The LFL Takes Off Its Lingerie

So the LFL has become Legends Football League.
Quarterback Ashley Salerno of the Los An
Quarterback Ashley Salerno of the Los Angeles Temptation Lingerie Football team, throws a pass during a media day to promote their upcoming game against the Dallas Desire team, at the Coliseum in Los Angeles on December 2, 2010. The teams are part of the US Lingerie Football League, which is a women's 7-on-7 full-contact tackle league and the games are broadcast as half-time entertainment during major NFL games such as the Superbowl. Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
So the LFL has become Legends Football League.
Enjoy a fond goodbye with us in this retrospective...
Los Angeles Temptation v Las Vegas Sin
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Sunshine Misa-Uli #18 of the Las Vegas Sin is introduced before the team's Lingerie Football League game against the Los Angeles Temptation at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Enjoy a fond goodbye with us in this retrospective...
...as we then wave welcome to a league that's outgrown its own concept.
Los Angeles Temptation v Las Vegas Sin
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Maddie McCoy #7 of the Las Vegas Sin is introduced before the team's Lingerie Football League game against the Los Angeles Temptation at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
...as we then wave welcome to a league that's outgrown its own concept.
Men's admiring eyes aside, rebranding the league is the right call.
Los Angeles Temptation v Las Vegas Sin
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Jenny Yukich-Gardenhire #15 of the Las Vegas Sin celebrates as the team heads to the locker room after their 28-20 Lingerie Football League game victory over the Los Angeles Temptation at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Men's admiring eyes aside, rebranding the league is the right call.
In recent years, the sexy gimmick had taken a backseat to the real athleticism on display.
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Liz Gorman of the Eastern conference poses during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
In recent years, the sexy gimmick had taken a backseat to the real athleticism on display.
If you pay attention to the actual performances in recent years rather than the skimpy dressing around it...
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Ashley Helmstetter of the Eastern conference poses during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
If you pay attention to the actual performances in recent years rather than the skimpy dressing around it...
...you'll see a number of women who came to play...
Los Angeles Temptation v Las Vegas Sin
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Jenny Yukich-Gardenhire #15 of the Las Vegas Sin chases quarterback Ashley Salerno #8 of the Los Angeles Temptation during their Lingerie Football League game at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
...you'll see a number of women who came to play...
...and play hard.
2011 Lingerie Bowl
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06: Natalie Jahnke #16 of the Los Angeles Temptation prepares to hike the ball to quarterback Ashley Salerno #8 in front of Marirose Roach #6 of the Philadelphia Passion during the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl VIII at the Thomas & Mack Center February 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 26-25. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
...and play hard.
Yes, the lingerie was delightful for men to see...
Los Angeles Temptation v Las Vegas Sin
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Maddie McCoy #7 of the Las Vegas Sin celebrates as she heads to the locker room after the team's 28-20 Lingerie Football League game victory over the Los Angeles Temptation at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Yes, the lingerie was delightful for men to see...
...but this isn't an exhibition game with special guest Angie Everhart anymore.
2012 Lingerie Bowl
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: Danielle Harvey #12 (L) and Amber Reed #10 of the Los Angeles Temptation celebrate in the end zone after Harvey scored a touchdown against the Philadelphia Passion during the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 28-6. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
...but this isn't an exhibition game with special guest Angie Everhart anymore.
These are determined athletes who fight to win.
2012 Lingerie Bowl
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: Martha Ruiz (L) celebrates with her daughter, Tessa Barrera #20 of the Los Angeles Temptation, after the team defeated the Philadelphia Passion 28-6 to win the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
These are determined athletes who fight to win.
They play for the love of competition...
2012 Lingerie Bowl
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: A fan tries to tackle league MVP Kyle DeHaven #1 of the Baltimore Charm during a halftime promotion at the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX between the Los Angeles Temptation and the Philadelphia Passion at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 28-6. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
They play for the love of competition...
...and the glory of victory.
2012 Lingerie Bowl
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: Quarterback Christy Bell #11 of the Philadelphia Passion looks to pass against the Los Angeles Temptation during the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 28-6. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
...and the glory of victory.
They play because they love football.
2012 Lingerie Bowl
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: Jaleesa McCrary #14 of the Philadelphia Passion can't pull down a pass against the Los Angeles Temptation during the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 28-6. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
They play because they love football.
They play without the level of endorsements and fame their male counterparts enjoy...
2012 Lingerie Bowl
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: Melissa Margulies #2 and Amirah Leonard #18 of the Los Angeles Temptation wait for the start of the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX against the Philadelphia Passion at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 28-6. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
They play without the level of endorsements and fame their male counterparts enjoy...
And they've done it in impractical costumes rather than functional uniforms.
Los Angeles Temptation v Las Vegas Sin
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Natalie Jahnke #16 of the Los Angeles Temptation hikes the ball during a Lingerie Football League game against the Las Vegas Sin at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
And they've done it in impractical costumes rather than functional uniforms.
Let's not be distracted from their real talents any longer.
Lingerie Football League Launches Season In Chicago
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Kate Johns of the Chicago Bliss greets fans following the Bliss' defeat of the Miami Caliente during the opening game of the Lingerie Football League (LFL) at the Sears Centre Arena September 4, 2009 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The LFL is a female football league with ten teams that compete in seven-on-seven full-contact American football, with players dressed in sports bras and short shorts. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Let's not be distracted from their real talents any longer.
Let's admire that they play just as fiercely...
Sarah Frechette poses for photographers
Sarah Frechette poses for photographers before training with other members of the Lingerie Football League team called the Los Angeles Temptation at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 28, 2010. The Temptations will play the San Diego Seduction team at the stadium on January 29 with the winner securing a playoff berth in Miami and the possibility later of making the Lingere Bowl which will air on Super Bowl Sunday opposite the halftime show. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Let's admire that they play just as fiercely...
...and without the benefit of the lifetime of training male footballers receive.
Unveiling Of 2011 Lingerie Bowl Official Game Uniforms
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 08: Model/actress Angelica Bridges from the Lingerie Football League's newly-formed Las Vegas team unveils the 2011 Lingerie Bowl official game uniforms at The Sporting House Bar & Grill at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino December 8, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lingerie Bowl VIII will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on February 6, 2011. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Lingerie Bowl VIII)
...and without the benefit of the lifetime of training male footballers receive.
So yeah, we'll miss the scanty uniforms...
Members of the Lingerie Football League
Members of the Lingerie Football League team called the Los Angeles Temptation train at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 28, 2010. The Temptations will play the San Diego Seduction team at the stadium on January 29 with the winner securing a playoff berth in Miami and the possibility later of making the Lingere Bowl which will air on Super Bowl Sunday opposite the halftime show. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
So yeah, we'll miss the scanty uniforms...
(really, REALLY miss them)
Center Jessica Renee trains with her Lin
Center Jessica Renee trains with her Lingerie Football League team called the Los Angeles Temptation, at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 28, 2010. The Temptations will play the San Diego Seduction team at the stadium on January 29 with the winner securing a playoff berth in Miami and the possibility later of making the Lingere Bowl which will air on Super Bowl Sunday opposite the halftime show. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
(really, REALLY miss them)
...but we'll still admire the athletes.
Stephanie Psick poses for photographers
Stephanie Psick poses for photographers before training with other members of the Lingerie Football League team called the Los Angeles Temptation at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 28, 2010. The Temptations will play the San Diego Seduction team at the stadium on January 29 with the winner securing a playoff berth in Miami and the possibility later of making the Lingere Bowl which will air on Super Bowl Sunday opposite the halftime show. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
...but we'll still admire the athletes.
These women are playing in the spirit of real football.
2012 Lingerie Bowl
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 05: Amber Reed #10 of the Los Angeles Temptation celebrates her team's 28-6 victory over the Philadelphia Passion to win the Lingerie Football League's Lingerie Bowl IX at the Orleans Arena February 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
These women are playing in the spirit of real football.
So take one last appreciative look.
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Ogom Chijindu of the Western conference poses during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
So take one last appreciative look.
And enjoy football as it was when it began: a collection of local roughnecks.
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Liz Gorman of the Eastern conference poses during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
And enjoy football as it was when it began: a collection of local roughnecks.
Back before the game made anybody rich, when it was played amid the demands of day jobs and families.
Los Angeles Temptation v Las Vegas Sin
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Cassandra Strickland #1 of the Las Vegas Sin runs for yardage ahead of Gegi Van De Walker #5 of the Los Angeles Temptation during their Lingerie Football League game at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Back before the game made anybody rich, when it was played amid the demands of day jobs and families.
They didn't have athletic sponsorships or press agents.
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Angela Perfetto and Ashley Helmstetter of the Eastern conference pose during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
They didn't have athletic sponsorships or press agents.
They just played football.
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Angela Perfetto of the Eastern conference poses during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
They just played football.
Like the LFL does now.
Los Angeles Temptation v Las Vegas Sin
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Nikki Johnson #20 of the Las Vegas Sin is introduced before the team's Lingerie Football League game against the Los Angeles Temptation at the Orleans Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas won 28-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Like the LFL does now.
And isn't being an amazing athlete, in the long run, sexier than a glimpse of some skin?
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Ashley Helmstetter of the Eastern conference poses during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
And isn't being an amazing athlete, in the long run, sexier than a glimpse of some skin?
So we salute you, ladies of the LFL, for turning a sexy joke game into the football you really wanted to play.
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Vonshari Hoardes, Chloe Butler and Ogom Chijindu pose during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
So we salute you, ladies of the LFL, for turning a sexy joke game into the football you really wanted to play.
And yes, for looking damn good doing it.
Lingerie Football League - Media Call
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Liz Gorman of the Eastern conference poses during the Lingerie Football League media call at Brisbane Entertainment centre on May 30, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
And yes, for looking damn good doing it.
We'll keep on admiring now that you're legends.
Bodog.com Lingerie Bowl Media Day
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 30: Hillary Millard of the Los Angeles Temptation poses during the Bodog.com Lingerie Bowl media day January 30, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)
We'll keep on admiring now that you're legends.
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