By Mark Staffieri
a battle that promises to carry with it much intensity, the Lingerie
Football League is featuring a match unlike any in its history. The
Seattle Mist of LFL US shall battle the BC Angels of LFL Canada in an
interleague match at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. Known as the
Pacific Cup, this border battle raises the stakes for the BC Angels as
they are the 2012 Lingerie Bowl Canada champions.
Mist fans were given the 8th Man Award, given to the best fans in LFL
US. With the match being contested in Seattle, there is no question that
the home field advantage is a big factor. One advantage for the Angels
is that they come into the game with a lot of momentum. Having last
played November 18 (the date of Lingerie Bowl Canada), the Angels should
be game ready. During the LFL Canada regular season, BC did not win a
road game. The key for BC is to maintain their composure should they
turnover the ball in the first quarter.
looking at BC’s strength, there is no question that their running game
is superlative. Angels running back Stephanie Manou (the LFL Canada
rushing champion) is not just a franchise player, but she is the one
Canadian that could be a superstar in LFL US. If she can grind out 60
yards in this contest, BC has a phenomenal chance of claiming their
first road win of 2012.
the Angels 2012 season, two players from the Seattle Mist, Jessica
Hopkins and Christine Moore, were US imports that were part of the
roster. Every squad in LFL Canada (BC, Regina, Saskatoon and Toronto)
featured several US imports, as LFL US did not have any games scheduled
during the Canadian season. Considering that Hopkins and Moore were key
contributors to the Angels’ Lingerie Bowl Canada title, the Angels will
have to find a way to win without them.
Hopkins, the 2011-12 LFL US Mortaza Award winner, had a tremendous
influence on the Angels. She led all players in LFL Canada with 27
tackles, while serving as a mentor to Katie Marshall, the winner of the
LFL Canada Defensive Player of the Year Award. Ironically, Marshall
would also claim the LFL Canada Mortaza Award.
will now play against the teacher as Marshall is lining up against
Hopkins. With LFL minicamps under way in the US, Hopkins and Moore will
be playing for the Seattle Mist in the Pacific Cup. Seattle finished
with a .500 record during the 2011-12 LFL US season. With the
contributions that Hopkins and Moore made with the Angels, the franchise
is very confident that in 2013, the club will accomplish their
emerged as the LFL Canada sack champion, while providing 23 tackles.
Although Seattle has a punishing defense, BC also comes with other
weapons on its defense. Former Rugby Canada member Stevi Schnoor is
perfect for the LFL Canada game, while Ashley Hamer-Jackson and Darnelle
Bernemann are both heavy hitters.
the Mist and the Angels have never played each other, the key to
winning the match will be which team makes the fewest mistakes. While
Hopkins and Moore have familiarity with the Angels and their style of
play, many of the Mist players have not competed for several months. The
team that commits the most turnovers will likely be the team that loses
the inaugural Pacific Cup.
what promises to be an annual event, the Mist and the Angels may
develop one of the most intense and visceral rivalries in the LFL.
Emotions shall run high as friendships were forged on the Angels roster
with Hopkins and Moore. The possibility remains strong that the Pacific
Cup may turn out to be as prized a holiday football event as any of the
New Year’s Day Bowl games.