2011–12 LFL season

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2011–12 LFL season
Regular season
Duration July 30, 2011 – January 21, 2012
Playoffs
Start date January 29, 2012
Eastern Champions Philadelphia Passion2012-01-29
Western Champions Los Angeles Temptation2012-01-29
Lingerie Bowl IX
Date February 5, 2012
Site Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
Champions Los Angeles Temptation
2010-11 US   2012 Canada

The 2011-12 LFL Season was the third season of the Lingerie Football League. The league features 12 teams in various cities across the United States and Canada. For the 2011–2012 season the League granted five new franchises: Cleveland Crush, Green Bay Chill, Las Vegas Sin, Minnesota Valkyrie and Toronto Triumph. Dallas Desire has suspended operations for the 2011-2012 season with a planned return in 2012-2013. The stated reasons were financial and issues with the commitment of players on and off the field. The statuses of the Miami Caliente and San Diego Seduction are unknown; they are no longer included on the LFL's list of teams and are not included in the 2011-2012 schedule, but no suspension of operations has been publicly indicated. The Denver Dream and New York Majesty/Euphoria remain shuttered.

After two years as a professional league, the LFL ceased paying players beginning in the 2011 season, converting the league into an amateur league.[1]

In 2011-12, MTV Networks' MTV2 channel once again broadcast 20 regular season games, two conference playoff games, and the championship game during the pre-game of the Super Bowl. This year however, they will present the games in their entirety and will broadcast them at 9:00 PM ET. LFL Presents: LFL, Friday Night Football on MTV2 premiered on August 26, 2011 from Green Bay, Wisconsin.[2]

The 2011 All-Fantasy Game was held in Hamilton, Ontario on July 30, 2011 at Copps Coliseum.[3] Trailing 18-6 in the second half, the Eastern Conference rallied to win 24-18 over the Western Conference. Christy Bell, quarterback for the Philadelphia Passion, was awarded offensive MVP for her 2 touchdown passes, while Liz Gorman, a safety with the Tampa Breeze, was named defensive MVP.[4][5] The city of Hamilton lost at least $50,000 hosting the game, which drew an estimated crowd of "a few thousand" that only filled approximately half of the lower bowl of the arena, even after ticket prices were slashed to $10 per ticket.[6]

The season kicked off on August 26, 2011 and culminated with Lingerie Bowl IX on February 4, 2012. The LFL Eastern and Western Conference Playoff games were played back-to-back on January 28, 2012 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Los Angeles Temptation won its third straight Western Conference Championship while Philadelphia Passion won the Eastern Conference Championship, its second in a row, to set up a rematch of last season's Lingerie Bowl. The 2012 Lingerie Bowl was played during the pre-match of Super Bowl XLVI at Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada.[7][8] Los Angeles Temptation won its third consecutive Lingerie Bowl with a 28 - 6 victory over Philadelphia Passion. The Temptation's Ashley Salerno and Amber Reed were co-MVP's, with Salerno throwing three touchdown passes and Reed scoring two rushing touchdowns.[9]

Expansion and contraction[edit]

On November 10, 2010, it was announced that Oklahoma City would be receiving an expansion franchise for the 2011–12 season,[10] only to be publicly rejected by the city's mayor, who said he would not allow the league to operate in the city.[11]

On December 6, 2010, it was announced that Cleveland, Ohio beat out Columbus, Ohio for the newest franchise. In the 2011–12 season, the Cleveland Crush will begin play at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.[12]

On December 8, 2010, it was announced that a Las Vegas expansion side, to be known as the Las Vegas Sin, would begin play for the 2011–12 season.[13][14]

On January 25, 2011, the league announced an expansion team would be awarded to Green Bay, Wisconsin in the fall of 2011. They will be known as the Green Bay Chill [15] and play home games at Resch Center.[16]

On March 17, 2011, the LFL announced that the Dallas Desire would be suspended for the 2011-2012 season with a planned return in 2012-2013. The stated reasons were financial and issues with the commitment of players on and off the field.

On March 23, 2011, the LFL announced a franchise to Minneapolis for the 2011 season. The team will be known as the Minnesota Valkyrie and will play at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis (home of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves).[17]

On April 12, 2011, the LFL announced that they are going to have a franchise in Toronto, Ontario.[18] This is the first franchise outside of the United States. Their games will be played in the Ricoh Coliseum where the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies play.

The status of the San Diego Seduction is unknown; they are no longer included on the LFL's list of teams, but no suspension of operations has been publicly indicated. The Miami Caliente folded.[citation needed]

Teams[edit]

2011–2012 Teams
Eastern Conference Arena and Location
Baltimore Charm 1st Mariner Arena (Baltimore, Maryland)
Cleveland Crush Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)
Orlando Fantasy UCF Arena (Orlando, Florida)
Philadelphia Passion Sun National Bank Center (Trenton, New Jersey)
Tampa Breeze St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa, Florida)
Toronto Triumph Ricoh Coliseum (Toronto, Ontario)
Western Conference Arena and Location
Chicago Bliss Toyota Park (Bridgeview, Illinois)
Green Bay Chill Resch Center (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
Las Vegas Sin Orleans Arena (Paradise, Nevada)
Los Angeles Temptation Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, California)
Minnesota Valkyrie Target Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Seattle Mist ShoWare Center (Kent, Washington)

Schedule[edit]

Date Visitor Home Kickoff Venue Score Game Recap
2011 All-Fantasy Game
July 30, 2011 Western Conference Eastern Conference 9:00 PM ET Copps Coliseum East 24 West 18 Recap
Regular Season
August 26, 2011 Minnesota Valkyrie Green Bay Chill 9:00 PM CT Resch Center Minnesota 28 Green Bay 25 Recap
September 2, 2011 Las Vegas Sin Chicago Bliss 9:00 PM CT Toyota Park Las Vegas 32 Chicago 20 Recap
September 9, 2011 Tampa Breeze Philadelphia Passion 10:00 PM ET Sun National Bank Center Phiiladelphia 48 Tampa 0 Recap
September 16, 2011 Orlando Fantasy Baltimore Charm 10:00 PM ET 1st Mariner Arena Orlando 36 Baltimore 12 Recap
September 17, 2011 Tampa Breeze Toronto Triumph 8:00 PM ET Ricoh Coliseum Tampa 48 Toronto 14 Recap
September 23, 2011 Baltimore Charm Cleveland Crush 10:00 PM ET Quicken Loans Arena Baltimore 20 Cleveland 19 Recap
September 30, 2011 Seattle Mist Green Bay Chill 9:00 PM CT Resch Center Seattle 42 Green Bay 8 Recap
October 7, 2011 Green Bay Chill Chicago Bliss 9:00 PM CT Toyota Park Green Bay 36 Chicago 34 Recap
October 14, 2011 Los Angeles Temptation Minnesota Valkyrie 9:00 PM CT Target Center Los Angeles 28 Minnesota 7 Recap
October 21, 2011 Cleveland Crush Tampa Breeze 10:00 PM ET St. Pete Times Forum Tampa 31 Cleveland 29 Recap
October 28, 2011 Baltimore Charm Toronto Triumph 10:00 PM ET Ricoh Coliseum Baltimore 42 Toronto 6 Recap
October 29, 2011 Philadelphia Passion Cleveland Crush 8:00 PM ET Quicken Loans Arena Philadelphia 60 Cleveland 18 Recap
November 4, 2011 Las Vegas Sin Seattle Mist 7:00 PM PT ShoWare Center Las Vegas 28 Seattle 24 Recap
November 11, 2011 Los Angeles Temptation Las Vegas Sin 9:00 PM PT Orleans Arena Las Vegas 28 Los Angeles 20 Recap
November 18, 2011 Philadelphia Passion Baltimore Charm 9:00 PM ET 1st Mariner Arena Philadelphia 24 Baltimore 12 Recap
November 19, 2011 Chicago Bliss Minnesota Valkyrie 8:00 PM CT Target Center Chicago 40 Minnesota 33 Recap
November 25, 2011
Bye Week (Thanksgiving)
December 2, 2011 Cleveland Crush Orlando Fantasy 9:00 PM ET Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando 68 Cleveland 8 Recap
December 9, 2011 Toronto Triumph Philadelphia Passion 9:00 PM ET Sun National Bank Center Philadelphia 74 Toronto 0 Recap
December 16, 2011 Seattle Mist Los Angeles Temptation 9:00 PM PT Citizens Business Bank Arena Los Angeles 27 Seattle 24 Recap
December 23, 2011
Bye Week (Christmas)
December 30, 2011 Orlando Fantasy Tampa Breeze 9:00 PM ET St. Pete Times Forum Tampa 20 Orlando 18 Recap
January 6, 2012 Minnesota Valkyrie Seattle Mist 9:00 PM PT ShoWare Center Seattle 32 Minnesota 14 Recap
January 13, 2012 Toronto Triumph Orlando Fantasy 9:00 PM ET Florida Citrus Bowl Orlando 49 Toronto 18 Recap
January 20, 2012 Chicago Bliss Los Angeles Temptation 9:00 PM PT Citizens Business Bank Arena Los Angeles 42 Chicago 26 Recap
January 21, 2012 Green Bay Chill Las Vegas Sin 8:00 PM PT Orleans Arena Las Vegas 30 Green Bay 0 Recap

Playoffs[edit]

Date Visitor Home Kickoff Venue Score Game Recap
Eastern Conference Championship
January 29, 2012 Tampa Breeze (2) Philadelphia Passion (1) 4:00 PM ET Citizens Business Bank Arena Philadelphia 44 Tampa Bay 32 Recap
Western Conference Championship
January 29, 2012 Los Angeles Temptation (2) Las Vegas Sin (1) 5:30 PM ET Citizens Business Bank Arena Los Angeles 27 Las Vegas 18 Recap
Lingerie Bowl IX
February 5, 2012 Los Angeles Temptation (W2) Philadelphia Passion (E1) 4:00 PM ET Orleans Arena, Paradise Los Angeles 28 Philadelphia 6 Recap

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Team Wins Loss Ties Pct PF PA Net Pts TD's Home Record Home Pct Road Record Road Pct Conference Conf. Pct Conf. Streak
* Philadelphia Passion 4 0 0 1.000 206 30 176 28 2-0 1.000 2-0 1.000 4-0 1.000 W4
* Tampa Breeze 3 1 0 0.750 99 109 -10 13 2-0 1.000 1-1 0.500 3-1 0.750 W3
^ Orlando Fantasy 3 1 0 0.750 171 58 113 25 2-0 1.000 1-1 0.500 3-1 0.750 W1
^ Baltimore Charm 2 2 0 0.500 86 85 1 13 0-2 0.000 2-0 1.000 2-2 0.500 L1
^ Cleveland Crush 0 4 0 0.000 74 179 -105 11 0-2 0.000 0-2 0.000 0-4 0.000 L4
^ Toronto Triumph 0 4 0 0.000 38 213 -175 6 0-2 0.000 0-2 0.000 0-2 0.000 L4

Western Conference[edit]

Team Wins Loss Ties Pct PF PA Net Pts TD's Home Record Home Pct Road Record Road Pct Conference Conf. Pct Conf. Streak
* Las Vegas Sin 4 0 0 1.000 108 64 54 18 2-0 1.000 2-0 1.000 4-0 1.000 W4
* Los Angeles Temptation 3 1 0 0.750 117 85 32 18 2-0 1.000 1-1 0.500 3-1 0.750 W2
^ Seattle Mist 2 2 0 0.500 122 87 35 18 1-1 0.500 1-1 0.500 2-2 0.500 W1
^ Chicago Bliss 1 3 0 0.250 120 143 -23 18 0-2 0.000 1-1 0.500 1-3 0.250 L1
^ Minnesota Valkyrie 1 3 0 0.250 82 125 -43 11 0-2 0.000 1-1 0.500 1-3 0.250 L3
^ Green Bay Chill 1 3 0 0.250 69 134 -65 10 0-2 0.000 1-1 0.500 1-3 0.250 L1

  *  - clinched playoff berth   ^  - eliminated from playoffs

Awards[edit]

League MVP

  • Kyle Dehaven - Baltimore Charm
  • Nikki Johnson - Las Vegas Sin
  • Amber Reed - Los Angeles Temptation
  • Marirose Roach - Philadelphia Passion
  • Kam Warner - Seattle Mist

Offensive Player of the Year

  • Kyle Dehaven - Baltimore Charm
  • Nikki Johnson - Las Vegas Sin
  • KK Matheny - Tampa Breeze
  • Amber Reed - Los Angeles Temptation
  • Marirose Roach - Philadelphia Passion

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Jenny Butler - Philadelphia Passion
  • Kyle Dehaven - Baltimore Charm
  • Liz Gorman - Tampa Breeze
  • Sunshine Uli - Las Vegas Sin
  • Kam Warner - Seattle Mist

Rookie of the Year

  • Annie Erler - Green Bay Chill
  • Kyle Dehaven - Baltimore Charm
  • Chrisdell Harris - Chicago Bliss
  • Nikki Johnson - Las Vegas Sin
  • Theresa Petruziello - Cleveland Crush

Coach of the Year

  • Chandler Brown - Philadelphia Passion
  • Dion Lee - Las Vegas Sin
  • Chris Michaelson - Seattle Mist
  • Tony Nguyen - Minnesota Valkyrie
  • Rick Reeder - Baltimore Charm

Mortaza Award

  • Kelly Campbell - Baltimore Charm
  • Ogom Chijundu - Los Angeles Temptation
  • Jessica Hopkins - Seattle Mist
  • Donna Paul - Toronto Triumph
  • Marirose Roach - Philadelphia Passion

Most Improved Player

  • Kelly Campbell - Baltimore Charm
  • Ogom Chijundu - Los Angeles Temptation
  • Jessica Hopkins - Seattle Mist
  • Adrian Purnell - Tampa Breeze
  • Amber Reed - Los Angeles Temptation

Team of the Year

  • Baltimore Charm
  • Green Bay Chill
  • Las Vegas Sin
  • Philadelphia Passion
  • Seattle Mist

Lingerie Bowl MVP

  • Ashley Salerno and Amber Reed - Los Angeles Temptation

8th Man Award (Best Fan Base)

  • Seattle Mist

LFL Awards Winners

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