An inspiration to aging cheerleaders

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March 08, 2006|By LAURA VOZZELLA

Molly Shattuck is giving people ideas.

People like the 41-year-old mother of five and the 37-year-old mother of two who tried out last weekend to be Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders. Neither mom made the cut.

But the sheer chutzpah of those relative geezers - to think they even had a shot at making the squad - is testament to the woman who paved the way for geriatric pompom girls. Shattuck, mother of three, was the oldest cheerleader in Ravens history when she made the squad last year at the ripe old age of 38.

"Molly's story definitely piqued the interest of many hopefuls," said Ravens spokesman Patrick Gleason. "There was a cheerleading clinic at the beginning of February and two weeks ago. Anybody could come, and I remember speaking with Tina [Simijoski , director for Ravens cheerleaders]. She said she had several people who were following in the footsteps of Molly - 42 or 43. There were a few who were probably in their late 30s and early 40s."

Not that anyone will confuse the Ravens squad with an AARP convention. While the lineup won't be completed until the end of the month, it looks like the whippersnappers are winning out.

"I'd love a mix" of ages, said Simijoski. "But the majority of our girls are 23, 24 years old."

Oh - and Molly made the cut

If the suspense is killing you, relax. Even though the cheerleading roster won't be firmed up until late March, I am pleased to report that Molly Shattuck, now 39, will be back shaking her booty on the Ravens sidelines next season.

"I made the cut. I'm so excited," Shattuck said Monday, when I caught her in the middle of one of those Martha Stewart-y projects she somehow finds time for: making a fabric-covered bulletin board, where she will surely tack up the Ravens game schedule.

Why does Shattuck- wife of Constellation Energy chief Mayo Shattuck - know she's got a spot on the squad already? Hold the conspiracy theories.

She tried out just like the other 186 wannabes last weekend at the Downtown Athletic Club. Fifty-eight of them made the cut, which was preliminary for newcomers but final for squad veterans like Shattuck.

The newcomers have to undergo another tryout, plus an interview to make sure "they're mature enough to handle speaking to and networking with suite owners and our day-to-day fans," Simijoski said. "They need to know how to speak to people and interact."

It's assumed that as a returning cheerleader, not to mention the wife of a CEO, Shattuck already knows how to mingle with the suite set.

And here he is: Al Hurt

Crimes of all kinds come crackling over the police scanner in a rough town like Baltimore. Murders. Shootings. Robberies. We thought we'd heard it all. Until Monday afternoon, when The Sun's Gus Sentementes heard a dispatcher call this one out:

"Unruly man playing a trumpet."

An officer responded to the scene and soon checked in with the dispatcher.

"Negative, ma'am," the officer said. "He's not unruly. He's just a bad trumpet player."

Sounds like another case of city police not taking a crime report. Where's Jayne Miller when you need her?

Hoping for a semester off

Rick Abbruzzese, spokesman for Mayor Martin O'Malley has a new job: spokesman for Candidate Martin O'Malley. Abbruzzese, 29, who has been deputy press secretary at City Hall for three years, moved over to O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign as press secretary this week.

For now, Abbruzzese says he'll continue working part time toward his law degree at the University of Maryland. But assuming, as a good flack should, that O'Malley survives September's Democratic primary, Abbruzzese expects to take the fall semester off to concentrate on the campaign.

The Guv gets an early tee time

Gov. Robert Ehrlich likes golf. He also likes votes. Come fall, he fears he might be too busy chasing votes to chase little white balls.

He's found a solution, based on an e-mail sent out recently from the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: squeeze in more golf games before the campaign really heats up.

"May 19: The Fourth Annual Hispanic Heritage Golf Classic at the Woodlands Golf Course in Baltimore County (Woodlawn)," Chamber President Roberto Allen writes in a save-the-date message to members. "This event is usually held in September during Hispanic Heritage Month. However, Governor Ehrlich really wants to play again this year, so he requested that we move the tournament to the Spring so it is not so close to the gubernatorial election this November."

It's good to be governor.

A scandal by any other name ...

Believe it or not, folks in the comptroller's office have a sense of humor about the William Donald Schaefer rump-gawking scandal. They've even got a name for it: Tailgate.

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