Whatever you think of competitive sport, it’s difficult to watch Cheer without being absorbed by the trials and triumphs of college athletics
If the question, “Will Jerry make mat?” requires no explanation, then you are already familiar with the intense but insanely compelling six-part docuseries that is Cheer. You know the revered coach Monica Aldama, are familiar with her trademark boots, her mild temperament and amused grins that say nothing about her competitive, perfectionist spirit. The words “tumbling” and “baskets” have gained new meaning, and you watched, anxious, as the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team competed for another title at the annual National Cheerleading Championship in Daytona, Florida.
I say “another” because in Cheer, the team is not chasing its first win. They have triumphed many times under Monica, who takes them under her wing with a business mind and the attitude of a maternal saviour. The cheerleaders are seeking personal triumphs, but they also really, really want to win for Monica.