Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 | 4:51 p.m.
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The gorgeous gridiron girls of the L.A. Temptation held on to their undefeated record yesterday and won the prized Lingerie Bowl trophy for the second consecutive year -- by 1 point. The narrow victory, 26-25, over the rival Philadelphia Passion, the Eastern Conference champions, came from a 1-point conversion, one of only three in eight touchdowns scored in the game.
While victory champagne gushed at the centerline for Los Angeles, there were emotional tears along the Philadelphia sideline. Both teams won congratulations for living up to the hype of a tough and tight match-up.
Hundreds used Twitter to ask why Lingerie Bowl VIII, played for the first time at the Thomas & Mack Arena at UNLV, wasn’t the official half-time show instead of The Black Eyed Peas, Slash and Usher at Super Bowl XLV. Whereas those stars were lowered on chains and wires onto the stage at Cowboys Stadium, the players here were smashing one another into the barriers at full strength.
It was a nonstop, take no prisoners, all-action battle with nearly instantaneous back-and-forth scoring by each team until the Temptation ran out the clock to earn their second consecutive Lingerie Bowl victory. “It was one of the most exciting games in our history,” LFL founder Mitchell Mortaza said.
Former Fantasy and Baywatch star Angelica Bridges, who served as the sideline color commentator during the telecast and will lead the new expansion team Las Vegas Sin this September when the new season begins, told me: “This was pure excitement and adrenaline. These girls really fight for glory. They don’t hesitate for a minute to get right in there.
“They were very tough competition for each other, and our new team is going to have to be prepared for battle royals when we start play this fall. It will be very exciting for Las Vegas.”
While Lingerie Football League officials were on The Strip at host New York-New York last week, they announced the Las Vegas Sin and unveiled the uniforms. Final members of the team will be announced during spring training here.
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