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FAN Take: On the Clock

Posted on October 23, 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!

Last night the NBA made its triumphant return with two stellar games: the defending champion Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans, and LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers (read: NFL, this is what opening night should look like). The main difference between last season and last night? TNT made an adjustment to their shot clock. Instead of keeping it statically positioned along the bottom of the screen like every other network has done since the dawn of time, they added a white shot clock on the floor above the foul line. TNT has actually been testing this out during its preseason games, but didn’t get as much attention until last night because we all know preseason doesn’t count. This change didn’t get rid of the static red-backed clock in the bottom right corner, but it does allow fans to keep their eye on the clock and the action without having to look around the screen. In the final five seconds, the color of the clock also changes, giving the game more of a video game feel – something we know all about.

We’ve heard many people describe the FCFL as the real-life version of Madden, so we’re absolutely open to making aesthetic changes to the game streams to mirror that idea and make the viewing experience be absolutely incredible for the fans. So, what kind of changes would the fans want to see? A play clock to run down on the field behind the quarterback? The first down marker to change color as the offense runs out of downs? Maybe a countdown timer that moves and shakes as time runs out for fans to call their next play? Let us know fans – we’re building this league for YOU!

Power To The Fans!

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The NBA is BACK!

Posted on October 22, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Sure, we may be in the middle of the NFL season, but the NBA is officially back in action tonight! The double-header for opening night features the Toronto Raptors vs. New Orleans Pelicans and LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers. We can only hope that these games turn out better than the season opener for the NFL, which shouldn’t be hard to do.

So what can fans expect this season? Maybe the question should be ‘who can the fans expect to show up this season.’ Well, not the Number One draft pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, for starters. Yesterday the New Orleans Pelicans announced that Zion Williamson will be out for a couple months after having surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus. And per the ESPN Breaking News alert we all got on our phones this morning, the Golden State Warriors aren’t expecting to see Klay Thompson on the court at all this season as he recovers from a torn ACL. On top of that, Russell Westbrook keeps managing to hurt his shooting hand. Pull it together, guys.

Who should they put their money on? Well, Seerat Sohi, Chris Haynes, Vincent Goodwill and Ben Rohrbach all picked the Los Angeles Clippers to take home the championship. Rohrbach was the only one to pick the Philadelphia 76ers as the other team in the NBA Finals – the rest selected the Milwaukee Bucks. While these four from Yahoo Sports are literally paid for their opinion, we still have a hard time believing the Clippers will end the season on a high note. Of course, the opinions we care most about come from the fans. Let us know in the comments who you think will make it to the 2020 NBA Finals!

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Time To Pony Up, Shaq

Posted on July 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When will people learn that the internet is forever? Clearly not soon enough, and nobody knows that better than Shaquille O’Neal. This morning Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr tweeted an unearthed clip of Shaq making some strong statements in regards to his coach at the time, Phil Jackson. He quite literally said he would kiss the feet of any other coach that made four NBA Finals appearances within five years. For those of you that haven’t been counting, Kerr reached that milestone this year after previously making appearances in 2015, 2017, and 2018 as well. But don’t worry, Shaq knows his number is up. He responded to Kerr, letting him know that he’s game.

We love it when athletes make outlandish statements, only to have to back them up after being called out on social media. While we don’t necessarily want to watch Shaq kiss Kerr’s feat, we’re glad someone dug that clip up for the world to enjoy. We’d ask the fans if they want to see some interesting bets go on between our athletes and Team Owners | Fan Captains, but we already know the answer is a resounding yes. But we are curious to hear from the fans what kind of bets they want to see! Should Bobby Bones and Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller make an arrangement for the loser to go on the other’s show and publicly call themselves the biggest loser of the FCFL? What about Marshawn Lynch having to take Richard Sherman or Prince Royce to a VERY expensive dinner at the nicest restaurant in Las Vegas? We’re all ears for your suggestions!

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Kawhi, We Need An Answer

Posted on July 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We know we aren’t the only ones that got that alert last night that Kawhi Leonard had agreed to sign with the Lakers, but as of this morning, he is still a free agent. A few people toyed with the idea that he was waiting to make his announcement until today, considering yesterday was Canada Day, and it would just be wrong to do Toronto like that. However, the folks at For The Win! Came up with five fantastic reasons for why he’s waiting to make any kind of announcement – sure, they aren’t all serious, but they are entertaining!

1. He’s waiting, to deliberately cripple the other teams

2. He’s using AOL to make the announcement

3. He’s taking his time to come up with the perfect tweet

4. He’s trolling all of us

5. He wanted to be nice to Canada on Canada Day

We think we can all agree here that no matter what the reason for waiting is, we need an answer ASAP. We’re sick of sitting on the edge of our seats! Thankfully, this won’t be a problem for FCFL fans in season one, as you will be the ones drafting players to your team. But for season two? This issue could present itself. And if it does, we expect to see you all demanding answers from your favorite players on Twitter too!

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That’s One Way To Court A Player

Posted on June 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When LeBron James decided it was time to leave Cleveland, billboards popped up around different cities trying to show him a little love. Last year, Lakers fans made it clear they wanted to see Paul George in purple and gold. While nothing is official, no matter how much people speculate, it looks like LA is pulling out all the stops for Kawhi Leonard in an effort to convince him to take his contract option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Billboards from some Clippers fans (with money to burn, apparently) popped up over the weekend on the 5 freeway, not too far from Staples Center, encouraging him to ditch his ‘King of the North’ title for ‘King of SoCal.’

We take it that ‘shouting it from the rooftops’ is no longer a thing, and if you want to show you’re interested in a player, it needs to be done with billboards. We have to admit though, it might make sense to put some of those up IN Toronto, where Kawhi is more likely to see them. Now, we aren’t expecting our fans to do anything THIS drastic when it comes to luring in players to the league, but we do think they might organize a strong social campaign. Whether it’s just getting a hashtag trending or even throwing $20 at some paid advertising on Instagram, we can see our fans taking a more digital approach. After all, everything from our league votes to coach interviews to watching the games will be done digitally!

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Winners and Losers of the 2019 NBA Draft

Posted on June 21, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We could probably spend all day analyzing every pick of the 2019 NBA Draft last night, but hey, it’s the first day of Summer and we know you just want the highlights. That being said, let’s look at some of the biggest winners and losers of last night!

Winner: New Orleans Pelicans.

They got Zion Williamson, need we say more? With their fancy trade work, they’ve also set themselves up with plenty of chances to find a brand new replacement for Anthony Davis… even though they got all the players in the world from the Lakers in THAT trade. You go, Pelicans!

Loser: Bol Bol.

Every year there is someone at EVERY major league draft that becomes “that guy.” You know, the one everyone is expecting to go early in the first round and is just left sitting there somewhere until pick No. 30 or so. Unfortunately, last night that guy was Bol Bol. Ultimately, he landed at No. 44 with the Miami Heat. At least he can get over the low draft position on the beautiful beaches of Miami, right?

Winner: Atlanta Hawks.

After making a deal with the Pelicans, Atlanta swooped in at No. 4 to pick up De’Andre Hunter, followed by Cam Reddish at No. 10. Sure, Reddish didn’t shine at Duke this year, but he’s got size and athleticism on his side.

Loser: Phoenix Suns.

As we mentioned previously, the Phoenix Suns had the 6th pick in the draft, which they traded away to Minnesota for the No. 11 pick and Dario Saric. Then they drafted Cameron Johnson, who has a history of hip injuries and was expected to go much lower in the draft. It’s okay Phoenix, everyone has to be a loser at some point in draft history.

Winner: Memphis Grizzlies.

Welcome to Memphis, Ja Morant! His new team is still in a rebuilding stage (the team went 55-109 the last two seasons), but he has some solid talent in Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke to help him along the way.

What do you think fans, do you agree? Or do you have your own separate list of winners and losers? Let us know!

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Report: LaVar Ball Might Be Saltier Than the Ocean

Posted on June 17, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Where do we even begin with this? Over the weekend we shared that the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Anthony Davis after sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, AND two other future first-round picks to New Orleans. That’s right, the Lakers gave all of that up for LeBron James to have his way and get Davis on the team. We’re not even going to get into the reasoning behind that one, and leave it at how happy we are that the fans are in control at the FCFL, not whoever is calling the shots in Los Angeles.

Some seriously devoted fans captured LaVar’s reaction to the news while attending a Drew League game to cheer on his other son, LaMelo. Let’s just say he didn’t look happy. Maybe it’s because he didn’t have the opportunity to make sure Lonzo went to Phoenix, but it likely has more to do with the fact that the Lakers thought they were better off without him in general. Following the game, he spoke to reporters, saying, “It will be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they will never win another championship. Guarantee it.” He followed up with, “I don’t regret. I’m going to have fun with it, because I told you it was crashing down. Now it completely crashed, but at least my son got off the boat before the thing exploded.” And for the record, yes, this is the same guy that proceeded to appear on ESPN’s First Take this morning for obvious reasons – until he made everyone uncomfortable with a comment directed at host Molly Qerim while avoiding answering questions about the trade that brought him there in the first place.

Do we think the fans would put up with LaVar’s antics in the FCFL? Absolutely not. While some of the fans may egg him on so they can continue to troll them, we think the majority would want him gone. We wouldn’t be surprised if the fans called for his removal from the Virtual Front Office, should he join attempting to orchestrate a trade to another team for that player. We think they might find themselves agreeing with Liz Roscher when she said, “All sports everywhere for all times in the past and future don’t need him.” If there’s anything we have learned in the last 72 hours, it’s that we hope our fans never end up as salty as LaVar.

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The 2019 NBA Draft Order Is Here!

Posted on May 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

For anyone that missed it, last night was the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery. Although the draft itself won’t be held until next month, June 20th to be exact, the fans now have a little over a month to explore every possibility of what their teams will do in the first round. With a ton of talent heading into the draft this year, including Zion Williamson, a lot of fans are hoping to see their teams turn it around next season. And with that, the order for the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is as follows:

  1. New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Atlanta Hawks (they get a second pick through a previous trade with Dallas)
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Boston Celtics (through a trade with Sacramento)
  15. Detroit Pistons
  16. Orlando Magic
  17. Brooklyn Nets
  18. Indiana Pacers
  19. San Antonio Spurs
  20. Boston Celtics (through a trade with the LA Clippers)
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
  22. Boston Celtics (okay now they’re just getting greedy)
  23. Utah Jazz
  24. Philadelphia 76ers
  25. Portland Trailblazers
  26. Cleveland Cavaliers (through a trade with Houston)
  27. Brooklyn Nets (through a trade with Denver)
  28. Golden State Warriors
  29. San Antonio Spurs (through a trade with Toronto)
  30. Milwaukee Bucks

For anyone that’s predominantly a football fan, the NBA Draft doesn’t take playoff results into consideration when determining draft order. Meaning, if you’re fans of the Knicks, Cavs, or Suns, you not only have an abysmal record, but you also don’t have the draft placement you really need. Not to be immature, but it sucks to suck. While we have not determined how the draft order will be selected in the FCFL, we’re curious to know what the fans want to see. We think fans will want to see a lottery-style for the first season. But for every season after that? We think there’s going to be a split consensus. We think some of the fans will want to keep the lottery style moving forward, while others will want something more similar to what we see in the NFL. That’s our best guess for now, but if you feel strongly one way or the other fans, let us know!

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Lakers Fans Are Taking Over

Posted on May 10, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Let’s catch you up really quickly on what’s been happening with the Los Angeles Lakers: they still don’t have a head coach after some extensive back-and-forth with Tyron Lue, Rajon Rondo apparently doesn’t want to come back to the team if they don’t fill that position before free agency, oh, and Jeannie Buss is being encouraged to trade LeBron James. Lakers fans are currently pretty ticked off with what’s happening in their front office and are about to take matters into their own hands – talk about #PowerToTheFans. Fans are planning a protest for this afternoon, 12pm PT at Staples Center. They have also planned for a more ‘casual’ protest for Saturday, also at 12pm PT. We’re not sure how to define the difference between a protest and a ‘casual’ protest, but we’re looking forward to finding out.

In a press release issued by Charlie Rivers, he stated “We support the Lakers Organization, but do not condone its current management. This event is to focus not on the failure to hire Tyronn Lue, in favor of Jason Kidd, but the decisions that ultimately are the responsibility of Jeannie Buss.” For the full details on the protest, visit Rivers’ post on Reddit. In the meantime, we’re going to sit back and watch this unfold while continuing to make sure our fans feel heard. This league is full of YOUR teams, and you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to making decisions. Buckle up fans, this is going to be one hell of a ride!

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“Kawhi Is Better Than Kobe Was”

Posted on May 7, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Before you get all up in arms, we are NOT saying that Kawhi Leonard is better than Kobe Bryant! That’s why we threw those quotes in the title. But, Max Kellerman absolutely did. During an interview on ESPN’s First Take, while discussing Norman Powell’s comments on Kawhi being Kobe, Kellerman told Jay Williams and Stephen A. Smith very matter of factly that Kawhi is better than Kobe was. While watching, you can literally FEEL Stephen’s heavy eye-roll through your screens. He was left looking absolutely disgusted while Jay Williams stood up and walked off set. Shots have officially been fired. And Kobe fans are NOT happy about it.

We’re curious what kind of statement could get a similar reaction out of you, fans. We imagine if someone said Eli Manning was better than Tom Brady, you might throw a bit of a fit (even if you aren’t a Brady fan). Maybe you would have a visceral reaction if someone compared one of your favorite players of all time to someone… inferior. There’s one thing we are sure of – if our fans were up in arms over a comment like this, they would absolutely shred the person who said it on the internet. We can’t say we’d blame them. Do what you gotta do, fans!