It seems that ESPN has put the kibosh on a promotion between its local sports-talk station, 950 ESPN, and GirlsofPhilly.com. The Web site of local lovelies and the radio station had teamed up on Battle of the Babes, a March Madness bracket-style competition of 64 models from the soft-core site.
950 ESPN's Mike Missanelli promoted the show on his increasingly popular afternoon show and some tasteful photos of the models were posted on the station's website, but after one round of voting, the plug was pulled.
Sources tell us that ESPN corporate intervened and was uncomfortable partnering with a Web site full of topless models, a regular advertiser on 950 AM. We reached GirlsofPhilly.com founder Kurt Laufer yesterday, who said, "People are such frickin' prudes. I'm pissed that I wasted two days of my life organizing this promotion. I'm sure their webmaster is upset, too, as he must have dedicated major time to setting up all the brackets."
The radio station did not return a request for comment.
Included here are photos of Jessica, our biggest fan Brianna Frost, Sparkles, and Shannon from the site. They are the four No. 1 seeds selected by Girls of Philly who were favored to win Battle of the Babes.
Elsewhere on Girls of Philly, is a new layout of Havertown's Jen Toof, aka Toastee, from VH1's "Flavor of Love 2" and "I Love Money." Our condolences to Toof, who is grieving the loss of her former boyfriend and longtime best friend, Joe Verzella.
* Speaking of scantily clad women (which we rarely do on this site) Your Humble Narrator will be a judge Sunday night at Cheerleaders (Front & Oregon) for an amateur pole-dancing contest. Spock Buckton of PopPorn.com is another judge for the bikini battle, which starts at 9. Winner takes $500. Cover is $5 for women and $10 for men.