Cheer Team Blog: Mountains and Morning TV in Arizona

Dec. 28, 2013

Throughout the year, members of the Michigan cheerleading team will offer their views on what is going on when the squad is not on the sidelines or courtside. This week the team is in Arizona as part of Michigan's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl contingent. In this blog, senior Chris Fraga tells about early mornings on a mountain, on TV and in parades.

Hey everybody, this is Chris checking in from Arizona. When Michigan comes to a bowl game, we come with a work hard, play hard attitude. You'll see everyone working hard on Saturday, so right now we're playing hard.

After our flight into Phoenix, we checked into our hotel in Tempe and immediately went hiking at Camelback Mountain. With the kind of determination that only the Michigan cheer team could have, we made it to the top in less than 40 minutes. But our trek to the top wasn't without bumps, scrapes and cactus needles! However, we were still able to make it to the top, where we found a Christmas tree and a spectacular view.

Cheer team at Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

As if waking up before the crack of dawn one day wasn't enough, we had to be at the local news station, NBC 12 News, at 6 a.m. the next day (Dec. 27)! The "cold" morning -- about 45 degrees -- was nothing compared to a Michigan winter. We did some cheers and gave our prediction on-air that Michigan will obviously take it to Kansas State.

After the TV spot, we got to explore the news room and see how the green screens worked. We even reported ahead of time how Michigan won the bowl game!

Cheer team at Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

The whole trip wasn't just about fun and TV appearances. We also had practice to ensure prefect cheers and stunts. The one difference about practicing in Arizona instead of Michigan? We got to work on our tans while practicing out here, which isn't something we are used to doing back in the Mitten (at least not now anyway).

We have many more appearances to make today on game day. We'll be in the 43rd Fort McDonnell Fiesta Bowl parade in the morning and then hit Michigan tailgates in the evening to spread the Maize and Blue spirit! Stay tuned to read what else goes on when the cheerleaders aren't cheering.

Go Blue!