I've always been more at ease watching away games from home myself as it's a lot cheaper with fewer distraction but I decided to check it out for 2008, only missing the one party that happened the day after the Fundraiser and Lisa's birthday party. Showing up, I wasn't sure what to expect but when I got there, they had a board set up for people to sign up for football squares. Prizes would be won after each quarter and the game and it was all for free. I grabbed a seat at the bar and started talking with a few of the regulars, one of whom used to work security at the stadium. They didn't seem that sure of whether or not to believe my status with the Jills until Ali and Brandi, two rookie Ambassadors on the squad that season, showed up and were thrilled to see me.
|Ali and Brandi at the 1st Rhino's away game party|
|Brandi and Ali with James from The Edge|
I wasn't able to make it to the next Away Game party as Lisa's birthday party that followed the Fundraiser kept me out pretty late and I still wish I had made it as it turned out to be one of Kelly's last ever appearances as a Jill. The following week, she took ill and under doctor's orders, she had to back off her responsibilities as the Jills Ambassador captain. As it turned out, she had been signed up to appear at Rhino's that following week as well leaving Omarlla on her own. However, as I've stated on this site many times over the years, there was a girl on the squad who went above and beyond for her squadmates on a regular basis. In 2008, Keisha showed that aspect of her personality more than ever, including showing up at Rhino's to watch the game with the fans and with Omarlla. Fans were especially impressed with Omarlla, who was in her 9th year on the squad at the time. They couldn't believe how much time she had put in when you consider how poorly pro cheerleaders are compensated.
|Keisha and Omarlla cheering on a TD by the Bills|
From the Bandettes comes a pic from the 2nd home game against the Philadelphia Wings, a team that will begin playing their home games in Connecticut in December. Prior to the game, I was able to visit with both lines as they were sporting Valentine's Day-themed shirts. Shown posing for the camera are Amanda, Kelsey, Janelle, LB, MaKenzie, Chelsea, and Cheri from LB's line.
|Amanda, Kelsey, Janelle, LB, MaKenzie, Chelsea, and Cheri|