in Orchard Park, an event going from 10am-2pm on Saturday and also featuring Martin Truex’s NASCAR race car. http://www.wnytire.com/thenapastore.htm
Also, the Rochester Redwings are hosting the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on Sunday for Buffalo Bills Day at Frontier Field. As part of the day, CJ Spiller, Torell Troup, and Alex Carrington will be on hand for the game along with Billy Buffalo and members of the Buffalo Jills. http://blogs.buffalobills.com/2010/08/11/bills-rooks-to-be-at-red-wings-game/
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Jaclyn, Stefanie, Jill, Danielle
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Brianne, DJ Jickster
Our first photo was taken while the golfers were just starting to check in and features 4th year vet Brianne with 97Rock's DJ Jickster. Longtime Jills fans should remember Brianne well as she spent the 2005-07 seasons with the Jills dancing on Omarlla's line and, no surprised, she'll be dancing there again. She actually almost came back for the 2008 season but wasn't feeling well at tryouts and took that as a sign to take a year off at least. Thankfully, she missed it too much to stay away for good and, as you can see in the photo, I wasn't the only one happy to see her back. Jickster, as everyone should know, is a DJ at 97Rock, one of the primary sponsors of the Jills, and is the Jills' 2nd biggest fan. He's even joked that he won't do an appearance without some Jills there as well.
Natalie, Emily, Jill, Jaclyn
The 2nd photo features 4 of our beautiful rookie dancers on the Jills. We've already introduced you to Natalie and Emily and joining them in this pic are Jill and Jaclyn. With Michelle's move to the Ambassador squad this year, the dance squad was in need of someone with some great gymnastic abilities and as she showed everyone at the Golf Tourney, Jill fits that need extremely well. In fact, based on what I saw on Monday, Jill seems to have more natural gymnastic ability than anyone since Kaitlin M (2005-07) who backflipped from one side of the room to the other at Jills tryouts in 2006. Jaclyn is not your typical blonde bombshell. She comes across as pretty mature for her age and didn't stay close to home for college like a lot of girls, choosing instead to get away for a few years to Pittsburgh where she still got the small city feel but obviously she'd have to come home to be able to cheerlead since the Steelers don't have a squad even though they were one of the first NFL teams with cheerleaders.
Alexis, Amanda Z
From the Bandettes, our Photo of The Week actually comes with a bit of sadness involved. In a photo taken before the April game against Toronto, we have Alexis and Amanda smiling for the camera. The sadness comes from the fact that the camera-loving Alexis and the gymnastically talented Amanda have each told me they won't be returning for the 2011 season, having moved away. Thankfully we still have plenty of memories of these two and Amanda has a championship she can look back fondly on from her rookie season. These two will definitely be missed but their departure will give a few more rookie hopefuls a better shot at winning a spot on the 2011 Bandettes squad at tryouts in early October. Stay tuned for details on that.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
After several years in Lancaster, the Jills moved their 8th Annual Golf Tournament to the Westwood Country Club in beautiful Williamsville, NY. Like in past years, it started off with some lunch while golfers registered and received their golf carts and bought some raffle tickets before heading out to the course for a round of golf on a beautiful day in Western NY. 5 groups had an extra benefit to their days as Amanda F, Meghan, Sara S, Taryn, and Brianne were auctioned off to be caddies for the day. Out on the course there were games like in past years including a poker run but there were also a few added treats on the course. 97Rock's DJ Jickster was out on the course playing music near the 11th tee with not only music, but a dunking booth. No, you couldn't dunk Jickster, but then again, he wouldn't look nearly as good in a bikini as Stefanie and Valerie did when they got dunked. Michelle and Jill, two of the most gymnastically gifted members of the squad also went around the course in their own golf cart performing "Flips For Tips," showing off their gymnastic skills for tips.
Michelle, Nicole, Jill, Jackie
Another feature this year was something more personal to one of the Jills. You see, one of the girls dealt with a housefire recently and rather then let her go through it on her own, her squadmates spent their Sunday evenings in front of hot ovens baking up brownies, cupcakes, and cookies to sell at the golf tournament for donations to help her out. The golfers came through in a pretty big way with some of them denoting some rather significant sums of money to help out one of the most beloved members of the squad, whose name I won't reveal here out of respect for her privacy.
Covergirls Meghan and Anna
At dinner, golfers got another special treat as they got to find out who was on the cover of the Jills 2010-2011 Calendar, due out later this month. This year, instead of having only 1 Buffalo Jill on the cover, the calendar will feature 2 girls, 3rd year vet and 2008 dance rookie of the year Anna and rookie dancer Meghan.