Sports Stance: No place for lingerie football in Denver

On Jan. 21, more than 100,000 people marched in support of women’s rights in Denver. On Jan. 28, there will be open tryouts for the Denver Dream, a new football franchise for the Legends Football League.

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The Denver Dream will compete in the Legends Football League for the first time since 2009. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

For those unfamiliar with the LFL, it’s an indoor football league akin to the Arena Football League but for women. The catch? Instead of wearing protective padding, the women wear bras and underwear, hence the league’s previous moniker, the Lingerie Football League.

Denver is better than a league in which the team names range from the Atlanta Steam to the Los Angeles Temptation. The LFL viewers aren’t watching the game for the receiver’s ability to elevate for a catch. They’re watching the game for the league mandated uniforms that show the player’s bottoms and breasts hanging out.

Seattle Mist player Megan Hanson, among others, have gone on to disregard these claims against the league’s intentions.

“I’m competing at such a high level of play that I don’t have time to waste thinking about what my uniform looks like,” Hanson said in a 2015 interview with Fuse.

Yes, women should be able to play professional football. In that sense, Hanson is correct. An NFL uniform is just an added novelty, it’s not a major impact to how the game is played, and those who love the game will look past the skimpy uniforms. However, that’s the thing. Those who love the game aren’t going to watch the LFL because they have the NFL, college football, the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League before they’d even think of going to a league that, judging by the way it presents itself, doesn’t even take itself seriously.

By having small shoulder pads cut off right above the breasts, which are covered with colored bras tied together with shoelaces, one isn’t showcasing the quarterback’s ability to read a defense’s coverage and audible out into a favorable play.

Remember, 100,000 people came out to march in support of women’s rights. Well, now here’s the first test Denver. Supporting equal rights didn’t end that Saturday morning. Denver is better than the LFL. America is better than the LFL.

Author: James Burky

9 Responses to "Sports Stance: No place for lingerie football in Denver"

  1. Reynaldo  January 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Imagine that, a guy telling women what’s good for them…

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  2. JustShutUpGuy  January 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Well you don’t have to go guy. I normaly don’t post comments to bait stories but I’m wondering if this is an advertisement for the lfl or why it bothers you so much? With so much going on in the world right now this is really what gets you riled up and what your going to write about? Why did I click on it?! Nobody has to play and nobody has to pay to watch. The way I see it, this is just a means to a bigger place for the women that decide to participate. If this sport makes it, and I think there is a place for it, sooner or later they won’t have to wear the skimpy uniforms. If it fails, than you called it mr. wise man. But don’t fool yourself, these girls work hard and they play REAL football. If what you want is to take away one of the few choices that women have right now in major sports than do me a favor and say what you mean! Which I assume is, “real sports are for men, women shouldn’t be allowed the opportunity to leverage a gimick that they have to their advantage to get their foot in the door of the good ol’ jocks club, what’s next we have to let them in the nfl draft?”. I’m sick that I even read this story and sicker that I posted a reply to your uninformed biased story.

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  3. Jim Ward  January 26, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Wow..If you ever watch a game of Atlanta and understood football, you would be impressed by the abilities of some of these ladies. Their backgrounds are even more impressive. Doctors, Lawyers, Vetrinarians, Engineers…

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  4. Bill  January 26, 2017 at 5:22 am

    These woman straight out ball. The play football like the old days. Yes the unis are revealing but if it helps these woman make more money they don’t care. The unis only a small part of this league. I wish they were in Baltimore because I would go.

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  5. Eric Hammond  January 26, 2017 at 5:43 am

    This article is an example of exactly what’s wrong with the world today. This writer is clearly in favor of one side of the story, opposing the league and team. It seems as though you’ve never been to a game or spoken to anyone who has either. Making a decision based on parts opinion? I remember someone saying something about not judging a book by it’s cover, maybe you should try that?

    I live in Atlanta and have been to games for the past few years. The first time my friends and I went to a game it was for the uniforms and attractive women I will admit, however what we saw was real football and real football players. That’s what keeps people coming back. There are real athletes that play in that league and they don’t complain about not getting calls, they just play ball.

    The league is doing all it can to make itself more easy for the common fan to watch, so gone are the lingerie in name and in looks in the uniforms. Last year the uniforms took on much more of a sports feel though still a bit skimpy. This year’s alt uniforms have long pants similar to current NFL uniforms. These changes suggest a shift for the league. All of the information in this paragraph could have easily been found by doing a simple online search of the league. That’s where at some point a journalist would go prior to completing a story.

    Another interesting fact is the players do not get paid at all. That’s right they do this for free because they love the game. Not one NFL player would do that as we all know. College athletes at least get an education. These women just love to play the game.

    So I challenge you to take your craft more seriously, become a Journalist not just a judgementa/opinionatedl writer. Serve your audience facts and critical analysis not your blind musings from an uninformed vantage point.

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  6. Michael simpson  January 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I can sit and watch a lil game with more interest then a NFL game, these ladies play just as hard with -out making the millions.

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  7. Jack  January 26, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Im not for or against but look at high school volleyball, soccer , our beaches , go out on the town sometime. Maybe you want women to go back to where dresses are below the ancles and full body cover bathing suits. Its a womens choice.

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  8. john  January 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

    James, we are Zybek Sports, and we will be testing the athletes at the Open Tryouts in Denver, Austin and Chicago this weekend. Interestingly, we are the same company that tests the athletes at the NFL Combine and I can tell you first hand that the LFL players are tremendous athletes.

    I am extending the invitation for you to come to the tryouts and we will put you through the same tests as the players. I think you will have a new respect for who they are and what they do if you would attend.

    And don’t worry, if you decide to show up, you can wear whatever you want.

    John
    Zybek Sports

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  9. Nate Ward  February 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Worth noting its not the first rodeo for the Denver Dream. They were part of the LFL in its first season as a full league, spun off of the Lingerie Bowl.

    They played at the home of the Colorado Rapids, which was outside. Rapids and league officials decided it was best not to continue play there because of the time of year (games were originally played in winter time (September- January) as opposed to Spring Time (April-August) like it is now. The last game played was Denver facing off against the Seattle Mist and the game was played in a flurry with temperatures near mid 20s. The girls didnt mind the cold and played just as tough as if it were warm, but the league and Rapids made the decision to not have games hosted there anymore. They couldn’t find a new home atthe time and were put on the shelf the last couple years, but are now back. Situation of being suspended and returning is similar to Dallas Desire last season and Toledo Crush (originally Cleveland Crush) a couple years ago.

    And I do believe there is a place for the LFL. The fans do come alot of the time for the uniform, but they stay for the athleticism. Marketing anymore revolves around the athleticism and beauty of the players, hence the reason they wear performance wear, which is akin to a beach volleyball outfit, but not the lingerie it once was. I’d take Zybek up on there offer to go to tryouts and see exactly what they go through. And i’d also invite you to actually go check out a game.

    These girls kick ass and are amazing athletes. Jim Ward mentioned the careers these women have outside the game and its no joke. They are police officers, doctors assistants, prostodontists, attorneys, insurance saleswomen. Eric Hammond mentioned that they don’t get paid and its not a joke either. They get transportation and some medical assistance from the league. They play for the love of the game and risk injury for the sake of playing. They are adding long pants for the last home games of the season, could be different. But instead of totally beating them down and sounding like your a one sided reporter, why dont you do what Eric said and do a little research, it takes all of thirty seconds if that to find the info he and Jim gave.

    There must be a place for the LFL, contrary to your opinion, if they are starting there 8th US season in April, and 10th Season as a whole league when you add in the seasons they had in Australia and Canada.

    And they may have hit some bumps in those two countries, but they’ve learned from it and will be back in Canada and Australia in the near future, as well as in Europe, South America, and Asia in due time. Teams are already practicing and learning the game in Germany, Ireland, France, and England for LFL Europa, which will consist of 4 teams initially. Australia has teams practicing and learning the game in the current 4 franchises (Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria) as well as new franchises (Adelaide is one) in both Australia and New Zealand, as they become LFL Oceania in the future.

    And North America continues to see growth in the US division with not only the return of Denver but the addition of Pittsburgh and the return of New England next season once they rebuild this year. In addition, Canada’s teams (Toronto, Regina, BC, and Saskatoon) welcome in a new team (Calgary) and get prepped to return sometime in the future, as well as Mexico being in the planning process for a couple teams, as they plan to be one big division as LFL North America. South America got its first live exposure in 2015 with All Fantasy game in Guatemala, with the intention of creating LFL South America in the future with 4 teams as well.

    So, all we are saying is you can do better research than just say “There’s no place for LFL in Denver or America as a whole” because then your just being rude and disregarding the work all of the players in the league have put forth to make the league the success it is today.

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