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Ford makes the cut at Lingerie Football League tryouts

Posted by Lauren Souch / May 2, 2011

Lingerie Football League TryoutsFootball, scantily clad women, and fierce competition: this is the Lingerie Football League which held open tryouts at Polson Pier Saturday evening. Dubbed "real fantasy football", the league has ten teams spanning across America, with Toronto Triumph set to be the LFL's first international franchise.

Toronto TriumphThe LFL has been criticized by many for being a sexist attempt to get guys to tune in - and in a league that judges both athletic ability and appearance, it's hard not to side with the critics. A quick glance at the clipboards carried by LFL staff revealed your typical notes about the athletes - "fast" and "great throw" were among them. However, there were also notes like "lose weight" next to some of the names. And one woman - who ended up making the first cut - was told by LFL Founder Mitchell Mortaza that he "didn't like" her tattoos.

Toronto TriumphBut to play full-contact football, athleticism is just as important (if not more important) than looks, which Mortaza made clear by telling the 110 women who showed up if they were here just to "look pretty" and be on TV, they could leave. Fifteen minutes later, he was screaming at a group of giggly, chatty girls. "This is way too much talking for a football camp! If you're goofing around, you're not focusing - this isn't cheerleading! Don't waste my time, and don't waste your time."

Toronto TriumphThe message seemed to get across, and the women got down to business running, throwing, catching, and tackling their way through an intense three-hour tryout.

Toronto Triumph"I'm a definite jock - and I used to act and model, so this was a perfect fit for me," LFL-hopeful Elizabeth Harding tells me in between drills, before adding that she's been a fan of the league for quite awhile. "I've been waiting for it to come to Canada!"

Lingerie Football LeagueWhile most - if not all - the women trying out were football-loving athletes like Harding, some appeared to be more interested in being on a national team than anything else. Those who weren't serious - or weren't fitting into the LFL model - were cut throughout the tryout.

Overall, the competition was rough - and by 7 p.m. the women had the cuts, bruises, and one dislocated shoulder to prove it.

Krista Ford"The girls here are just awesome," gushes Krista Ford (above), who is the daughter of Councillor Doug Ford and Mayor Rob Ford's niece. "They blew me away. It's really really tough, and it's going to be really, really tough to make the cut."

Lingerie Football LeagueIn the end, roughly 40 women were selected to attend a mini camp in the coming weeks - Ford was one of them. From there, the group will be cut down to 25, and eventually, to a 12-person roster and 6-person practice roster.

Lingerie Football League TorontoAccording to Mortaza, there will be one more open-tryout coming to Toronto before the final team is selected - likely sometime in May.

LFL TorontoToronto Triumph plays their first game against Tampa Breeze at Ricoh Coliseum on September 17, 2011.



Sean / May 2, 2011 at 09:30 am
BlogTO, I am disappoint.
Don / May 2, 2011 at 09:42 am
LOL! What an awesome assignment.
Rich / May 2, 2011 at 09:49 am
Was she there for a fashion show or a try-out? Seems like she is the only one not wearing a proper sports bra and shorts/short briefs.
Rich replying to a comment from Rich / May 2, 2011 at 09:51 am
(comment was about the first picture btw)
Andrew / May 2, 2011 at 09:57 am
hotmess / May 2, 2011 at 10:00 am
Wow.....Krista Ford is built like a brick shit house.

What an absolute horror of a woman.
the lemur replying to a comment from hotmess / May 2, 2011 at 10:07 am
Nice legs, shame about the (Doug Ford) face.
skeeter / May 2, 2011 at 10:08 am
that first photo pretty much sums it up.

"yay, look at me! i'm running! this is so fun, tee hee!"
hotmess replying to a comment from the lemur / May 2, 2011 at 10:09 am
What about her F.U.P.A though?
So gross.
Bubba / May 2, 2011 at 10:10 am
What a proud moment for the Ford family, she should run for Mayor in the next election.
Paul D. / May 2, 2011 at 10:15 am
when are the US Special Ops going to take out THIS regime?
Adam / May 2, 2011 at 10:20 am
What a joke of a "sports league"!
Nathan / May 2, 2011 at 10:20 am
The girl in the first photo was there interviewing the girls and was not planning on trying out.
alan / May 2, 2011 at 10:46 am
so she stripped down and gave everyone a run for their money...i want to see more of her...with less on...
fritz / May 2, 2011 at 10:48 am
What a bunch of petty, jealous comments! Let the women show that they are physicall fit! Maybe they will inspire Canadians be be something other than obese, video-game playing slobs, lik our counterparts to the south.
skeeter replying to a comment from fritz / May 2, 2011 at 10:56 am
if it's about showing that they're physically fit, then why not call the league Women's Football League and not Lingerie Football League? the name they have now makes it seem that it's being played by a bunch of Playboy models wearing lingerie with nipple slips and exposed butts all over the place! that is not the case. if they want to be taken seriously then don't use a stupid name for the league.
Sean replying to a comment from fritz / May 2, 2011 at 11:00 am
World class female runners like Paula Radcliffe are physically fit yet they do not have to demean themselves by joining the Lingerie Running League.
tnt / May 2, 2011 at 11:06 am
Am i the only one that thinks this is awesome?...would rather watch this that steroided glorified frat boys beating the hell out of each other....drop a pair boys, enjoy.
Rachel / May 2, 2011 at 11:11 am
While I commend the athleticism of these women, I condemn Mortaza for objectifying women, denying them pay, and turning a buck while eroding gender equality.

Women playing football should be about Title IX, not being a "9".
tnt replying to a comment from Rachel / May 2, 2011 at 11:16 am
user-pic's about being a 9
Sean replying to a comment from Rachel / May 2, 2011 at 11:17 am
While I am not fond of the Lingerie Football League, Title IX has absolutely nothing to do with this. Title IX is not only American but, it applies exclusively to educational activities.
ICandee / May 2, 2011 at 11:18 am
Far more lookers than there was at the Slut Parade, thats for sure.
Adam replying to a comment from Sean / May 2, 2011 at 11:19 am
Totally agree.

IMO this would be a completely respectable league if they wore proper equipment and clothing, and called it National Women's Football League (NWFL) or something of the likes. I may even pay to go see a game and support a team if that were the case!

In its current state I'd sooner give my money to a strip club, and if you know me then you know that aint gonna happen.
fritz replying to a comment from skeeter / May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

"if it's about showing that they're physically fit, then why not call the league Women's Football League and not Lingerie Football League?" I agree. I'm not fond of the name either, however, I hope this encourages young people to get fit again.
agreed replying to a comment from fritz / May 2, 2011 at 11:45 am
And also encourages younger, fit gals to play more sports in their underpanties.
Sean replying to a comment from Rich / May 2, 2011 at 11:48 am
I don't think she got the memo. Those other women actually look like they're serious about this. Her, not so much.
Bubba replying to a comment from fritz / May 2, 2011 at 11:50 am
M / May 2, 2011 at 11:57 am
how pathetic, com'on toronto you're better than this.
blarg / May 2, 2011 at 11:58 am
Uhhh its called the Lingerie Football League.. that should tell you enough about it to answer all the questions about what the requirements are and what it the point of it is...

If you still apply after reading that title, you probably don't care.
how replying to a comment from agreed / May 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm
How can you go wrong with that, that is a winning equation.
rmp / May 2, 2011 at 01:18 pm
Slut Football?

stev / May 2, 2011 at 02:45 pm
The guy in the first punching bag pic looks like he's going to lose it
Corbin Smith / May 2, 2011 at 03:14 pm
Regarding the first image/comments about the first image:

She was the -only- woman in full-on lingerie at the tryouts, and not even there to try out. She was there working for naked news.

The large majority of the women there were legitimately athletic.
Rich replying to a comment from Corbin Smith / May 2, 2011 at 03:33 pm
Fair enough, thank you for clarifying. She definitely looked out of place compared to the other images.
TheRealJohnson / May 2, 2011 at 03:47 pm
On the one hand: I really want to be outraged at this clear objectification of women. It's insanely shallow and trashy. I want to say, "Shame on us Toronto. We're better than that."

On the other hand: Titties!
Eric26 replying to a comment from TheRealJohnson / May 2, 2011 at 05:02 pm
The real objectification comes from all these people saying terrible things about these girls.
Sometimes I wonder how women stand up under the weight of so many people's harsh judgment.
Brandon / May 2, 2011 at 06:35 pm
jamesmallon / May 2, 2011 at 07:19 pm
Boy have N.Americans gotten chunky, if these are the hot ones. More partial to Asian girl soccer:
Marlon / May 2, 2011 at 07:24 pm
Great Toronto now has it's own Bristol Palin. How long before sun media offers her her own show?
cccccchhhhh1 / May 2, 2011 at 08:49 pm
this is the biggest joke ever. All the girls look like they are about forty. Krista ford doesnt even have the body for a thing like this. shame shame shame on toronto
hull / May 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm
Krista Ford got off her arse and showed her legs off. What can the rest of you say for yourselves?
cccccchhhhh1 replying to a comment from hull / May 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm
that i have dignity and respect for myself. This makes girls football look like even more of a joke. Its a league for dirty horn dog men to howel at women. The girls on the team are being objectified.. what happened to womens rights? It looks even worse because our MAYORS NIECE is trying out for the team. GREAT JOB TORONTO .. not
Cass replying to a comment from Corbin Smith / May 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm
But on the flip side, she more closely resembled what these girls actually wear when playing!!
ROB / May 3, 2011 at 05:48 am
There's no shortage of women willing to be objectified for $$$ and an ego boost. There's your women's rights. Welcome to western society,now bring on the hooters!!
mike in parkdale / May 3, 2011 at 10:01 am
really though.... does anyone expect them to sell more than 500 seasons tickets? Maybe for the first game, but I really don't think this will even be around for a full year.

I'm filing this one under: not even worth thinking about.
Anna / May 3, 2011 at 10:43 am
It's really infuriating that there can be a full contact football league for women when they wear lingerie but not for those who truly want to play football and not be objectified.
Anna replying to a comment from Adam / May 3, 2011 at 10:49 am
There is an established women's football league - it's called the Women's Football Association. And thank you for your comment.
cccccchhhhh1 replying to a comment from ROB / May 3, 2011 at 11:34 am
they dont even get paid. Read up about the creator and the actual league. These women dont get a dime. Just objectified.. what a joke
blarg replying to a comment from cccccchhhhh1 / May 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Uhh they had a right not to try out for this. I doubt they were forced to join the Lingerie Football League..

And yes that is exactly what it is. The owner of the league even said so himself.

You don't walk into a strip club expecting a ballet do you?
snip replying to a comment from blarg / May 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm
But I do expect to see two girls scissoring.
snip replying to a comment from blarg / May 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm
But I do expect to see two girls scissoring.
hawt replying to a comment from blarg / May 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

But I do expect to see two girls scissoring.
steve / May 3, 2011 at 02:52 pm
This will be less fun when someone gets seriously injured. No pads?! Asking for trouble.
Adam / May 3, 2011 at 03:53 pm
Wow, Krista Ford has a nice gut, takes nicely after her uncle.
shauna / May 3, 2011 at 08:02 pm
nice one misha highstead, newscaster for naked news
our high school teachers must be really proud
cccccchhhhh1 / May 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm
this league is a joke . it shouldnt even be called a league in the first place. and rob ford and doug ford are okay with it? they need to get their heads checked, that would never be my daughter.
ROB replying to a comment from cccccchhhhh1 / May 4, 2011 at 10:22 am
At no time does anyone produce a handgun. It's their choice, although if they don't get paid for shaking it it's a bad one.
Cat / May 6, 2011 at 09:32 pm
Ok....calling all jealous and catty women. Really? The uniforms these women wear provide more coverage than some of the bikinis I've seen at the beach.
They definitely look for a "type"....good looking, toned bodies, and athletic. These women are all there because they want to be not because someone's forced them. The only woman that I kind of feel sorry for is Krista Ford (the mayor's niece) She's made the first cut but obviously doesn't fit the "type" so she's going to be dealing with the embarrassment of getting cut after being thrust into the limelight or the shame of making the team because of her political connections.
Its going to be interesting to say the least but this franchise WILL have an audience. So lighten up people and just enjoy the show for what it is.
terry / November 15, 2011 at 02:00 pm
i don't feel people are being catty here so much as feeling frustrated at how this will only perpetuate sexism in a degrading way to women who don't need to sexualize what they're great at... because of women who perpetuate such sexism it causes presumptions for the rest of us. i have far greater respect for a woman of class, not a woman who needs to flash it all to gain popularity.
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