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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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Bobby Bones Is Your Newest FCFL Team Owner

Posted on May 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Bobby Bones, the man with a face for both television and radio is headed to the FCFL. No, he won’t be playing (although Bobby, we aren’t opposed to watching you try out for the league) – he is your latest Team Owner | Fan Captain! Before you ask, “what does an American Idol mentor, iHeartRadio host, New York Times best-selling author and Dancing with the Stars champion know about football?” Well guess what? Bobby has not only been one half of Roddick and Bones on Fox Sports Radio, but you also saw him a couple weeks ago covering the 2019 NFL Draft on both ABC and ESPN.

Didn’t catch the draft or his season of Dancing with the Stars? Then we’re sure you’ve heard him on the radio. Not only does he serve as the Vice President, Creative Director of iHeartCountry, but his radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, is syndicated all over the country across 140 stations, making his show the #1 Country morning show with millions of weekly listeners. He’s also the frontman of his band, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, making Bobby a modern-day renaissance man. Talk about a “jack of all trades!” Really, because that’s exactly how the folks at ESPN would describe him. 

FCFL CEO Sohrob Farudi, commented, “Country music and football go hand in hand. Adding one of Country Music’s biggest personalities – who was just recently an NFL Draft correspondent for ABC and ESPN – to our roster of Team Owners just makes perfect sense. What a lot of people don’t realize about Bobby is that he has incredibly deep sports knowledge besides being a fierce competitor, which we all saw when he won Dancing with the Stars. We’re excited to have him bring his legion of country music fans to the FCFL.”

When asked about why he became an owner in the FCFL, Bones, shared, “I’ve been a pretty proud football fan for as long as I can remember, but becoming an owner in the FCFL was a no-brainer because the fans literally lead the way and call the shots. It’s innovative, different and I’m excited for the #BTeam to join me in another crazy journey.”

Let’s get you caught up quickly on the other Fan Captains – we’ve announced Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Prince Royce, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, and Kinda Funny. We don’t want to put words in Bobby’s mouth, but we think he’s looking forward to watching Ochocinco crumble in the FCFL just like he did on Dancing with the Stars. That’s right, he competed on the show as well, just in a different season. And well, he didn’t take home the Mirror Ball Trophy like Bobby did. We’re not taking sides here, just stating the facts. But he’s not here JUST for the trash talk – Bobby’s team is all about playing this game strategically.

Does all of that sound good to you? Are you like Bobby and planning on crushing this season by being disciplined and learning everything you possibly can about the game, your players and your opponents? Then register for Bobby’s team here and start making your voice heard! Team name submissions are OPEN, so act fast before we move on to the first round of voting! We know you’re going to come up with something great, we can just feel it!

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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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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Posted on August 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We aren’t even finished with NFL Preseason, and fans are already putting down money for the Super Bowl. According to Las Vegas sportsbooks, there are currently more bets on the Chicago Bears winning the Lombardi Trophy than any other team right now, with the Cleveland Browns close behind them. A senior oddsmaker for Caesars Sportsbook, Alan Berg, shared “every time the Bears go to the playoffs, the following year, the money just pours in.” Clearly, the fans are feeling optimistic! While they may have the most bets, the Bears only have the fourth-best odds (9-1) at Caesars, behind the New England Patriots (7-1), Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) and the New Orleans Saints (17-2). We’re curious to see how these odds change after the regular season has kicked off, especially for the teams that have had major roster changes in the last few months.

With the Fan Controlled Football League calling Las Vegas home, it can be expected that there will be fans betting on our games. Sure, fans can bet on the outcomes of each week’s games and who will make it to the championship game, but what about which fan will be crowned the “Top Fan,” with the highest FanIQ at the end of the season? What other aspects of the league would you want to throw a little money at? Would you bet on how many times Co-Founder Ray Austin gets in the broadcast booth and talks about his days with the Chicago Bears and New York Jets? Spoiler alert: that will happen at least once during any game where Ray is in the house. What about the number of times Team Owner | Fan Captain Bobby Bones comes up with an impromptu song during a livestream of his team’s game? We think the fans will want to get in on some of these more “fun” bets. Let’s make this interesting, fans!

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Time To Pony Up, Shaq

Posted on July 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When will people learn that the internet is forever? Clearly not soon enough, and nobody knows that better than Shaquille O’Neal. This morning Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr tweeted an unearthed clip of Shaq making some strong statements in regards to his coach at the time, Phil Jackson. He quite literally said he would kiss the feet of any other coach that made four NBA Finals appearances within five years. For those of you that haven’t been counting, Kerr reached that milestone this year after previously making appearances in 2015, 2017, and 2018 as well. But don’t worry, Shaq knows his number is up. He responded to Kerr, letting him know that he’s game.

We love it when athletes make outlandish statements, only to have to back them up after being called out on social media. While we don’t necessarily want to watch Shaq kiss Kerr’s feat, we’re glad someone dug that clip up for the world to enjoy. We’d ask the fans if they want to see some interesting bets go on between our athletes and Team Owners | Fan Captains, but we already know the answer is a resounding yes. But we are curious to hear from the fans what kind of bets they want to see! Should Bobby Bones and Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller make an arrangement for the loser to go on the other’s show and publicly call themselves the biggest loser of the FCFL? What about Marshawn Lynch having to take Richard Sherman or Prince Royce to a VERY expensive dinner at the nicest restaurant in Las Vegas? We’re all ears for your suggestions!

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NFLPA Takes Over Family Feud

Posted on July 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Summer programming isn’t always the best, but we’re thankful we have Celebrity Family Feud to keep us entertained! Last night we tuned in to watch the NFL Players’ Association take over, with one team comprised of All-Stars, and one of Hall of Fame Legends. The NFLPA grouped Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers, DE), Bradley Chubb (Denver Broncos, LB), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens, QB), Stephon Gilmore (New England Patriots, CB), and Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints, WR) for their “All-Star” team. They played for the Professional Athletes Foundation.

On the opposing side, we saw five Hall of Famers – Aeneas Williams (DB), Brian Urlacher (LB), Tim Brown (WR), Dermontti Dawson (Center), and Jackie Slater (OT) – who played for the Team Gleason Foundation. We don’t want to give too much of the episode away, but if there’s anything we learned last night, it’s that the NFL Legends are the team to beat! Could that be because they are more in tune with what’s happening outside the world of football? Or maybe it’s because they have a lot of free time in their retirement to brush up on past episodes of Family Feud – we’ll let you be the judge of that 😏

We love seeing our Team Owners | Fan Captains on reality tv shows – Bobby Bones walked away from Dancing with the Stars with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, and Prince Royce is officially a Lip Sync Battle champion – so which show should be next? And which of our Team Owners should make their debut? Do we want to see Richard Sherman take on American Ninja Warrior? Do you think Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller could hold his own on Wheel of Fortune (with one of the puzzles being Milk Mommies, of course)? If we’re guessing at what the fans want – it’s all of the above. We think you’d love to see any of our captains on any show, whether it’s something that tests their physical abilities or the mental aptitude. Let us know who you want to see, and on what show, in the comments!

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FCFL Takes On Lip Sync Battle

Posted on June 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

You read that right, fans! FCFL Team Owner | Fan Captain Prince Royce appeared on last night’s episode of Lip Sync Battle to face off against Lele Pons. h pulled out a rendition of “Versace on the Floor” by Bruno Mars to start off with, before moving on to a show-stopping version of “Fireball” by Pitbull. We think we can speak for everyone that saw his performance when we say that Prince Royce makes a better Pitbull than Mr. 305 himself. It was a no brainer for the fans to make the decision, crowning Prince Royce Lip Sync Battle champion. That’s right, we’ve got a champion on our hands before the season even starts. Let’s just hope that he wears his belt proudly to each game!

We want to hear from the fans, if we set up a Lip Sync Battle-type competition between all the Team Owners | Fan Captains that have been named, who do you think would take home the title of champion? Sure Bobby Bones has some moves after competing on Dancing with the Stars and sings in his band, but we get the feeling that Greg Miller from Kinda Funny might have some hidden talents to showcase on stage. Maybe Richard Sherman is secretly the best dancer and is just waiting for a platform to wow us with his skills. But at the end of the day, if we were the fans, we’d keep our money on Prince Royce after that performance!