Houston Wins Women’s Super Bowl
PASADENA, Texas (AP) _ There weren’t any police escorts to the game. Or multimillion dollar halftime performances. Or even in-depth television coverage.
But the game played on a chilly Texas Saturday night was still called the Super Bowl. The Women’s Super Bowl, that is.
The Houston Energy (8-2) beat the New England Storm 39-7 before 2,000 rowdy fans for the first Women’s Professional Football League Championship.
About 440 women make up the 11-team league and still work full-time as doctors, lawyers, housewives and police officers. They practice twice a week and for $50 a game, trying to create another opportunity for women in professional sports in America.
``I’d play for nothing,″ said Energy running back Stacy Agee, who scored three touchdowns. ``It’s almost enough to just have this chance.″
The chance almost didn’t come. The league ran out of money midway through the season and had to do a hurry-up finish just to complete play. Games normally scheduled as regular-season games were suddenly playoff games, and the Energy played its American Conference championship game in early December.