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NFL Week Seven Round Up – The Fans Are On Fire!

Posted on October 22, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve gotta give it to you fans – you CRUSHED it this week with your picks! This is easily your best week to date, and without any ties included. With the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers continuing their undefeated streak, and the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals continuing their winless streak, the fans accurately called 10 of 14 games this week, bringing their season record to 62-37-7. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

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

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 8 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 7:

  • Cody Parkey’s back at it, doinking his way through the NFL.
  • We love seeing players give one another a hard time on the field, but this week the Saints took the cake when playing ‘keep away’ with Kyle Fuller and measuring Tarik Cohen.

  • What’s better than watching someone taunt their opponent? Having that same person come back and just dominate throughout the game. We get the feeling Raiders rookie Max Crosby won’t try to come for Aaron Rodgers again.
  • Aaron Donald went full Darth Vader this week and lifted Devonta Freeman off the ground. Just a reminder for anyone thinking of messing with Donald in the future, Freeman is 215 lbs and was held up like a baby. Do. Not. Mess. With. Donald.
  • The San Francisco 49ers showed up to remind us all that 1) they shouldn’t be messed with, 2) they have a good sense of humor, and 3) they love playing football in ALL kinds of weather.


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All the Right Angles

Posted on October 21, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

If we’ve learned anything from Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears, it’s that sky cams belong in football (and probably every sport for that matter). Bears WR Cordarrelle Patterson executed one of the most seamless, beautiful touchdowns we’ve ever seen from a kickoff return. We can only imagine how excited FCFL Co-Founder and former Bears DB Ray Austin was while watching – it’s too bad the NFL doesn’t allow co-streaming for their games like we do 😏. If you think we’re overhyping this play, see for yourself. You don’t need to admit you were wrong, we already know you were.

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how we can optimize the fan experience, but haven’t spent much time talking about how the fans will be viewing the game – what about the angles that they view the game from? Do the fans want sideline cameras? Sky cams? A view from above? Why not both? We want to give the fans more than one view from the production studio. Offering multiple views of what’s happening on the field won’t just make the game more entertaining to watch, which it will, but will help with their play-calling abilities. Think about it this way, with every possible view of the game imaginable, fans will be able to dial in on which players perform the best in certain formations and apply that knowledge towards the next plays they call.

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FAN Take: Poppin’ Bottles

Posted on October 17, 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 night, the Washington Nationals punched their ticket to the World Series, a first for the franchise. The team swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS with a score of 7-4 in Game 4 of the series. The team has already shown their fun personality, between walking up to the Baby Shark song and having epic dance parties in the dugout, so of course they had to celebrate in style. From crashing interviews with lightsabers to spraying beer and champagne, these guys had a GOOD time. If this is how they celebrate making it to the World Series, can you imagine what would happen if they won the whole thing?!

If it’s your team making history – whether they are making it to the inaugural FCFL Championship Game, or even winning it all – how do you want to see your players celebrate? We’re used to seeing locker rooms lined with plastic sheets and a combination of ski goggles and champagne bottles waiting in front of every locker, which sounds like a blast, but we want to see something a little different. What about you, fans? Do you want to see your team kick it up a notch? Do you want to see the guys running around the field with fireworks? Not the kind that will blow your hand off, but maybe something like the sparklers you see at bottle service. Okay, maybe that still isn’t the safest option, but we’re open to suggestions! Better yet, should we open this up as a fan vote? You could end up having your team run around the field in those fun, inflatable T-Rex costumes if that’s what you all decide on. We want to have all you fans out there with them, celebrating like you never have before. So how would you do it?!

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NFL Week Six Round Up – The Fans Are Split

Posted on October 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Good news for fans of the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots – your teams are still undefeated! Bad news for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins – your teams are still winless. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you. The fans seemed to have a tough time making hard decisions on some of these match-ups. The votes were split on three separate games, so they ended up with 6-5-3 with their picks, bringing their season record to 52-33-7. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
  • Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – fans were split on this match-up!
  • Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins – another tie for the fans
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – one more tie this week
  • San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 7 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 6:

  • Eli Manning might be benched, but that doesn’t mean he won’t continue to give the internet nothing but amazing opportunities to poke fun at him.


  • Move over, *NSYNC. The Seahawks not only defeated the Browns, but they proved they’re better dancers than all of you.
  • Russell Wilson led his team to a TD without the aid of his helmet communication system. It’s *almost* like he’s earning his paycheck out there!
  • The Detroit Lions showed up at Lambeau to remind you why their season isn’t dead with a perfectly executed Flea Flicker for their first play of the game!
  • There were a LOT of things going wrong in the Lions-Packers game last night, but the only thing worse than the officiating had to be Rodgers’ receiving core.
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Shaking Up the Final Four in Week Six

Posted on October 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last month, we shared the only 2019 NFL season simulation that ESPN chose to publish, which predicted the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers facing off in Super Bowl LIV. Considering the Chargers lost yesterday to the Pittsburgh Steelers and a few weeks ago to the Detroit Lions, and that the Saints are still without Drew Brees, we don’t think the simulation is all that accurate. And if we ask USA Today, they’ll agree. This morning, Steven Ruiz predicted the four ‘real contenders’ that could win the Super Bowl: New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Saints, or the San Francisco 49ers. With two of those teams remaining undefeated ahead of the start of Week 7, we can see why Ruiz included them. Three of the four teams actually made it to ESPN’s divisional weekend of playoffs with the Los Angeles Rams over the Green Bay Packers, Saints over the San Francisco 49ers, Chargers over the Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans over New England Patriots. This led into Saints over Rams and Chargers over Texans in the conference championships. But, if we re-work the divisional results, we’re closer to what USA Today is predicting.

So where do the fans stand on this? As you know, we ran a poll on Twitter last month, asking fans to choose their favorites from each division until we had two teams left. The fans ultimately picked the Chiefs over the Rams for Super Bowl LIV – but we get the feeling they may no longer feel that way. Sure, the Rams started this season off strong, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and 49ers – after almost losing to the Cleveland Browns. While we think the fans can understand when a team goes through a losing spell, we don’t think the Rams will be one of the final four teams. Let us know which of the ‘real contenders’ will end up Super Bowl champions.

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Let the Mid-Season Firings Begin!

Posted on October 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

As just about every football fan knows, Jay Gruden was fired by the Washington Redskins last week. In his five years with the team, they went 35-50-1, so you could say his record was less than ideal. It seemed pretty clear he knew he would be relieved of duties any day after going 0-5, but we don’t think anyone expected him to be called to training facilities at 5am Monday morning to be let go. At least let the guy sleep in a bit before handing him his pink slip.

So who’s next on the chopping block? Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn’s name is the first one that comes to mind. Following their embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI (who blows a 28-3 lead?!), the team almost made it to another NFC Championship in 2017, but ultimately lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. As for last season? Talk about a mess. They went 7-9 and no matter what they did, they just couldn’t get it together. But this year, Quinn took over defensive play-calling duties and reworked the offensive line with some fresh blood, so they should have a good season this year. Except, they aren’t. They’re currently ranked 30th on third down conversions and 31st in points per game. Thinks aren’t looking good, Quinn. He’s not the only one on the chopping block, though. Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins) and Zac Taylor (Cincinnati Bengals) may be in the first season as head coach for their respective teams, but they are also leading their teams to winless seasons, just like Jay Gruden. And there’s the Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, who have talent this year and are actually 2nd in the AFC North, and have had 7 coaches in the last 10 years. Maybe they just REALLY like hunting for new coaching candidates?

Firing coaches is never a fun thing for teams to do. Sure, as fans, you typically get to find a little too much enjoyment out of seeing someone get kicked to the curb, but that’s going to be different in the Fan Controlled Football League. In the FCFL, when your team fires a coach, it’s up to YOU to find a new one. You’re the ones running the team, remember? It’s because of that, that we think the fans will be a little more hesitant to get rid of their offensive and/or defensive coordinators. We’re sure one team in the league will get a little trigger happy with all that power and make a major decision like that, but for the most part, we think the fans will ride the season out and focus on finding a new coach prior to the start of season two.

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FAN Take: Work On Your Rage

Posted on October 9, 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. Is. Everything. The Philadelphia Flyers made a major upgrade at the Wells Fargo Center for disgruntled fans: the Disassembly Room. In the room, fans work out their rage on dishes, guitars, and even televisions – all for a fee. We’ve seen rage rooms popping up over the last few years, and we can’t think of a better place to have one than IN your team’s stadium. Especially if it’s been more than a few years since your team has made it past the first round of playoffs. We can think of a few teams that may want to look at making a similar addition – we’re looking at you, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers.

We understand disgruntled fans – we ARE disgruntled fans. How else do you think the Fan Controlled Football League came to fruition? But we think having a rage room on hand at games could have helped some people from making serious mistakes. Fans, do you think there’s benefit to using one of these rooms? Do you want to see something similar put in place at the home of FCFL games? Or, if you’re not local, would you like to see recommendations for a rage room near you? Let us know!

Power To The Fans!

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Why Would You Run That?

Posted on October 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well Kansas City, there goes your undefeated season. On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts put a stop to the Chiefs winning streak. QB Patrick Mahomes saw his stats falling, with only 1 TD, 4 sacks, and 33 lost yards. The reigning NFL MVP was without his two best wide receivers, had the second highest rushing yards for the Chiefs, and spent most of the game playing hero ball when he dropped back to pass. Even without his wide receivers, he still had Byron Pringle, Mecole Hardman and of course, Travis Kelce. It would stand to reason that whenever the Chiefs had possession, it would be in their best interest to pass. But alas, coach Andy Reid had different plans. With the team down by 6 points late in the fourth quarter, Reid instead called for a run, which the Colts easily stuffed to force a turnover. The Chiefs were *so close* yet so far. Better luck next time.

Normally, we would agree with a solid running play when the game is on the line, but in this particular scenario, we would trust Mahomes’ skills to execute a beautiful pass. Normally this is where we’d ask if the fans would make the same call as Reid, but frankly, we’re confident they would go with a passing play as well. And if it were their FCFL team in this situation, we know the fans would play to their team’s strengths, especially in the final moments of a game!

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NFL Week Five Round Up – And Then There Were Two

Posted on October 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Going in to NFL Week 5, there were three teams that remained undefeated, but then the Indianapolis Colts showed up to do WORK. The Kansas City Chiefs tried to bring home the win, but clearly they could have tried harder. Now, only the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots remain undefeated. One of these comes as a huge shock to us, the other doesn’t, considering they have the easiest schedule in the league. Just like last week, fans went 8-6-1 with their picks, bringing their season record to 46-28-4. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Carolina Panthers
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders
  • Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers – the fans were split on this match-up, so we have another tie!

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 6 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 5:

  • Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey scored an absolutely INSANE in Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The only way it could have been better is if it were called in Spanish. Oh, it was? Perfect!
  • Oh, Baker. The Browns QB snubbed the San Francisco 49ers Team Captains during the pre-game coin toss, so Joey Bosa decided to get a little payback by ‘planting the flag’ in Santa Clara.
  • Sadly, Mason Rudolph sustained a concussion during the Steelers-Ravens game on Sunday. To make matters worse, the cart taking him off the field broke down and he ultimately had to be carried away. We get the feeling EVERY cart at EVERY stadium will be fully charged before Week 6 action kicks off.

  • Travis Kelce is all of us, getting fired up at coaches when you’re losing a game you SHOULD be winning.
  • And last, but certainly not least, the camera crew caught Jerry “Crypt Keeper” Jones channeling every Cowboys fan by getting frustrated with Dak Prescott.
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From ‘Worst’ to ‘Best’

Posted on October 7, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While we’ve been giving Miami a hard time for being the next Cleveland Browns as they continue on their way towards a winless season, it looks like we should have been looking closer to home. The Cincinnati Bengals, ‘led’ by Andy Dalton (we use that term VERY loosely), were handed their fifth loss of the season by the Arizona Cardinals. Sure, he showed up for the second half of the game, but where has THAT Andy been all season? Honestly, we figured if the Bengals were going to beat ANY team, it would be Arizona. But alas, rookie QB Kyler Murray was able to lead his team downfield and into field goal range as time expired, resulting in a 26-23 win for the Cardinals. We won’t get in to how much we hate field goals being the deciding factor in a game, but we think you get the gist.

So what now for the Bengals? There are rumors that they are adopting the ‘from worst to best’ strategy, have come to terms with the fact that this season is over, and that they are banking on a rebuilding strategy. We’ve seen the same thing with the Dolphins, who have been getting rid of their best players in an effort to get as many future draft picks as possible. The Bengals certainly have some real talent on their roster they could ‘sell off’ for extra draft picks for years to come – we’re looking at you, AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross III. Those potential additional draft picks, coupled with a good draft position from a winless season, could help Cincinnati rebuild into a spectacular team.

While a draft order has not been determined for the second season of the Fan Controlled Football League, let’s assume the model will be similar to the NFL with the order being based on each team’s win-loss record in the previous season. That being said, if your team is a few games in to the season and clearly isn’t going to get their act together, would you purposely tank the rest of the season in an effort to get a better draft position for the next year? We think a few radical fans might call for that approach, but for the most part, we think fans will do their best to salvage their season. We think the fans will try to bring in players from the reserves, get rid of their existing offensive and/or defensive coordinators, or a combination of the two.