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The New England Patriots just hired two male cheerleaders to join their squad.

This follows the LA Rams historic decision of hiring male cheerleaders Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies in 2018.


Driss Dallahi, 23, and Steven Sonntag, 22, were inspired to audition for the Patriots after seeing Peron and Jinnies perform at the 2019 Superbowl.

The two signed on March 29 ahead of the 2019 NFL season.

It took a leap of faith, but for Sonntag, being an NFL cheerleader became a reality.



Dallahi proves you can never say never.

Dallahi's sense of self-awareness was heightened as he entered into the audition space.

He told NBC Boston:

"Walking (into tryouts), I knew people were going to look at me — one, because I am over 6 feet tall, and two, because I am a male."



Dallahi and Sonntag, both of whom are gay, met each other at the audition.

"I attended that workshop and walked in and heard there was another boy, and so I was immediately looking around trying to find him," said Sonntag.

He didn't know what to expect going in as a male cheerleader since it is a relatively new development in the NFL but he had a conversation about the audition process with Dallahi.

Sonntag continued:

"We didn't really know the criteria for male cheerleaders auditioning for the New England Patriots, so we kind of created that together in texting back and forth.… Two genders on the squad is a big step for any team in the NFL, because that's not what people are used to seeing sidelines, so I encourage it to progress even more across the NFL board."



Dallahi and Sonntag join the growing ranks of trailblazing cheerleaders, including 25-year-old Jesse Hernandez, who also became the first male cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints last year.

The NFL's evolving criteria became a subject of controversy with these professional athletes constantly facing harassment and bullying.

Tracey Hernandez, Jesse's mother, had this to say about people taking issue over her son joining the squad as a male cheerleader.

"Those people just need to get over it. We're in 2018. Things shouldn't be just for men or just for women. If you have the ability to do it, you should be able to do it."




Rams' cheerleading director Keely Fimbres told CNBC about discussing the prospect of hiring Peron and Jinnies with team owner Stan Kroenke.

"I said, 'We have two gentlemen auditioning for us, and they're doing very well. How do you feel about that?'" asked Fimbres.

Kroenke gave his full support in her decision as long as they were qualified, and both hopefuls went on to make NFL history.


Patriots cheerleading director Tracy Sormanti is excited for change but assured Dallahi and Sonntag were not hired just because they were male performers.

She told Pink News:

"They were not selected because they were the first men to try out. They were selected because they actually had the talent."

You can watch Dallahi's dance reel in the YouTube clip, below.


Driss Dallahi - Dance www.youtube.com


Jinnies spoke to Refinery 29 about how he and Peron inspired others to pursue their dreams.

"We have gotten messages from young boys who are telling me that they're going to go for their dance team auditions and be cheerleaders now."
"I have older men who are saying that they were cheerleaders and that they're excited to be living through us."

He continued:

"There are men now going for cheerleading positions on other NFL teams across the country. It's more than just me and Quinton, and we know that."
"Gender should never be the issue: If you have the skill, the nerve, and the drive to do it, you should be allowed to."

Now that is something to really cheer about.

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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