Football, With a Woman's Touch

Wednesday, June 28th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

DENVER (AP) — Women's professional basketball was followed quickly by women's boxing. Next up is women's football.

The Women's Professional Football League features 15 teams and is scheduled to open its season Oct. 14. A 10-game schedule is to be followed by playoffs and a championship game Feb. 3, 2001.

One of the teams is the Colorado Valkyries, a club still without a stadium, coach or starting date for training camp.

``A Valkyrie is one of 12 Nordic war goddesses,'' said Mike Monetti, one of the team's owners and its acting general manager. ``She would take the fallen soldiers off the battlefield on their shields and take them to the heavens.''

The Valkyries will play in the central division of the American Football Conference with the Chicago Blaze, Minnesota Vixens and the Milwaukee Minx.

Other teams in the league are the Atlanta Amazons, Austin Rose, Dallas Wildcatz, Daytona Beach Barracudas, Houston Energy, Miami Fury, Nashville Dream, New England Storm, New York Sharks, Rochester Galaxy and Tampa Tempest.

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