The Lingerie Football League is set to show their wares in Canada as the Canadian version of the league begins in Abbotsford on Sat. August 25. There are butt...sorry, BUT 4 teams and they'll play a scant schedule.
The opening tussle in the 7 on 7 indoor league sees the B.C. Angels (Abbotsford) take on the Regina Rampage. The Angels will be lead by a LFL rookie, quarterback Mary Anne Hanson, while the Rampage have import Nikki Johnson, who's played in the U.S. version of the LFL. The league dons the players in skimpy lingerie - with padding - but tries to accent that the women can play the game; however, for the record both Hanson and Johnson look great on the field, whether they play well or not.
Lingerie Football Canada line-up
The other clubs in the LFL Canada are the Toronto Triumph and the Saskatoon Sirens. They play each other once and play one club a second time and, from what can be learned on the league's website, four games per team is the regular season schedule in its entirety.
In addition to garters, bras and panties, players wear shoulder pads, elbow pads, knee pads and ice hockey helmets with clear plastic visors. The league began as a Super Bowl half-time show/game that was available on a pay-per-view basis. The concept expanded into a league in 2009; there have been franchises come and go, new ones added each year.
There are 12 franchises in the U.S., an Eastern and Western Conference with 6 teams each (the Toronto franchise formerly played in the U.S.). Last year the L.A. Temptation beat the Philadelphia Passion in the final, 28-6, with the game being played in Las Vegas before Super Bowl XLVI. The Temptation have won all three championships - the Lingerie Bowl - since the league began.
LFL Canada: No ifs ands or butts
Many quality athletes play in the league, an example being Stevi Schnoor, 26, who plays on the frontline for the Angels; Schnoor is Canada’s National rugby team captain. Some players in the Canadian league are veterans with experience playing in the U.S. LFL.
Saturday's inaugural Lingerie Football League Canada game goes at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre at 8 p.m. and there's even a tailgate party, that kicks off at 5 p.m., and that's no ifs ands or butts...sorry, buts.