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Clipper Spirit on Halloween

The evolution of female Halloween costumes is a trend that reaches it's zenith when NBA cheerleaders work on October 31st

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Obviously this is not my usual kind of post. There are plenty of "sports" sites out there for slideshows of "Cheerleaders of the Pac-12" or "Hottest NBA WAGs" but this isn't one of them.

Nonetheless, I can't help remark on the phenomenon of Halloween costumes, and in this case the point where they intersect with my beloved Los Angeles Clipper Spirit dancers.

Now, I'm far from the first person to notice the trend in young, female Halloween costumes from scary or princesses (or in a perfect world scary princesses) to anything and everything sexy/slutty. Mean Girls may have the definitive take on the trend:

In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when you can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it. The hard core girls just wear lingerie and some form of animal ears.

Recent sitcoms have remarked on it as well. How I Met Your Mother has done not one but two Halloween episodes featuring "The Slutty Pumpkin" (nice irony, since a pumpkin is about the least inherently slutty thing there is) and last week's Big Bang Theory featured Penny in a Sexy Cop costume -- not a Slutty Cop costume -- a distinction she had to explain to Bernadette as follows:

This is Sexy Cop. Slutty Cop was just a skirt and two badges.

Now, as a male human, I have to say that I am almost completely in favor of this trend. I mean, what's not to like?

On the other hand, as the father of a 13 year old girl (who thank FSM has not made that transition yet and went trick-or-treating this year as Raggedy Ann, not Slutty Raggedy Ann), there is definitely a downside looming somewhere on the not-too-distant horizon.

But for now, how about those Clipper Spirit last night? Who knew that Buzz Lightyear could be sexy? And since when did Cinderella's ball gown come in a two piece, midriff-baring version?

So those of you who were at the game last night, which was your favorite Spirit costume? I might have to go with sexy referee. There's something about a sexy referee, you know what I mean?