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Call Him ‘Shaq Exotic’

Posted on March 30, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Okay, so we’ve all been in quarantine for awhile now, depending on where you are while reading this, but the one thing that seems to have kept everyone sane during this time is the release of Tiger King. We could talk for hours about how insane this show is, but we want to focus on one particular moment: the appearance by Shaq.

In the video, Shaq refers to Joe Exotic as his ‘main man’ and jokes about being gifted one of the tiger cubs. Understandably, some fans got pretty upset to see the NBA Hall of Famer paying to play with these animals. So it should come as no surprise that he was quick to clear things up on his podcast. He explained that not only is he not friends with Joe, but he provided donations for the “tiger’s foods and all that.” We’ll leave it to the fans to decide if his comments were good enough.

The good news about everyone having time to binge watch shows like Tiger King, is that we think there are going to be a LOT of interesting team name suggestions that come out of this quarantine period. Sure, ‘Tiger King’ will probably be an option submitted for every team (we’re expecting quite a few for Mike Tyson’s team), but we want to see something a little more creative from the fans – we know you have it in you! We think ‘Baghavan Bones’ and ‘Raging Mullets’ for Bobby Bones’ team and ‘Tiger Prince’ for Prince Royce are some decent options, but we know you can do better! Let’s see what you’ve got!

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FAN Take: It’s Okay, Rams – the Fans Got This

Posted on March 25, 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!

Instead of focusing on the things we, as a society, have had to temporarily live without due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans are finding better use of their time: like focusing on how terrible the new Los Angeles Rams logo is. Our amazing fans (that’s you) did not shy away from sounding off on how much they didn’t like the logo, but we think you’ll be a fan of some of the modifications your fellow fans came up with while in quarantine:

What do you think fans, are any of these options better than what the Rams came up with? Do you think there’s still more work to be done to these logo options? Are there any other logos out there that you think are in need of some serious refreshing? More importantly, have you found yourselves sketching out different logo options for your FCFL team, provided the name you submitted wins the fan vote? Let us know!

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COVID-19: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Posted on March 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

2020 is officially the year we can’t have nice things – no March Madness, no NFL Draft in Las Vegas, and potentially no Olympics. While many sports leagues have been postponing and cancelling games due to COVID-19, the International Olympic Committee has stayed pretty quiet regarding the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, set to take place in Tokyo this summer. But that stops now! After USA Swimming and USA Track and Field both issued letters, urging the committee to postpone the games, Canada swooped in and announced that they would not be sending athletes for ANY sports if the games continued as scheduled, and urged for a one-year postponement. It didn’t take *too much* pressure from others to get the IOC to take action. Yesterday, IOC President Thomas sent a letter to the athletes acknowledging their frustration with unanswered questions about the games, and confirmed that cancelling the games is not an option they are considering. They will, however, have an answer within the next four weeks whether or not the games will be postponed or continue as planned.

Do we think the fans would want the games to happen as scheduled, but in a scaled back fashion? No. Aside from the incredible athleticism of the Olympics, one of the best parts is how grand the entire event is, from start to finish. Having a watered-down version of the Olympics just wouldn’t be as fun. Do the fans think postponing the Olympic and Paralympic Games is the right thing to do? Absolutely. While we, like the fans, are longing for the return of incredible athletes on our screens, we know containing this pandemic is far more important. So fans, take this opportunity to do your part to ‘flatten the curve,’ because the faster we do that, the faster we can have sports back!

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FAN Take: Taking Back the Game

Posted on March 18, 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!

After MLB announced it would be postponing the start of the season, but before the government issued some strict guidelines on how to help ‘flatten the curve’ of the COVID-19 pandemic, some players were looking to take back the game. Last week Trevor Bauer, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, put out a call to all MLB and MiLB players still in Arizona to meet up for a sandlot-style game. A few fans that were in town for Spring Training quickly responded to Bauer’s tweet asking if they could get in on the action, but ultimately Tommy Pham (San Diego Padres), Zac Rosscup (Colorado Rockies), Karsen Lindell (Rocky Mountain Vibes), and Patrick Wisdom (Seattle Mariners) among others took Bauer up on the offer.

The game did happen, and it looks like the guys had a great time. While we love that these players were doing what they could to take the game back, we don’t think this will be an option in the near future, especially after what seems like half the NBA is testing positive for COVID-19. But what if these athletes found a way to take the game back, without breaking self-isolation guidelines? Would the fans want to see athletes from different teams and different leagues band together in another way? Maybe they can dive into streaming in teams, playing everything from Madden to NBA 2K? Or do you think the players should focus on spending time with their loved ones and relaxing while they still have the chance to? Let us know what you think!

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The Best Sports Films Streaming Now

Posted on March 17, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well fans, if you’re reading this, you’re either currently practicing social distancing (thank you for doing your part!) or are at work, patiently waiting for your boss to give you the go-ahead to work from home in an effort to ‘flatten the curve’ on this awful COVID-19 pandemic. Either way, we want to make sure you don’t go stir crazy while you are home – we know there are only so many old games being featured on your favorite sports channels. So in an effort to keep you all entertained, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite sports films, sorted by which streaming service you can watch them on – and no, they are not in any particular order. We will continue to update this list as we binge our way through our queue as well. Let’s go!

On Amazon Prime

  • Twelve
  • Creed II
  • Henry & Me
  • Bad News Bears (2004)
  • The Longest Yard (1974)
  • Forever Strong
  • Kingpin
  • Past the Bleachers
  • Murderball
  • Gleason
  • Adidas vs. Puma
  • Bottom of the 9th
  • Legendary
  • Touchback
  • All or Nothing: Carolina Panthers
  • Running for Jim
  • This Is Football
  • Necessary Roughness
  • The Rocket
  • Don’t Quit: The Joe Roth Story
  • 23 Blast

On Disney+

  • The Sandlot
  • The Rookie
  • Miracle
  • Glory Road
  • Cool Runnings
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played
  • McFarland USA
  • Secretariat
  • The Sandlot 2
  • Going To the Mat

On Hulu

  • Cinderella Man
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Hoosiers
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Moneyball
  • The Bad News Bears (1976)
  • Hardball
  • The Blind Side
  • Never Back Down
  • Gridiron Gang
  • For Love of the Game
  • Major League II
  • Undrafted
  • 61*
  • Greater
  • Warrior
  • Borg vs. McEnroe
  • Legendary
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks
  • Leatherheads

On Netflix

  • Ali
  • The Natural
  • Jerry McGuire
  • Any Given Sunday
  • Space Jam
  • Semi-Pro
  • Goon
  • Raging Bull
  • Indian Horse
  • The Longshots
  • The Last Whistle
  • The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
  • Pegasus
  • 100 Meters
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That’s a Wrap On the CBA

Posted on March 16, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Amid all the news related to COVID-19, over the last couple weeks you may have seen some of your favorite NFL stars posting about the collective bargaining agreement, proposed by the NFL. Some were very much for it, others adamantly against it, and some on board solely for the potential implications if it is not passed. While the CBA was approved yesterday, it was a close call. Of the 1,978 members of the NFLPA, only 1,019 voted in favor of the agreement.

So what was part of this new proposal? For starters, the fans are getting 17 regular season games, 14 teams in the playoffs, and the preseason will be reduced. Additionally, “there will be player-friendly changes to the league’s marijuana policy” and players will receive an increase in their portion of the league’s revenue. Don’t get too excited though, the changes won’t go into effect until at least 2021. The good news, depending on how you look at it, is that the new agreement runs through 2030, meaning we won’t experience another NFL lockout anytime soon.

Do we think the fans are happy with this new agreement? Yes and no. We think the fans are happy to know that they won’t go through another NFL lockout, but at the same time, we think they want to see their favorite players happy. And with such a narrow margin in the votes, we think a lot of people will have a hard time ignoring tweets from guys like Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears) and Eric Ebron (Indianapolis Colts), who have made their feelings on the decision well known. While we don’t have a strong opinion on the agreement either way (although we think that NFL preseason doesn’t count), we do want to hear from you, fans!

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FAN Take: Boosting Fan Experience For the Digital Fan

Posted on March 11, 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!

Right now, the entire world is watching and reacting to the spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. Major events like SXSW and E3 have been cancelled, music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach are being rescheduled for October, and many sporting events have been canceled or postponed. As this pandemic continues to grow, we’re sure the list of the events impacted will continue to increase – which obviously creates concern with the NBA Finals just ahead, along with the return of MLB, March Madness, and the Olympic Games.

Last week when the NBA was considering hosting games without fans, LeBron James said he wouldn’t be playing if they aren’t in attendance. Little did he know, while the media was asking that question, the NBA was discussing whether fans should be banned from games or if the games in question should just be postponed. He has since changed his tune, but we won’t lie, we were pretty irked by his initial comments. Why? Because the most important thing in sports IS the fans – and their safety! It doesn’t matter how they watch their teams perform, as long as they watch.

Here’s the special thing about the FCFL, this league was not just created to give fans more control of the sport they love, but it also caters to the digital fan. While we do have seating available at our games, we built this league around fans being able to watch from wherever they want, on whichever device they prefer. So, without actually being present for games of the FCFL, how can the fan experience be amplified? Do you want to be able to do one-on-one video chats with your favorite players in lieu of a meet and greet? Do you want to see more content available before and after games, to get a better feel for how the players felt going into a game or after certain plays? Or, just a crazy idea here, do you want to be able to participate in the half-time huddle? Let us know how we can make this league everything you want it to be, even if you’re self-quarantined at home!

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New Logo, Who Dis?

Posted on March 9, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well fans, it looks like the Los Angeles Rams have just leaked their new logo, and well… it’s underwhelming to say the least. And before you say “oh there’s no way that’s real,” let me just stop you right there, because this has been confirmed by Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson. The logo first began making it’s rounds on Twitter Saturday morning in the form of the NFL Draft and OTA cap. Since then, mockups of the logo on its own have hit Imgur, Reddit and the rest of the internet. Aside from this logo looking like it’s actually meant for the LA Chargers, let’s think about all the other things it resembles: the LA Fitness logo, a golden retriever’s tail, the XFL Wildcats logo in a different color way, something you could find on obnoxious t-shirts from gift stores in LA, and possibly the early stages of rebranding for LAX.

Do we think the fans like this? LOL – no, no we do not. Do we think it makes the fans angry to know someone was paid a boatload of money to design a new logo, and have THIS be the final product? Yes. And most importantly, do we think our fans will do a better job when it comes to designing their team’s logos? Without a doubt! Our fans may come up with logos that range from clean and classic to wild and crazy, but we are positive that none of them will be as bad as this. Now just for kicks, here are some of our favorite fan reactions from Twitter and Reddit – listed in no particular order:

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FAN Take: Buzzer-Beater

Posted on March 4, 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’s one of our favorite times of year once again: MARCH MADNESS! An event that gets just about everyone you know hyped up for college hoops – even your aunt Lynda and that guy George from accounting, despite neither of them knowing what a jump ball is. So as we quickly approach the official start with Selection Sunday (March 15), there are two dozen or so teams on the ‘bubble,’ dying to secure a bid to this year’s tournament, including the Texas Longhorns. While many were glued to the TV for #SuperTuesday last night, Texas fans were watching their team extend their five-game win streak with a buzzer-beater against Oklahoma. The unreal shot unfortunately happened at an Oklahoma home game, meaning we didn’t get to see Texas fans go wild in the stands (we always love that), but we did get to see the sobering effect on the Sooners, who at this point are only considered probable for the tournament.

So fans, we’ve got some questions: Do you think last-second wins like this are more impactful than a win after maintaining a lead for a majority of the game? As a fan calling plays for your team in the FCFL, would a win like last night’s give you more momentum heading into your next game? Or would it have you taking a hard look at the plays you called, considering the score was so close until the very end? If it’s the former, how would you use that momentum to rally your fellow fans? And if it’s the latter, how do you encourage the other fans to take a hard look at their play calling abilities as well? Let us know, fans! We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

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Patience Is a Virtue

Posted on March 2, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Oh, the New York Knicks. You want to like them, even if just out of pity, but their painful record over the last 20 seasons makes it hard to do so. In their consistent efforts to make necessary changes to turn things around, the team just named former agent Leon Rose as their new president. This isn’t the only major change the team has made in recent months, though. After starting the season at 4-18, the Knicks parted ways with coach David Fizdale, and named assistant Mike Miller the interim coach. So far this season, the Knicks are 18-42 – so it should come as no surprise that Rose is asking the fans for their patience with him, Miller, and the organization as a whole during this latest transition:

Can the fans really give Rose and the Knicks the kind of patience they’re asking for? Time will only tell. The real question is, if one of the FCFL teams had a perennially disappointing record like the Knicks, would the fans give them patience? Without a doubt, we’re going to say no! FCFL fans know that if something isn’t working, it’s either their play calling or their players, basically, it’s on THEM to fix it, and fix it NOW! It should be noted that FCFL seasons are significantly shorter than that of the NBA, so if the problems are due to the players, the fans don’t have to wait long before they begin looking at the new talent showing up in the next draft. But like we said, we don’t believe FCFL fans will put up with season after season of disappointment, but we also don’t think they’ll jump ship to any other teams in the league. We know they will do the hard work to improve their roster and their play calling!