The Las Vegas Sin have slayed the dragon. The ladies of Sin City, representing a brand-new team, defeated the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Temptation 28-20, improving to 3-0 and clinching a playoff spot. Prior to this defeat, Temptation hadn't lost since Oct. 23, 2009.
The Sin pulled the trick with a balanced offensive attack, particularly another solid passing performance from rising star quarterback Nikki Johnson, who completed 10 of 16 attempts for 126 and a pair of touchdowns. She also ran for 14 yards and a score. The first half was like a game of pinball, with both sides easily moving the ball and lighting up the scoreboard. After the Temptation secured their first (and only) lead of the game, going up 20-14, the Sin bounced back and locked the contest at 20 heading into halftime. And then the Sin scored the only points of the second half, claiming the Western Conference. "Hell freezes over," as the LFL's Jim Wallin put it. Click on for some photos, notes and a bit of stupidity.
GET LOW GET LOW GET LOW OF THE WEEK
IT'S SUNSHINE ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT OF THE WEEK
Once again, Sin rookie phenom Sunshine Uli wreaked havoc on both sides of the ball. A couple weeks ago we professed our crush on, and fear of, Sunshine. Her reign of terror continued as she tallied 43 yards of offense, a touchdown, 1.5 tackles and a crucial interception in the end zone that sealed the deal for the Sin. Sunshine won Game MVP honors for her effort. The Sin won't be back in action until the last week of the regular season, meaning several weeks without Sunshine. So we'll let Bill Withers express how we feel:
REED-ICLOUS FIRST HALF PERFORMANCE
Coming off a beast three-touchdown performance in the Temptation opener, Amber Reed scored not one, not two, but three first half touchdowns agains the Sin. She's a real elusive runner. Respect!
HAIR IS A PART OF THE UNIFORM OF THE WEEK
Temptation running back Amirah Leonard learned the hard way. When there was nothing else to reach for, Sin linebacker Carrie Walters grabbed a hold of Amirah's locks and a struggle ensued. The NFL's Torrey Smith got "caught by a hair" this weekend too. It happens in football. Don't expect to see a league of short-haired girls.
IT HURTS TO FALL ON TURF OF THE WEEK
Just ask Temptation quarterback Ashley Salerno. Rough night for the former All-Fantasy quarterback who completed just four of 11 passing attempts. She did toss two of them for touchdowns but she also threw two costly interceptions, the last one to basically end the game.
THIS GUY KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT OF THE WEEK
Not the most artistic sign, but we love the use of "beast mode" and the expression on this guy's face. You give this man a poster board and a couple markers, and he'll provide the look of half-determination, half-disgust.
SHE'S FLEXIBLE OF THE WEEK
Consider this your guide on stretching groin muscles like a pro. Thank you, Naomi Molano.
GRATUITOUS BUTT SHOT OF THE WEEK
Foreground is the best ground. Natalie Jahnke!