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Getting Down and Dirty

Posted on September 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Following what can only be described as one of the dirtiest hits we’ve seen in recent years, Oakland Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict was suspended by the NFL for the remainder of the season. In a game against the Indianapolis Colts, Burfict lowered his head and initiated a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts TE Jack Doyle. While Burfitct certainly isn’t the only dirty player the league has ever seen (Ndamukong Suh, Richie Incognito, James Harrison, really, this list could go on and on), he seems to blatantly disregard rules the league has put in place to protect the players. And because of that, for the first time in awhile, we see fans supporting the NFL for their decisions – a usual rarity, especially with Roger Goodell serving as Commissioner. We’re sure the decision will be appealed, but if we could give Burfict any advice, it would be that he shouldn’t hold his breath.

In the Fan Controlled Football League, we aim to provide the fans with an entertaining experience, and we believe that can be achieved while also keeping players safe. We’re still building out our league rule book, but how do the fans want to handle blatant, aggressive hits like the one Burfict’s reputation has been built off of? Should a hit like the one we saw in last night’s game result in an immediate season suspension? We think a bulk of the fans would say yes. Others may call for a warning system, maybe something along the line of ‘three strikes, you’re out.’ Regardless of what you think is the appropriate action, let us know! We want to make sure your voices are heard and our players are safe!

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Why Cannons Don’t Belong At Football Games

Posted on September 27, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While it’s generally hard to surprise us at the Fan Controlled Football League, here we are, having to actively explain why cannons and football games don’t mix. So let’s start with this: we love almost all traditions – whether it’s a certain song playing when your team scores a touchdown or having players leap into the stands to celebrate with the fans – we really eat that stuff up. So what about the ones we don’t love? Well, while this might come as a total shock to some of you, bringing weapons to football games is generally not a good idea. Even if it’s something that hasn’t been used since World War 1. Sadly, Maine Maritime Academy just learned this lesson over the weekend when an official was shot in the head by a cannon during their Homecoming game. Yes. A cannon. A Maine Maritime alumnus brought his own cannon to the game, keeping the tradition of firing a blast for every touchdown. He loaded it with “black powder and a substance that he had made into a wad,” not an actual cannonball, and the ‘wad’ is what struck the official.

As you can see in the bottom right of the video, the blast hit an unsuspecting referee. Don’t get us wrong, we hope this guy has a speedy recovery, but the fact that the school had to state that it would no longer allow any alumni to bring cannons to games seems like something that should have been made a rule years ago. Welcome to 2019, Maine Maritime Academy. With that said, please do not try to smuggle any cannons into the production studio should you attend an FCFL game in Las Vegas. We have yet to make any decision on crossbows and flails, though.*

*We are completely kidding. Do not bring ANY weapons to FCFL games.

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The Magic of Minshew

Posted on September 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve made it three weeks into the football season without taking time to talk about the most entertaining player in the NFL – Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew. You may have heard about the way he does his warm-up stretches in only his jock strap, how he tried to break his own hand for a medical red-shirt, or how he’s giving hope to football fans in Florida that one of the state’s three teams still stand a shot (sorry, Miami and Tampa Bay). We learned a lot more about Nick Foles’ replacement and the Washington State alum through an interview SB Nation did with Minshew’s father, including how his competitiveness almost resulted in his teammates’ fathers being beaten up.

If we asked the fans whether or not they want QBs like Gardner Minshew in the FCFL, we think we’d get a resounding “Hell Yes!” We can’t blame them – we think Minshew is just the breath of fresh air a brand new football league needs. Before the first-ever, fan-run draft, we’ll be conducting Q&A sessions with all your draft options, but if there are any specific questions you want to ask these athletes, let us know. Especially if you want to know whether or not they can cut their own jorts or grow a mean mustache.

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FAN Take: A New Level of Teasing the Competition

Posted on September 25, 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!

The Dallas Cowboys seem to have the same view of the Miami Dolphins this season as the rest of us – their season is just one big dumpster fire. Why do we think that? NFL Films picked up Cowboys QB Dak Prescott in the huddle, talking about the return of Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets instead of the game they were quite literally in the middle of playing. We can’t completely blame him – we were pretty excited when the menu item returned last month. But was he really just that excited about chicken nuggets? Or was he actively teasing the competition by paying them no attention? We’re going to go with the latter.

Will the Cowboys’ opponents choose to reference this in any upcoming games? Like maybe renaming one of their plays ‘Spicy Nugget?’ We don’t see the New Orleans Saints trying anything that brazen considering they’re without Drew Brees, but maybe the Green Bay Packers will. Is this our way of saying we want that to happen? Absolutely. Bring on the shade! One of the things fans will be allowed to do in the FCFL is submit plays to be added to their team’s playbook. This opens up the opportunity for fans to get creative with names for their plays, and we can (hand clap emoji) not (hand clap emoji) wait (hand clap emoji) to see what you come up with! Will you use this as a chance to throw digs at the opposing teams? Maybe some of the opposing players in particular? Or do you want to stick with more traditional names for plays?

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Don’t Mess with This Cowboy

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When will people learn not to mess with Troy Aikman. Aikman, who most people will recognize from the broadcast booth alongside Joe Buck, is a Hall of Fame QB with THREE Super Bowl rings (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX), among many other accolades. Recently, we saw him rip in to Doug Gottlieb for a tasteless and irritating take on Andrew Luck’s decision to retire, which is one of our favorite Aikman moments of all time. Now, he’s got his sights set on The Athletic over a comparison made between him and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Someone on their social media team made the grave mistake of tweeting out that Mahomes had “thrown 36% of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games.” And as you may have guessed, Troy was READY to respond:

We’re just glad we have yet to find ourselves on the receiving end of a fired-up Aikman tweet. All of this has helped us put something in perspective, though. We want the Fan Controlled Football League to be entertaining to fans in every possible way – from the voting process, to the inaugural fan-run draft, to the games themselves. And you better believe we’ll make sure we have some solid individuals join our broadcasts to elevate the level of production of each game. Will we see as much drama with our announcers as we do with Aikman? Only time will tell. But more importantly fans, tell us whose side you’re on in this Aikman vs. The Athletic battle! In the meantime, we’ll sit on the sidelines and see how Mahomes’ career stacks up against Aikman’s before his inevitable retirement.

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NFL Week Three Round Up – Fans Favor Home

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This week, it became clear that the fans like to favor the home team, and they probably shouldn’t based on how everything shook out during NFL Week 3. This week the fans went 9-7, bringing their season record to 30-16-2. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • New York Jets vs. New England Patriots
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Oakland Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals
  • New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • Houston Texans vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Los Angeles Rams vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins

Fans – we hope you do a little more research before making your picks for NFL Week 4 tomorrow on Twitter! We don’t know how much the below clips will help you with making your picks, but at the very least you’ll be entertained! Here are a few highlights from the Week 3 action:

  • Football, on occasion, helps people show their worst sides. It’s just one of those facts of life that even the Dean of Admissions and Penn can’t deny. Shout out to the camera crew who caught Eric J. Furda getting a little expressive during the Eagles-Lions game.
  • That moment when Patrick Mahomes remembered he’s still under his rookie contract and probably shouldn’t risk an injury.
  • The Washington Redskins know all about finding creative solutions to problems – just not on the field. That area is still a total mess for them.
  • Khalil Mack continues to show us why 1) he is worth every penny, 2) we should be afraid of going against him in a fight and 3) to have a good medical team on standby after playing the Bears.
  • Yesterday we shared our favorite instance of shade being thrown at a football player when a Philadelphia local not only saved children from a burning building, but called out Nelson Agholor’s poor performance in his news interview. Algholor, who is currently 18 of 28 this season on receptions, has since invited the local hero to a game.
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Kicking And Screaming

Posted on September 23, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We all have those days where we lose our temper, sometimes to an embarrassing degree. Yesterday was one of those days for Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. Let us set the scene for you: there are 21 seconds left in the game, the Bengals are trailing the Buffalo Bills by 4 points, and Andy Dalton is picked off by Tre’Davious White. White went to the ground untouched, and pretty clearly gave himself up when he made no effort to advance the ball. Then he got up to run to the endzone to celebrate – and not until after the officials whistled the play dead. But let us tell you, Taylor had clearly forgotten about that little “giving up” rule, because he clearly thought a safety was in order and absolutely LOST IT on the sideline. We’re talking a “rewind, slow it down, and re-watch it in all its glory” level of losing it. You’d think this was the first time Taylor had ever coached from the sidelines after that performance. Even if the ball hadn’t been blown dead, a safety wouldn’t have done much for the Bengals. Sure, the score would have been closer, but with 21 seconds left in the game and Dalton performing the way he has been, it would have been tough for the Bengals to pull off a win.

We can’t fully blame Taylor though. It’s no secret that the officiating hasn’t been the greatest this year (or any year), and we’d be frustrated too if we were about to become 0-3 after losing to the Buffalo Bills, of all teams. But are our fans as understanding? We think so. After all, they did pick the Bills to win this week. But we do think they will have learned from this truly amazing clip and expect their FCFL team coordinators to know the league rules as well as they do.

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Saints Finally Get Their One Minute of Fame

Posted on September 20, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

No, not THOSE Saints. The St. Paul Saints, a baseball team in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball won their first championship in 15 years after Chesny Young hit a grand slam against the Sioux City Explorers this past weekend – a cause for an over-the-top celebration. Sean Aronson, the team’s VP and Director of Media Relations, was quick to make an announcement on social media that the team would be holding a parade in honor of their big win, complete with a map of the route.

The parade, set to begin at 11:30 am, was also expected to end ‘around 11:31 am.’ Due to the large turnout, the festivities actually ran way over on time – to a total of 3 minutes. For those unable to make it to the event, local news station, KSTP, kept their coverage to an ‘efficient 49 seconds.’ Really, anything over that would have just been wasteful.

This entire story is equal part wholesome, hilarious, and impressive. We love to see a community rally around the underdog, giving a hard-working team the same amount of attention that the people of New Orleans would show those other Saints. Will the fans show the same kind of love for the team that is crowned champions in the inaugural season of the FCFL? Not only do we think they will, be we expect them to! This is a team the fans are building from the ground up!

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Hard Knocks: CFB Edition

Posted on September 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s finally happening! College football is getting the Hard Knocks treatment from HBO. The network announced it will be following four college football teams on a limited series called 24/7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL. We think the all-caps style is a little much, but you do you, HBO. The show, set to debut October 2, will follow Florida, Penn State, Arizona State and Washington State, and run for four episodes. What can fans expect from the limited series?

For many years, we have been enamored with the storylines and unrivaled traditions of college football, and we’re excited for the opportunity to expand the 24/7 franchise into the realm of college sports. Viewers will feel the tremendous electricity of some of the best atmospheres in the country, and see the meticulous preparation and challenges facing these programs in the build-up to gameday and during the game action. We are excited for the challenge of delivering a four-part series of four different college programs over a four-week period with the production values and storytelling associated with our 24/7 franchise.

Rick Bernstein, executive producer

We live in a time where reality tv makes up a majority of the programming we see on network television, so it was about time a show came out that focused on college football. We previously asked the fans how they felt about getting to see the same kind of behind-the-scenes footage with the FCFL teams, and now we’re more convinced than ever this needs to happen. Would you tune in? Let us know!

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FAN Take: From Calling Plays to Calling Dates

Posted on September 18, 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!

Last summer, we talked about the popular dating app Tinder joining forces with both New York City FC and Manchester FC to create an exciting experience for Tinder users and soccer fans. Well, Tinder is back at it again. This time around, they are airing a choose-your-own-adventure style series within the app, centered around the question, “who would you spend your last night alive with?” Users will be able to swipe right or left to advance the plot of the six-episode series, and Tinder plans to use an algorithm based on how users interact with the series to help them find potential love matches in the app.

We already dove into the idea of the fans choosing their own adventure with the FCFL Team Personality Analyzer, which allows our fans to select the FCFL team they want to root for based on a series of 15 questions. But what if we had something similar set up that would help fans find their future favorite players based on their personality preferences? Not only would it help fans identify who they want drafted to their teams, but it could also help fans decide which player jersey will be their first purchase. If this is something the fans want to see, let us know!