I’ve often told friends who try to recruit me for their fantasy football leagues that my fantasies have nothing to do with football. I now stand corrected.
The Lingerie Football League unveiled its uniforms for Lingerie Bowl VIII at The Sporting House Bar & Grill inside New York-New York on Dec. 8. The pay-per-view event will be played Feb. 6 at the Thomas & Mack Center during halftime of the Super Bowl.
Former Playboy Playmate and Fantasy star Angelica Bridges helped model the uniforms, along with seven players from the Las Vegas expansion franchise, which will begin play in September.
While the players are outfitted with little more than helmets, shoulder pads, bras and boy shorts, it would be wrong to assume games are simply glorified pillow fights. While sex appeal definitely goes a long way in promoting the league—which has drawn criticism from women’s groups and family-values organizations—the games can be surprisingly physical, with players suffering many of the same injuries found in the NFL, including broken bones, concussions and torn ACLs.
The Lingerie Bowl premiered in 2004 as a pay-per-view event opposite the Super Bowl halftime show, and is an annual hit, leading to the launch of the 10-team LFL in 2009. The 7-on-7 games consist of two 17-minute halves and are played on 50-yard fields without field goals or punts. MTV2 broadcasts LFL games at 11 p.m. Fridays.
The site of the 2011 Lingerie Bowl was selected online by fans, with Las Vegas receiving 39 percent of the vote, followed by Seattle (32 percent) and Orlando, Fla. (29 percent). Tickets are free since the Super Bowl will be broadcast on-site and venues aren’t allowed to charge to view the game. Fans can request up to four tickets per person at UNLVtickets.com while they last.
Las Vegas’ team name will be announced during Lingerie Bowl week, along with the franchise’s coach, logo and home venue. Fans can submit their suggestions for the team’s moniker to LasVegas@LFLUS.com. Personally, I’m just interested in the tight ends.