Major Fail At Kentucky Derby

Posted on May 6, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This past Saturday was the 145th Kentucky Derby – which means bright fashion, big hats, and ice cold mint juleps could be found everywhere. For the first time ever, the first horse to cross the finish line was not the winner. Seriously. This year’s favorite, Maximum Security, was disqualified, making long shot Country House the winner. We know what you’re wondering – “what could he have possibly done?” Well, horse racing’s version of referees, stewards, ruled that when Maximum Security jumped a puddle, it impeded the progress of War of Will, almost knocking the rider off the horse. And yes, that’s a major no-no in racing. The folks over at the New York Times even put together a helpful graphic to clear up any confusion:

The only good thing to come out this whole disqualification mess? The response from the New Orleans Saints and Vegas Golden Knights. The Saints tweeted out a simple emoji, but the Golden Knights elaborated a bit more for Maximum Security. Sometimes you’re just subject to a rough call, and both of these teams know that better than anyone.

So, after crossing the finish line and thinking that he had won, Luis Saez was undoubtedly upset to hear that Maximum Security had received the DQ. Can you imagine the crushing feeling he must have experienced? We imagine it’s something similar to what one of our players may experience if they run in a game-winning touchdown, unaware that a flag has been thrown early in the play. But when something like that happens, we expect to see our players roll with the punches instead of throwing a fit. We expect them to review film with their team, identify what their issues were out on the field, and move forward.


Premier Lacrosse League Teams Leave Us Wanting More

This summer, the Premier Lacrosse League is launching, finally giving some more face time to the niche sport. Similar to the FCFL, the six teams in the league will not have hometown teams. We’re still waiting for a thank you card for that idea, but that’s beside the point. The league recently unveiled their team names and jersey designs for the upcoming season.

We’re not trying to throw shade here, but we think our fans are destined to come up with better names than Archers, Atlas, Chaos, Chrome, Redwoods, and Whipsnakes. Yes, we said ‘Whipsnakes.’ And sure, while the league did provide some colorful team descriptions for the names (again, we’re waiting for our thank you notes), we were hoping for something with a little more ‘oomph.’ Now do you see why we think our fans will come up with something better? So what are you waiting for fans, get your team names submitted here before submissions close!


Red Sox Ban Fortnite

Posted on May 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Looks like Fortnite strikes again. After the Boston Red Sox started off with a 14-17 record this season, the insanely popular video game is no longer allowed in the Red Sox clubhouse. Who would have thought that trying to complete your daily and weekly challenges would consume so much of your time? Oh wait, just about anyone, including the players themselves. Starting pitcher Nate Eovaldi has even said the game probably won’t be back until the team gets there act together: “Maybe if we were doing a little better maybe we would be doing it, but you can’t be losing and playing Fortnite in the clubhouse. I think everybody, in general, understands that rule. When I came over here last year I was surprised because when I was with the Rays you didn’t do that. When I came over here we’re in first-place, everybody is having a good time and getting the job done. Now we have other things we have to focus on and tend to.”

They aren’t the first team to make this decision – the Toronto Blue Jays and Vancouver Canucks have put bans on the game while others like the Texas Rangers and Green Bay Packers have had to talk to their athletes about playing time limits. We also get the feeling they won’t be the last – we just hope it doesn’t interfere with some of our favorite athletes streaming on Twitch.

We’re sure Fortnite won’t be at the forefront forever, but there’s always going to be some game captivating everyone’s attention. So, should the FCFL follow the lead from some of these teams and limit screen time for our players during the season? Maybe. But ultimately, we need input from you, the fans. You all have a team you’re actively involved in, so why not make this one of the items you discuss with your Virtual Front Office. Don’t want to be in charge of making that call? That’s fine too, we just want to hear from you!


In Other ‘Football’ News

Posted on May 1, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Earlier today, Lionel Messi scored his 600th career goal for FC Barcelona in their 3-0 win over Liverpool. He entered the semifinal match of the Champions League with 598 under his belt, and honestly, when you’re THAT close before a game even starts, there’s no way you’re leaving the pitch without reaching that milestone. We’d be remised if we didn’t mention that Cristiano Ronaldo also just scored his 600th club goal for Juventus over the weekend. Although, Messi accomplished this feat in 683 games while it took Ronaldo 799. We’re not trying to say who’s the better player here but… but it looks like we just did.

Somewhere, there are some super-hyped soccer statisticians shouting about the importance of today’s date: the 600th goal came 14 years to the day after Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona. With the way things happened, we’re shocked that confetti didn’t rain from the sky with #Messi600 stamped on it. What we wouldn’t give for that to have been set up, only for someone to release the confetti one goal early and make a mess of the stadium. What can we say, deep down, we’re trolls 😎.

While we don’t know if any of the FCFL players will be thriving in the league after 14 seasons (that’s a LOT of years for anyone that isn’t a kicker, and we already know there’s no kicking in our league), we do imagine there will be some that set some huge league records. And when they do, we expect their team’s front office (that’s you) to go all out when celebrating those milestones. Sure, we may not be making confetti rain from the sky, although that IS a possibility, we know the fans will be coming up with something epic. We have some time before the ‘first snap’ of the league, but it’s never too early to start brainstorming, fans!


FAN Take: Talk About A Tough Break

Posted on May 1, 2019

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!

This morning it was announced Oakland Raiders veteran RB Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a workout with the team yesterday, making his presence on the field this season essentially non-existent. This injury wipes out most of the Raiders’ backfield depth chart and give Josh Jacobs a huge workload in his rookie season. According to reports, it sounds like they will try to fill the void by bringing back Doug Martin, who filled in for Marshawn Lynch last year. There’s only one thing we know for sure: we’d hate to be their fans this season.

Crowell ran for 685 yards and 6 touchdowns last season for the New York Jets

When it comes to off-season workouts, do you want to see your players grinding constantly? Or do you want to see them wait until they’re in official training camps with the entire team? More importantly, if your players get injured before the season even starts, are you going to be able to put faith in your back-ups? Or in a situation like this, will you put more pressure on receivers instead of relying on back-up running backs? Let us know!


Returning To Your Roots

Posted on April 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

What’s that saying again? ‘Never forget your roots.’ Yeah, that’s the one. That saying rings true more for athletes than anyone else it seems like. Jamaal Charles is the latest star to sign a one-day contract with a team he was once a part of in an effort to retire where it all started. The running back was selected by the Kanas City Chiefs with their third-round pick in 2008 and racked up a 7,620 yards over nine years with the team. The Chiefs let him go in 2017, only for him to end up with both the Denver Broncos and the Jacksonville Jaguars within the following two years.

Do we expect to see a similar trend in the FCFL? Sure. Fans will have the opportunity to trade players to other teams, but that doesn’t mean those players will lose any allegiance to the teams they initially get drafted to. If they decide after a few years to hang up their helmets for good, we think the fans will support them. Not only that, we think the fans will give those players the opportunity to retire with their original team if that’s what they want. Unlike other football leagues out there, the fans and players will have much more direct lines of communication to one another. Relationships are bound to form. So why wouldn’t the fans want to give the players that chance to go out in style, just the way they want to?


Best of the 2019 NFL Draft

Posted on April 29, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the last few days, we lived and breathed the NFL Draft for you, because we know it can be a LOT to take in. So we have you covered fans! Behold, some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) moments of the 2019 NFL Draft!

Fans of the Oakland Raiders were left VERY confused by their team selecting Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell with their first pick.

The Buffalo Bills got draft pick approval from their biggest fan, Pancho Billa.

Reggie Wayne taunts Tennessee Titans fans.

Pete Carroll took off his shirt. Really.

Pat McAfee stole his job (back) from an orangutan.

The Baltimore Ravens made draft history in the sweetest way.

And one more moment that isn’t *technically* from the draft, but still very much draft related: Co-Founder Ray Austin called our bluff, and showed that he can still rock the hell out of the suit he wore to the 1997 NFL Draft. We know when to admit we’re wrong, Ray!

Overall, the draft was a ton of fun to watch, but now we’re just counting down the days until the inaugural FCFL Draft! We’re not going to spoil everything we have planned for you fans, but we want to know what you’re expecting from us. We think you’ll want to be able to immerse yourself in the experience. We’re pretty sure you plan on having a ton of fun while calling the shots. Are there any specifics that we’re missing? Let us know!


Things Got Awkward For Josh Rosen

Posted on April 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night during the NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected Oklahoma Sooners QB Kyler Murray with the first overall pick. A LOT of people thought this would happen, but we can think of one person that was hoping it wouldn’t: Josh Rosen. You know Rosen, the Arizona Cardinals’ current starting quarterback. But soon enough, we’ll probably know him as the former Cardinals’ QB. As of this morning, Rosen had decided to unfollow the Cardinals on his social media accounts, which is always a tell-tale sign that something is about to go on. Like a trade to the Miami Dolphins, for example.

Arizona’s new head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, had nothing but nice things to say about Rosen. He spoke earlier this week to reporters saying, “Yeah, I think Josh has done everything humanly possible to show what type of quarterback he is, what type of competitor he is. I’ve said it all along, I couldn’t be more impressed with his approach. He’s a great player. I mean, he was a top-10 pick for a reason. You see it out there how cerebral he is, how quickly he’s picked up our system.” With a statement like that, it had quite a few people questioning whether or not they would the Cardinals would move forward with picking Murray. Unfortunately for Rosen, it seems like these were just the nice things you say to someone before having them pack their bags.

We know we can be a little on the critical side, but deep down, we have hearts. We think our fans probably do too. So when it comes to letting a player go in favor for someone else, we imagine they would take a similar approach as Kingsbury. We think they will give that player some kind words of encouragement before dropping the hammer on them. We could be completely wrong, and you guys could be insanely savage, but either way, we look forward to seeing how you handle moments like this when you’re running the team!


Your 2019 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Don’t worry fans, we’ve got you covered with all the last-minute NFL Draft information you need. Be sure to follow along on our Twitter account for up to date information throughout the weekend!

When is all the action happening?

Thursday, April 25: Round 1 (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, April 26: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 27: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)

How can you watch?

Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes

What positions does every team need the most, by draft order?

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Defensive line, offensive line, wide receiver
  2. San Francisco 49ers: Defensive back, pass rusher
  3. New York Jets: Pass rusher, cornerback, offensive tackle
  4. Oakland Raiders: Pass rusher, running back, linebacker
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pass rusher, cornerback, linebacker
  6. New York Giants: Quarterback, pass rusher, receiver
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Offensive line, quarterback, receiver
  8. Detroit Lions: Cornerback, pass rusher, tight end
  9. Buffalo Bills: Defensive tackle, pass rusher, offensive line
  10. Denver Broncos: Quarterback, linebacker, defensive tackle
  11. Cincinnati Bengals: Linebacker, offensive tackle, tight end
  12. Green Bay Packers: Offensive tackle, safety, tight end
  13. Miami Dolphins: Quarterback, offensive line, pass rusher
  14. Atlanta Falcons: Defensive tackle, pass rusher, cornerback
  15. Washington Redskins: Receiver, pass rusher, offensive line
  16. Carolina Panthers: Pass rusher, safety, offensive line
  17. New York Giants*: Pass rusher, quarterback, receiver
  18. Minnesota Vikings: Offensive line, defensive tackle, tight end
  19. Tennessee Titans: Offensive line, receiver, tight end
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Receiver, linebacker, defensive back
  21. Seattle Seahawks: Pass rusher, safety, cornerback
  22. Baltimore Ravens: Receiver, linebacker, offensive line
  23. Houston Texans: Offensive tackle, offensive guard, safety
  24. Oakland Raiders^: Pass rusher, running back, linebacker
  25. Philadelphia Eagles: Safety, pass rusher, running back
  26. Indianapolis Colts: Defensive tackle, receiver, defensive back
  27. Oakland Raiders**: Pass rusher, running back, linebacker
  28. Los Angeles Chargers: Offensive tackle, defensive tackle, receiver
  29. Seattle Seahawks^^: Pass rusher, safety, cornerback
  30. Green Bay Packers*^: Offensive tackle, safety, tight end
  31. Los Angeles Rams: Pass rusher, linebacker, cornerback
  32. New England Patriots: Defensive line, tight end, receiver

The below teams don’t have picks until the second-round

Cleveland Browns: Safety, offensive line, defensive line
Chicago Bears: Running back, edge rusher, cornerback
Dallas Cowboys: Defensive line, defensive back, safety
Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback, safety, wide receiver
New Orleans Saints: Offensive line, wide receiver, linebacker

*New York Giants received a second first-round pick through their trade with the Cleveland Browns
^Oakland Raiders received a second first-round pick through their trade with the Chicago Bears
**Oakland Raiders received a third first-round pick through their trade with the Dallas Cowboys
^^Seattle Seahawks received a second first-round pick through their trade with the Kansas City Chiefs
*^Green Bay Packers received a second first-round pick through their trade with the New Orleans Saints


FAN Take: Mocking It Up

Posted on April 24, 2019

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!

Tomorrow night is the start of the 2019 NFL Draft, and all eyes will be on a handful of players, including Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa. Let’s just hope for a better situation for some of these guys than the one Johnny Manziel found himself in a few years ago, where he looked all sad and lonely until the 22nd pick of the first round in 2014. Really, you can only go up from there as far as we’re concerned  – but, really, I mean, Manziel sank MUCH lower than that in actuality.

We know we’ve mentioned this before, but clearly, at the FCFL we’re all big football fans, and love this time of year. We’ve been working on our own mock drafts before Thursday – someone in the office needs to have bragging rights – and we’re looking forward to seeing how everything shakes out on Thursday night. We’re sure that with The Draft Network’s launch of their ‘Mock Draft Machine,’ plenty of people will be comparing their mocks side by side as the 32 teams make their long-awaited picks.

Of course this isn’t our ACTUAL final prediction, you didn’t think we’d give that away so far in advance, did you?

We’ve put together our own mock drafts already, but we want to hear from you! Fill out your mock draft here and share your screenshots. We want to know who you think will be getting the coveted title of the ‘First Pick,’ and really, who will end up being the best pick? We want to know which great decisions (and mistakes) you think teams are going to make. We want to know which teams you think will blatantly disregard what their real needs are in order to get the most high-profile draft prospect. Make sure to post your mock drafts to Twitter and Instagram, tagging us and using #FCFL. Who knows, yours may be featured on our social media depending on how strategic you are with these picks!