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NFL’s 100th Season Kick Off Falls Flat

Posted on September 6, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, that certainly wasn’t the game we were expecting from the NFL’s 100th season. Typically, the first game of the regular season features the Super Bowl Champions, which in this case, would have been the New England Patriots. But this year, the NFL decided to switch it up and feature the oldest rivalry they had, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. Which is kind of fitting, because this is also the 100th season for both teams. The end result was lackluster to say the least. Between the Packers have the fewest yards in the first quarter since 1979 (-12 total, wow) and the Bears finding themselves in a 3rd and 40 situation, we wanted more from the game with a final score of 10-3.

Were the fans just excited to have regular season football back? Definitely, at least for a little while. But did they love the first game? Not so much. People were roasting the game on Twitter, and USA Today‘s Andy Nesbitt weren’t having it. As soon as the first flag was thrown in the first quarter, even we found ourselves thinking we could have gone without football a little longer. One thing is certain, in the FCFL we will do everything we can to make sure these match-ups are as entertaining as possible! Until our season has it’s ‘first snap,’ we’ll just hope for better quality of games this NFL season. At least the showdown between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders on Monday night should be entertaining given all the drama Antonio Brown has caused over the last few weeks!

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The Drama Isn’t Over for AB

Posted on September 5, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Oh Antonio, what have you done?! Yesterday we (along with what we imagine were millions of others) were getting a kick out of Antonio Brown sharing a letter from the Oakland Raiders GM, Mike Mayock, detailing the fines he’s racked up by not attending practice. The current fines (read: before he has more added on for this stunt) include $13,950 for missing the team walk through on August 22, and $40,000 fir missing training camp on August 18. He tagged the Raiders Instagram account and added the following caption to his story: “WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR.”

And now, it looks like Brown will be suspended. We’re waiting for more details, but there is no doubt that there was some kind of confrontation between the wide receiver and Mayock. We don’t know if this is all some ploy to increase ratings ahead of the Raiders game against the Denver Broncos on Monday night, but we can’t look away from this dumpster fire.

How would the fans handle a situation like this, where one of their star players is taking to social media to call out the front office? We think instead of trying to suspend the player, the fans will be more likely to either a) fire back at him on social media, b) rally the other fans into not starting him, or c) a combination of the two. More importantly, will this whole fiasco make the fans more likely to tune in to Monday Night Football this week? Our guess is probably not. If anything, we think they will be more likely to tune in to the first game Brown actually plays in.

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Antonio Brown Comes Out on Top

Late Saturday night it was reported that Antonio Brown was headed to a new team: the Oakland Raiders, our soon-to-be neighbors in Las Vegas. The Pittsburgh Steelers walked away with a third and fifth round pick in return, along with plenty of criticism from fans of other teams for handling negotiations so terribly. Brown, who inked a 3-year deal for $30 million guaranteed, certainly came out ahead of the Steeler’s, who will be eating $21 million against the cap to part ways with the wide receiver. Ouch.

Aside from this being great news for Brown, it might be better for Jon Gruden and the folks over at the Raiders. Gruden landed himself one of the best wide receivers in the game, and the Raiders earned themselves some extra star power ahead of a big relocation – guaranteeing themselves to pick up fans along the way. But really, this news is most important for every wide receiver set to become a free agent this year. Brown’s deal just set a new benchmark for their agents to use in their respective negotiations. Truly, this is just the starting point for major wide receiver contracts – similar to the quarterback contracts we saw over the last few years where each guy managed to one-up the one before him by a few million dollars.

We know our fans aren’t the kind of people to tell athletes to ‘shut up and play’ – you guys like the drama and the story behind every player. But when it comes to negotiating with another team for a trade, we know you’ll do better than the Steelers. Sure, we won’t have $30M transactions, but we feel confident that you wouldn’t bungle negotiations as bad as the Steelers did. You’re better than that.