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Lingerie League Gains Exposure

Dallas Desire player featured in Playboy



    A look behind the scenes of the LFL's Playboy photoshoot. (Published Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011)

    by Bruce Felps

    One Dallas professional athlete shares the league lead in nude appearances in men’s magazines. She also appears with two other players on the cover, so they must be the league’s top players.


    OK, let’s back this up a little. Playboy, in its February issue out Jan. 21, features an eight-page pictorial focusing on the girls of the Lingerie Football League. The aforementioned Dallas athlete would be Tisha Marie Payton, a defensive lineman — linewoman? linechick? — for the Dallas Desire. (photo below, center)

    Hmm, who ever thought they’d like to see a naked defensive lineman?

    The magazine editors selected one member from each team in the league to fill out the portfolio roster, so Payton will be one of 10 players photographed. These are not game-action shots, either, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

    It’s real football, too — nudge, nudge, wink, wink — according to a news release from the league.

    “People think it’s just a bunch of prissy girls playing two-hand touch,” said Vanessa Sanchez of the San Diego Seduction, to which one might counter, “And what would be wrong with that?”

    Still, any exposure must be good exposure for a relative startup league.

    For those of you wanting more than the magazine can deliver, the LFL championship game airs at 7 p.m., Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6. It’s a pay-per-view broadcast. Hmm, surprised?

    Might be worth it, though. They probably have the most interesting “illegal use of hands” calls in all of football.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He wonders if Playboy will do trading cards of the league’s players.