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FAN Take: Let’s Play Ball… Well, Maybe

Posted on April 29, 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!

We’ve been in quarantine for what feels like an eternity, with the bulk of us at the FCFL currently in the range of Day 60 – but things are looking up. Per USA Today, the MLB is looking to make a comeback towards the end of June, but definitely by July 2. The plan was shared by ‘MLB Officials,’ who want to remain anonymous because this is all still under consideration. Needless to say, we’re thrilled someone in the league offices leaked this information.

The plan would abandon current league structure, and instead establish three separate 10-team divisions, that would allow for teams to play in their own (fanless) ballparks. While the stadiums will remain empty, fans would be able to catch 100 games from the comfort of home. The proposed divisions would look like this:

  • East: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins
  • West: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners
  • Central: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers

It should go without saying, but this plan is pending approval of medical experts, league officials, and team owners. But, what do you think of all this, fans? Are you excited to have sports back, even with the stadiums being empty? Are you looking forward to seeing the Dodgers and Astros in the same division after the Astros were exposed for cheating? Or are you more on the glass half-empty side, and are waiting for approval from the MLB before getting too excited? Let us know what you think!

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San Diego Padres Troll Level: 100

Posted on August 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve got to ‘give it up’ to the San Diego Padres, who executed our favorite rickroll of all time. Yesterday, while hosting the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series, the Padres did another round of the aptly titled, ‘Padres Kareoke.’ With it being the last game of the series, the Padres opted to let visiting and local Red Sox fans sing along to Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline,’ a long-standing tradition at Fenway Park. But naturally, the fans weren’t going to be able to enjoy the song in its entirety. Right before the famous chorus hit, the Padres quickly switched things up and began playing, along with the music video, the iconic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by Rick Astley. And it was PRICELESS.

While the Red Sox weren’t the only ones to be rickrolled this weekend, we have to say, this was one of our favorite rickrolls of all time. We already know our fan base has a solid sense of humor and would get a kick out of this – there’s no question about that. But what if the fans had the opportunity to rickroll their opponents in the FCFL? Would they want the opportunity to deploy a secret rickroll once during the season, at any given time? We’re going to go with a definite yes on that. If it’s something the fans truly want, let us know! Help us, help you troll your opponents! After all, the promises Rick Astley lists off in his song are essentially our promises to you. We will never:

  • Give you up
  • Let you down
  • Run around and desert you
  • Make you cry
  • Say goodbye
  • Tell a lie and hurt you
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FAN Take: You’re Outta Here!

Posted on June 12, 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!

For anyone that caught the Texas Rangers – Boston Red Sox game last night, you should have seen both the first-base umpire Vic Carapazza and plate umpire Angel Hernandez hard at work, tossing people from the game. Carapazza tossed both Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi in the fifth inning, while Hernandez booted Texas manager Chris Woodward in the sixth. Based on the video, we can see why these guys were ejected, but unfortunately the umpires aren’t allowed to elaborate any further until filing their reports with the league. For those who are curious, Texas ended up winning 9-5 after what was clearly an action-packed game.

In football, we don’t see coaches or players get ejected from a game all that often – especially not Rams head coach, Sean McVay, who has a spotter to keep him both out of harm’s way and under control. We’re not asking you if you think each FCFL Offensive and Defensive Coordinator needs their own spotter (even though we would love to see that title listed on our team personnel rosters), but we do want to hear your thoughts on what sorts of behavior should result in an ejection? If a coach or player mouths off to an official after being warned, should they be tossed then? Do you think that should only happen if coaches and/or players get physical with the other team? Do you think we should be stricter than the rules currently used in the NFL and NCAA Football? Or do you think we should ease up on some of their rules when creating our own guidelines? Don’t hold back, let us know!

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Boston Must Be Stopped

Posted on May 17, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

In the last 12 months, we’ve seen the Boston Red Sox win the World Series, the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII, and now the Boston Bruins are on their way to greatness. Last night, the Bruins punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-0 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Now, we don’t hate Boston by any means, but come on guys, you can’t have it all. Leave some for the rest of us! Sure, the Celtics fully missed their shot to make this the year of Boston thanks to the Milwaukee Bucks, but we think we may end up rooting for whoever is representing for the Western Conference and heading to the Stanley Cup Finals. We got you, San Jose Sharks/St. Louis Blues!

We’re just glad you won’t see one of our teams adding to the success of Boston, because in the FCFL, you aren’t picking a team based on where you’re from. None of the teams have a hometown – they’re all based in the same location. This gives you fans an opportunity to really align yourselves with a team that a) fits your individual personality, b) has a Fan Captain that you love, or c) both. We’ve announce quite a few Fan Captains already, but trust us when we say, there are more to come VERY soon!

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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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Red Sox Ban Fortnite

Posted on May 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Looks like Fortnite strikes again. After the Boston Red Sox started off with a 14-17 record this season, the insanely popular video game is no longer allowed in the Red Sox clubhouse. Who would have thought that trying to complete your daily and weekly challenges would consume so much of your time? Oh wait, just about anyone, including the players themselves. Starting pitcher Nate Eovaldi has even said the game probably won’t be back until the team gets there act together: “Maybe if we were doing a little better maybe we would be doing it, but you can’t be losing and playing Fortnite in the clubhouse. I think everybody, in general, understands that rule. When I came over here last year I was surprised because when I was with the Rays you didn’t do that. When I came over here we’re in first-place, everybody is having a good time and getting the job done. Now we have other things we have to focus on and tend to.”

They aren’t the first team to make this decision – the Toronto Blue Jays and Vancouver Canucks have put bans on the game while others like the Texas Rangers and Green Bay Packers have had to talk to their athletes about playing time limits. We also get the feeling they won’t be the last – we just hope it doesn’t interfere with some of our favorite athletes streaming on Twitch.

We’re sure Fortnite won’t be at the forefront forever, but there’s always going to be some game captivating everyone’s attention. So, should the FCFL follow the lead from some of these teams and limit screen time for our players during the season? Maybe. But ultimately, we need input from you, the fans. You all have a team you’re actively involved in, so why not make this one of the items you discuss with your Virtual Front Office. Don’t want to be in charge of making that call? That’s fine too, we just want to hear from you!

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2019 MLB Opening Day Is Here

Posted on March 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Today is Opening Day for the MLB – the true sign that Spring has sprung and that warmer days are ahead. Let’s take a look at what some of your favorite MLB teams use for their go-to hashtags for the 2019 season.

Some of them are great – we’re looking at you St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and the Detroit Tigers. Others are hilarious, like the Boston Red Sox, but some are just bad and unimaginative.

In case you haven’t been following along on our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram channels (which we have a very hard time believing), we are currently accepting team name submissions for every FCFL team. We’ve had an amazing time reading through your submissions, and can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeves. Just be sure your team names will provide a phenomenal hashtag that will make every other team’s look lame and like complete garbage. We don’t want you to end up like the New York Mets or the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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FAN Take – What’s Your Price?

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!

Over the summer, we shared a story about a VERY disgruntled New York Knicks fan looking to sell his fandom to the highest bidder. Evan Perlmutter went to eBay to put his allegiance up for sale, saying he promised to “throw out my awesome Knicks trash can”, “burn no less than three articles of Knicks memorabilia” and root “whole-heartly” for whichever team the auction’s winner chooses. His opening bid request was for $1,973 in honor of the Knicks’ last championship in 1973. The winning bidder, James Riedel, assigned Perlmutter to his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, for $3,500. Unfortunately for him, the Lakers are off to a rockier start than the Knicks.

That brings us to the World Series. Last night, the Boston Red Sox took home the win for Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the series 2-0. For those somehow unaware, both teams have severe rivalries with teams from their respective areas. Fans of the Red Sox completely detest the New York Yankees. Fans of the San Francisco Giants would rather see anyone else in the World Series than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This year the series really is a battle of the best of the west and east coast, so we’re wondering if there are fans willing to cast aside their fandom to see a trophy brought home to their state or region. Giants fans, are you sticking to your guns and rooting for anyone BUT the Dodgers, or do you want to see the title back in California? What about the Yankees fans – are you rooting for the demise of Boston? If your least favorite team made it to any kind of championship series, would you root against them out of allegiance to your own team? Or would you want to see the best team win? We want to know!

Power To The Fans!