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Photos: L.A.’s three-peat in Lingerie Bowl IX; new reality TV series

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L.A. Temptation vs. Philadelphia Passion in Lingerie Bowl IX at Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. L.A. became three-time champions, defeating the Passion 28-6.

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Lingerie Bowl IX at Orleans Arena

L.A. Temptation vs. Philadelphia Passion in Lingerie Bowl IX at Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. L.A. became three-time champions, defeating the Passion 28-6. 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 »

Watch for a new fall reality TV series following the non-Lingerie Football League jobs held down by the gridiron girls. Additionally, LFL games next time around will be broadcast on MTV2 in HD and in some cases 3D.

Those two big LFL changes were the big buzz as Lingerie Bowl IX weekend festivities kicked off at the Hard Rock Hotel and Orleans Arena last week. The LFL is expanding into Mexico, Brazil and Australia this summer, plus six Canadian markets and further U.S. expansion in Pittsburgh, Boston and Portland for the next season.

This season saw the Las Vegas Sin expansion team added, with a 4-0 run that ended in the Western Conference playoffs against defending champion L.A. Temptation, who they had beaten in the regular season.

“The footprint only goes on getting bigger,” Mitchell Mortaza, LFL founder and commissioner, told me. “We’re almost growing out of our new Las Vegas headquarters already. LFL is going worldwide. The interest both north and south of the border to take part in the excitement is really incredible.

“We are very excited about the reality show because we have everybody from doctors, lawyers and mothers playing on our teams, and they have incredible stories to be told when they are not playing tackle football.”

LINGERIE BOWL IX

At Lingerie Bowl IX at Orleans Arena on Sunday, the injury-plagued Passion, in white uniforms, were simply run over by the black-uniform Temptation, who won their record-setting third consecutive championship in a powerful 28-6 victory. “Peepshow” headliner Cheaza sang the national anthem before the match aired live on MTV2.

In the first opening drive, the Temptation grabbed an 8-0 advantage with co-MVP Amber Reed’s 8-yard run. The Passion got close to touchdowns but seemed to fall short every time, turning the ball over and wasting red-zone opportunities. It was the high-octane offense from L.A. led by co-MVP Ashley Salerno that really took off with an impressive 48-yard drive. At halftime, L.A. led 14-0.

Philly responded out of the gate for the second half, managing to get within 8 points off a 43-yard score. But after that, everything was extinguished by the Temptation, who had a ferocious defense dishing out hard hits and punishing blows. The Passion offense was stifled and overrun. L.A. extended its advantage to 21-6 and then secured the game with another touchdown to close it out 28-6.

Fans blamed Philly’s failures on injuries sustained by three of its players, including Marirose Roach, LFL’s top-ranked player. Their consolation was they had an undefeated 4-0 season, won the Eastern Conference title and made it to the Lingerie Bowl, all for the second year. Our thanks to LFL photographer Joe Petro for his exciting action photos.

Confetti fired from cannons and champagne showered the winning Temptation team and head coach David Bizub as they hoisted the Ring of Champions trophy for the third consecutive time. As his players made snow angels in the confetti, Biz summed up for me: “I knew our players had it in them. They were fired up from last week’s victory over Las Vegas and just had to go all the way for the three-peat. They simply wouldn’t have had it any other way. They came to win -- not just to play -- and they outperformed our wildest dreams.”

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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