In a hard-hitting Eastern Conference showdown between the Tampa Breeze and Cleveland Crush, the Breeze emerged victorious in a 31-29 thriller. The game remained scoreless until the 7-minute mark in the first half, but then it was bombs away. The Breeze led by a touchdown late but Cleveland came back with only 30 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, they fell short on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game at 31. The win puts the Breeze at 2-1 and in the thick of the playoff race. Cleveland, at 0-2, will need to win out and get some help to reach the post-season. Click on for some stats, GIFs and, yes, a gratuitous butt shot.
MVP OF THE WEEK
Clutch favorite Adrian Purnell was a freak on both sides of the ball. On offense, Purnell hauled in two catches for 45 yards and two touchdowns, including a 30+ yard touchdown grab from Breeze QB K.K. Matheny. Purnell wreaked havoc on the defensive side of the ball from her defensive line position and collected few tackles. We selected the above photo because it shows Adrian's great vision and ball handling skills. And also because of the inside-boob. Points for honesty?
INSANE TOUCHDOWN CATCH OF THE WEEK
Down 24-15 with about 2:30 remaining in the game, Crush quarterback Abbie Sullivan lobbed a pass downfield to a covered receiver. The ball got tipped in the air directly in front of WR Theresa Petruziello who snatched it, spun against the wall and ran five yards untouched to the end zone for her second of three touchdown catches on the day. Exactly how the play was drawn up.
SIX-PACK OF THE WEEK
DAZED AND CONFUSED OF THE WEEK
It's impossible for the ladies to take flattering photos all the time. Here, Breeze cornerback Eliese Zukelman has one eye open as she locks up with Crush receiver Shannon Anderson, who's either reaching for the ball or trying to give Eliese a rarely attempted falling-backward hug.
UFC FIGHTERS OF THE WEEK
This was a violent contest, and not just right here in the fight between Tampa's Julie Rolfe and Cleveland's Tamar Fennell. But take a look at this brawl. At the end of a play in first half, Rolfe and Fennell exchanged a couple pops to the face before things got ugly. Rolfe attempted a takedown but Fennell rolled her over during the throw, got on top and landed two solid punches to Rolfe's grill before the referees broke it up. If LFL officials are looking for some halftime entertainment, I think the answer is right here.
LUCKY FAN OF THE WEEK
Here's one of the perks of a seat near the end zone at an LFL game. This guy totally nails his moment. No hover-hand--he's got a full grip around the Breeze player's midsection.
SURE, I'LL SIT RIGHT HERE OF THE WEEK
Marija "The Enforcer" Condric picked up 83 yards rushing and one touchdown on 12 carries. But every now and then, a running back ends up on her ass. That's football. Speaking of Marija's ass...
GRATUITOUS BUTT SHOT OF THE WEEK