Lingerie Football: So Sexy or Just Sexist? Female Players Say They Love the Game

While on the four-hour drive to meet their Midwest rivals, the Green Bay Chill, the Chicago Bliss bus felt like a supercharged sorority house. The ladies joked about breaking up with their boyfriends before every season.

"Our coach says, for the next few months, Football is your boyfriend," said offensive line Dina Fagiano.

After years of playing in lingerie, it's clear these women are comfortable in their own skin -- wardrobe malfunctions on the field and all.

"I definitely had my top ripped open," said Bliss team captain and quarterback Heather Furr. "After I scored, you know… I gave the crowd a good shake."

"I got my under-bottoms ripped off last season," Rice said.

"Her whole tushy showed and they got it on camera," Fagiano said. "The crowd loved--"

"But I didn't love that," Rice quipped.

When they arrived in Green Bay, the locker room quickly turned into a beauty salon. On went the fake eyelashes, make-up and skimpy uniforms.

Minutes before game time, emotions ran high as the ladies started pumping each other up with chants and encouragement.

"Tonight I'm playing for my son," said Bliss running back Chrisdell Harris. "I'm playing from my heart. I'm playing for somebody to look at me love me for who I am."

As the Bliss faced off with the Chill, it appeared to be more of a performance than play, but the rough and tumble of the game is not for the faint of heart. During her first outing, Alberts was knocked out cold. She later said her family doesn't understand why she loves playing football so much and argues that she is putting her dentistry future in danger.

"And my answer is that, I can't not do it, I love it," Alberts said.

And although the League requires its players to have health insurance, the LFL doesn't pay for it. The women wear plastic helmets and shoulder pads in games but it is much less protective equipment than their male counterparts wear, which Mitch Mortaza defended.

"There's a reason why the NHL has far less concussion, sustained concussions in the NHL versus the NFL, because once you put them in a football helmet, often times it's used as a weapon. They tend to spear one another," Mortaza said. "These women are smart. If they felt in any way they weren't protected out there, that they didn't have the medical support off the field, they wouldn't come back."

The Chicago Bliss prevailed over the Green Bay Chill in that game, 27 to 18. While some may judge these women for their skimpy outfits and trash-talking ways, the athletes may just be the unlikely vanguard for the feminist mystique.

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