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The Match: A Tale of Cargo Shorts and Split Pants

Posted on May 26, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The Match was back and bigger than ever this year, at a time when we all desperately needed some fresh sports content to tune into! Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning faced off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in the Capital One-sponsored $20M charity match (oh, so that’s where all of our fees are going). The day’s highlights included the Caddyshack joke everyone had to make when rain delayed the start of the match, Peyton’s terrible first shot, fans roasting Tiger over his cargo shorts, Phil expertly explaining how his shot was going to work and executing it to perfection, Charles Barkley roasting Brady for his failed shot, and of course, Tom Brady ripping his pants after the shot of his life:

Ultimately, (spoiler alert!) it was Woods and Manning that pulled out the win, but as cheesy as it sounds, we feel like the fans were the ones who won this time. Before you judge us for even uttering that statement, remember that this was easily one of the most entertaining rounds of golf we’ve witnessed – from the on-course trash-talking to the mix of horrible and amazing swings, this match DELIVERED. Our favorite part though? The direct lines between Charles Barkley, Justin Thomas and the golfers. Getting to listen in felt like when a reality show breaks the fourth wall. We have to ask, is that something the fans would want to have in the FCFL – a direct line to the players? Whether it’s a direct line from the Fan Captains, the commentators, or even the fans themselves, we think the fans would be all over it!

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This Isn’t the Dream Team

Posted on August 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Remember the U.S. Men’s Basketball team in the 1992 Olympics? The team was stacked with stars like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley, and David Robinson – and they were phenomenal. The U.S. team heading to the 2019 FIBA World Cup is the complete antithesis of that. Don’t believe us? Well, get comfortable because we have a story for you. Yesterday, USA Basketball hosted a camp, which included a scrimmage against a group of fringe NBA, G League and overseas players, coached by Jeff Van Gundy. You would think that this scrimmage would be a huge confidence boost for the team – except it wasn’t. The team, comprised of NBA players like Kemba Walker and Harrison Barnes, lost 17-36. Either this was Van Gundy’s lucky day, or we are in serious trouble when the 2019 FIBA World Cup tips off at the end of the month.

Normally we try to gauge what the fans would do if they were the coaches or the front office, but what if you were the athletes in this situation? How would you be able to rely on your teammates to show up and perform how they’re expected to on an international stage if you had such a terrible scrimmage? We think the fans would face the facts – they performed terrible. But we also think the fans would use that as a learning experience and focus on what really didn’t work for them. They might even opt for some additional training or a team night to reenforce that team bond. Just something to think about if you find your team in the FCFL struggling to come back from an embarrassing loss. You’ve got to be there for your team to figure out what isn’t working!