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The FCFL is Ready to BALL With the Mamba Sports Foundation

Posted on July 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We know what you’re thinking – isn’t the Mamba Sports Foundation for basketball? Why would the Fan Controlled FOOTBALL League be doing anything with them? First of all, because they are freaking awesome. Second, because we don’t care about ONLY football. And third, just because it was started in part by NBA legend Kobe Bryant doesn’t mean they only focus on basketball. Broaden your minds, people.

But let’s get to the point. In conjunction with Quavo and Legends, the Mamba Sports Foundation is putting on the charity basketball game TOMORROW NIGHT, July 16th. That’s right, at 7:30pm PT, you’ll get to see the Migos rapper heading up one team, 2Chainz leading the other, and celebrities like Terrell Owens, Diplo, and Snoop Dogg rounding out the rosters. How could this NOT be the game of the year? That was a trick question; this is obviously going to be the game of the year. And where do we fit in to all of this? We are excited to announce that WE will be streaming the game! The ONLY place to catch all the action is on the FCFL Twitch channel.

What are you waiting for? Text LEGENDS to 313131 for more information on the game and how you can win the custom Nike Zoom Freak 1 kicks worn by Quavo in the game!

To learn more about the Mamba Sports Foundation, visit https://mambasportsacademy.com/. To donate to the Mamba Sports Foundation or purchase a ticket, click here. For more information about the Legends brand, click here.

FULL ROSTERS

QUAVO2CHAINZ
SNOOP DOOGDIPLO
YGTERRELL OWENS
AMARI BAILEYTYRON WOODLEY
MACHINE GUN KELLYKING BACH
JAKE PAULLOGAN PAUL
DAN RUEFAMOUS LOS
MARQUIS TRILLSAMMY WILK
CHRISTIAN COMBSBDOT
KEENAN ALLENDAVID NJOKU
LIL BIBBYBONE COLLECTOR
BRANDON BOSTON JR.TYRANN MATHIEU
BRITTANY ELENADEIVON SMITH
BLOC BOY JBTRISTAN JASS
DAVE EASTHERCY MILLER
K CAMPJADEN HARDY
JAY ROCKJOSH CHRISTOPHER
CALEB MURPHYJULIAN NEWMAN
DEVIN ASKEWKYREE WALKER
JALEN DELOACH
SHAQIR O’NEIL

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The Best Moment of the 2019 ESPYS

Posted on July 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night we, along with millions of other people, posted up to watch the 2019 ESPYS to judge athlete’s attire, count how many times an athlete mentioned the U.S. Women’s National Team in their acceptance speech, and root for some of our favorite sports moments from the last year. While we watched Tracy Morgan bomb, even after poking fun at wrecking his brand new Bugatti, we were pleasantly surprised to see the best moment of the night come from St. Louis Blues star Ryan O’Reilly taking out his tooth while accepting an award for ‘Best Comeback’ on behalf of the entire team.

We can’t say we’re upset about the outcome, because these awards are voted on by the fans – that’s you! While some of us may feel strongly about certain award winners, at the end of the day, we just love that the fans could make their voices heard. But we have to say, we will be pretty upset if the first game of the Fan Controlled Football League is not nominated for ‘Best Game’ next year! Because with the way we’re changing the sport of football forever, there is no way we walk away without that award! But just for good measure (and maybe even some good karma), we’ve got you covered with the full list of 2019 winners below (you can thank us later):

  • Best Male Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best Female Athlete: Alex Morgan, USWNT
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Best Team: U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer
  • Best International Men’s Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina
  • Best International Women’s Soccer Player: Sam Kerr, Australia
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best MLB Player: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • Best Driver: Kyle Busch, NASCAR
  • Best NBA Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • Best Boxer: Canelo Alvarez
  • Best MMA Fighter: Daniel Cormier
  • Best Male Golfer: Brooks Koepka
  • Best Female Golfer: Brooke Henderson
  • Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
  • Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
  • Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, US, skateboard
  • Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim, US, snowboard
  • Best Jockey: Mike Smith
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mark Barr, triathlon
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Alyssa Seely, triathlon
  • Best Bowler: Norm Duke
  • Best MLS Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
  • Best NWSL Player: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
  • Best Game: Rams defeat Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
  • Best College Athlete: Zion Williamson, Duke men’s basketball
  • Best Record-breaking Performance: Saints’ Drew Brees becomes all-time passing leader
  • Best Play: Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Viral Sports Moment: Kately Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Comeback: St. Louis Blues going from worst to first to win the Stanley Cup
  • Best Upset: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua
  • Best Esports Moment (Finals): oLarry’s return to the NBA 2k League after the Jacksonville shooting
  • Best WWE Moment: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission
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Bucks and Jazz Win Big at 2019 NBA Awards

Posted on June 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors may have made it to the NBA Finals, but they weren’t really a factor at last night’s 2019 NBA Awards. Instead, the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz cleaned up with a total of three awards per team – out of a total of 13 actual awards. Aside from Giannis Antetokounmpo bringing home the MVP, the other big highlight was getting to see both Larry Bird and Magic Johnson be honored for their lifetime achievements. We aren’t going to lie, while we were happy to see Bird and Johnson be celebrated, we were surprised it hadn’t happened sooner.

The full list of winners is below:

  • Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
  • Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Most Improved Player: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors
  • Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
  • Sager Strong Award: Robin Roberts
  • Lifetime Achievement: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson
  • Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year: Mike Conley, Utah Jazz
  • NBA Sportsmanship Award: Mike Conley, Utah Jazz
  • NBA Cares Community Assist Award: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
  • Executive of the Year: Jon Horst, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Hustle Award: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

Of course, we have the NFL Honors, ESPYs, and MLB Awards, but we can’t wait to see what happens at the end of our inaugural season! What kind of awards do we expect to see the fans giving out to our players? Without a doubt, there will be an MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Fan of the Year, but what about honoring a player or team for highest execution rate of fan-called plays? We think the fans would love to see that awarded, after all, they do want to see their plays flawlessly executed. They might also want to see an award given for best trash talking, although we think the competition could be tough between all the players, the fans, AND the Team Owners | Fan Captains! The possibilities are endless. Let us know what you think!

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Stay In Your Lane, Drake

Posted on May 20, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Unless you’ve somehow been living under a rock for the last few years, actor-turned-rapper Drake is a MASSIVE Toronto Raptors fan. He essentially has a permanent seat in the front-row at Scotiabank Arena. Per usual, Drake utilized his prime seating to trash talk anyone that could. Last night’s main victim of the Eastern Conference Finals series: Milwaukee Bucks’ Power Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. This went on throughout the entire game, but luckily for us, the NBA on TNT cameramen captured one moment in particular where Giannis couldn’t be bothered to deal with Drake. Obviously, Giannis was pretty busy trying to help his team to a third-straight win. Unfortunately for him, Kawhi Leonard helped bring the Raptors to a win for the second Sunday in a row, after reaching a score of 118-112 by the end of double overtime.

Sometimes you just like to watch the world burn, and honestly, we wish Giannis had given Drake a piece of his mind. It would have only added to the drama of a game that kept fans on the edge of their seats the entire time.  Can you imagine if Giannis had turned around and told Drake to stay in his lane? And maybe refer to him as Jimmy, the character he played on (you guessed it) Canada’s hit teen show, Degrassi: The Next Generation? It could have been everything. While we are the first FAN CONTROLLED league in sports, the fans have been inserting themselves into the NBA for as long as we can remember. We’ve previously mentioned how Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller plans to mess with opposing quarterbacks the night before a game this season, but we can’t wait to see how you, the fans, make your own impact on whoever is unlucky enough to go up against your team. Will you focus solely on trash talking across social media? Will you be sending them truckloads of memes, aimed at letting them know how much they suck? Or are you planning on having a front row seat in the arena, hoping to make eye-contact with someone during a pivotal moment in the game? No matter what path you choose, we can’t wait to sit back and watch.

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Change Is a Good Thing for the NBA

Originally Published on February 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the last few years, there have been some big changes made to the NBA All-Star Game: getting rid of the East vs. West set-up, the televised draft, and diversifying the weight of the voting base to select All-Star Game starters. We might be a little biased here, but we think the addition of the televised draft this year is what made the game so exciting. The playful trash talk between LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lent itself to helping the teams create their own personalities (wonder where we heard that before 😏).

Team LeBron drafted Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and James Harden – three very outspoken individuals both on and off the court – as well as Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson, two likely future Lakers free agent targets. It was clear that these guys were going to be the showboats, their version of one of our own teams. Meanwhile, Team Giannis brought in Steph Curry, Kemba Walker, and Dirk Nowitzki among others, some of the more wholesome and humble players of the league. These guys played more like they were part of a brotherhood, working together without being too focused on their individual performances.

Not that you didn’t know already, but Team LeBron rallied to its second straight win with a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis. We even saw a glimpse of the LeBron we’ve all come to love (or hate, depending on which city you’re from) when he threw down an alley-oop from Kyrie Irving. If you aren’t a Lakers fan, just put yourself in their shoes for one minute. Imagine being stoked to land King James on your team, only for him to proceed to have a terrible season (sorry LeBron, but you’ve done better) and then perform like this in the NBA All-Star Game. Would you be A) confused B) hopeful or C) mad as hell. Because we know our fans are passionate, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say they’d be upset to say the least. When your team makes an investment in a $154M player, you expect some return on that investment when it really matters, not just at a glorified publicity event for the league.