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FAN Take: Draft Day

Posted on April 22, 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!

It’s NFL Draft Eve, normally one of our favorite times of the year, but things are clearly different this time around. There won’t be giant parties for the incoming rookies to celebrate, there won’t be crowds outside of every team’s stadium watching to see who they’re adding to their respective rosters, and there won’t be war rooms for every team to huddle up in and make their selections. But that’s okay, because at the end of the day, we’re going to see a bunch of talented players have their dreams come true. But no dreams will come true for Roger Goodell. His career-long dream of walking on stage without a large crowd booing him will have to wait another year at the very least, thanks to Bud Light.

Either way, we’re excited to see how teams use their picks to shape their 2020-21 season rosters, especially teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, who practically need to rebuild their teams entirely to get back on track. We think this is something that our fans can resonate with, because they will be doing the same thing in our inaugural year – building their team from the ground up. We asked the fans to sound off on what position they would be gunning for with their first pick in the FCFL Draft, and it’s becoming pretty clear that our fans want to nail down the perfect quarterback before filling out the rest of the roster. But what about the next few picks? Are they going to move straight into snatching up all the best receivers? Or do they want to cycle through receivers, o-line and d-line? Maybe they want to take cues on what positions should come next from their respective offensive and defensive coordinators? Or even their Team Owners | Fan Captains? Let us know how you’d use your picks in the first-ever FCFL draft!

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Rookies Take Over

By Annalece Montgomery

Week Three of the NFL season has ended with an important message: the rookies are taking over. Three teams now have rookies starting in the quarterback position. When does that ever happen?

In Thursday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, Tyrod Taylor left the game per NFL concussion protocol, and Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech) entered to win the game. That’s right, the Cleveland Browns won their first game in 635 days. And in so doing, they unlocked small fridges of Bud Light for the people of Cleveland! He will be starting against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Taylor is still in concussion protocol, but we imagine that Hue Jackson would have Mayfield start either way.

In the season opener, the Buffalo Bills were decimated by the Baltimore Ravens, in a 47-3 loss. Their starter, Nathan Peterman was pulled in the third quarter when they were trailing 40-0, and the No.7 pick from the 2018 draft, Josh Allen (Wyoming), was put in. We don’t think it was much of a surprise when the Bills named Allen their starting QB for next week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Monday morning the Arizona Cardinals announced Josh Rosen (UCLA) would be making his starting debut next week in their match against the Seattle Seahawks, per head coach Steve Wilks. Rosen proved himself in this week’s game, a loss to the Chicago Bears – he replaced Sam Bradford with 4 minutes and 31 seconds left in the game. Bradford will be serving as Rosen’s backup.

So, would the fans want to start a rookie, if they were coaching? They could make the case for a “forced” apprenticeship for the first year. It’s working pretty darn well for Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech), who spent his rookie year on the sidelines watching veteran Alex Smith lead the team before busting out of the gate with 13 TD’s in his first three games as a starter, in his second year in the league!  And, of course, riding the bench in his first season worked out pretty well for another guy, who happens to be named Joe Montana. In his second season (1980), the GOAT took over from Steve DeBerg, and the rest is history!

All that said, we do believe our fans would probably start a rookie if his stats supported it. We think our fans are excited to have anyone on the field, as long as they’re bringing in results. They want to see strong stats and wins – so if that’s going to happen by throwing in a rookie, they’ll be all for it!

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Bud Light: Beer of the Underdog

By Annalece Montgomery

Bud Light is making headlines once more by throwing their support to the underdog. It was announced this morning that Anheuser-Busch, who’s Bud Light brand is the official beer of the NFL, will be placing eight-foot “Victory” fridges filled with Bud Light bottles in Cleveland-area bars. The fridges are rigged with WiFi-enabled locks, keeping the contents off limits until the moment Cleveland fans have been waiting for since Week 16 of the 2016 season: a Browns victory.

The moment the Cleveland Browns get their first win of the season, fridges will be unlocked and the fans will be able to enjoy the beer free of charge – and who knows, maybe the soundtrack of a choir singing will be incorporated as well. But pessimistic Browns fans don’t need to worry, according to Bud Light’s VP of Marketing, Andy Goeler, the beer will be changed out every month as necessary in order to make sure the fans receive fresh product.

It’s an interesting collaboration, since most teams wouldn’t focus on the first win, but the Browns are all in on this promotion. “While some may characterize it as celebrating one victory, we view this as an opportunity to thank Browns fans for their unwavering support while also looking forward to our goal of rewarding Cleveland with a consistently winning football team,” said Dave Jenkins, the Browns Chief Operating Officer.

As fans are the decision-makers in the FCFL, we wonder which they would be more excited for: that first taste of victory – whether it’s the first fan-called touchdown or first win – or the inevitable glory (and share of the prize pool!) that comes with winning the first Fan Controlled Football League Championship.

Because this league is by the fans, for the fans, we think they will be more focused on the first taste. Truly, there is nothing like the rush you’ll get from making the play call for the first touchdown, executed to perfection by the team YOU drafted, wearing the uniforms YOU selected. Sure, for those that reach that point earlier in the season than others, we imagine their focuses would then shift to the long-term goal of bringing home the championship. At the end of the day, you need to cross off that first win before calling yourself a winner, let alone a champion.