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Alabama Becomes ‘Big Brother’

Posted on September 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Looks like Alabama is the first university to take the ‘Big Brother’ idea to the next level. In an effort to keep students at Bryant-Denny Stadium during the entirety of some of their less-competitive games, the school has had students download an app that tracks their location. Before we dive too deep into how creepy that sounds, there is an upside here. Students rack up loyalty points by using the app to cash in on prizes. Example: Alabama students download the app and earn 100 Tide Loyalty Points for attending a home game, then are rewarded an additional 250 for staying until the fourth quarter. The more points a student racks up, the more perks they can get – including tickets for College Football Playoffs.

Aside from the obvious privacy concerns over students having their movements tracked, the points system doesn’t seem to take into account the weather conditions during home football games. During last week’s game against New Mexico State, one of those less-competitive games we mentioned, temperatures hit over 100 degrees. Mitchell Slifka, a junior, said “It’s 100 degrees and, personally, I don’t think it’s safe. I’m not sticking around just to get loyalty points.” We can’t say we blame Slifka in the slightest – anything over 80 degrees and we’re looking for somewhere with air conditioning to retreat to.

While Alabama might be the only school currently tracking their students’ location with the app, they aren’t the only one to encourage students to use it. Other schools like Clemson have their students rack up loyalty points for rewards like branded t-shirts. So what if we deployed something like this with the FCFL app? Would the fans want to earn special perks or FanIQ points for checking in at specific locations to watch a game? Or maybe earn those same perks for watching games with their friends? We think that’s something the fans will jump all over – so long as we aren’t requiring them to spend multiple hours under the hot sun in Tuscaloosa 😏

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Ask Johnny

Posted on August 20, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While everyone was trying to get through the last Monday before college football officially returns, the folks at Bleacher Report set up an AMA with Johnny Manziel. You may remember him as the guy who looked really unhappy while waiting for his NFL Draft Pick to come through in 2014 (as pictured above), just one more Cleveland Browns QB to completely flop, or as the guy who couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble no matter how hard he tried. Either way, you know him, and the results of his AMA were pure gold. Some of the important things we learned about good ol’ Johnny Football are:

  1. He thinks he can out-chug Baker Mayfield (honestly, so do we)
  2. He thinks Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco) is one of the best coaches in the NFL
  3. He hasn’t ruled out a return to football 👀
  4. He’s got either Clemson or Alabama winning it all this year
  5. He’s picking the New Orleans Saints for this year’s Super Bowl Champions

It’s been about a year since we last had the Co-Founders sit down for an AMA on Twitch, and are planning on doing another one in the near future. But who else would the fans be interested in hearing from? The obvious answer is our Team Owners | Fan Captains, which certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but what about the athletes trying out for the league? We think the fans would love the opportunity to pick the brains of some of these guys ahead of our draft, just to make sure they are the right fit for their team. We’re not going to throw out a Field of Dreams “if you build it, they will come,” reference, but… we want to give the fans what they want! Let us know what you think!

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Harmless Fun

Posted on May 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve heard stories in the past about construction workers trolling the teams they work for. One guy flew an Alabama flag at Texas A&M’s football stadium, while another buried a Red Sox jersey at the new Yankees Stadium. And it’s time for a new story. Enter Tony Said, a construction worker from Cleveland that is currently working on M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. This week he decided to make his love for the Cleveland Browns known by hanging a giant poster of Baker Mayfield outside the stadium, visible to anyone walking by. He admitted that it wasn’t up for very long, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t bring him immense joy.

We love ourselves a little trickery at the FCFL, and we hope to see our athletes have the same kind of spirit this coming season. There’s nothing wrong with a friendly prank, especially when it comes to getting in the heads of your opponents before a game. Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller has already joked about sending pizzas in the middle of the night right before a game to make their opponents. Fans, are you ready to team up with your Fan Captains and favorite players to make this kind of thing a reality?

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Clemson Rolls Over Alabama

By Annalece Montgomery

Well, that’s certainly not the College Football Championship game we were all expecting, was it? Last night, Clemson steam-ROLLed all over Alabama (see what we did there?) thanks to Trevor “Five Star Recruit” Lawrence, a true freshman, and an amazing right-handed catch from Justyn Ross – another freshman. The Crimson Tide (14-1) thought they were about to secure their sixth national championship in under 10 years with Coach Nick Saban, but boy, were they wrong. After leading his team to a 44-16 win and finishing with 347 yards, three touchdowns, and zero turnovers, Lawrence was named most outstanding offensive player. Shocker, we know.

Believe it or not – especially after last night’s performance – but Trevor Lawrence still has another two years before he can enter the NFL draft. We understand that talent like this only comes around once in a generation, but let’s say you’re looking at Lawrence, or at least someone like him. Do you want him to declare his intentions with a football league as soon as he’s eligible? Or do you want him to play as much as he can in college before signing up for an FCFL combine (maybe even exhaust his eligibility a la Peyton Manning?)? And do you think the FCFL should be open to “one and done” athlete eligibility – a la NCAA hoops – so that the fans could have a shot at drafting Lawrence this spring? We think while our fans are eager to have the best players possible on their team, they have also seen what happens when an athlete goes pro too soon. Sometimes they’re amazing, but a lot of the time they go later than they would have liked and are sour over it or they don’t get picked up by a team until after the draft. That being said, we think the fans would prefer their favorite college athletes to get everything they can out of their college playing experience before putting their fate in the hands of the fans.

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FAN Take – Where to Find the Best Athletes

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!

In an article last week, SB Nation looked at the readiness of Ivy League football being a contender for playoffs. Not since the 1950’s has Ivy League football been taken seriously as a post-season threat the likes of recent powerhouses Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson. As it stands, the Ivy League is the only FCS conference not to participate in the postseason, whether it be playoffs or a bowl game.

We know – there are so many bowl games out there, which one would they even be a contender for? Enter the Celebration Bowl. This season will mark the fourth year of the Celebration Bowl, which will feature champions of the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference, made up entirely of historically black colleges and universities) and MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) conferences.

Princeton’s head coach Bob Surace is angling for an Ivy-League-HBCU bowl matchup, which is not out of the realm of possibility since the conferences don’t receive an automatic bid for the FCS playoffs. “Why wouldn’t we work with historically black colleges and play them? Take a school like Grambling or Howard vs. Princeton or Columbia or whoever. You’re gonna hit a huge number on TV, and you’re gonna sell it out in Atlanta or New Orleans or Washington DC. Why wouldn’t we want to bring more attention?”

We’re with you, Bob – we want to see more attention brought to the underdogs, or literally just anyone that isn’t a part of the SEC, Big 10 or Big 12. The exposure of the games may bring bigger talent to the Ivy League and HBCUs, which will in turn bring bigger talent to organizations like the FCFL. Considering the fact that 10% of NFL players who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame were drafted from an HBCU – this includes Jerry Rice, Walter Payton (as in Walter Payton, NFL Man of the Year Award), and Michael Strahan, among others. It’s clear that the spotlight needs to be shown upon some of these lesser-watched conferences. How else are we going to find the best athletes if we aren’t given the opportunity to see them all?

We’re looking to the fans for their input here – should the NCAA give more opportunities to more schools to let their athletes shine on a national stage? Is the best NCAA talent restricted to powerhouses like Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State? Fans, where (what schools, conferences) do you want to see the FCFL draft players from? Let us know!

Power To The FANS!