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Lingerie Football League - Philadelphia Passion

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SOVEREIGN CENTER, READING, 28 OCTOBER
The Press Conference is in the lobby, and the small knot of media, who’ve arrived late, set up their tripods. Over a dozen girls
of the Lingerie Football League(LFLUS.COM) file in from behind curtains arranged over the steps, positioning themselves
behind two tables. The New York Majesty are in red, the Philadelphia Passion in dark green: sports halters, boy shorts, a chok-
er and garter added for effect. Sans the helmets, shoulder, knee and elbow pads they’ll add to this Hooters Couture ensemble for
games, they could be models. Some are. All of the press people, including the gaunt, bemused blonde from one of the networks,
are trying to phrase the same Big Question politely, without irony: “You’re all so pretty – what are you doing trying to play real
football? A chatty NY player: “I’ve been playing football since I was four... they weren’t gonna let me play QB, but I showed
‘em... ” After the girls are plied about their backgrounds and dreams, the cameras pull back from group shots to a few of them
lobbing passes at each other. The meeting evaporates soon after this, and the cute nudge-winks dispatches are filed: girl-on-girl
action... raising the bra – uh, bar – tight-ends...wardrobe-malfunctions...guys will be dangling their cell phones to capture the
uh... highlights. You almost can’t blame them; with “Lingerie Football League,” who needs a punch-line?

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PLEASE DON’T LET US BE MISUNDERSTOOD Philadelphia Passion and the Lingerie Football League
By Charles Peeples
LocallyFIT
SOVEREIGN CENTER, READING, 28 OCTOBER The Press Conference is in the lobby, and the small knot of media, who’ve arrived late, set up their tripods. Over a dozen girls of the Lingerie Football League(LFLUS.COM) file in from behind curtains arranged over the steps, positioning themselves behind two tables. The New York Majesty are in red, the Philadelphia Passion in dark green: sports halters, boy shorts, a chok-er and garter added for effect.Sansthe helmets, shoulder, knee and elbow pads they’ll add to this Hooters Couture ensemble for games, they could be models. Some are. All of the press people, including the gaunt, bemused blonde from one of the networks, are trying to phrase the same Big Question politely, without irony: “You’re all so pretty – what are you doing trying to play real football?A chatty NY player: “I’ve been playing football since I was four… they weren’t gonna let me play QB, but I showed ‘em… ” After the girls are plied about their backgrounds and dreams, the cameras pull back from group shots to a few of them lobbing passes at each other. The meeting evaporates soon after this, and the cute nudge-winks dispatches are filed:girl-on-girl actionraising the bra – uh, bar – tight-ends…wardrobe-malfunctions…guys will be dangling their cell phones to capture the uh… highlights. You almost can’t blame them; with “Lingerie Football League,” who needs a punch-line? f any of them had taken the time to attend one of theLynn are single moms. Ashley Diehl, a graphic designer who Passion’s practices that week, held on chilly nights on thelives west of Harrisburg, drives nearly three hours each way for wet grass of a sports park in Neshaminy, they’d have seeneach practice. G-N Kang, the Passion’s center and de facto man-I something different: mud-streaked sweats, pads, helmets,ager, gets up at 4 a.m. to co-host 96.5’s “Chio in the Morning.” an absolute disregard for appearance, and serious intent. They’d have seen sharp passes, well-executed runs, jarring tack-Coach Brown likes to gloat about his team: “I hand-picked them. les and dogged effort, presided over by a no-nonsense former all-I ran the league’s initial tryouts and some of the most beautiful American athlete named Chandler Brown, who runs this no dif-women I’d ever seen showed up, but many weren’t athletes. I ferently than he would a men’s college practice. “I treat them asonly wantedathletes.And, I got the cream of the crop!” He football players,” he says, “and they respond just as well – if notwatches little Kim Wheat, a Korean-born Villanova cum laude better – than most male football players. The level of dedicationchemist, zip down deep and snag a pass. She’s doffed her sweat-and intensity far exceeds the expectations I had. They’re alwayspants for short shorts and long white socks in defiance of the listening and trying to become better.”cold, the mud, the collision, evoking Azumi, the manga school-girl-samurai. And she can pull a mean tackle. “Damn,” says They’reathletesforemost, and it’s important to them that every-Brown, shaking his head. “I love these girls!” one knows that. Lauren La Bella was an All-American and Div 1 starter in lacrosse, ranked in the top ten in the nation. CherylBut what are they? Obviously not “powder-puff” (and don’t even Fairweather, a mother of two, was once ranked fifth in the US inthinkof using that term within their earshot!), but what about the 400m and made it to the Olympic trials qualifier in 1996.those LFL criteria regarding appearance? What about that mis-Heather Perez actually played on her high school’s football teamnomer “lingerie?” Marketing. This is likely the very first time during her senior year, and boxed. Most of the others starred in athat a sport has combined the criteria of athletics and modeling in number of different sports and will tell you they came to this notsuch an in-your-face way. It’s bound to ruffle some feministic for modeling opportunities, but for the chance to play competi-feathers, like those of one shrill scribe from the Central Plains tively in a high-profile contact sport. They’re aware not only ofHerald Dealer: “As a female involved in the sporting community, the physical toll this takes, but the demands on their time as theyI can’t see myself supporting half-nude women making a mockery juggle careers and families; Donna “The Train” Ferry and Daniof the proud game of football. When seeing women regress to Januar y/Februar yI 2153960268 I www.phillyfit.comPhillyFITI39