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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Football Programming for Anthony Davis News

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Monday morning, anyone with ESPN alerts set woke up to the news that Anthony Davis told the New Orleans Pelicans he was not interested in extending his contract with the team. Say what?

The All-NBA forward has been a beacon of hope for New Orleans, so to state that he wants a trade to another team instead of signing a five-year, $240 million deal, is quite a shock for their fans. Per his agent Rich Paul, “Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” Ouch, we imagine the people of New Orleans are taking that particular phrasing a little harder ahead of Super Bowl LIII.

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Cue the onslaught of Los Angeles Lakers-Anthony Davis memes. Or more specifically, LeBron James memes – shout out to Bleacher Report for this little creation. Lakers fans are clamoring for a trade that sends Lonzo Ball away and brings in Davis, finally giving them their first real shot at an NBA Championship since signing James. The possibility isn’t far off considering Paul also represents James.

So, what would our fans do if it were their player looking for a trade? Would they be quick to say, “see ya later,” or would they try to convince him to stay? We’re guessing they’ll fall somewhere in the middle. Our fans will be drafting the players that make their team – hand-picking them – so they will likely feel a sting of betrayal. But, we don’t think it will last long. After shaking off the initial insult of wanting to be traded, we know our fans will be hard at work, pin-pointing the best option for a trade. They would ensure that if their soon-to-be former player wants to leave, that they will only let it happen if it means getting the best player possible in the trade. We hope our fans brush up on their strategizing before season kicks off!

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FAN Take: NFL “Bleaux” It

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Typically, we try not to put too much attention on any one NFL team, but after this week’s NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, we think this week’s FAN Take needs to revisit the Saints. More specifically, their disgruntled fans. Full disclosure: I’m a disgruntled New Orleans Saints fan. BUT, that being said, this class action lawsuit being brought against the NFL on behalf of season ticket holders seems a little over the top.

For anyone that has been living under a rock, NFL officials failed to make a critical – and blatant – pass interference call in the last quarter of the game. And the fans were pretty fired up. Sure, the NFL confirmed that the call should have been made, but that seemed to only make the fans angrier. Reactions varied from “I’m going to write a strongly-worded letter” to “bro, what was that.” Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards, issued a formal complaint to the NFL. New Orleans’ “Golden Boy,” Harry Connick Jr., shared a letter to Roger Goodell to social media that he would not be watching the Super Bowl. Even Normani (formerly of Fifth Harmony) tweeted that she was “pissed.”

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Now, what would OUR fans do if they were the ones left heartbroken after such an important game? We absolutely think that they would be upset and take to social media to air their grievances. Will they still feel the sting after a few days? Sure. Will they avoid coworkers in the hallway that want to gloat? Most likely. Will a few of them send in some angry emails to the league office? We’re counting on it. Would any of them follow Matt Bowers’ lead and put up billboards? No, but you have to admit, that is kinda funny. However, we don’t think that the fans would resort to anything as drastic as a lawsuit. If it were a playoff situation, would the fans just rally support behind whichever team is facing the team they lost to? If it’s the championship game, will they sulk for a little while before diving into virtual scouting opportunities to get pumped for the next season? We want to know fans, would you take it to the extreme or keep it copasetic?

Power To The Fans!

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Super Bowl LIII: Los Angeles Rams v. New England Patriots

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re going to go ahead and just get this out of the way: this NFL season has had not only a lot of bad calls made, but even more calls not made. Every team has been the victim of terrible officiating this year, and nobody is feeling that more than the players and fans of the New Orleans Saints right now.

Following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman on the Saints’ Tommylee Lewis, fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were expecting two flags, including one for blatant pass-interference. Robey-Coleman said himself that he was expecting the flag, but was happy to get away with it.  As of this morning, it’s being reported that “NFL leaders and the league’s rulemaking competition committee” plan to consider making pass interference calls subject to challenges and replay review, per the Washington Post. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick has been saying all along that coaches should be able to challenge any call. Yes, the same Bill Belichick that is heading to ANOTHER Super Bowl.

That’s right fans, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are headed to Atlanta to face off against the Los Angeles Rams after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31. To pile on to the uproar over officiating in yesterday’s conference championships, the Chiefs might have been robbed of a touchdown. After coming back from a first-half deficit against the Patriots, the Chiefs appeared to have scored a touchdown after Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, appeared to have touched a punt that Kansas City then picked up and took into the end zone. We have to say appeared here, because the referees overturned the original call of a touchdown, saying the ball never touched Edelman. The Chiefs were quick to intercept a pass by Brady and score a touchdown anyway, but the sting is still there.

The biggest surprise of yesterday’s conference championship games? Tony Romo had a career game as a broadcaster, not a quarterback. If there’s anything we learned after yesterday’s game, it’s that Romo is a foreseer, someone who can literally see the future. We cannot wait to see him back in the booth announcing alongside Jim Nantz for Super Bowl LII. We now have a legitimate West Coast vs. East Coast Super Bowl in two weeks’ time. Perhaps a chance for Los Angeles redemption after the Dodgers fell to the Boston Red Sox just a few short months ago. But, the real question is, who will the fans be pulling for? Other than Tony Romo, of course. Are you going all in on Tom Brady getting a sixth ring? Or do you want to see the Rams win their first Super Bowl in twenty years (technically, the last one was during their St. Louis stay)?

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Listen Up Fans! It’s Time to Start Virtual Scouting!

That’s right, we’ll be taking our first snap this June! But, before we get to that, we need your help, fans, in building your teams! For our inaugural “pre-season,” you’ll have opportunities to get involved in player scouting in preparation for our first-ever fan-run draft in May. And, very soon, you’ll be able to select which of our eight teams you’d like to make your own, and then work with your fellow fans to create your team brand, from the name to the logo, to even an “official team cheer!”

Step one: We’d like you to begin virtually scouting for us! Some top-flight potential players will be playing over the next couple of weekends in the following games:  

East-West Shrine Game which is scheduled to be broadcast January 19 (2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT) on NFL Network

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl which is scheduled to be broadcast January 19 (5 pm ET / 2 pm PT) on FOX Sports One (FS1)

Reese’s Senior Bowl which is scheduled to be broadcast January 26 (2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT) on NFL Network

If you are ready to start scouting virtually, all you’ll need to do is pre-register for our Virtual Front Office,* and we’ll send you a scouting form to complete, along with directions on how to scout offensive and defensive players, which you can use for either or both games. All fans who submit completed scouting forms (which report on at least one offensive player and one defensive player) will receive their first month free of the basic Virtual Front Office (VFO) subscription AND be eligible to win ONE randomly selected FREE premium membership to the VFO for the 2019 Season! Just sign up here to Scout the Seniors, and select “I’m Scouting Virtually” from the drop down menu to receive your materials.

If you’d like to step it up to the next level and scout potential FCFL players in person, all our fans are invited to attend any of our remaining upcoming Scouting Combines. All you need to do is register here  and let us know which one you’re interested in. Space varies at each facility, so sign up ASAP to reserve your spot!

February 9 – Silverback Indoor Facility, Atlanta, GA

February 23 – D1 Sports Performance, Dallas, TX

March 16 – D1 Sports Performance, Columbus, OH

April 6 – Longevity, Las Vegas, NV

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get things teed up, but now it’s on you, fans, to get it done. We are excited for how great we know you are going to be. We’ll get your beloved weekly newsletter back up and running from our holiday hiatus soon, but in the meantime, keep checking these periodic updates to keep up to date on all that is the FCFL!

#PowerToThe Fans

*The Virtual Front Office (VFO) is a multi-tiered subscription service that offers access to exclusive content, behind the scenes access, and additional voting and decision-making opportunities. More details on the tiers available and related benefits will be coming soon!

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Clemson Rolls Over Alabama

By Annalece Montgomery

Well, that’s certainly not the College Football Championship game we were all expecting, was it? Last night, Clemson steam-ROLLed all over Alabama (see what we did there?) thanks to Trevor “Five Star Recruit” Lawrence, a true freshman, and an amazing right-handed catch from Justyn Ross – another freshman. The Crimson Tide (14-1) thought they were about to secure their sixth national championship in under 10 years with Coach Nick Saban, but boy, were they wrong. After leading his team to a 44-16 win and finishing with 347 yards, three touchdowns, and zero turnovers, Lawrence was named most outstanding offensive player. Shocker, we know.

Believe it or not – especially after last night’s performance – but Trevor Lawrence still has another two years before he can enter the NFL draft. We understand that talent like this only comes around once in a generation, but let’s say you’re looking at Lawrence, or at least someone like him. Do you want him to declare his intentions with a football league as soon as he’s eligible? Or do you want him to play as much as he can in college before signing up for an FCFL combine (maybe even exhaust his eligibility a la Peyton Manning?)? And do you think the FCFL should be open to “one and done” athlete eligibility – a la NCAA hoops – so that the fans could have a shot at drafting Lawrence this spring? We think while our fans are eager to have the best players possible on their team, they have also seen what happens when an athlete goes pro too soon. Sometimes they’re amazing, but a lot of the time they go later than they would have liked and are sour over it or they don’t get picked up by a team until after the draft. That being said, we think the fans would prefer their favorite college athletes to get everything they can out of their college playing experience before putting their fate in the hands of the fans.