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Philadelphia Passion’s Marirose Roach.

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Lingerie Bowl IX: Media Day

Media day for Lingerie Bowl IX: L.A. Temptation vs. Philadelphia Passion at Orleans Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Lingerie Bowl VIII

Marirose Roach, left, of the Philadelphia Passion puts the pressure on quarterback Ashley Salerno of the Los Angeles Temptation during the Lingerie Bowl VIII at the Thomas & Mack Center Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. The event was a pay-per-view show that could be ordered at half-time of Super Bowl XLV. The Las Vegas Sin, an expansion team, will join the Lingerie Football League this fall. Launch slideshow »

Las Vegas Sin vs. L.A. Temptation at Orleans Arena

Las Vegas Sin vs. L.A. Temptation at Orleans Arena on Nov. 11, 2011. The Sin won the game 28-20. Launch slideshow »

Vengeance? Victory? Violence? Two Lingerie Football League teams of fit and fierce females will skirmish for the second consecutive year, and the gridiron combat will be televised live to millions around the world on MTV2 from Orleans Arena as the matchup before the Super Bowl XLVI showdown between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. It’s a repeat of last year's Lingerie Bowl when the Philadelphia Passion lost 25-24 to the L.A. Temptation.

On Wednesday, I hosted the media day for the gridiron girls along with L.A. coach David Bizub and Philly coach Chandler Brown, who was recently named Coach of the Year. My pal, Las Vegas morning radio DJ Chet Buchanan, joins us Sunday as the show announcer.

The edgy excitement starts at 10 a.m. with a Tailgate Village party at Orleans Arena. Doors open at noon for the 1 p.m. kickoff. The teams will play two 17-minute halves, and the new 2012 champion should be decided by the time Eli Manning and Tom Brady begin their battle in Indianapolis -- providing there’s no overtime.

Both teams then host Super Bowl screenings at the Hard Rock Hotel before joining Motley Crue and their own Lingerie Bowl IX party at Vanity Nightclub. I can advise that despite serious Philadelphia injuries, Las Vegas leading odds-maker Jason Rood of MGM Resorts International has the official betting lines for Lingerie Bowl IX:

With two key players sidelined, he still lists the Passion as a 4.5-point favorite, with the over, under set at 62.5 points. Philadelphia has been favored this season in every game they have played. I met the injured players Wednesday, and their emotional teammates told me that they’d play the game for them in the highest of spirits as they watch from the player box.

“It’s an added incentive for them to do their best. They are determined to win it for the two of them, and these girls just don’t let their teammates down,” Chandler told me.

Here are excepts from the Lingerie Bowl IX rundown by Jim Wallin of LFL360.com (click on the link for his full coverage): “If the Philadelphia Passion hope to avenge last year’s one-point Lingerie Bowl VIII defeat to the Los Angeles Temptation, they will have to do so without their best player, Marirose Roach (#6). The Passion running back/safety sustained a significant neck injury late in the first half in Sunday (Jan. 29) afternoon’s Eastern Conference Championship against the Tampa Breeze.

“She did play most of the second half of the game, but Philadelphia officials indicate that she woke up the following day with discomfort. She is expected to make a full recovery, but a team spokesman was hesitant to put a concrete time frame on her recovery.

“Marirose was widely considered as the premiere offensive weapon in the league, netting a league-high 18 touchdowns, 441 total yards and a league-leading four interceptions. Jenny Butler is expected to take her place in the starting lineup, but Passion head coach Chandler Brown has not yet indicated who will start in her place at safety.

“These are the LFL’s two most powerful armies, and the Vegas battlefield is the second chapter of their high-stakes epic. L.A. is the back-to-back champion team defending their honor against the two-time Eastern Conference Philly champions. They’ve had hard-fought battles over the past five months, and Philly arrives undefeated again. Each has earned the right to re-engage each other in an all-or-nothing, do-or-die death match.

“There’s no doubt this will be a thriller of a game -- and the best Lingerie Bowl battle we’ve ever seen.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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