Los Angeles quarterback Ashley Salerno, above right, tries to avoid an, uh, sack attempt in the 2011 Lingerie Bowl championship game.
Right: Head coach David Bizub of the Los Angeles Temptation lifts player Melissa Margulies after they defeated the Philadelphia Passion 26-25 in the Lingerie Football League’s Lingerie Bowl VIII at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in 2011.
(Photos by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)
Where’s the buzz for David Bizub?
The head coach of the only professional football team in Los Angeles can win his third consecutive championship this weekend in Las Vegas.
We’re tempted to watch, although it’s unlikely there will be many camera shots of him on the sidelines.
Bizub’s business revolves around the Lingerie Football League’s Temptation, who have a rematch against the Philadelphia Passion in Sunday’s game at the Orleans Arena (1 p.m., MTV2) in Lingerie Bowl IX.
And nobody beats the “Biz” – he’s 6-0 in the postseason, with three straight Western Conference titles.
“Like anything else, you’re only as good as the players you have,” said Bizub. “Phil Jackson didn’t win anything without Michael Jordan or Kobe or Shaq.”
And Bizub probably won’t be in this position without 21-year-old quarterback Ashley Salerno, who actually played for the Ayala High School freshman football team in Chino Hills.
“She throws as well as any guy does out there, and that does make a huge difference,” said Bizub. “We’ve got all kinds of good athletes on this team. Not like it was at the beginning.”
That would be back at the first Lingerie Football League title game – a pay-per-view Super Bowl XXXVII halftime show at the Coliseum staged opposite of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction.
“We just had a lot of models, girls who looked good and tried really hard, but no real talent,” said Bizub. “Now it’s all girls who’ve played Division I sports. They just never grew up playing football, so it’s all about teaching them the game, giving them repetitions.
“Luckily, we’ve had a lot of the same players the last three years, not a lot of turnover.”
Maybe with a little luck – and Andrew Luck’s pending arrival in Indianapolis – Peyton Manning’s doctors might clear him to take his talents to the LFL?
== Will Bob Costas’ sit-down with Madonna that airs on NBC’s pregame show make us fall in love with her all over again?
== Chad Ocho-Stinko is still on the Patriots’ roster?
== Which team again is Rex Ryan coaching?
== What kind of over-the-counter medicine is recommended for severe case of pre-game Gronkowski?
==Tightened security will be searching fans attending the Super Bowl for weapons, fireworks, umbrellas, poles, sticks, laser pointers, hairspray, pepper spray or noisemakers.
Then why bother showing up?
== What happened to all that talk about the Lakers’ need for Gilbert “Agent Zero” Arenas? Because they turned around and realized they’ve already got a lock-down shooter wearing No. 0?
== Now just hang on a second there when it comes to figuring out how the Staples Center clock froze up on 1.8 seconds during the Kings’ last-breath victory over Columbus the other night:
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi tried to explain that the giant overhead timer was automatically recalibrating.
Like he’d know?
Something else happened on our TV set that leads up to believe there could be another reason.
After Anze Kopitar shot from the left point, Kings’ Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller said that Columbus goalkeeper Curtis Sanford made a save. Right at that moment, the clock on the screen froze at 1.8.
What Miller, and most everyone else watching, didn’t pick up for that split second was that the puck fluttered up in the air after hitting Sanford, then landed about 10 feet in front of the net. As Jack Johnson collected it, the clock restarted. Johnson shoveled the puck to Drew Doughty, and his shot went in with 0.4 seconds showing.
What’s so hard to understand that human error could be the cause of this, instead of implying the scoreboard operator was doing something devious, or there was some bizarre mechanical flaw in the system?
All’s fine as long as the Kings don’t win the Pacific Division by one point, right?