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FAN Take: Turkey Time

Posted on November 27, 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!

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, we find ourselves looking forward to spending time with our loved ones, eating our bodyweight in turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, and of course, watching football. It has become a time-honored tradition to keep your tv on all day to have a constant source of football playing in the background, culminating with one team posted up in the middle of the field, enjoying a Thanksgiving feast. Hey, it’s the least the league can do if they’re making these players miss time with their loved ones.

Last year’s Thanksgiving Dinner Winners, the New Orleans Saints

As many of you know from our feature in the Washington Post, our first season is set for Summer 2020. With that time frame, would the fans be interested in seeing something similar to what the NFL does on Thanksgiving, but on the Fourth of July? Instead of turkey, do you want to see teams battle it out for the right to enjoy some grilled burgers and hotdogs mid-field? Do you want to see them celebrate with those firecracker popsicles (and then be forced to read the awful dad jokes printed on the popsicle sticks)? Or would you rather see games held on a different day that week to give the players an opportunity to celebrate Independence Day with their loved ones and a boatload of fireworks?

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NFL Week 12 Round Up – Not Half Bad

Posted on November 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, this week didn’t go as well for the fans as last week, but then again, nobody would have expected for the Washington Redskins to pull out a win over the Detroit Lions. So, we really can’t fault you on that one. This week, the fans ended up going 8-5-1, bringing their season record to 105-58-13. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins
  • Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
  • New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears
  • Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers – clearly, you fans love seeing polls end in ties
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Rams

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 13 picks open up TOMORROW MORNING on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 12!

  • This fan sneaking a whole pumpkin pie and can of Reddi Whip into the Bears game on Sunday is hands down, the best thing we’ve seen all week. Don’t @ us – you know it’s true.
  • Players tend to get a little flashy when they arrive at the stadium prior to the game, but the Houston Texans LBs just raised the bar this week by rolling up in Mortal Kombat outfits, and it was everything we didn’t know we needed in our lives.
  • Will the NFL Officials ever stop making terrible calls and/or stop missing blatant calls? We get the feeling they’re the ones that post “New Year, New Me” every January and not change a single thing, as made evident by this bogus tripping call on the Cowboys.
  • There’s been A LOT of hype around Lamar Jackson (especially from Mark Ingram), but let’s not forget about Marcus Peters, who really didn’t want the Rams to have anything to celebrate in last night’s game.
  • Technically this didn’t happen during the Packers-49ers game, but when we first saw the below clip we were pretty impressed…
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Lookin’ Good, Miami

Posted on November 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We know we’re in the thick of it with the NFL season, waiting to see which teams are going to punch their tickets to the playoffs, but something more important is going on: NBA teams are unveiling their alternate City Edition jerseys for the season. Some of them have put us to sleep and made us shake our head in disappointment – we’re looking at you, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks. But any team that has yet to unveil their uniforms should just quietly release them, because nobody is going to top the Miami Heat. The ‘Vice Wave’ has hit Miami and the end result is fantastic – good enough for us to order one, even if we don’t identify as Miami fans. A+ to this design team for giving the fans everything they didn’t know they wanted in jersey.

For anyone still unsure, the Fan Controlled Football League puts fans in control – which absolutely includes team colors, logos, and jerseys. So will the fans bring it in the first season of the FCFL? Abso-freaking-lutely. In this league, bragging rights won’t stop just at who wins each game – they will also include best name, best color scheme, best jersey, best draft, etc. – you get the idea. We know our fans are competitive, so we’re completely confident that will carry over to the planning process. For some fans, we’re sure calling plays will just be the icing on the cake after creating their team’s brand from the ground up. One thing’s for sure – we know the fans will come up with something better than Dallas’ design for their team!

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FAN Take: Life After Football

Posted on November 20, 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 last time we prepared ourselves for an exciting announcement from former TE Rob Gronkowski, we were left disappointed – although we did appreciate him being open about his reasoning behind leaving the NFL behind. So naturally, this week when we heard there would be another announcement from Gronk, we weren’t expecting much. To our surprise, yesterday he announced he’ll be making an appearance in Miami for the Super Bowl – but instead of on the field, it will be to host a one-day music festival the day before the big game. “Gronk Beach,” will feature artists like Diplo, Kaskade and Flo Rida and while we think the name is lacking some creativity, we are loving the event logo. Clearly, Gronk’s having a great time after ending his NFL career.

We always enjoy seeing NFL players have a career after football, especially one that isn’t just serving as an analyst on a sports network. Our very own Co-Founder Ray Austin became an actor, model and entrepreneur after hanging his jersey up for good. So what kind of career paths do the fans hope to see their players take after playing in the FCFL? Do they want to see a few stick around in the FCFL as coaches? What about working with some of the fantastic corporate partners of the league, including Twitch? Maybe even follow in the footsteps of Ray and show up on some of your favorite tv shows? Let us know!

Power To The Fans!

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NFL Week 11 Round Up – The Fans Are Back On Top

Posted on November 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well done, fans! With only one missed pick, this week was easily the best for the fans thus far – but we just know there will be a week where they lock in every correct pick. And we fully expect that to happen before the Cincinnati Bengals pull out their first win of the season 😏 This week, the fans ended up going 13-1, bringing their season record to 97-53-12. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

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

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 12 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 11!

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Crime and Punishment

Posted on November 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve stayed silent on the infamous Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph fight during Thursday Night Football – but that ends now. For anyone that decided to ‘un-plug’ for the last few days, you missed A LOT. Just before the Browns were able to pull out a win on Thursday, Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Steelers QB Mason Rudolph, then used it as weapon to hit Rudolph in the head, only for the Steelers O-line to then go after Garrett. It was ugly and completely unnecessary. You can see just how bad it was below, but something to note is that it looks an awful lot like Rudolph tried to pull Garrett’s helmet first. We have to admit, we previously wondered why the Browns’ logo is a helmet, but it makes a lot of sense now 😏

Since the hit, the NFL has suspended the Defensive End indefinitely, with a minimum of the remainder of the season. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey got a three-game suspension for rushing to Rudolph’s defense and Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension for shoving Rudolph to the ground. In addition to all these suspensions, each team was fined $250,00, which we somehow don’t think either team will miss. Plenty of people are calling for Garrett to receive a lifetime ban from the league, with others demanding some kind of punishment be doled out to Rudolph for his part in the fight.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Do we think the fans thought the punishments were fair? No. We get the feeling that our fans are the ones who would be calling for Rudolph to catch some heat. We also think the fans would increase the fines placed on the two teams and maybe pull the suspension for Ogunjobi since he wasn’t the only one jumping in to the fight. But how would the fans handle everything if this were happening in the FCFL? We think they would vote to pull Garrett and Rudolph from their respective rosters, placing them back in the reserve pool of players, only to be brought back in if every other player is injured. We don’t think they’d call for any kind of fines on the teams (hey, we don’t have NFL money!!), but we do think they’d find a way to troll the guilty players. Maybe making them sit in a corner on game day with dunce caps on? We can make predictions on how the fans would handle this situation all day, but we want to hear from them! Let us know what you’d do – there are no wrong answers!

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FAN Take: Heads or Tails?

Posted on November 13, 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!

There is A LOT to unpack from the Monday Night Football meeting between the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Where do we begin? First, DT DeForest Buckner managed to get a TD after Russell Wilson dropped the ball and it was picked up by his offensive lineman. Honestly, we had to rewind the play a couple times to catch everything that happened. Next, 49ers rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin made a spectacular field goal to send the game into overtime. But then he missed one from 47 yards out in a big way – with the ball landing in a stadium tunnel. This kick was just too wide to the left, but further validated our decision to get rid of kicking in the NFL. No doinks here!

Then we have the 2019 version of ‘Yanny/Laurel’ with the heads or tails call at the start of overtime. Geno Smith appears to have called ‘tails,’ the referee claimed he said ‘heads’ and then gave the ball to the Seahawks. He has since said he called ‘heads,’ but we aren’t buying it. We’re perfectly fine chalking this up to the NFL Officials being what we know them to be. We KNOW the fans are going to be divided on this, so please, listen to the clip below as many times as you can before you lose your minds (like we did).

The most important thing about this game, is that its impending rematch in Week 17 will most likely decide the entire NFC playoff race. Who would have thought that fans of every other NFC team will be heavily relying on the outcome of that game to see where their team lands in the playoff picture? We have a few questions for you, fans: 1) What did you hear, heads or tails? 2) When you’re sending your team captains out onto the field, do you trust them to call the coin flip on their own, or do you want them to always call one side of the coin? Or perhaps you want to vote on which side they should call? Who do you think will win the rematch on December 29th in Seattle? And who will ultimately represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV?

Power To The Fans!

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NFL Week Ten Round Up – And Then There Were None

Posted on November 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Leave it to the fans to accurately predict the San Francisco 49ers winning streak coming to an end in a weekend FULL of upsets! But we’ll dive more into that exciting game tomorrow in our FAN Take 😉. Now that all the undefeated teams have lost and the Miami Dolphins have won, we’re just waiting on the Cincinnati Bengals to FINALLY bring home a win. This week, the fans ended up going 4-7-2, bringing their season record to 84-52-12. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
  • New York Giants vs. New York Jets – we wonder if there will ever be a week where the fans aren’t split on a pick 🙄
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Los Angeles Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – really, fans?!
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 11 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now for our favorite part: our favorite moments from Week 10!

  • Yesterday we shared a blog all about Dak Prescott and his *unique* warm-up before the Cowboys loss to the Vikings – but we weren’t expecting to see Nick Bosa doing his own version.
  • The only post-game interview response that can come close to Team Owner and Fan Captain Marshawn’s classic “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” is this.
  • The New Orleans Saints trolled their rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, with some New England Patriots highlights during Sunday’s game… but the only problem is that the 7-1 Saints were dominated by the 1-7 Falcons. Insert pun about the Saints eating crow, here.
  • Get yourself a teammate that hypes you up the way Mark Ingram hypes up Lamar Jackson.
  • Like we said above, we’ll dive into the MNF game in tomorrow’s FAN Take, but that missed field goal landing in the tunnel was too good not to include here.