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FAN Take: More Than a Baller

Posted on February 26, 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!

On Monday morning, tons of people tuned in to the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial, and while many were enamored with the musical performances, Shaq’s sense of humor, and the updated Michael Jordan crying meme, we were more focused on Sabrina Ionescu’s tribute. It was impressive to see a young woman be so poised and articulate in a high-pressure situation. But it was more impressive to see her performance on the court just a few hours later. During the Oregon Ducks’ win over Stanford that evening, she made NCAA history by becoming the first Division 1 player EVER to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds. The season isn’t even over yet, so we can’t wait to see how high she sets the bar before hanging up her Oregon jersey for good. We said it on Monday night while watching the game and we’ll say it again: What 👏 A 👏 Baller 👏

How would the fans want to celebrate major milestones like Sabrina’s in the FCFL? Of course, we’d blow up player stats all over our social media, the same way Oregon did. But how do the fans get more involved? How can the fans feel like they are a part of the celebration? Should they submit videos congratulating their favorite players and teams, for us to put in a collection for those we’re celebrating? How about setting up one-on-one video calls with those players so the fans can personally share their message? Let us know how we can get you involved, fans!

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This Isn’t Madbum’s First Rodeo

Posted on February 24, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Every so often, we hear about outstanding athletes having a background in other sports, like how TE Jimmy Graham also played basketball and Jamaal Charles was an elite sprinter before becoming a top RB. But pitcher Madison Bumgarner is taking that to a whole new level with his recently-revealed successful rodeo career. Really. The Athletic recently reported that he’s been competing under the name Mason Saunders, and successfully at that. We don’t know how the world didn’t find out sooner, but it sounds like his new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, had no idea about his lucrative hobby either. Per Bob Nightengale, GM Mike Hazen was “unaware of Madison Bumgarner participating in rodeo events in his spare time during his days with the San Francisco Giants when signing him.”

We’ve previously asked the fans if they wanted their players to have backgrounds in other sports, in hopes that skills they acquire would benefit them on the field, and the answer was a resounding ‘yes!’ But Bumgarner’s extracurricular activities have us wondering, is there anything the fans don’t want their players doing in their free time? We think the fans wouldn’t care if their players were running on the track, joining in on a game of basketball, or hitting the batting cages. But when it comes to jumping out of planes, going bungee jumping, swimming with sharks, or even a budding rodeo career – we’re going to go ahead and assume the fans will go with a hard ‘no’ on that.

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FAN Take: Bouncing Back

Posted on February 19, 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!

We’ve talked about quite a few sports in our FCFL Blog that are not football – everything from baseball to water polo – but today we’ve got another one for you: NASCAR. After inclement weather delay at the Daytona 500, Ryan Newman found himself in the lead during the final lap. Everything was going great, until Ryan Blaney made contact with Newman’s car, causing it to spin out, flip, slide down the speedway and catch fire. This crash truly was horrific, so be warned before hitting play:

Following the crash, Newman was rushed to the hospital where he was listed in serious condition. Good news is here, though, as Newman is apparently fully alert and joking with his family, per a statement from Roush Fenway Racing. While we’re happy to hear he is recovering and in good spirits, we have to wonder if Newman will continue his racing career. Fans, if one of your athletes were in recovery from an accident, would you want them to jump back in once they’re physically able to? Or would you encourage them to take some time to rethink their future plans until some time has passed? We don’t have a position on whether or not he should, but we want to hear what the fans have to say!

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Trending For the Wrong Reasons

Posted on February 17, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

You know you must have done or said something seriously stupid to oust Roger Goodell as the most-hated commissioner in professional sports. That’s right, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred had #FireManfred trending on Twitter for a good chunk of the day yesterday after defending the punishments that were given to the Houston Astros for cheating their way into winning the  2017 World Series. Some of the key takeaways from the 5:14 minute-long interview include the following:

  1. The Astros apology was ‘not successful,’ according to Manfred. Duh.
  2. Any pitchers that throw at the Astros will be strictly punished for doing so (the irony here is off the charts)
  3. Manfred thinks that any boos the Astro players receive are punishment enough
  4. He called the coveted World Series trophy just a ‘piece of metal’

Yikes. We would not want to be that guy right now. While we’re not worried that a similar situation would happen in the FCFL, nor would FCFL commissioner Ray Austin bungle the whole thing so badly, we think we know how the fans would react. We think the members of the Virtual Front Office of each non-cheating team would demand a meeting with Ray to make their voices heard before any decision is made. And as for the future of the commissioner, should he screw the process up? We’re positive the fans would call for his fate to be put to a vote!

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FAN Take: Reinstated

Posted on February 12, 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!

It was only a few months ago that we discussed the fight between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on Thursday Night Football, and the punishments handed down to the players involved. So why are we bringing it up once again? Well, this morning Myles Garrett was reinstated by the NFL, just a few days after meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. For his involvement in the altercation, he had previously been suspended indefinitely, for a minimum of the remainder of the 2019-20 season. What many fans may not know about the fight (shown below again, because why not?), is that Garrett tried to appeal the punishment with an accusation that Rudolph had started the fight by inciting him with a racial slur. Clearly, the suspension was upheld, and we didn’t see Garrett for the last 6 games of the season.

Yes, this is all over a fight between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, who went 8-8 and 6-10 respectively, but when you consider the fact that Garrett was the No. 1 Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, his name carries some clout by default. We previously made the prediction that you, the fans, would not find the punishments fair, considering Rudolph received none, and that the fans would more than likely want to troll the players involved. But how would you handle Garrett’s return? Would you be annoyed that an indefinite suspension was issued, only for the absolute minimum amount of time to be served? Or would you prefer giving indefinite suspensions with game minimums to keep players on their toes? If you had suspended a player in your league in a similar way, would you leave it to the commissioner to decide on when they can come back? Or would you want this to become a league-wide fan vote? Let us know what you think, fans!

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XFL Makes Its Return

Posted on February 10, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While the votes are still rolling in on our Twitter account, it looks like a good number of you were interested in catching at least one game of the newly relaunched XFL this past weekend – we were too! What? Just because the XFL is also launching in 2020 doesn’t mean we are rooting for their demise. And we aren’t the only ones either. NFL players like JJ Watt, Robert Griffin III, and Marcus Cromartie took to Twitter to share what they were enjoying about the league’s first weekend.

At the end of the day – we’re football fans. Sure, we might have some troll-like behavior from time to time and will have to include some fun blunders in this blog, but we’re still rooting for the XFL. Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s dive in to some choice moments from this weekend’s games:

  • We had to start this list off with the very first touchdown in the XFL, of course. Way to go, Dragons!
  • You know how much we love a good trick play, and the DC Defenders delivered.
  • What’s better than one headset? Two. That is the only correct answer here.
  • What’s better than getting the first TD in the XFL? Getting the first ejection 😏
  • Pat McAfee asking Marquette King why he ruined a perfect punt is the best thing that happened all weekend and you can’t tell us otherwise.

If there’s anything we learned from the XFL this weekend, it’s that we need someone asking the important questions on the sidelines immediately following a major play – regardless of whether it was good or bad. Was there anything else you saw during the weekend that had you think ‘We need that in the FCFL?’ Let us know!

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FAN Take: Motivation

Posted on February 5, 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!

Yes, Super Bowl LIV is over, and yes, we still love the way Kansas City rallied from a 10-point deficit to score 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter – so that means we’re not going to stop talking about it just yet. In a special Super Bowl edition of Inside the NFL, we got to hear what Patrick Mahomes told his teammates before that final touchdown that would seal their fate and give them the Lombardi Trophy.

Hey, it’s gonna be special. They’re gonna talk about this forever, baby. They’re gonna talk about this forever. It’s gonna be special. They’re gonna talk about it forever.

Who would have thought that those few lines would give the team enough momentum to make history? So now we want to know, fans, if it’s your team that’s down towards the end of an important game, how would you motivate them? What would you want their offensive and defensive coordinators to tell them to keep their spirits up? What would you want them to hear from their teammates? Or would you want the opportunity to be selected from among all your team’s fans to deliver that motivational pick me up directly to your team before its final drive? And, oh yeah, how would you motivate your fellow fans who are actively participating in the Twitch chat? Let us know, fans!

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Talk About a Come Up

Posted on February 4, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Most of the headlines about the Chiefs winning Super Bowl have revolved around Andy Reid deserving his first Super Bowl win, Patrick Mahomes proving the Madden curse wrong, and Kyle Shanahan blowing another lead in the Super Bowl, but our favorite that we’ve come across is all about Rashad Fenton. The DB has a long history with Hard Rock Stadium – he worked there at the concession stand while he was growing up just a few minutes away. He got started in concessions thanks to Miami Norland Senior High School, which had football students doing mandatory volunteer work assigned by their coaches. To go from serving pizzas and nachos, to winning his first Super Bowl – we’d call that a come-up.

Would the fans define this as a Cinderella story? While it is a great one, we don’t think the fans would qualify it as one. But do we think the fans can appreciate the triumphant experience of Fenton going from concession worker to World Champion in the same stadium? Definitely. And do we think the fans are excited to learn the stories of all the athletes we’ll have waiting to be drafted to an FCFL team? Without a doubt!

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FCFL Fans Accurately Predict Super Bowl LIV Outcome

Posted on February 3, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Super Bowl LIV did NOT disappoint! Last night we were given a close game, multiple turnovers, and some decent officiating – the latter being the most surprising 😏 We’re just glad that this game didn’t rely entirely on kicking! Ultimately, the Kansas City Chiefs that came out on top – much to the disappointment of San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who blew yet another Super Bowl lead. While many thought the game was over when the 49ers gained a 20-10 lead going into the fourth quarter, they were dead wrong. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fired back with 21 unanswered points, giving Andy Reid the Super Bowl he worked so hard for. When asked how he planned to celebrate, Reid quickly answered: “With the biggest cheeseburger you’ve ever seen.” Honestly, if we were the ones who just won the Super Bowl after 21 seasons as an NFL head coach, we’d probably say the same thing.

The best part about last night’s game? Our fans just knew the Chiefs would come out on top. We polled across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and the results were clear. All combined, 57% of fans chose the Chiefs over the 49ers.

And if you need another reason to know why our fans are THE BEST – they called the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl back in September. Yes, they may not have picked the San Francisco 49ers to represent the NFC, but they did pick the Chiefs to take it all.

If there is anything we learned from this football season, it’s that our fans know what they’re talking about! We’re more confident now than ever before that putting them in control of their team’s fate is the right call. Now let’s gear up fot the inaugural season of the Fan Controlled Football League!