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No Lingerie Bowl at West Tampa site

Organizers of the Lingerie Bowl, a football game featuring scantily clad women, will have to find another place in Tampa to stage their game Super Bowl weekend. The owner of the property in West Tampa where the game was to be played says it won't happen on his land.

"We know the neighborhood groups are opposed to it, and we're part of the neighborhood," said Ken Morin, whose company owns the site on Rome Avenue north of Kennedy Boulevard. "We respect the neighborhood's concerns, and we're not going to host the event."

Morin said he told the Lingerie Football League officials it could use his property several months ago and hasn't heard from them since.

Last week, the Tampa City Council yanked a request from California's Horizon Productions to close streets in West Tampa for the event after learning the company didn't have the proper insurance and hearing concerns from neighbors.

The league has been promising three days of red carpet receptions, national recording artist performances and games between the Los Angeles Temptation, Phoenix Scorch, Miami Caliente and Tampa Breeze on vacant lots transformed into a playing field.

The Lingerie Bowl was played for four years in Los Angeles and offered live as a pay-per-view alternative to the Super Bowl halftime show.

Go to the Super Bowl, support education

Hillsborough Community College is using six pairs of Super Bowl tickets to raise scholarship money.

It will sell 101 raffle tickets at $100 each for one drawing for a pair of tickets and parking pass, and 50 raffle tickets for $200 each for another drawing.

Tickets will be sold until noon on Jan. 26 or until they sell out.

Two pairs of tickets will also be available for a donations of either $9,000 or $40,000. The deadline: Jan. 20.

For information, call (813) 253-7114 or e-mail hccfoundation@hccfl.edu.

Cheer up

Gymnast Shawn Johnson, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, will participate in the 13th Annual Super Bowl Cheerleading Spirit Clinic at the NFL Experience adjacent to Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 24.

The day includes performances by local cheer and dance teams, clinics taught by professional cheerleaders and workshops on football fundamentals led NFL players.

Johnson, 16, is set to appear from noon to 1 p.m.

To register, call (303) 596-1772 or e-mail kjones@10connects.com.

Janet Zink can be reached at jzink@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3401.

No Lingerie Bowl at West Tampa site 01/15/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 19, 2009 3:37pm]
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