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Lingerie Football League Tryouts Pulls St. Louis Crowd (Photos)

Seventy five women ran patterns, broke blocks and hopefully caught the ball on the Vetta Sports playing field in Concord.

The Lingerie Football League came to town on Sunday to look for players, and about 75 St. Louis-area women showed up to play at Vetta Sports in Concord. At least that many were in the stands to watch.

The Lingerie Football League is a women's 7-on-7 tackle football league with franchises in 12 cities. There was no lingerie to be seen at the tryouts.

The women wore sports bras, tank tops and athletic shorts as they ran pass patterns, caught the ball, fought through blocks and hit a tackling dummy on the fly like it wasn’t their first time. Several said they’ve played before.

“I used to play football with my cousin when I was younger,” said Tish McMiller, 31, of Florissant. “The whole lingerie thing, and catching a ball and running is just a psyche to me.”

“Come in, show up and show off,” McMiller said.

Jelisa Riddlespriger, also of Florissant, said she’s happy women can finally play football.

“Lingerie football is the way to go,” she said. “I’ve played touch football with my boyfriend and his friends sometimes. I played powder-puff, ran track, played basketball. This is what I want to do.”

Shrewsbury resident Any Gamblin said she previously played with her brother and his buddies.

“I’ve always wanted to play football,” she said.

Evan Zalders, of Belleville, IL, via Webster Groves, and Bret Morrell of Belleville, sat watching their respective girlfriends try out.

He said their girlfriends were nervous before the tryouts, but seemed to be having fun.

“It’s a good idea,” Zalders said. “Probably a lot of guys had this idea, just joking around, then some guy said, I’ll do it for real and make a ton of money.”

Charlotte June 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM
This a disgrace, woman should have more respect for themselves. If you want to play football, ok. However suit up and cover up your body just like the males do when they play. As long as foolish woman allow this it will never end.
Mr. Completely June 25, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I'm holding out for Lingerie Food Trucks. Yea baby!
sarajane June 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I totally disagree with the concept of "Lingerie" football, based on the continued exploitation of women being used as sex symbols. If men want to watch soft porn, it needs to be done in private, not in a public place, where the eyes of young impressionable males and females will surely be influenced to continue the disrespect of women. I thought St. Louis was a "Family-oriented" city, but allowng this in our area is far from that perception! Aside from this, is the lack of protection to prevent any severe bodily injury to the players. Is it anything goes for the male libido that these women's potential for injury is not so important? The public needs to know the history of the injuries of this league, especially those trying out for the team.
skip September 26, 2012 at 05:34 PM
If you don't like it - lighten up, get of life, don't watch, and leave your nose out of it. If you have ever watch a game these women play hard and competitive. They are not just prancing around in there underware. An besides, WHO CARES IF THEY ARE! Chill out and have some fun.

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