Lyla Garrity vs. Claire Bennet: TV's Cutest Two Cheerleaders Square Off in a Tale of the Tape!

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Lyla Garrity is the top cheerleader on TV in the opinion of many, but she does have some competition. The All-American girl played by Minka Kelly on Friday Night Lights is rivaled in part by another "super" youngster.

Can Lyla compete with Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) of Heroes? We decided to take a look at how they'd match up in a 10-round bout. Ding, ding!

Lovely Lyla Garrity

1. HIGH SCHOOL HONORS

Lyla Garrity: Team Captain
Claire Bennet: Homecoming Queen
Edge: Even

2. POTENTIAL FOR INJURY

Lyla Garrity: Below average.
Claire Bennet: Zero.
Edge: Claire

3. FATHER'S OBSESSION

Hayden Panettiere in Heroes

Lyla Garrity: Panther pride
Claire Bennet: The demise of his former employers
Edge: Lyla

4. CHEERS FOR ...

Lyla Garrity: Dillon (Texas) High School Panthers
Claire Bennet: Odessa (Texas) High School Wildcats (Season One); Costa Verde (Calif.) High School Edge: Lyla. They won State!

5. PARALYZED BOYFRIENDS CHEATED ON

Lyla Garrity: Jason Street
Claire Bennet: None
Edge: Claire

6. IS THE TARGET OF ...

Lyla Garrity: Malicious websites detailing her sexual escapades
Claire Bennet: Agents from the evil Company that wish her harm
Edge: Even

7. BEST FEATURE

Lyla Garrity: Amazing body, gorgeous brown hair
Claire Bennet: Pinky toe that grows back when cut off
Edge: Lyla

8. UNUSUAL VICE

Lyla Garrity: Watching instructional quadriplegic porn
Claire Bennet: Jumping off buildings, setting self on fire
Edge: Lyla

9. NEWLY COMMITTED TO ...

Lyla Garrity: Christianity
Claire Bennet: Chandra Suresh
Edge: Lyla

10. THEY SAID IT

Lyla Garrity: "You're changing Jason, and it's so real... we're never going to last, because I'm not changing with you."
Claire Bennet: "That's easy for you to say. You're not wading into the shark-infested waters of 11th grade."
Edge: Claire

THE VERDICT: Lyla Garrity takes home the title in a 6-4 squeaker! Score one for Friday Night Lights! Don't count out the Heroes starlet yet, though. She has a tendency to bounce back from setbacks rather quickly.

Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity

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Umm... have you seen Minka Kelly? Heroes be damned, Lyla is the cheerleader of every guy's dreams.

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What kind of homo says that Claire's best feature is her pinky toe?? This contest was rigged. I declare shenanigans.

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Please don't sleep with my sister Tim, that's like incest.

Mindy

We will all at some time in our lives, fall. Life is so very fragile, we are all vulnerable, and we will all at some point in our lives, fall, we will all fall.
We must carry this in our hearts, that what we have is special, that it can be taken from us, and that when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will all be tested.
It is these times, it is this pain, that allows us to look inside ourselves.

Eric Taylor

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