Green Bay, Wis. — Green Bay was clad in its familiar green jerseys.
Minnesota donned its road whites and the unmistakable purple helmets.
A rivalry continues…
But if you were expecting another titanic battle between the Packers and Vikings, you would be in error.
It was the already-hated Minnesota Valkyrie defeating the Green Bay Chill here Friday night, 28-25, before a Resch Center crowd and a national television audience on the MTV2 Network.
It must be something about the color purple that brings out the venom in fans of any Green Bay team when it squares off against Minnesota.
This was the debut of the Lingerie Football League ( www.lflus.com ) in Titletown.
A Valkyrie, in Norse Mythology, was a goddess who would hover over the battlefield and determine which warrior would live and which would die
Any thoughts of this being what my old high school coach would call namby pamby or it being merely “powderpuff football” were quickly expunged.
The women who play in this fast-paced, 7-on-7 indoor football league take their football seriously, especially when it comes to hitting.
There was no shortage of bodies on the carpet after most plays and as much tackling and contact as you’d expect in any football game.
A few of the basics:
Teams play two, 17-minute halves.
There is no punting or field goals in the LFL
Touchdowns are six points with a one-point conversion from the two and a half yard line and a two-point try from five yards out.
Teams kick off from the 10-yard line to start each half and following a score the opponent gets the ball on the 15.
Teams have an option of trying an onside kick from the 10 with the ball having to travel 10 yards before the kicking team can take possession.
The Chill exercised that option late in the game when they were trailing by a field goal, but Minnesota was given the ball as neither team had touched it before it hit the sidewall.
Players wear shoulder pads, knee-high socks and pads on the knees and elbows to cut down on what must be all-too prevalent rug burns.
Hockey-style helmets with plexiglass visors complete the protection.
Jana Skrtic, quarterback for Minnesota, was named the game’s MVP. She was helped in the cause by Whitney Meierotto, a WR/CB.
The Chill were led by QB Annie Erler, who is from Green Bay.
Shouts of “Annie, Annie, Annie” punctuated the contest.
Her favorite targets were Jessica Peyton from Milwaukee and Chicago’s Angela Matthews, who showed off her skills at running back as well.
By far the most spectacular play was as a result of a miscue.
Erler had dropped back to pass at about the Chill nine yard line. After sidestepping the Valkyrie pass rush, she attempted to lateral the ball to Peyton.
Peyton fumbled and the ball slowly meandered toward the three. Most of the players thought the ball was dead.
But Erler scooped it up, sprinted up the right sideline and breezed past a bevy of Minnesota defenders for a 47-yard score. The second challenge of the night by the Valkyrie failed to reverse the call, much to the delight of the fans.
The crowd sounded much louder than the 2,650 that was estimated to be in attendance.