Colin Kaepernick may not be planning to kneel during the national anthem if an NFL team signs him for the 2017 season, but some of the players in the Legends Football League are continuing the protest that the quarterback started last year.
Two players from the LFL, formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, took a knee during the national anthem before a recent game. Fans could be heard yelling things like “get off your knees!” as Danielle Harvey and Sherri Awagah of the Los Angeles Temptation made their political statement.
Players from the LFL, formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, took a knee during the national anthem https://t.co/S9TIehcSjp
— Steve DelVecchio (@SteveDelSports) May 24, 2017
A report from March claimed Kaepernick has decided he will stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” this upcoming season, and some have speculated that he backing down from the protest to make himself more appealing to NFL teams. Still, he is not the only NFL player who has taken a knee, and even some athletes from other sports have followed in Kaepernick’s footsteps. Awagah and Harvey can be added to that list.
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The Legends Football League, which was formerly known as the Lingerie Football League, announced on Wednesday that there will be some uniform changes for the upcoming season. Simply put, the ladies will now be wearing more clothing.
In a press release, the LFL announced that the goal of the new uniforms is to place more emphasis on the game itself rather than what the players are wearing.
“The uniform has been subject to a lot of discussion and at times controversy since the sport’s inception in 2009,” media relations director Philip Darnell wrote. “Original uniforms from 2009 to 2012 when the brand was known as the Lingerie Football League were a skimpier sports bra and boy shorts with lingerie accents. In 2013, with the re-brand to Legends Football League, there was a complete change of fabric to performance compression wear and all lingerie accents were removed.
“Fast forward to 2017, the next major evolution of the on-field uniform has arrived, full pants uniforms which will place more of the viewer’s attention on the athlete and sport as well as providing greater safety for athletes.”
How much more clothing are we talking? Let’s just say the LFL isn’t alienating its viewers who want to see some skin.
Legends Football League (former the Lingerie League) adding more clothing to uniforms pic.twitter.com/0pw2QoKOMZ
— Steve DelVecchio (@SteveDelSports) January 11, 2017
The first game of the 2017 LFL season is Saturday, April 15, and we recently learned that the daughter of an NFL legend is trying out for one of the teams. Lots of exciting changes for the LFL, folks.
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Just how bad are the NFL’s replacement referees? According to the Lingerie Football League, so bad that they were fired by the LFL for incompetence before being hired by the NFL as replacement refs.
The LFL emailed the following statement to many media outlets including LBS to let the truth be known about how unqualified the replacement refs were:
“Because of the LFL’s perception it is that much more critical for us to hire officiating crews that are competent, not only for the credibility of our game but to keep our athletes safer,” commissioner Mitchell Mortaza said in a statement. “Due to several on-field incompetent officiating we chose to part ways with with a couple crews which apparently are now officiating in the NFL. We have a lot of respect for our officials but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations.
Witness the hit above: Regina Rage quarterback Nikki Johnson lowers her shoulder on Toronto’s Devine Burton to score a touchdown in Regina’s week 3 upset win. I mean Johnson just laid a forearm shiv on Burton! You think you those kinds of hits on Saturdays and Sundays? Well you do in the LFL. You think a little skinny dude like DeSean Jackson could handle something like that? Not a chance. Some of these ladies are tough.
Slowly but surely, the Lingerie Football League has emerged as a microcosm for two things people love in America: sex and violence. The sex — well, that’s pretty self-explanatory. There are certain players who would like to see the skimpy outfits go away sometime in the future, but that’s not happening as long as the LFL is in existence. As for the fighting, we’re starting to see a lot more of that as of late while the LFL is on its All-Star Game world tour.
In the video below that Off the Bench passed along, you see Tessa Barrara of the Los Angeles Temptation throw a late hit on Kyle DeHaven of the Baltimore Charm during an All-Star game in Australia. DeHaven did not appreciate the extracurricular activity, so she responded by punching Barrara in the gut. Then, the swears starting flying and the ratings flash upward a tiny bit. The video contains very strong language.
Over the years we’ve watched a number of All-Star games from various professional sports leagues, and rarely do tempers ever boil over. Guys who are typically stone-faced and irritable during the regular season (see Belichick, Bill) even seem to enjoy themselves when they get together for events like the Pro Bowl. Apparently the coaches in the Lingerie Football League have more passion than those in the NFL, NBA, NHL, or any other league for that matter.
LFL coaches Tony Nguyen and Chandler Brown went at it in the middle of the LFL All-Star game last week and had to be separated. It all started when one of Chandler’s players kicked the ball out of bounds on a kickoff, which apparently infuriated Nguyen and is some sort of bush league move in an LFL All-Star game. Who knew? The lovely ladies in pink had to separate the coaches before play continued. Check out this video of the incident, which contains extremely strong language and is NSFW:
We told you not to be fearful of the Lingerie Football League taking a one-year leave of absence. The league isn’t going anywhere, and all indications are that the intention is to grow the beast and bring it back stronger than ever. The city of Omaha can attest to that, as they are planning to host an LFL team when play resumes in 2013.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, the Omaha-area franchise — which has not been given a name — will play two home games in Ralston’s 3,500 seat arena. Members of the Nebraska Stampede, another women’s football team that plays fully clothed and fully padded, are reportedly upset that they were passed over and have to play their home games at a high school field.
“From my perspective, it’s really frustrating that this is the reality in our society,” Tina Johnson, the Stampede’s general manager and starting fullback said. “Sex sells, and it always will. If they want to go out there and play in their lingerie, then by all means, that’s their power. I just wish we could get that same kind of respect with our clothes on.”
Johnson is not alone in her thinking. In fact, some LFL players have even expressed a desire for the league to use less skimpy uniforms and for the football to be the selling point, not the scantily clad women. At this point in time, it’s obvious the league has no intention of making that happen.
The bottom line is Lingerie Football is coming to Nebraska, and I’m sure there are plenty of people who are ready to celebrate it.