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Your 2020 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s finally here! We know that it has been rough to get through COVID-19 quarantine without any live sports, but hopefully the 2020 NFL Draft will hold you over until they’re back. We know watching Roger Goodell announce the picks from home isn’t ideal, but just know that if you’re booing him on your screens, chances are plenty of others are too 😏

When is all the action happening?

Thursday, April 23: Round 1 (8. p.m. ET)
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)

How can you watch?

Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes

What positions does every team need the most, by draft order?

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB, LB, OL … and pretty much every other position
  2. Washington Redskins: OL, WR, CB
  3. Detroit Lions: CB, DE, OL
  4. New York Giants: T, Edge, CB
  5. Miami Dolphins: QB, OL, WR
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB, OL, LB
  7. Carolina Panthers: QB, OL, DT
  8. Arizona Cardinals: T, WR, S
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB, LB, Edge
  10. Cleveland Browns: T, LB, DT
  11. New York Jets: WR, CB, Edge
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: CB, WR, QB
  13. San Francisco 49ers*: WR, DT, OL
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OL, Edge, S
  15. Denver Broncos: CB, LB, WR
  16. Atlanta Falcons: DT, Edge, CB
  17. Dallas Cowboys: CB, S, OL
  18. Miami Dolphins^: QB, OL, WR
  19. Las Vegas Raiders**: CB, WR, QB
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars^^: CB, LB, Edge
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: DB, WR, S
  22. Minnesota Vikings*^: WR, OL, CB
  23. New England Patriots: QB, TE, S
  24. New Orleans Saints: LB, WR, QB
  25. Minnesota Vikings: WR, OL, CB
  26. Miami Dolphins**^: QB, OL, WR
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Edge, OL, TE
  28. Baltimore Ravens: WR, OL, LB
  29. Tennessee Titans: OL, CB, Edge
  30. Green Bay Packers: WR, LB, CB
  31. San Francisco 49ers: WR, DT, OL
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: OL, LB, DT

The below teams don’t have picks until the second-round

Buffalo Bills: OL, CB, Edge
Pittsburgh Steelers: DT, OL, QB
Los Angeles Rams: OL, Edge, LB
Indianapolis Colts: WR, QB, Edge
Chicago Bears: QB, CB, OL
Houston Texans: OL, CB, TE

*San Francisco 49ers received the 13th pick from Indianapolis
^Miami Dolphins received the 18th pick from Pittsburgh
**Las Vegas Raiders received the 19th pick from Chicago
^^Jacksonville Jaguars received the 20th pick from Los Angeles Rams
*^Minnesota Vikings received the 22nd pick from Buffalo Bills
**^Miami received the 26th pick from Houston Texans

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Pour One Out for the XFL

Posted on April 13, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s time to add the XFL to the list of things COVID-19 has ruined. On Friday, it was announced that the XFL had laid off all their employees, and have no plans for a return in 2021. We’re going to miss the mid-game sideline interviews, the interesting kickoff rules (even If we don’t love kicking), and live play reviews. We’re still holding out hope for the XFL to make another go of it. Their 2.0 version was fun – whether you were watching the action on the field, the sidelines, or in the stands. Who knows, maybe they don’t have plans for 2021 because they’re just waiting to see what the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and others are going to do with their seasons. After all, it seems like shifts in season dates for the next year, at the very least, are inevitable.

While we may have roasted the end of the AAF (just a little bit!), we are sad to hear about the end of the XFL. It’s one thing for a league to not do well because of its own shortcomings, but it’s entirely different when a global pandemic destroys its future and potential for success. That is why Darren Rovell’s tweet on Friday comparing the number of games played between the AAF and XFL stung more than it should have. Never fear, the DC Defenders were quick to stand up for the league as a whole, and fire back with some serious snark. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE us some Darren Rovell, but we love snarky burns even more.

Do we think the fans are going to miss the XFL? Yes. How can you not miss giant beer snakes? We’re sure fans were more than willing to ‘pour one out’ for the league and make their own beer snakes at home. Do we think the fans want to see the XFL make another go of it, once we all have a clear view of the future? Absolutely! We firmly believe fans always need more football in their lives. But more importantly, do we think the fans are ready for the return of sports? DUH!

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FAN Take: Playing Together

Posted on April 8, 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!

Leave it to Nike to swoop in and hit people in the feels this morning with the release of their newest ad. With images of athletes – famous, not famous, young, and old – set to an orchestral arrangement you typically hear during a major turning point in a movie, we’re reminded that we’re not alone in this. There’s one powerful line of text that appears in the ad that we can’t get out of our heads: “We may not be playing together, but we’ll keep moving forward – all 7.8 billion of us.” If that doesn’t give you some kind of sense of hope or inspiration, we don’t know what will.

Tell us fans, how are you “playing at home”? Are you devoting some time to Madden, to really keep your play-calling skills up to date ahead of our inaugural season? Are you spending time focusing on training at home, with hopes of making one of the eight FCFL teams?  Or perhaps you’re working on your dance moves, just in case you get selected as a cheerleader for one of our teams. Whatever it is you’re doing, let us know! Who knows, you might inspire us to find a new way to spend some of our free time!

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COVID-19: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Posted on March 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

2020 is officially the year we can’t have nice things – no March Madness, no NFL Draft in Las Vegas, and potentially no Olympics. While many sports leagues have been postponing and cancelling games due to COVID-19, the International Olympic Committee has stayed pretty quiet regarding the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, set to take place in Tokyo this summer. But that stops now! After USA Swimming and USA Track and Field both issued letters, urging the committee to postpone the games, Canada swooped in and announced that they would not be sending athletes for ANY sports if the games continued as scheduled, and urged for a one-year postponement. It didn’t take *too much* pressure from others to get the IOC to take action. Yesterday, IOC President Thomas sent a letter to the athletes acknowledging their frustration with unanswered questions about the games, and confirmed that cancelling the games is not an option they are considering. They will, however, have an answer within the next four weeks whether or not the games will be postponed or continue as planned.

Do we think the fans would want the games to happen as scheduled, but in a scaled back fashion? No. Aside from the incredible athleticism of the Olympics, one of the best parts is how grand the entire event is, from start to finish. Having a watered-down version of the Olympics just wouldn’t be as fun. Do the fans think postponing the Olympic and Paralympic Games is the right thing to do? Absolutely. While we, like the fans, are longing for the return of incredible athletes on our screens, we know containing this pandemic is far more important. So fans, take this opportunity to do your part to ‘flatten the curve,’ because the faster we do that, the faster we can have sports back!

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FAN Take: Taking Back the Game

Posted on March 18, 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!

After MLB announced it would be postponing the start of the season, but before the government issued some strict guidelines on how to help ‘flatten the curve’ of the COVID-19 pandemic, some players were looking to take back the game. Last week Trevor Bauer, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, put out a call to all MLB and MiLB players still in Arizona to meet up for a sandlot-style game. A few fans that were in town for Spring Training quickly responded to Bauer’s tweet asking if they could get in on the action, but ultimately Tommy Pham (San Diego Padres), Zac Rosscup (Colorado Rockies), Karsen Lindell (Rocky Mountain Vibes), and Patrick Wisdom (Seattle Mariners) among others took Bauer up on the offer.

The game did happen, and it looks like the guys had a great time. While we love that these players were doing what they could to take the game back, we don’t think this will be an option in the near future, especially after what seems like half the NBA is testing positive for COVID-19. But what if these athletes found a way to take the game back, without breaking self-isolation guidelines? Would the fans want to see athletes from different teams and different leagues band together in another way? Maybe they can dive into streaming in teams, playing everything from Madden to NBA 2K? Or do you think the players should focus on spending time with their loved ones and relaxing while they still have the chance to? Let us know what you think!

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That’s a Wrap On the CBA

Posted on March 16, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Amid all the news related to COVID-19, over the last couple weeks you may have seen some of your favorite NFL stars posting about the collective bargaining agreement, proposed by the NFL. Some were very much for it, others adamantly against it, and some on board solely for the potential implications if it is not passed. While the CBA was approved yesterday, it was a close call. Of the 1,978 members of the NFLPA, only 1,019 voted in favor of the agreement.

So what was part of this new proposal? For starters, the fans are getting 17 regular season games, 14 teams in the playoffs, and the preseason will be reduced. Additionally, “there will be player-friendly changes to the league’s marijuana policy” and players will receive an increase in their portion of the league’s revenue. Don’t get too excited though, the changes won’t go into effect until at least 2021. The good news, depending on how you look at it, is that the new agreement runs through 2030, meaning we won’t experience another NFL lockout anytime soon.

Do we think the fans are happy with this new agreement? Yes and no. We think the fans are happy to know that they won’t go through another NFL lockout, but at the same time, we think they want to see their favorite players happy. And with such a narrow margin in the votes, we think a lot of people will have a hard time ignoring tweets from guys like Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears) and Eric Ebron (Indianapolis Colts), who have made their feelings on the decision well known. While we don’t have a strong opinion on the agreement either way (although we think that NFL preseason doesn’t count), we do want to hear from you, fans!

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FAN Take: Boosting Fan Experience For the Digital Fan

Posted on March 11, 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!

Right now, the entire world is watching and reacting to the spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. Major events like SXSW and E3 have been cancelled, music festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach are being rescheduled for October, and many sporting events have been canceled or postponed. As this pandemic continues to grow, we’re sure the list of the events impacted will continue to increase – which obviously creates concern with the NBA Finals just ahead, along with the return of MLB, March Madness, and the Olympic Games.

Last week when the NBA was considering hosting games without fans, LeBron James said he wouldn’t be playing if they aren’t in attendance. Little did he know, while the media was asking that question, the NBA was discussing whether fans should be banned from games or if the games in question should just be postponed. He has since changed his tune, but we won’t lie, we were pretty irked by his initial comments. Why? Because the most important thing in sports IS the fans – and their safety! It doesn’t matter how they watch their teams perform, as long as they watch.

Here’s the special thing about the FCFL, this league was not just created to give fans more control of the sport they love, but it also caters to the digital fan. While we do have seating available at our games, we built this league around fans being able to watch from wherever they want, on whichever device they prefer. So, without actually being present for games of the FCFL, how can the fan experience be amplified? Do you want to be able to do one-on-one video chats with your favorite players in lieu of a meet and greet? Do you want to see more content available before and after games, to get a better feel for how the players felt going into a game or after certain plays? Or, just a crazy idea here, do you want to be able to participate in the half-time huddle? Let us know how we can make this league everything you want it to be, even if you’re self-quarantined at home!