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Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2003 10:48 pm | Updated: 1:16 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Another update from your official home of Lingerie Bowl 2004 news and information.

Chrysler, which had signed on to be the official sponsor of the Feb. 1 pay-per-view event featuring models playing tackle football in various stages of bedroom dress, has now withdrawn.

After a flood of criticism and even picketing at the home offices in Detroit, the folks who brought you the K-Car and the Neon have suddenly decided this might not be the best place to focus their advertising dollars on Super Bowl Sunday.

Meanwhile, “LB I'' creator Mitch Mortaza was asked by the Los Angeles Times what would happen if one of the models had her “jersey'' torn off in the heat of competition.

“We will have guys on the sideline ready to cover them up,'' he said. “They might not be the fastest guys, and I can’t say they won’t trip before getting there, but I’m sure they’ll do their best.''

That's good enough for me, Mitch.

QUICK HITTERS

The NFL to New Orleans receiver Joe Horn: “Can you hear me now? Good.''

Has anyone called Kevin Millar to tell him the A-Rod-for-Manny Ramirez trade had another setback Friday? Millar, who went on ESPN's “SportsCenter'' last week and said he'd rather have Curt Schilling, A-Rod and Keith Foulke as teammates than Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra, has to be pulling for this deal harder than anyone.

Half the people in Arizona still can't pronounce his first name, but here's to rookie Anquan Boldin, who managed to make the Pro Bowl as a wide receiver without the aid of Sharpie markers, cell phones and pre-prepared interleague memos. Of course, after “The Quan'' spends a week around Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Torry Holt in Hawaii, you never know what we'll see next season.

In a related note, Cincinnati's Chad “I Have a Prepared Statement" Johnson says we can expect two more finable acts of idiocy to end the season before he hangs up his red nose and clown feet. What's next in the NFL? Weigh-ins?

New England and Philadelphia, the two teams Brownie Points long ago anointed as your Super Bowl combatants, each have two players going to the Pro Bowl. Boy, am I glad I never watch that game.

The Titans will have Neil O'Donnell behind center against Buffalo on Sunday, proving some teams have better quarterbacks on retainer than others (who might want Eli Manning real bad) have on the field.

The National Lacrosse League has reached an 11th-hour agreement with the players’ association, meaning the grand opening of Glendale Arena will feature the Arizona Sting and the Vancouver I-Didn't-Have-Time-Nor-The-Interest-In-Looking-Their-Name-Ups.

Not that the arena folks are breathing a sigh of relief. Another day of construction leeway and game preparation for the Dec. 27 Coyotes game with Nashville would have been welcomed by many.

The Celtics, who have very few double-digit numbers left at ground level, retired Cedric “Cornbread'' Maxwell's No. 31 on Monday. Then hours before the ceremony, general manager Danny Ainge pulled a trade with Cleveland for guard Ricky Davis — who also wears 31. Luckily, Davis agreed to wear No. 12 (what, you mean Jerry Sichting didn't get his number retired?) so Maxwell became the 23rd Celtic raised to the rafters. Many Celtics fans would like to add Ainge — not his jersey, the man himself — after gutting the team and sending Antoine Walker, Tony Battie and Eric Williams elsewhere. But Boston will be better in the long run.

Wanna know what kind of week I'm having? After scratching and clawing my way to another Tribune Fantasy Football League regular season title (banner-raising ceremony information pending), my playoff opponent starts Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck against the Cardinals — in Seattle — on Sunday.

Excuse we while I head out to Wal-Mart for blindfolds and cigarettes.

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