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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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NFL Week Eight Round Up – Fans Are Riding High

Posted on October 29, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re officially at the halfway mark of the NFL Regular Season and if the fans’ ability to accurately pick games is any indicator of how they will do in the inaugural season of the Fan Controlled Football League, we’ve got nothing to worry about! Once again, the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers came out on top, and the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are keeping their losing streak alive. Naturally, the fans called all four teams’ games correctly. Due to a split decision on the Oakland Raiders-Houston Texans game this week, the fans ended up going 12-2-1, bringing their season record to 74-39-8. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chicago Bears
  • New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
  • New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans *tie, we guess the fans just couldn’t pick
  • Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 9 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 8:

  • Nick Bosa continues to strain his back by carrying the 49ers. We hope for the fans sake that he stays healthy for the remainder of the season.
  • The Jaguars achieved Troll Level 1000 when responding to Jets QB Sam Darnold’s statement on ‘seeing ghosts’ in their loss to the Patriots the week before. It should also be noted that prior to the game, a plane flew over the stadium with a banner that read ‘Gardner Minshew ain’t afraid of no ghosts.’

  • This Tennessee Titans cheerleader is outperforming the entire receiving core from the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns combined.
  • Aaron Rodgers reminded everyone why he’s a Super Bowl MVP with this pass. Don’t lie, you all held your breath during this play too.
  • Saquon Barkley went full BEASTMODE on the field, tossing these guys out of his way. Marshawn, we think it’s time you sign some new athletes to your brand.


  • Move over, *NSYNC. The Seahawks not only defeated the Browns, but they proved they’re better dancers than all of you.
  • Russell Wilson led his team to a TD without the aid of his helmet communication system. It’s *almost* like he’s earning his paycheck out there!
  • The Detroit Lions showed up at Lambeau to remind you why their season isn’t dead with a perfectly executed Flea Flicker for their first play of the game!
  • There were a LOT of things going wrong in the Lions-Packers game last night, but the only thing worse than the officiating had to be Rodgers’ receiving core.
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FAN Take: A New Level of Teasing the Competition

Posted on September 25, 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 Dallas Cowboys seem to have the same view of the Miami Dolphins this season as the rest of us – their season is just one big dumpster fire. Why do we think that? NFL Films picked up Cowboys QB Dak Prescott in the huddle, talking about the return of Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets instead of the game they were quite literally in the middle of playing. We can’t completely blame him – we were pretty excited when the menu item returned last month. But was he really just that excited about chicken nuggets? Or was he actively teasing the competition by paying them no attention? We’re going to go with the latter.

Will the Cowboys’ opponents choose to reference this in any upcoming games? Like maybe renaming one of their plays ‘Spicy Nugget?’ We don’t see the New Orleans Saints trying anything that brazen considering they’re without Drew Brees, but maybe the Green Bay Packers will. Is this our way of saying we want that to happen? Absolutely. Bring on the shade! One of the things fans will be allowed to do in the FCFL is submit plays to be added to their team’s playbook. This opens up the opportunity for fans to get creative with names for their plays, and we can (hand clap emoji) not (hand clap emoji) wait (hand clap emoji) to see what you come up with! Will you use this as a chance to throw digs at the opposing teams? Maybe some of the opposing players in particular? Or do you want to stick with more traditional names for plays?

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Fantasy Football Deadlines Are Approaching!

Posted on September 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

With the NFL’s 100th season just over 24 hours away from kicking off, that means fans are running out of time to join a fantasy league and draft prior to Week 1. For everyone that’s procrastinating to get their rosters filled, we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite picks at each position:

Running Back

  • Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
  • Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Wide Receiver

  • DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
  • Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
  • Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Tight End

  • Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Quarterback

  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Defense

  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Jacksonville Jaguars

Kicker

  • Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
  • Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
  • Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

If you’ve already completed your draft, be sure to share your roster (and carefully-crafted team names) and tag us on social media! We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with – especially since this will be your last big football draft prior to the first-ever, fan-run draft in the FCFL!  

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FAN Take: Make A Cameo

Posted on May 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!

We’ll start this off by saying there are no Game of Thrones spoilers in this blog, although if you haven’t already watched this week’s episode, it seems like that’s more your problem than it is ours. In Sunday’s episode, you definitely saw Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, even if you didn’t realize it was him. After all, he wasn’t exactly running around in his jersey, and he didn’t look exactly like himself either. His cameo in the final season of the hit show was not a well-kept secret, but we would have liked to see him last a little bit longer than he did.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen athletes make cameos in film and television. Rodgers’ teammates were in Pitch Perfect 3 (we are still scarred from Clay Matthews’ performance), Larry Bird killed it in Space Jam, and Lee Trevino left a lasting impression in Happy Gilmore without any lines. And of course the too-many-to-count NFL players featured on The League. Although if we had to pick a favorite there, it would have to be Cam Jordan and Jordan Cameron addressing the issue of fantasy football fans always mixing the two of them up. With Game of Thrones ending, what television shows would you want to see your favorite players drop in to? Would you rather see them on the big screen in a summer blockbuster? Or do you want the players on your team to just focus on football, whether they’re in season or not? Let us know, fans!

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Jordy Nelson Set to Retire

Posted on March 27, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Per the only trusted Green Bay Packers news source, James Jones, Jordy Nelson has retired from the NFL. The wide receiver, who most recently played with the Oakland Raiders, boasts over 8,500 yards, 72 touchdowns, and a Super Bowl ring.

Last Spring, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers essentially shut down any new contract rumors through friend and teammate, James Jones. The WR confirmed that Rodgers would be letting him announce any contract news, and that if fans were interested, they should be following him on Twitter. Sure enough, Rodgers kept that promise and Jones broke the news. So, it was only fitting that when Nelson was ready to leave the field, he had his former teammate make the announcement.

Of course, we love seeing the bond between the former teammates, but we cannot wait to see how our FCFL players will handle similar announcements. We fully expect them to one-up Jones and the rest of the Packers. Who knows, maybe they will take to holding live press conferences on Twitch or designating one of you, the FANS, to be their official news source. No matter what route they decide, we know it’s going to be good.

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Green Bay and McCarthy Part Ways

By Annalece Montgomery

It was announced Sunday night that the Green Bay Packers would be moving forward without head coach Mike McCarthy. The announcement came after a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, a game that both CEO Mark Murphy and GM Brian Gutekunst felt should have been won. During his tenure with the team, McCarthy led the team to a 125-77-2 record, including a 15-1 record a year after helping them turn around a 4-4 start to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

The news broke the same day as quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ 35th birthday. Despite what the internet seems to think, this was not the birthday gift he asked for. Just like any other Monday during the season, Rodgers, along with his teammates, reported for interviews. Both he and Davante Adams shared their thoughts on McCarthy’s firing, noting that the circumstances were unfortunate and the only thing left to do was to do their best during the next four games under interim head coach, Joe Philbin. Rodgers, the team’s fearless leader added “this [was] a difficult day for myself and guys in the locker room.” For Rodgers’ and Adams’ full interviews, click here.

Many are wondering if Rodgers will be involved in the hiring process of the next head coach, and we’re wondering if the fans would accept input from their quarterback, or other players, for such a major decision? While the fans WILL be calling plays on game day, there is also a need for a strong coaching staff for all the days between. We think that the fans can recognize that players can be fans too, and that they might have their own opinions.

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FAN Take – Shake It Off

By Annalece Montgomery

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 seen a lot of great athletes falter recently, with their fans calling for their removal from the team, amongst other harsh comments. But when one of those days happens, how do these athletes pick themselves up and head into the next game with a clear head?

This week, Mason Crosby, veteran kicker for the Green Bay Packers missed four field goal attempts and an extra point attempt. That’s 13 points the team missed out on, and they fell to the Detroit Lions 31-23. We don’t need to do the math for you, but it’s not a surprise that fans felt he cost the team the game. At one point in the game, Crosby even switched cleats, but that didn’t help. It was an off day for Crosby, as he is the Packer’s career scoring leader and had made 10 of 11 field goals leading into this week’s game. Aaron Rodgers remained loyal to him in the post-game interviews, calling him “one of the greatest kickers of all time.” We commend the QB for his sentiments and being there for his longtime teammate.

In Sunday’s match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, we saw a similarly tough performance, this time from Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles. While he completed 33 of 61 passes for a whopping 430 yards, he also threw four interceptions. In post-game interviews, head coach Doug Marrone highlighted things he did right, acknowledged issues he needs to work on, and faced their faults head on. When asked of Bortles’ performance, he said “he’s a heck of a quarterback…he’s good on film, he’s good in person.”

If you, the fans, were the coach of a veteran player who had such an off day, what would you do? Would you be supportive? Would you call the player out in front of his teammates, or publicly? Would you move past their performance and focus on the next game – just shake it off and let it go? Or would you face the problem head on and make sure that game film is reviewed in detail with that player? We want to hear from YOU!

Power To The Fans!

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Don’t Call It A Comeback

With Week One of the 2018 NFL season behind us, we take a look at some of the biggest comeback moments we saw from the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, and Green Bay Packers.

The Cleveland Browns have free beer on the line for their local fans, so the pressure was already on them before the team even took the field. Once the game got started, Ben Roethlisberger threw three picks, two of them to the Browns first round pick, CB Denzel Ward. Things were looking up for the team, especially with Josh Gordon coming through to tie the game with two minutes left, until Tyrod Taylor threw a pick and the game went into overtime. One of course was not enough, and the game entered a second overtime, with the Browns missing their chance at the end to win. While the team didn’t win, they finally ended their losing streak.

Could you imagine what it would be like to face off against Tom Brady, a top contender for GOAT status? While we can only speculate, we imagine this could have been part of the reason Deshaun Watson fumbled on his first play back from his ACL tear. Luckily for the Houston Texans, Tom Brady threw a pick to Tyrann Mathieu later in the game. While it was a disappointing game for Watson, the rest of his team was able to keep the game close, even leaving them with a chance to tie it up in the last minute with a Hail Mary. The New England Patriots came out on top, but the highlight here was Watson being able to brush himself off and get back in the game, giving hope to Houston fans for the rest of the season.

Oh, Aaron Rodgers. For Green Bay Packers fans everywhere, the world felt as if it had stopped when Rodgers left the field in the first half with a knee injury. They had already faced enough of last season with a backup QB, and weren’t prepared to do it again. After a scoreless first half, Rodgers reemerged from the locker room more determined than ever to get the game back on track. Racking up 24 points in the last half, Rodgers helped lead his team to victory against one of their biggest rivals, the Chicago Bears, and left with a promise that he would be back next week to take on the Minnesota Vikings.

We wonder how the fans would react if they were on the field, or calling the shots, in these situations. Would they let the pressure rattle them? Would they play it safe and sit out the rest of the game? We think the answer for both of these situations is a resounding no. If the fans were up against Big Ben or Tom Brady after having a terrible record or an embarrassing first fumble, we think they would use that pressure to fuel them – to make them fight harder. If they were injured and knew they could get back in the game to secure the first win of the season or sit out, they would go in. Our fans have proven themselves to not be afraid of a little risk. And with big risks, comes big rewards.