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THOUGHTS ON THE LINGERIE BOWL: SASKATOON NOT GETTING MUCH RESPECT, LFL 360.COM, Marcus de la Fuente

un·der·dog

n. 1. A competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest.

2. A person who has little status in society.

Sometimes I wonder why this term is given to any team that is playing in a championship game. The term “Underdog” implies that one of the teams is only there in order that other can achieve glory. The 2007 Patriots team was obviously going to beat the Giants and continue their undefeated season with a Super Bowl Championship, right? The 2009 Colts, led by future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, had no shot of losing to that young and grief stricken team out of New Orleans. Can an 8th seeded hockey team out of LA win the Stanley Cup? No Way. Could a so-called Underdog sweep a dominant Justin Verlander and the Tigers in the World Series? Forget about it. Not a chance, right? Well…

Give me a break. Are you telling me these teams make it the show by accident? I’m sure their schedule was just easier, and the plays they made all season were lucky. Yea, that’s it, they actually didn’t win the crucial games we all saw, it just looked like they did. Well, I have news to all of you laying the favorite in the upcoming Lingerie Bowl Canada I… there’s no such thing as a lock.

The BC Angels have been the talk of the LFL Canada since day one of the inaugural season. The team opened the season ranked #1 in the league. They obviously deserve that ranking. I mean, they play out of Vancouver, they have the best player in the league in RB Stephanie Manou, and oh yea… they finished 2-2 behind the Saskatoon Sirens.

On this week’s episode of Commissioner’s Corner, LFL Commissioner Mitchell Mortaza and co-host Justin Schoenrock brought up doubts about Saskatoon when interviewing one of their star players, Running Back Ogom Chijindu. Ogom was peppered with questions like… How are you planning on stopping Stephanie Manou? How do you plan to respond if the game gets out of hand? What’s going to happen if you can’t stop BC? Ogom’s esteem probably wasn’t shooting through the roof of her car as she was heading to Vancouver for the Lingerie Bowl during the interview. May I remind those of you feeling the same way about BC’s dominance that the Angels are 0-1 all time against Saskatoon. In the last meeting, Stephanie Manou managed a total of 44 yards against them, BC Quarterback Mary Anne Hanson threw two picks, and the Angels held the ball for just under 12 minutes. So… why are we so certain that the Sirens are in trouble?

I understand that Stephanie Manou had an uncharacteristically bad game in her first meeting with Saskatoon, and has had a stellar season since then. She deserves the respect and attention she’s gotten from every defense in the league. This is a BC Angels offense that can stretch the field at any time. My thing is… so can Sirens QB Anne Erler. She connected with WR Heather Furr 4 times for touchdowns this year. BC’s Jessica Hopkins may have led the league in tackles this year with 27, but Saskatoon’s Heather Furr had just four less tackles than Hopkins and the same number of interceptions. As far as the running game goes, Sirens tandem Ogom Chijindu and Tamar Fenell combined for the same number of TDs as Manou and more yards.

Despite the tough words from around the league, Ogom and her teammates should remind themselves who won the last meeting, who won more games during the season, and which of the two teams playing in the Lingerie Bowl lost their last game of the season to the worst team in the league. The Sirens have earned their right to be in this game. Pay the critics no mind. Being an underdog can be a good thing. I’m just not so sure its clear who the underdog is in this game. Maybe there isn’t one.