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FAN Take: Let’s Party!

Posted on January 29, 2020

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!

Super Bowl LIV is just a few days away, and while our Chief Strategic Advisor Joe Montana is excited to have his team win either way, we’re looking forward to all the food! Of course we’re all football fans here at the FCFL, and are pumped for what we think will be an incredibly close game, but we also love to eat while we watch the big game – can you blame us? We even have fans voting on their favorite Super Bowl party foods on our Twitter account, so make sure to make your voice heard. Who knows, maybe the top fan choice will make it’s way into our own Super Bowl party menu!

What would your FCFL Championship party look like? A big screen with just the game streaming from our Twitch channel so that you and all your attendees can have your phones solely focused on calling plays? Will there be endless football-fan approved snacks for you to binge on when your team is on defense? If your team isn’t in the final game, will you still be tuning in to the game with all your friends? Will you be strictly focused on the game, or will you be more interested in hearing the Team Owners | Fan Captains co-streaming? Let us know what you have planned for what we can only imagine will be the fan-favorite game of the season!

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NFL Pro Bowl Round Up – AFC Comes Out On Top

Posted on January 28, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

That’s a wrap on the 2020 Pro Bowl! We asked the fans to pick from three options in a Twitter poll for how the Pro Bowl would turn out, and you did not disappoint. Fact: You fans have as good of a sense of humor as we thought you would 😏

Ultimately, the AFC came out on top, winning 38-33. That might have something to do with the fact that the Baltimore Ravens brought 13 players to the Pro Bowl. We’d also like to note that the onside kick rule we mentioned last week was only tested out once – the NFC tried it out towards the end of the game, and it resulted in the AFC picking off Kirk Cousins.

While we understand why the game itself isn’t as exciting for some fans (we know some of these athletes don’t want to go too hard in a game that doesn’t count, and get hurt), the overall weekend is. Don’t believe us? Check out some of the best moments from the entire Pro Bowl Weekend:

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24, Forever

Posted on Januaryy 27, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Buzzfeed News – Facebook, Ethan Miller / Getty Images, Instagram / Via instagram.com, Instagram, Twitter / Via Twitter: @ChristinaKTLA

Sunday morning, the world was rocked by the news of a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA that took the lives of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, daughter, Alyssa, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, her daughter, Payton, and pilot Ara Zobayan. Zobayan, Bryant’s private pilot, was taking those on board to the Mamba Academy in Newbury Park for a basketball tournament. All day and night, the tributes poured in across social media, sports and news networks, at virtually every sporting event, and even the Grammy Awards. Fans took over Staples Center to honor Kobe and Gianna, leaving letters, candles, flowers, and more. Former teammates, coaches, players, sports commentators, friends, and family of those in the accident shared their favorite moments of those lost.

We believe legends never die. The impact these nine individuals left on the world will never change. But that doesn’t change the fact there are people all over the world hurting. So instead of relating this back to the FCFL and asking fans how they would show tribute to their heroes – both in the world of sports and out – we encourage you to embody the Mamba Mentality of consistently trying to be the best version of yourself, do what you need to in order to grieve if you’re hurting, and to hold your loved ones close.

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FAN Take: Cheater, Cheater

Posted on January 22, 2020

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!

Every few years we get to experience a scandal that takes the sports world by storm. Typically, it seems to be in football – Bountygate, Deflategate, etc. – but this time it’s in baseball. Over the last couple of weeks it came out that the Houston Astros cheated by using technology to steal signs in the 2017 World Series. The Astros have since parted with field manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow, and both men were suspended by MLB prior to their firings. The Boston Red Sox have already dismissed manager Alex Cora (who was previously a bench coach for the Astros) for his part in the sign-stealing scheme, while the league shifts their focus and investigates the Red Sox for their alleged us of technology to steal signs in 2018. It should be noted that Cora has yet to receive a formal punishment from MLB, but we’re sure they’re waiting to determine the terms until the Red Sox investigation has concluded. Both teams seem to think their respective titles aren’t tainted, but their decision to let go of individuals associated with the Astros scandal is pretty telling, if you ask us.

We’ve got some questions fans, and we know you have opinions! Specifically for these two teams, should they be required to return their World Series trophies and rings? Should they have to repay their cities for their victory parades? As it relates to the FCFL, does the old adage, “Once a cheater, always a cheater” apply here? Is it reasonable to assume that once you’ve caught someone cheating for your team, they will cheat for the next team they end up on? Or should that issue be avoided entirely by banning them from coaching in your league? Better yet, should the fans vote on whether or not to ban those individuals caught cheating? Let us know!

Power To The Fans!

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Changes For the Pro Bowl

Posted on January 21, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While we wait to hear from the fans on who they think will win this weekend’s 2020 Pro Bowl, we want to dive into some of the key players and rule changes to watch for during the game! Aside from getting to see top talent like Lamar Jackson, DeAndre Hopkins, Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry and Maurkice Pouncey represent the AFC, and Michael Thomas, Russell Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott and David Bakhtiari for the NFC, there are going to be some new rules introduced. That’s right, the NFL is testing out some more potential rule changes to make the game more interesting. Per CBS Sports, one of the rule changes provides “an alternative onside kick that would allow a team who is trailing in the game to maintain possession of the ball after scoring,” giving teams “an opportunity to convert a fourth-and-15 from their own 35-yard line instead of attempting an onside kick in order to get the ball back.” Additionally, the league is looking at adjusting the illegal shift penalty, allowing “wide receivers a reprieve when lined up in a two-point stance.” While it does show the NFL is attempting to make progress towards making the game better, this season taught us there is still a lot of work to be done on their part regarding pass interference – both offensive and defensive.

We’re looking forward to seeing how the new rules test, but more importantly, we’re excited to see some of the best in the NFL work together to create super-teams. Looking ahead to the Pro Bowl has us wondering, would the fans want something like this in the FCFL, featuring players from the 6 teams that don’t make it to the inaugural FCFL Championship? We think so – especially if the fans get to vote on who gets named to the two teams. And you know how much we love having fans make their voices heard in the FCFL 😉 It seems like a no-brainer to us, but then again, maybe the idea of this game should be put to a vote? Let us know what you’d decide!

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NFL Conference Championships Round Up – Monochromatic Super Bowl LIV?

Posted on January 20, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re really going to miss these round ups every week – as football fans we cannot get enough of this game! But let’s go ahead and dive in to NFL Conference Championship weekend! First up, we saw the Tennessee Titans hold on for dear life, only for the Kansas City Chiefs to prove they are the best in the AFC. For Chiefs fans, this was a redemption game after they lost (or you know, robbed) in last year’s AFC Championship game. After a mostly close game, we watched the San Francisco 49ers play. We’d say that we saw them and their opponents, the Green Bay Packers play… but there wasn’t a lot of playing being done on the Packers’ part. So how’d the fans do? Well, we wish the fans had gotten both picks right, but what can you do? Let’s get a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers

While we bide our time until the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl LIV, let’s take a look at some of the biggest plays of the weekend!

  • Would it be a conference championship game without the fans calling out the refs for a conspiracy or two? We didn’t think so. 

  • Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes reminded everyone why he was put on the cover of Madden 20. 

  • And just because we can be immature every now and then, we present you with Travis Kelce dropping some profanity on live television before quoting the ever-wise Beastie Boys. 

  • Like we said, the Packers didn’t do great – but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have any great moments.

  • Rasheem Mostert was cut by SIX different teams before landing at the 49ers. And last night, he showed those teams what they were missing.

  • Sure this one isn’t *technically* from the game, but boy do we love watching Team Owner | Fan Captain Richard Sherman clap back at the haters

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FAN Take: Can I Give You Some Advice?

Posted on January 15, 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!

To quote The Root’s Michael Harriot, “Marshawn Lynch is a goddamn national treasure.” We’re definitely a little biased, but we completely agree. As we highlighted in our NFL Divisional Weekend Recap, Beastmode himself dropped some knowledge for all the young athletes out there, following the Seahawks being eliminated from playoffs: “Take care of y’all bread, so when y’all done, you can go ahead and take care of yourself.” But here’s the thing – that wasn’t all he had to say. His full, 90-second statement is something we think everyone needs to listen to:

We’ve talked before about the importance of mental health after Rob Gronkowski’s early retirement, but that conversation is being expanded upon thanks to our Team Owner | Fan Captain, Marshawn, who is bringing the idea of self-care to everyone’s attention. We just hope all the athletes out there – not just those who are interested in playing in the FCFL – are listening. But Marshawn’s latest interview has us wondering, if you could give any piece of advice to your players, what would it be? What kind of advice would you want them to be given by any of our Team Owners | Fan Captains, or even Co-Founder Ray Austin? More importantly, what kind of advice would you want them to give you? Given their diverse backgrounds, we’re sure that they’ve had some insane life experiences and have some sage wisdom to share!

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Battle of the Tigers

Posted on January 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well if the state of Louisiana can’t enjoy watching the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Playoffs, they can, and will, channel all that energy into celebrating the LSU Tigers bringing home a college football championship! Last night, LSU defeated Clemson (also the Tigers) 42-25. With the No. 1 and No. 3 respective teams facing off, we had hoped for a closer score until the very end, but at least we got to see some truly fantastic touchdowns throughout the night. From Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) running it in for the first score of the night to Joe Burrow (LSU) throwing a 52-yard bomb to Ja’Marr Chase, it was VERY clear why these two teams made it to the championship.

The attention wasn’t on (both) the Tigers for long though, as Odell Beckham Jr. decided to make a splash by handing cash to LSU players after they won. We get it – OBJ went to LSU and was excited to see is alma mater win the national championship, but we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that he probably violated some current NCAA rules in the process. But that’s not an issue we need to worry about at the FCFL. Why? Well, the FCFL is not the NCAA – so if our Team Owners | Fan Captains are interested in throwing some cash handshakes at the winners of the inaugural FCFL Championship, there’s nothing stopping them from doing so. If anything, we encourage the Team Owners | Fan Captains, their winning team, and their fans to do just about whatever they want when they win a championship.*

*But please don’t do anything that will get you arrested, because we’re not going to bail you out.

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NFL Divisional Weekend Round Up – The Yellow Line IS NOT Official

Posted on January 13, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

To say this weekend did not go as we all expected would be a massive understatement. We’re still trying to wrap our minds around the downfall of the Baltimore Ravens and how the Houston Texans blew such a massive lead. Selfishly, we wanted to see the Seattle Seahawks take down the Green Bay Packers so we could witness a rematch between former teammates and FCFL Team Owners } Fan Captains Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman. We guess we’ll just have to wait until their teams face off in the inaugural season of the FCFL! Unfortunately, the fans went 2-2 once more, but lets get a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

Let’s check out some the most insane moments from this weekend – you know, just to hold us over until the NFL Conference Championships.

  • Richard Sherman continued to prove why he’s the best corner in the game!

  • Jonnu Smith pulled out an impressive TD for the Titans early on in the game, as shown below, but the real star of this moment was Dan Fouts and his *interesting* commentary

  • While the Texans were busy losing their 24-point lead over the Chiefs, Eric Fisher was busy giving himself a beer shower to celebrate one of many TDs for the Chiefs.

  • We don’t know who needs to hear this, but the yellow first-down marker is not always accurate. Maybe we need to say it a little bit louder for the Seahawks fans in the back that are still saying Jimmy Graham was short in the game-changing play that secured the Packers a win.

  • We hate to see BeastMode go, but we do love to see him impart some of his wisdom to all the athletes out there listening. 

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FAN Take: Maybe the Jets Should Have Listened to the Fans?

Posted on January 8, 2020

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!

Meet Lamar Jackson. Star QB of the Baltimore Ravens, possibly the next MVP if Mark Ingram has anything to say about it. He’s a Heisman Trophy winner and while he was the last pick of the first round by the Ravens, he’s also been one of their best picks in recent years. You might be thinking, “I already know all of this, why are you telling me?” Well here’s the thing, fans – New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan didn’t think he’d amount to much. In a recent interview, comedic legend Larry David recently revealed that he personally called Maccagnan prior to the 2018 NFL Draft and told him to draft Jackson, only for him to be condescending and laugh at David’s idea. It’s okay though fans, karma came for Maccagnan, who lost his job shortly after that draft.

In a way, Larry David is all of us – just with much better connections. We’ve all been there before, looking through prospects and trying to figure out who the best fit for your team is, only for your team to select someone completely different. How will the fans change that in the FCFL, aside from having the power to vote on who gets selected each round? How will the fans really make their voices stand out from all the other fans affiliated with their team? Will they spam group Discord chats? Will they make their own Twitter campaign for a particular player to be drafted to their team? Maybe try to slide into the DMs of their Team Owner | Fan Captain to make sure they have an influencer hearing their case? Let us know what you plan to do, fans!