Thursday, April 23, 2009

Charlotte Is Gaining 'Steam'

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 4/23/2009 No comments
Score another victory for the CLT over the ATL. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the Atlanta Steam, a member of the Lingerie Football League (LFL), is leaving Atlanta after not being able to find a permanent stadium to play its home games. Team officials are reportedly planning to announce in coming days the venue in Charlotte that will become their new home.

I have to be honest, I'd never heard of the Steam or the Lingerie Football League. I was aware of the Lingerie Bowl that's been held around the time of the Super Bowl every year for the past five or six years (this year's was cancelled, though), but I thought that was a once a year publicity stunt to attract advertisers and make money on pay-per-view. I didn't know it was an actual league. Well, it is and they have ten teams around the country, from Miami to Seattle.

I'm interested in knowing where the Steam will play here and whether they want an indoor or outdoor facility. They'll join the fold of a couple of other semi-pro football teams we have in Charlotte: the Carolina Speed, which is an arena football team, and the Carolina Queens, a team that plays in the Independent Women's Football League. The Queens might have an issue with the Steam coming here and taking their shine. I attended a Queens practice a couple of years ago and these ladies are no joke. Even though the Steam do get physical, the Queens wear "real" uniforms and pads and hit each other as hard as men do.

One would think that the Queens and Steam would one day scrimmage each other if they're both going to call Charlotte home, but I don't see that happening. They're in two totally different leagues...literally.

Click here for the AJC article.

Click here to visit the Steam's official website.


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