Small Talk: the New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders in London
[Attempting to come up with a question that doesn't make Small Talk sound patronising, like a pervert or a patronising pervert]. So, DiAnne and Ashlyn do you come to London often?
DiAnne: We've been here before to promote the NFL. We're having fun over here, we've visited schools and we're on a TV show called Loose Women later today. [Cautiously] Do you know it?
Know it? Small Talk's got every episode on VHS, Blu-ray and DVD. Is it hard work being a cheerleader?
DiAnne: We all hold down jobs or are students – I'm going to medical school next year and Ashlyn is at college studying marketing.
Ashlyn: We practice every Tuesday and Thursday for up to three hours and once you add in the time we spend at home games it comes to 19 hours, and that doesn't include work we do in the community.
You reached the holy grail of cheerleading last night when you appeared at Watford v Cardiff. Small Talk imagines it will be a comedown when you have to go back to the Louisiana Superdome.
DiAnne: [Possibly uttering the phrase for the first time in history] Watford was fun! The fans really enjoyed us and cheered us on. We love dancing.
Yeah, but Watford is a bit, well, Watford.
DiAnne: [Conceding the point slightly] It was a bit muddy, but we still had fun. It was great.
For everyone's information: the New Orleans Saints and the Sand Diego Chargers are playing in London's Wembley Stadium Sunday, Oct, 26, 2008.
See the Independent's The Whole Nine Yards. comes to Wembley.
Whatever you Brits might think, the Saints gave up a home game in the Superdome to come to England. A big sacrifice for fans, for the stadium and for New Orleans.