You Haven't Come as Long a Way as We All Thought...Baby

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Aside from that, it's hard to know whether to expend any energy on this one. The LFL's maiden season opened Sept. 4 with a Chicago Bliss win against the Miami Caliente at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the fans in attendance presumably got a closer look at some of the nation's "most athletic and beautiful women," as the site's host (an inches-tall tight end, or something) says. The league's Facebook fan page has comments both helpful (one clued the league in that it hadn't updated its standings in the three days that had elapsed since the game he saw) and predictable ("i wanna see these sexy ladies play in the rain now that would be hottt," wrote one).

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