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Don’t Mess with This Cowboy

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When will people learn not to mess with Troy Aikman. Aikman, who most people will recognize from the broadcast booth alongside Joe Buck, is a Hall of Fame QB with THREE Super Bowl rings (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX), among many other accolades. Recently, we saw him rip in to Doug Gottlieb for a tasteless and irritating take on Andrew Luck’s decision to retire, which is one of our favorite Aikman moments of all time. Now, he’s got his sights set on The Athletic over a comparison made between him and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Someone on their social media team made the grave mistake of tweeting out that Mahomes had “thrown 36% of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games.” And as you may have guessed, Troy was READY to respond:

We’re just glad we have yet to find ourselves on the receiving end of a fired-up Aikman tweet. All of this has helped us put something in perspective, though. We want the Fan Controlled Football League to be entertaining to fans in every possible way – from the voting process, to the inaugural fan-run draft, to the games themselves. And you better believe we’ll make sure we have some solid individuals join our broadcasts to elevate the level of production of each game. Will we see as much drama with our announcers as we do with Aikman? Only time will tell. But more importantly fans, tell us whose side you’re on in this Aikman vs. The Athletic battle! In the meantime, we’ll sit on the sidelines and see how Mahomes’ career stacks up against Aikman’s before his inevitable retirement.

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FAN Take: Get Your Head Right

Posted on August 28, 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!

Alright, fans – it’s time we dive into some deeper subject matter: mental health. On Saturday night, Andrew Luck retired from the NFL, citing his need for a different and more healthy way of life. He sustained a laundry list of injuries during his career, including a torn abdomen, concussions, a torn labrum, and a lacerated kidney. And that’s just some of his injuries. So, we think his reasoning is pretty valid. “This is not an easy decision. Honestly, it’s the hardest decision of my life,” Luck told the press. “But it is the right decision for me. For the last four years, I’ve been in a cycle of injury, pain, rehab. And it’s been unceasing and unrelenting both in season and offseason. I’ve felt stuck in it and the only way I see out is to no longer play football. It’s taken the joy out of this game.” If you’re still questioning the necessity of him leaving the game to pursue a more full life, consider the fact that he’s walking away from a contract that offers him $51.8M in future money and the shot at a career that could have taken him to the Super Bowl and Hall of Fame.

Luck wasn’t the only NFL star to retire early this year. Rob Gronkowski hung up his jersey for good in March, and yesterday announced what his next chapter would be. We all thought was him entering the wrestling ring on a more regular basis, but instead revealed he would be partnering with CBDMedic. He shared with reporters that the physical pain brought on by football had a negative impact on his well-being. In his own words, “Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it… I was losing that joy in life, the joy. I really was.” He describes his use of CBD products “life-changing,” and that physically, he could absolutely come back to football – but it’s the need for mental rest that is keeping him from coming out of retirement.

Naturally, we want some insight from the fans when it comes to their players’ mental health. Do sports leagues need to put a bigger focus on the mental well-being of athletes? Do you think the FCFL needs to prioritize an athlete’s mental health over their physical health? Do you think they should be valuing their own health higher than what’s best for the team as a whole? If an athlete is looking for help, do you think CBD products should be made available to them without any repercussions in the league? Let us know what you think!

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Throwing A Flag On The New Pass Interference Rules

Posted on August 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night in the Hall of Fame game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, fans got a glimpse at how the future of pass interference calls could look – and it’s messy. Broncos coach Vic Fangio threw his challenge flag over a call in the second quarter and it was upheld by the officials. To no surprise, fans quickly took to Twitter to express their annoyance after an additional stoppage in play. Because that’s just what the NFL needs – more time wasted.

We’re not here to throw shade, but we’re feeling pretty good about our dedication to making sure our fans get the most action possible in our sixty minute games. Who wants to watch two teams play for up to four hours when they can watch all eight teams in the same amount of time? This shift also makes it infinitely easier for our fans to check up on the competition and prepare to call the right plays. But the first snap of our inaugural season, we will join you in groaning over the increased number of calls made this NFL season.

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Football Is Back!

Posted on August 1, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, kind of. It really all depends on whether or not you actually count the Hall of Fame Game and the rest of NFL preseason as real football. Tonight the Denver Broncos will face off against the Atlanta Falcons in Canton, Ohio, which honestly, seems like a lackluster way for the NFL to kick off their 100th season on the field. Preseason is already difficult to watch, the least they could have done was pick a more exciting match-up. But we will say, getting a look at some of the rookies should prove to be entertaining. We’ll finally get to see what the 42nd pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, Drew Lock, can do now that he’s in the pros. You didn’t think the Broncos would actually start Joe Flacco, did you? Lock is currently sitting in the third-string quarterback position, but who knows, maybe he will make Denver forget they even have Kevin Hogan on the roster come regular season. Other notable rookies to keep an eye on include Noah Fant (Denver), Juwann Winfree (Denver), Dre’Mont Jones (Denver), Qadree Ollison (Atlanta), Chris Lindstrom (Atlanta), and Marcus Green (Atlanta).

Shout out to ClutchPoints for our favorite composite

Fans, will you be tuning in to the game tonight? Are you going to be keeping an eye on some of these rookies as you prepare for your fantasy draft? Or are you going to do something else with your night and just peruse through the highlights tomorrow morning as you countdown the hours until your weekend starts?

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The GOAT – Joe Montana – Joins the FCFL

Originally published September 24, 2018

By Annalece Montgomery

Big news, people! Hall of Fame NFL quarterback and venture capitalist, Joe Montana, is joining the FCFL as Chief Strategic Advisor and as an investor!

This is what Joe had to say: “I’m tremendously excited to be partnering with the FCFL. What this team has created is innovative, engaging, and will energize the digital age football fan. Fans will hire the coaches, draft the players and call all the plays in real time. It’s a real-life video game and the future of sports.”

Widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, Joe Montana was not only a talented passer, but he was an inspirational leader with the almost magical ability to lead his teams back from certain defeat. During his Hall of Fame career with the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, he led his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins, including a 92-yard drive in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXIII. Over 16 seasons in the NFL, Joe led his teams to nine divisional championships and victories in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV. Additionally, he is a technology pioneer and partner in the early stage venture capital firm Liquid 2 Ventures, where he oversees and advises an impressive portfolio of start-ups.

In Joe’s role as FCFL’s Chief Strategic Advisor, he will be a driving force in the formation and development of the league’s brand messaging, integral in football and technical innovations and will provide invaluable expertise from front office operations to fan engagement.

Joe joins a diverse team of advisors with experience across all aspects of sports, technology and gaming, including the league’s appointed Chief Operating Officer, Andy Dolich. Andy is a renowned sports executive who brings over five decades of experience in the industry, including front office positions in the NFL, MLB, NBA & NHL.

According to our CEO and Co-Founder, Sohrob Farudi, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have the GOAT, Joe Montana, join the FCFL. As we continue to build and launch the sports platform for the digital fan, we will look to Joe for leadership and expertise in every facet of the league.”