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The Cowboys are on Top! Wait, Nevermind.

By Annalece Montgomery

Let’s rewind back to a few weeks ago for Thursday Night Football: The Dallas Cowboys toppled the New Orleans Saints in Dallas. Yes, you read that correctly, the team with Jason “Clapper” Garrett as a head coach managed to lead the Saints throughout the entire game, with a final score of 13-10. Pretty impressive work considering the Saints were (and frankly, still are) a top contender for the Super Bowl, not to mention QB Drew Brees is really working for that coveted MVP title. Needless to say, Dallas fans everywhere were thrilled, bombarding their co-workers, mail carrier, waiters, and anyone else who would listen with a “How ‘bout them ‘boys” cheer. For the record, the FCFL offices were not exempt from this.

So with such an impressive win under their belt, and subsequent victory over their rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, what in the heck happened this week against the Indianapolis Colts? They didn’t just lose, they were shut out 23-0. That’s right, for the first time since their 12-0 loss to the New England Patriots in 2003, the Cowboys couldn’t even muster a field goal to get points on the board. Per Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, “The shutout definitely hurts. The shutout definitely pisses you off, especially when you’re down there early in the red zone and you have opportunities to score and you don’t.” We have a feeling the fans feel the same, Dak.

We know that every team has their ups and downs, but what do the fans do when the downs hit hard and fast after the ups? Will the fans go from being in your face celebrating to retreating into silence after a loss? We have a feeling that when our fans and their respective teams are winning, they will be anything but quiet about it – they will be shouting their team chants – which are determined by the fans – from the rooftops. But we also think that when they are feeling low, they won’t stay quiet. Instead, they will be proactive and look at what calls didn’t work and mentally prepare for the next game. Sure, the players are the ones on the field, but with the fans calling the plays, it’s just as important for them to review game film as it is for the coaches.

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FAN Take: The Breaking Point

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!

Monday night, the Minnesota Vikings faced off against the Seattle Seahawks and lost, 21-7. Of course, Vikings fans were upset, but maybe none more so than the anonymous fan who decided to post the team’s stadium for sale on Craigslist. The posting, which has since been flagged for removal, offered the following description for U.S. Bank Stadium:

For Sale: Lightly used $1,000,000,000 stadium. Occupant has been a team that only has success in breaking the hearts of the fans. Long history of collecting talent with no ideas on how to use them.

Included: $84 million QB who can’t win against teams with winning records, and is 0-7 on MNF. A league record!

All reasonable offers considered. Will even entertain ideas to convert to a homeless shelter, as there is a greater chance of one of those folk becoming a success.”

In addition to the savage description, the disgruntled fan added photos, including one of a dumpster fire. The anonymous fan is the only one who has been upset. For at least the last three years, including the current season, Green Bay Packers fans started petitions on websites like Change.org to get then-head coach Mike McCarthy fired. But now that we think about it, we’re wondering if Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst took those seriously before letting him go last week. A few years ago, a pretty upset Chicago Blackhawks fan tried to sell goalie Corey Crawford, although it seems their anger was misplaced as Crawford had his best season yet that year.

We’ve previously covered fans selling their fandom after too many disappointing seasons and posting a job description for a head coach, but what breaking point would YOU have to reach before putting your team on blast? Is it keeping the same head coach on season after season? Is it handing a win your team should have easily had over to your opponent on a metaphorical silver platter? Is it the team administration not doing enough to keep their players in line? We want to know! What would it take from your team to get you to the breaking point?

Power To The Fans!

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Is That The New England Patriots Or A High School Team?

On Sunday, Tom Brady set yet another record. As of Sunday, Brady is at the top of the list for most touchdown passes (regular-season and playoffs) with a whopping 582. While he may trail Peyton Manning (539) and Drew Brees (518) for the most regular-season, he’s also been to a LOT of playoff games and made plenty of Super Bowl appearances to rack up his overall total. Unfortunately for him, the rest of his team did not play as well as he did on Sunday.

With a mere seven seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Miami Dolphins executed a 69-yard hook-and-lateral touchdown to win the game, 34-33. A lot of fans expected more from the Patriots defense that game and – wait a minute – was that Rob Gronkowski on defense? It was. In a press interview earlier this week, Bill Belichick explained that Gronk was thrown in for the last play because “it would be his ability to play the deep, long throw,” anticipating that Miami would have attempted a Hail Mary. It wasn’t the worst idea, as it wouldn’t be the first time they threw him in for a play like that. But boy, was he wrong. While we all expected the same from Miami, we would also think that an NFL coach that had been to the Super Bowl 8 times (with 5 rings to show for it) would have prepared for something else to be coming. You know, especially considering that Ryan Tannehill’s arm strength and leg injury would likely prohibit him from successfully throwing a bomb down the field. But what do we, and several sports talk radio pros, know?

We’re not sure if its more impressive that the Dolphins had actually been practicing that crazy play than it would have been if they just pulled that out of thin air. What we want to know, is if the fans would vote for their team to practice such a play, knowing that its proper execution could completely shake up the playoff standings. The short answer – yes, we think they would want to be prepared for any late game situation. Unlike the Patriots, apparently.

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Calling All Players…Combines Are Coming

First One at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL

Ready, players? Five cities will host combine events for prospective players looking to enter the 2019 FCFL Draft. Players with collegiate or professional football experience who think they’ve got what it takes to play for the fans and are interested in being a part of the league’s inaugural season can register for the combine in their region and submit video at http://bit.ly/FCFLPlayerApplication.

Combine dates and locations:

1/12/19
IMG Academy
5650 Bollettieri Boulevard
Bradenton, FL 34210

2/09/19
Atlanta Silverbacks Suwanee Indoor
4285 Brogdon Exchange
Suwanee, GA 30024

2/23/19
D1 Training
8081 Walnut Hill Lane #1000
Dallas, TX 75231

3/16/19
D1 Training
8080 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43235

4/06/19
Longevity
5975 S Topaz Street
Las Vegas, NV 89120

The FCFL Football Operations Team and registered FCFL fans will evaluate players as they participate in position-specific skills tests and one-on-one competitions. Fans are welcome to attend the combines and conduct their own evaluations, but are required to pre-register for the FCFL’s Virtual Front Office in order to receive Fan Scout credentials for their preferred combine location. Virtual Front Office fans will also be able to evaluate players on the league’s video platform.

“This is a great opportunity for young players to show us what they’ve got! Our league gives players a unique platform to showcase their skills and build their personal brands,” according to our very own Ray Austin, former NFL defensive back and FCFL Co-Founder & Head of Football Experience.

Our Chief Strategic Advisor, Joe Montana, added, “When the FCFL kicks off this June, we’re going to change what it means to be a fan. From the start, at the combine, fans will be able to actually influence who plays on their team. I know there is a lot of talent out there, and I can’t wait to get a look at the guys who think they have what it takes to help us make history!”

#PowerToThePlayers!

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FAN Take – America’s Most UNWanted: Kareem Hunt

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!

Every day this week, we’ve awakened to a new piece of the Kareem Hunt puzzle, so let’s get you up to speed really quickly:

  • TMZ released footage of a physical altercation that involved Kareem Hunt and a 19-year-old woman
  • The incident in question occurred on February 10
  • The NFL suspended him prior to the Kansas City Chiefs cutting him from the roster
  • The NFL did not interview Hunt upon learning of the incident “months ago” and reportedly did not request video of it until last week
  • Hunt is being removed from Madden 19
  • He entered free agency after no teams chose to claim him from waivers

Predominantly, two questions have been asked over the last few days, including in some interviews our new Team Owner and Fan Captain Richard Sherman did yesterday: 1) Is there still a place in the NFL for Kareem Hunt? and 2) Should the NFL leave the policing to the appropriate authorities? Yesterday during Richard’s interview on The Will Cain Show, he had this to say about how the NFL handled the Hunt issue: “They handled it alright.. there is no win for them, there is no win for anybody. For some reason people expect more from the NFL than they do from law enforcement.” Furthermore, he said the NFL needs to “keep doing what they’re doing” when asked if the league should keep conducting independent investigations or follow the lead of the authorities.

For those that are new to the FCFL, you may not be aware that we have encountered this issue previously. Following the launch of the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, our proof of concept team, we were contacted by a representative for Greg Hardy, who was looking to repair his image. You might remember Hardy from his time with the Dallas Cowboys…which was cut short due to domestic violence allegations brought against him and an arrest for cocaine possession. With his interest in the team clear, we handed the decision off to the fans – did they want to give him another shot at football? Or would they not stand for such actions by a player? Ultimately, the fans voted against signing him with a majority 50.1% – really, we can’t make this up.

We’ve got a lot of questions for the fans after everything that has transpired, but most importantly: would they give a player with this kind of controversy another chance? From a fan perspective, would you still root for the player? From a team management perspective, would you still want them on your team and how would it affect your locker room? If something like this were to happen with an FCFL player, would you want to see him suspended initially? Or would you want him removed from the league entirely? We want to hear from you, fans, so let us know!

Power To The Fans!

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Green Bay and McCarthy Part Ways

By Annalece Montgomery

It was announced Sunday night that the Green Bay Packers would be moving forward without head coach Mike McCarthy. The announcement came after a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, a game that both CEO Mark Murphy and GM Brian Gutekunst felt should have been won. During his tenure with the team, McCarthy led the team to a 125-77-2 record, including a 15-1 record a year after helping them turn around a 4-4 start to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

The news broke the same day as quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ 35th birthday. Despite what the internet seems to think, this was not the birthday gift he asked for. Just like any other Monday during the season, Rodgers, along with his teammates, reported for interviews. Both he and Davante Adams shared their thoughts on McCarthy’s firing, noting that the circumstances were unfortunate and the only thing left to do was to do their best during the next four games under interim head coach, Joe Philbin. Rodgers, the team’s fearless leader added “this [was] a difficult day for myself and guys in the locker room.” For Rodgers’ and Adams’ full interviews, click here.

Many are wondering if Rodgers will be involved in the hiring process of the next head coach, and we’re wondering if the fans would accept input from their quarterback, or other players, for such a major decision? While the fans WILL be calling plays on game day, there is also a need for a strong coaching staff for all the days between. We think that the fans can recognize that players can be fans too, and that they might have their own opinions.

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Let’s Get Ready To Fumble!

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!

Okay, so maybe we shouldn’t get ready to fumble, but we do want to talk about the worst rule in football. Last week in a match against the Denver Broncos, Xavier Grimble of the Pittsburgh Steelers fumbled the ball out of the endzone, resulting in a turnover to the Broncos on their own 20-yard line. Granted, Denver didn’t score on this particular drive, so there wasn’t too much harm done. Unfortunately, the Steelers did end up losing the game 24-17.

So why do we consider this rule the worst? Well, when a player fumbles the ball out of bounds, it doesn’t get turned over. It’s another example of how arbitrary (and inconsistent?) the rules of the NFL tend to be. Last year, the folks at The Ringer offered up a few options as to how the rule could be changed, and unfortunately for Grimble, they didn’t listen.

While we think this rule is especially awful, we want to know fans, which rule drives you nuts? Which one makes your blood boil anytime it gets called by a referee? Do you hate seeing the offense keep the ball at the spot of a fumble? Maybe pass interference, specifically how it manages to exist even when the ball is uncatchable? We want to hear from you, fans, which rule is the absolute worst?

Power To The Fans!

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Another $9M for Mickelson

By Annalece Montgomery

Last Saturday, Phil Mickelson tee’d off against Tiger Woods for “The Match” in Las Vegas, NV, and there was plenty of drama. When the two marched up to the 22nd hole, the two were tied after 18 regulation holes and three playoff pars. Mickelson knocked in a 5-foot birdie to secure the prize, beating one of “the greatest of all time,” a description he affectionately used for his opponent.

There were plenty of complaints about the match, most of them downright silly. The most prevalent seemed to be that the amount of money on the line was obscene. We get it, $9 million is a LOT of money for a single round of golf. However, it wasn’t Phil and Tiger forcing the hand of any of the sponsors to put up the money for the winner. And for those complaining that the money “doesn’t mean anything” to the golfers, come on guys, you can’t have it both ways. One thing people couldn’t really complain about? The cost.

Unfortunately for television providers, but pretty great for golf fans, there was a technical glitch that allowed fans to stream the match – that was intended to be Pay Per View – for free. Following reports of the issue, most of the broadcast carriers have agreed to refund those who paid $19.99 to stream the match at Shadow Creek – no word from Cablevision and Verizon just yet.

This was the first head-to-head golf match to hit Pay-Per-View, and anyone would consider the prize truly fantastic for four hours of work. We’re curious to how the fans would react to future televised rounds like this for golf? With the competition being so neck-and-neck throughout the afternoon, we think they would welcome more of these. We think the fans may also appreciate watching more of these head-to-head matches, as opposed to the Masters, which hosts 90-100 golfers. The close competition certainly lends itself to unique opportunities for a captivating storyline, and a chance for fans to “pick their team,” so to speak.

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FAN Take – Gaming: Connecting Athletes and Fans

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!

We’ve talked about well-known NFL players that have voiced their love for gaming, whether it’s PUBG, Fortnite, or any other game – but NBA players like Kenneth Faried are into it too! So much so that it was announced last week that the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) had partnered up with ReadyUp.  Together they will launch an “esports smart calendar that will act as the comprehensive source to find esports matches, tournaments, and livestreams that includes video game fan experiences and media events with NBA Players.” The players will be filling in the calendar with their own game livestreaming events so that fans are able to either watch or join in and play.

With 85% of NBA players playing video games, what do you think the percentage is like in the MLB, NHL, MLS, and NFL? How pumped would the fans be to see this kind of calendar put together across other sports as well? You could be watching Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) one day and Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders) the next? Would you rather watch these athletes stream or get in on the action? If you’re just spectating, would you team up with some of your friends to watch your favorite athletes? Would you want to see a calendar like the one NBPA and ReadyUp are making for FCFL athletes? Maybe even some of the coaches, depending on how savvy they really are? We want to know how important it is to you, the fans, to watch your favorite athletes get their game on!

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Cleveland Wants Condi

By Annalece Montgomery

Is there any story Adam Schefter can’t break? Sunday morning he reported that Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey had former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice high on the wish list of people to interview for head coach.  If the Browns were to follow through and interview her for the position, she would become the first woman to interview for an NFL head-coaching job.

Unfortunately, after the story broke Dorsey was quick to issue a statement saying that she had not been discussed. Not only that, she posted to Facebook that she was “not ready to coach,” quickly putting an end to the excitement surrounding her potential new title.

We’ve talked about women in the NFL previously (see Can She Play and our Fan Take: First-Female Announcing Duo Debuts On TNF), but not in a head coach capacity, let alone for a team with enormous pressure to move forward and leave their 0-16 season days behind them.

So, what do the fans think of all this? While we think our fans support the idea of women in the NFL, and we know they’ve bought into the idea of fans as play-callers, we just don’t think the NFL can handle those truths! It’s pretty clear, the most important takeaway from all of this comes in the last line of Rice’s statement: she’s ready to call some plays. Well Condoleezza, we think we know just the right league for you!