FAN Take: Winless in Seattle

Posted on December 31, 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!

Well, here we are again, two years later. Writing another Fan Take on what Seattle could have done differently, and we really wish we weren’t. Up until Sunday night, we were excited to see Team Owner | Fan Captain Marshawn Lynch return to the NFL, to face off against former teammate and fellow Team Owner | Fan Captain Richard Sherman, no less. The fans went wild for the return of Beastmode and even threw Skittles on the field after his TD. But then Pete Carroll happened. Pete “how do I not have an endorsement with a chewing gum brand” Carroll, mismanaged his play clock at the end of the game, pretty much destroying any chance the Seahawks had at beating the Niners. Seahawks fans – and frankly, Saints fans as well – couldn’t believe the train wreck happening right in front of them. For those that missed the final game of the NFL Regular Season, the Seahawks were down 26-21 with 23 seconds left in the game, and managed to make it to the 1-yard line. Russell Wilson spiked the ball and Marshawn ran on to the field – a moment of redemption was coming and it was going to be glorious. Except it didn’t. Because the Seahawks wasted too much time getting players on and off the field, and were ultimately hit with a delay of game penalty, sending them back to the 6-yard line. They managed to get right up to the endzone on the fourth down and were literally INCHES away from having this game in the bag. But they weren’t close enough.

While some fans are losing their minds on a missed PI call that would have put the Seahawks back at 1st and Goal, Richard Sherman has already shut them down with some sound logic. Meanwhile, we need to know what the fans would do if they were running the show in Seattle. First of all, would you get rid of Pete Carroll as head coach for not managing the clock properly? It’s one thing to get a delay of game penalty, it’s another to have it cost you the NFC West title. Or would you wait see if he redeems himself during the wild card round? And after getting hit with that penalty, would you have gone for as many passes as Russell Wilson did? Or would you have let Marshawn do the thing you brought him back to do, and run it in for a touchdown? What about TE Jacob Hollister? Will you think twice about putting him in charge of getting you the win? With how insane that game was, we need to know what you think!

Power To The Fans!


NFL Week 17 Round Up – Farewell, Regular Season

Posted on December 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This week was WILD, fans! The Packers managed to beat the Lions as time ran out, the Patriots failed to execute their own version of the Miami Miracle, the Falcons took home the win in OT, and the Seahawks… well, we’ll get to that in an entirely separate blog post. We’re just glad that the final game of the NFL regular season was approximately 283x more exciting than the first game of the season. So how’d the fans do? Well, the fans ended up with the same record as last week – 10-6, bringing their season record to 139-86-15. Hey, that’s a better win-loss ratio than both Pat Shurmur and Freddie Kitchens! Maybe if they had the same foresight as the fans, they’d still have jobs. Too harsh? Well, it IS Black Monday after all. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more coaches get the axe before the day is over. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

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

And now for our favorite part of these weekly recaps: our favorite moments from Week 17!

  • OF COURSE we are starting this highlight list off with the triumphant return of Team Owner | Fan Captain, Marshawn Lynch! The fans went wild in Seattle for him, but they lost it when he scored a TD and threw skittles all over the field. Only Beastmode fans.
  • You didn’t think we’d forget about yet another Jameis Winston pick six, did you?! Especially when it happened to be his last play of the season?
  • The Patriots attempted to pull off their own Miami Miracle play and well, it didn't do very well.
    If this play worked I would have shit myself from r/Patriots
  • We hate games that end in field goals - that's a given - but when the Packers beat the Lions in the actual final second, this stat had us in stitches.

  • With Philly's last-second win over the Giants yesterday, the Cowboys were knocked out of playoffs. And we all owe a big thank you to the person who caught Jerry Jones watching that last touchdown on camera 😂💀

NFL Week 16 Round Up – You’re Almost There, Fans!

Posted on December 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We hope you had a wonderful holiday break fans, but it’s time to get refocused on football! This week had a lot of close games and left plenty of room for different playoff scenarios – even the Raiders are still in contention. We know, we know – we’re still in disbelief! We have to say, our picks were almost identical to what the fans had (with the exception of the Rams vs. 49ers game), so we were really rooting for you to come out on top. So how’d the fans do? Well, the fans ended up with the same record as last week – 10-5-1, bringing their season record to 129-80-15. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
  • Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49erswe guess the fans just couldn’t go without at least one tie
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Carolina Panthers vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
  • Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos
  • Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 17 picks are LIVE on our Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 16!

  • We know this isn’t *technically* from Week 16 – but we’re not going to *not* start this list off with the news that Team Owner | Fan Captain Marshawn Lynch has come out of retirement and signed with the Seattle Seahawks! To make this news even more interesting, he will be facing off against former teammate and other Team Owner | Fan Captain Richard Sherman this week! We. Can. Not. Wait.
  • Fun fact, fans: Ryan Fitzpatrick (or Fitzmagic, if you’re a fan of his) became the first QB in NFL history to throw 4 TDs in a single game for FIVE different franchises. Who knows, maybe he’ll stick it out with Miami after all!
  • …Meanwhile, Jameis Winston continues to throw picks, including a pick-six in his very first pass of the game against the Texans. Yikes.
  • Speaking of bad passes – unfortunately, Stefon Diggs overthrew a pass on what could have been a truly spectacular trick play in their game against the Packers. Oh, what could have been.
  • We can’t end this highlight list without at least one troll move! Enter: Patrick Mahomes, who not-so-subtly counted to 10 after his TD. For anyone who needs a refresher on why that matters, the Bears took Mitch Trubisky with the 2nd pick of the 2017 Draft, while Patrick Mahomes was picked up 10th overall the same year. We think we know which team used their picks more wisely 😉

Jumping In With a New League

Posted on December 23, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We might be a little late to the game on this one, but we have a feeling most of our fans are out of the loop on a new start-up league. No, this time it isn’t football (we’ve got that covered on our end). Your newest sports league is *drumroll* the International Swimming League! From what we can tell, this league is a swim meet combined with an EDM concert with a touch of the showmanship you see in the WWE and some major prize money. Founded by billionaire Konstantin Grigorishin, the league aims to build an international audience for the sport and give the athletes a new platform to compete, earn a living, and have a whole lot of fun. Currently, there are four US teams (Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York) and four European teams (London, Turkey, Italy, Budapest), each made up of a roster of 32 swimmers, but the league is expected to expand to more teams for the next season.

Do we think the fans are excited for something like the International Swimming League? Honestly, yes! First of all, swimming is one of those sports that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last second – and second, you don’t have to be on the edge of said seats for long because the competitions are quick. Usually in swimming, you’d be stuck watching races for an entire day, but now you get three dozen races packed into two-hour sessions on back-to-back days (sounds pretty familiar, right?). But then to add in light shows and actual DJs to the whole experience – who wouldn’t want to check this out? One thing’s for sure, we can definitely identify with a new league that wants to shake up their traditional sport and make it more meaningful for the athletes while elevating the fan experience!


FAN Take: Wait, Is That Real?

Posted on December 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!

In case you missed it last week during Thursday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens debuted a new mixed-reality feature. During their win over the New York Jets (who didn’t see that coming?), a computer-generated raven appeared in live camera views of the stadium. And before you ask, no, the audiences didn’t see the raven flying above them. Instead, they saw it on the in-venue LED screens, seemingly flying above where they were sitting. Eric Burak of The Famous Group, who made the whole experience happen, explained: “Prior to the event we scanned and mapped the entire stadium to scale so the Raven can interact with the environment in real-time, mirroring and reacting to the lighting conditions, casting shadows, and even landing on the goal post in the stadium… making it feel real.”

We’ve seen something similar to this before – anyone remember the insane Elder Dragon from the League of Legends Worlds in 2017? The folks at Riot Games, including our Head of Content Ariel Horn, debuted (and won an Emmy for) the Elder Dragon’s appearance during the Opening Ceremony. How could they top that? Well, the same people unveiled a special K-pop augmented reality performance to not only wow viewers, but also promote their new K/DA skins during the LoL Worlds in 2018.

As you can see from the above tweet, we asked the fans how they would feel about us deploying something similar for Kinda Funny’s team, assuming the fans do as promised and name the team the Milk Mommies. The general consensus was that fans were into it, but the responses mostly came from the Kinda Funny fans. What about the rest of you – do you want to see your mascots come to life while calling plays? Maybe you’d prefer to see AR versions of your players taunting the other team? Or maybe you want to be able to deploy something distracting during your opponent’s last few seconds of voting before a crucial play? Let us know how you want to see AR included in the FCFL!

Power To The Fans!


NFL Week 15 Round Up – One For the Record Books

Posted on December 17, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This certainly wasn’t a dull week for the NFL! The Oakland Raiders were booed out of the Coliseum following their last game in the city, both the Dallas Cowboys AND the Atlanta Falcons managed to pull off major wins, and Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record for most passing touchdowns (and passed Tom Brady in the process as well). Sure, not all the games were close, but it was still a good week nonetheless. So how’d the fans do? Well, the fans ended up going 10-5-1, bringing their season record to 119-75-14. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

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

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 16 picks open up tomorrow on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 15!

  • Let’s face it – the Eagles-Redskins game should not have been nearly as close as it was. Philly should have had a serious lead, but it looks like they made it up to their fans with a late-game TD.
  • Okay, we know that we did a whole blog about the Raiders yesterday – but we didn’t include this tidbit: before the fans turned on their own team, they had to receive a warning from officials to stop pointing lasers into players’ eyes. Really.
  • We can’t explain why, but for some reason why we REALLY want to see the Bengals do well. Or at least decent. Is that too much to ask for? No need to respond – their attempt at an onside kick on Sunday is all the answer we need. Let’s hope their prime draft position sets them up for a better season next year.
  • TFW you’re losing but still want to have fun.
  • We are still in shock at the end of the Falcons-Niners game. Easily one of the craziest moments of the season, and luckily for all of us, it is keeping the NFC playoff race wild!

The End of an Era

Posted on December 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

December 15th, 2019 will be known as the day the Oakland Raiders played (and lost) their last game in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas in the 2020 season. We’re sure plenty of the fans have their own memories from catching a game there, us included, but those may have been overshadowed by yesterday’s game. After the Raiders let the Jacksonville Jaguars score an unanswered 17 points, they ultimately lost 20-16. And then things got ugly. QB Derek Carr (you may have heard of him) headed to the infamous Black Hole to thank the fans, sign autographs, and do exactly what you WANT your QB to do after a game – but he was met with nothing but boos. Oh, it gets worse. Fans decided to treat the field as their own personal trash can (RIP to all those nachos) and got into actual fights with security.

Now obviously, we’re not expecting to see this exact same scenario happen in the Fan Controlled Football League with all of our teams playing in one location – but what about the fans’ reactions to losing a game that had a bigger meaning than what would happen in the post season? It’s one thing to suffer a tough loss on a game that probably should have been yours, but we understand when there’s something monumental that makes your loss hurt a little bit more. Whether it’s a player’s last game before retiring, a triumphant return from a player that was out with an injury, or a third-string player’s chance to start their first game, we get why the loss might sting a little more than usual. But enough for the fans to actually fight security or litter the field with trash? We have a really hard time believing OUR fans would do something like that. But if we’re wrong on this and you’re actually a bunch of sore-loser savages, let us know so we can beef up on security and put plastic tarps along the sidelines 😜. In the meantime, we’ll be taking bets on whether or not the fans’ behavior will change once the Raiders kick off in Las Vegas.


FAN Take: Closing the Gap Between Athletes and Gamers

Posted on December 11, 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!

Yesterday Twitch made a pretty big announcement that we think will get gamers and football fans alike excited. Twitch Rivals will be hosting a multi-stage esports event that pairs 16 of your favorite streamers with NFL players to compete in various tournaments over the next two months, leading up to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Broadcasts will air every Tuesday, but aside from that, we don’t know much else. The 16 streamers and NFL players have yet to be announced, and the only confirmed game they will play is Fortnite. While we wish we had some more information to work with, we’re excited to see how it plays out. This announcement shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise though – Thursday Night Football has only gotten better since being added to Twitch and Amazon Prime (with co-streamers like Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar), and Twitch was named the official streaming provider for the Las Vegas Raiders.

We think this is a smart move by both the NFL and our partner, Twitch. We’ve found that there is quite an overlap between football fans and gamers – which of course is part of why the Fan Controlled Football League was formed. But do fans in the FCFL want to see a similar venture? That was a rhetorical question – we’ve actually covered this before, and the fan feedback for an FCFL version of the Fortnite Pro-Am was essentially one giant ‘YES!’ But how do the fans want to see that built upon? Maybe have the competition run throughout the off-season, culminating with the winners getting a trip to Las Vegas to see their teams start the season off with a bang? What about a mini-version of ‘The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars’ where our fans get to face off directly against their favorite players in physical competitions, as opposed to working with them? The possibilities are endless here at the FCFL, so let us know what you want to see, fans!


NFL Week 14 Round Up – Sitting On the Edge of Our Seats

Posted on December 10, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

What a week for football fans. Games were close, with nine of them ending with a score differential of 7 points or less. When you think about it, that is A LOT of people that were sitting on the edge of their seats, ourselves included. Unfortunately, because the games were so close, it wasn’t the best week for our loyal fans that have been making their picks week in and week out. The fans ended up going 8-7-1, bringing their season record to 119-75-14. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

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

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 15 picks open up TOMORROW MORNING on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 14!

  • This week we learned that NOBODY gets fired up quite like Chargers QB Phillip Rivers. Although, given how badly his team destroyed the Jaguars, we can’t really blame him.
  • It looks like Week 14 was the week for quarterbacks to get caught up in their emotions! We’re used to seeing Tom Brady act calm, cool and collected – so it was refreshing to watch him get in Chris Jones’ face.
  • Speaking of the Chiefs… the people of Twitter had a field day when they found out *somehow* the Chiefs gear was not delivered to Gillette Stadium, putting the team at risk of having to forfeit the nail-biter of a game they ultimately won. The saga unfolding on Twitter was too good not to share!

  • San Francisco’s star player, Greg Kittle, has not only been carrying the team on his back – but apparently his opponents as well.
  • Now, we already shared our real favorite moment from the week in yesterday’s blog post – but you know it wasn’t the ONLY highlight from the Ravens-Bills game, right? LaMar Jackson made an embarrassment of Bills LB Matt Milano after forcing him to faceplant on the field.

Let Me See That Playbook

Posted on December 9, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This had to be one of the most exciting weeks in the NFL, even if some of us at FCFL had to watch our teams suffer heartbreaking losses – but one thing is for sure: Buffalo Bills CB Tre’Davious White getting his hands on the Baltimore Ravens playbook was one of our favorite moments of the week, let alone the whole season. That’s right, the Ravens playbook accidentally blew onto the field, and White was quick to pick it up and look it over – before a referee snatched it from his hands. While we doubt White was able to gain any useful insight from the whole three seconds he had to look through the playbook, the internet was quick to point out White’s actions secured him a spot on the Patriots roster next year. Was this a dirty move on White’s part? Eh, not really. Like we said, unless he has some crazy photographic memory, he likely didn’t learn anything useful to report back to his team. Had he run from refs while flipping the pages, then we’d question his ethics. If anything, he just wanted to provide some entertainment for all the Bills fans that were getting tired of seeing Lamar Jackson run all over their team.

So what if this happened in the Fan Controlled Football League? Well, it needs to be said that fans, players, and coaching staff alike will have a hard time trying to cheat by manipulating votes for a specific play to be called. Between everything happening in REAL time and the fact that each of the four play options presented to the team on offense will be solid choices, it’s not even worth it to attempt stacking the votes. But that being said, would the fans want to see their teams attempt to get a less-than-fair advantage anyways? For the most part, we’re going to say no. We know that our fans will be spending more time focusing their team and less on how to sabotage the competition… but we also know some of our fans are classic internet trolls and would love to try and mess with the other team any chance they get. Especially if the latter is part of the Kinda Funny team, which has already gone on record saying they want to send pizzas in the middle of the night to their opponent’s QB, the night before the game.