The Saddest NFL Draft of All Time

Posted on April 27, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Like many of you, we spent the better part of our weekend glued to our TVs, watching the 2020 NFL Draft – all seven rounds, right down to Mr. Irrelevant. There were some amazing picks, some that left fans shaking their heads, but there’s one thing that they pretty much all had in common: tragic stories! At least, that’s what ESPN would have you believe with their draft coverage this year. They really committed to bumming their viewers out with calling out every personal tragedy and deceased family member in a pick’s life. We love hearing stories about athletes overcoming difficult circumstances and coming out as a better person… but we think ESPN took it too far. We’re starting to think they were hoping only those with the saddest backgrounds would get drafted.

Do the fans think ESPN when too far with their 2020 NFL Draft coverage? Yes.

What would the fans want us to focus on during the first-ever FCFL Draft? Probably anything other than personal tragedy. Here are some ideas for alternative topics to feature alongside their stats might not be the best, but we think the fans will agree that they are better than highlighting all the deaths one family has had to endure:

  • Are they a cat or a dog person?
  • Their biggest fear?
  • An embarrassing story about their childhood?
  • which character they pick in Super Smash Brothers?
  • Their favorite sports memory?
  • Which character from The Office they think is their soulmate?
  • Maybe even what they think about pineapple on pizza?

Let us know what else you’d like to know about your potential draft picks!


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


Last Dance With MJ

Posted on April 20, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

ESPN did us all a huge favor by dropping The Last Dance two months early, with the first two episodes airing last night. The 10-part series chronicles Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls – the good, the bad, and the Dennis Rodman Vegas trip. Fans were pretty excited for its early release, treating the premiere as an entire event, even planning their outfits for themselves and family members to wear while posted up in front of their televisions. We won’t spoil the first two episodes for you, but we highly encourage you to check them out before the next two drop on Sunday.

What other dynasty team, iconic moment or unreal athlete would the fans want to see ESPN cover? The Office’s Michael Scott, maybe? We’re kidding – although the spoof trailer did have us contemplating binging the show for what feels like the 100th time. We’re sure they’d be into a deep dive on Walter Payton, Bill Russell, or Wayne Gretzky – all absolutely amazing in their respective sports. But we’re going to go out on a limb and say they want to know everything about the greatest season in the Indoor Football League – 2017. You know the one, where our proof of concept team, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles came to life, paving the way for this league to launch 😏 That is – until we’ve completed our inaugural season, in which case there would definitely need to be a follow up.


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!


SNL Gets Into Gaming

Posted on October 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Esports are finally getting their due – in addition to the enormous prizes for live tournaments, the integration of AI pop stars, and widespread viewership on Twitch and ESPN, they’re being covered by the ultimate program in pop culture: Saturday Night Live. In Saturday’s episode, featuring Chance the Rapper as both host and musical artist, Chance reprised a previous role of an MSG Knicks reporter being thrown into primetime coverage of a sport that isn’t basketball. This time around, he was required to cover the 2019 League of Legends World Championship – of course without any knowledge of the gaming community.

Do we think fans want to see more of esports outside of Twitch? ABSOLUTELY. And yes, the caps were necessary; they were a must to show how confident we are in this answer. There’s been talk about esports making its way into the Olympics, so why not have them spill out into the larger world of entertainment? Do we think the fans will appreciate how spot on Chance the Rapper’s impression of a traditional sports fan learning about esports was? Of course. Watching that sketch reminded us of every time we’ve found ourselves trying to explain how our league is the gamification of traditional football. One thing is for certain, we’ll be rooting for the mainstream expansion of esports while we wait for the FCFL to get the SNL-treatment.


Take A Seat, Tebow

Posted on September 13, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Now the California has passed the Fair Pay to Play Act, it makes sense that ESPN would want to check in with a well known former college athlete to get their take on it. Enter Tim Tebow – you may remember him best from his days with the Florida Gators (and the tears he shed after the 2009 SEC Championship Game), the way he would pray on-field during NFL games, his baseball career, or his broadcast gig on SEC Nation. Joining ESPN’s First Take, Tebow was quick to say the bill would ‘change what’s special about college football’ and that if players wanted to get paid, they could go to the NFL. He went on to say, “That’s why people are more passionate about college sports than they are about the NFL, because it’s about your team, it’s about your university, it’s about where my family wanted to go, it’s about where my grandfather had a dream of seeing Florida win an SEC championship and you’re taking that away so young kids can earn a dollar.” The issue with Tebow’s take on the bill is that he does not acknowledge there are student athletes out there that need to earn a living while paving the way for their future. The responses are still rolling in, but it looks like plenty of people are not siding with Tebow on this.

Where do we think the fans stand on this? Well, we don’t think fans expect to see college athletes pulling up to practice in a Rolls Royce or traveling with Louis Vuitton luggage, but we do think they want athletes to have the option to get paid. We think the fans know that some athletes have families to support, and that having even a part-time job while playing a sport and keeping grades up is next to impossible to accomplish. In short, we think the fans can get behind the Fair Pay to Play Act, and more importantly, that Tim Tebow should never wear that print during an on-camera interview again.


NFL Week One Round Up – How’d the Fans Do?

Posted on September 10, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Wednesday night we had the fans vote on the outcome of every NFL Week 1 match up on Twitter, and we have to say, they didn’t do half bad. With a final score of 10-4-2 (see the notes next to the picks to explain the ties), the fans proved they know their stuff! Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected. We want to see more of these teams overlapping next week!

  • Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings – the fans were split 50/50 on this one, so we won’t count it as a loss
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Los Angeles Ramsvs. Carolina Panthers
  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals – sorry fans, this game ended in a tie!
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots
  • Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders

We hope the fans are ready to make their picks for Week 2 tomorrow night on Twitter! We want to see you continue your winning record, so be sure to catch up on all the must-see moments from the weekend you may have missed. Here are a few of our favorites from the Week 1 action:

  • The return of the Collinsworth Slide. Need we say more?
  • Kyler Murray was sacked by his own guard in his debut against the Detroit Lions. Sure, the team rallied to tie the game at the end of OT, but this is just too good not to share with the fans that may have missed it.
  • This entire call. We won’t give Pittsburgh Steeler center Maurkice Pouncey a harder time than the announcers did, but damn. It hurts every time we watch this. Let’s just hope he learns his lesson before the Steelers face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
  • You already know how much we hate to see a game be won off of a field goal. Unfortunately for the Houston Texans, a terrible defensive call was made that put the New Orleans Saints into field goal range.
  • And last, but absolutely not least, the fans made a difference during Monday Night Football! For whatever reason, the folks at ESPN decided to have the graphic for downs be yellow – which basically meant the entire first half had fans thinking there was a flag on every call. Thankfully, the fans took to Twitter to demand change, and EPSN pulled through.


ESPN Calls It: Saints and Chargers in Super Bowl LIV

Posted on September 3, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, not ‘officially.’ Prior to the start of each NFL season, ESPN simulates the outcomes of all 267 games – about 20,000 times. But in the only version they posted, the prediction shows the New Orleans Saints facing off against the Los Angeles Chargers in Super Bowl LIV – with the Saints securing their second Super Bowl win a decade after the first, 40-33. A battle between the past and present of Drew Brees would likely be a dominant theme floating around the news, should this prediction come to fruition. This is definitely not the Super Bowl match-up we were envisioning, but it also wasn’t the only surprise in this simulation. Here are a few of the biggest upsets we didn’t see coming:

  • Carolina Panthers beating the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1
  • Kansas City Chiefs losing to the Oakland Raiders in Week 2
  • Miami Dolphins winning in Week 8 over the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Houston Texans completely shutting out the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12
  • The Tennessee Titans actually making it to the playoffs over the Cleveland Browns

ESPN must have *some* faith in this simulation, if this was the one they chose to publish. So, it stands to reason that maybe some of the fans out there who haven’t done their fantasy football draft or got started on their suicide league predictions should spend some time reading what ESPN put together. Maybe they should even reference some of these storylines each week as they determine their lineup. One thing is for certain – we can absolutely imagine members of our Virtual Front Office (VFO) putting together something similar ahead of our inaugural season, after the first-ever fan-run draft has been completed!


Andrew Luck Just Ruined Your Fantasy Football Team

Posted on August 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The FCFL would like to issue sincere condolences to all of you that not only had your fantasy football draft prior to the conclusion of preseason, but also to those who drafted Andrew Luck. News broke on Saturday night that the Indianapolis Colts QB would be retiring from the NFL at 29 years old. Not only did the news hit Saturday night, but Adam Schefter tweeted it before the Colts had even wrapped up their preseason game against the Chicago Bears. As he walked off the field, he was booed by unhappy Colts fans that, like us, had just received an ESPN alert. Following the game, he had this to say when addressing the press:

“For the last four years or, I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab. Injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing, unrelenting — both in-season and offseason. And I felt stuck in it, and the only way I see out is to no longer play football.”

Andrew Luck

Doug Gottlieb was quick to jump on Twitter and criticize Luck for doing the ‘most millenial thing ever.’ And then the world turned on Gottlieb the same way Colts fans turned on Luck as he left the field on Saturday. Here are some of our favorite responses, including one from our very own Director of Football Technology, Jason Chilton:

Did the fans see this coming? Yes, but probably not so soon. Do they think he will end up playing in the XFL? Maybe. After all, his father, Oliver Luck, is the one in charge of making XFL 2020 a success. We also don’t think the fans can ignore that so far, only one QB (Landry Jones) has been signed – with the promise that the seven other ‘leading quarterbacks’ will be announced prior to their draft in October. One thing is for sure – we know the fans will be more focused on revising their fantasy rosters than waiting to hear if Andrew Luck is REALLY done with football.


FAN Take: Degrees Only, Please.

Posted on August 7, 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!

The king of Taco Tuesday, LeBron James, is not too happy with the NCAA’s newest criteria for agents. In a memo obtained by ESPN, the NCAA outlined new criteria for agents: a bachelor’s degree, NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance and completion of an in-person exam taken at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November. The addition of the bachelor’s degree definitely seems like its targeted at Rich Paul, who represents James along with Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and Draymond Green, and does not have a degree. Not one to shy away from voicing his opinion, James took to Twitter to talk about what can only be referred to at the “Rich Paul Rule.”

Where do the fans stand on this? Better yet, do the fans feel that anyone hired as a coach in our league should be required to have a bachelor’s degree? We don’t expect all of our fans to have degrees, and they’re the ones who are calling the plays! But what about Offensive and Defensive Coordinators? Will a degree impact their ability to run practice each week or manage personnel on the sidelines? And what about the players themselves? Should they be required to have a bachelor’s degree? Is an associate’s degree sufficient? Whatever your opinion, sound off!

Power To The Fans!