Volume 47, Number 9 - December 14, 2009


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Keyace Sims
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PLAY TOUGH: Keyace Sims, number 16, plays defensive back for the Lingerie Football League's Miami Caliente.

Women, football and lingerie

By Keyace Sims

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Keyace Sims.

Eighty girls attended the Lingerie Football League tryouts on May 11 in hopes of joining a new professional football league.

I was one of those hopefuls.

The league is a spawn of the Lingerie Bowl, which starred celebrity players such as Adrianne Curry, the very first winner of the reality television show “America’s Next Top Model,” and model, Jenny McCarthy.

Our gear is a satin-like spandex lingerie short and bra top lined with lace, accompanied by a lacy neck choker and garter. The padding consists of a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads and kneepads.

Unlike the National Football League, we play on turf, which makes the impact of the fall worse. I’m still recovering from a sprained wrist and carpet burn from our last game.

In its second year, the league has 10 teams. They are competing for a shot at playing during half time of the Super Bowl. The winner of that game is crowned league champion.

Before my tryout, my football experience was limited to a flag football league when I was in the Air Force. I’m 25-years-old, stand 5 feet and 3 inches tall and weigh 123 pounds, so it didn’t seem like my chances of making the squad were that great.

But to my surprise, I received an e-mail from one of the coaches congratulating me on making the Miami Caliente as a safety.

I was ecstatic.

But then girls started resigning, one after another. They were either getting married or pregnant.

When it came time to sign contracts, a lot of girls decided to leave because they were afraid of getting injured.

So now, a team that started out with 20 girls was down to 14. We needed more girls.

Several more girls tried out, but when they realized that this was not just about looking pretty—they would actually have to play hard— they never came back.

But one of the ladies stood out

Anonka Dixon, a business music production major at MDC, who’s been a player for the Miami Fury for the last 10 years. She is currently the top-ranked quarterback in the league.

“I’m used to being number one,” Dixon confidently expressed.

Dixon has a passing game, and if all else fails she runs the ball. We refer to her as the female version of Michael Vick

When she’s not playing with the LFL, Dixon is busy working as executive producer for her independent record label, Defyne Entertainment, or doing the duties as CEO of the Miami Fury.

For the most part, a majority of the girls get along well on the team. We compliment each other well on the field.

Our most recent game was against the Philadelphia Passion. It was like a war. There were a few fights, trash talking, and several injuries that occurred throughout our 34 minutes of game time.

A lot was at stake for us with that game, losing would have eliminated us from contention in the playoffs. 

Going into the game, people did not expect us to win. It was a little intimidating for me going against a team that had just beaten the New York Majesty, 40-6, the week before. However, coming in as the underdogs, we had something to prove.

The final score was 37-26. We triumphed over Philly, in an unexpected.  In our next game we beat the New York Majesty, 49-7, pushing our record to 2-1 for the season. 

As always, we left the field bruised and battered but as winners.

So, you might ask, why do we compete in a sport that requires us to play on a similar field as the one used by NFL players, while wearing less clothing and padding?

We love the game, and we love the sport.

And it also goes to prove that a girl can do anything a guy can do and make it look sexier.


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