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'Lingerie Football League' coming to Toronto

New York Euphoria Trishelle Cannatella (C) is tackled during the third annual Lingerie Bowl football game in Los Angeles February 5, 2006. The 30-minute game features models playing full-contact football in lingerie and airs locally on pay-per-view during halftime of the Super Bowl XL football game.


"This is football! This is not a beauty pageant!" a coach yells to a room full of women in sports bras and tiny lycra shorts.

This was the scene at last month's tryouts for Baltimore's Lingerie Football League team - a scene soon coming to Canada.

According to Yahoo, a Toronto team is expected to debut this fall with five other Canadian teams to follow. The premise is simple: svelte, scantily-clad women play tackle football 7 on 7.

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At the Baltimore tryouts, one can't help but notice that the women's clothes, while scant for a football practice, probably offer a lot more physical protection than their uniforms will provide. Lacy bras and butt cheek-baring panties for one of the roughest sports in the world? (To be fair they wear helmets and mouth guards and occasionally knee and elbow pads).

Organizers assert that this isn't some fluffy interpretation of a sport, but the real deal. The league gives women, who might not otherwise play football competitively, an outlet to do so. Some have taken offense to the whole concept of the league, though, suggesting it's designed to attract spectators who want to leer at the women, not cheer on their athleticism.

What do you think? Is the Lingerie Football League (as one blogger so aptly put it) affirmative action or frat house attraction?

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