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FAN Take: Reinstated

Posted on February 12, 2020

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!

It was only a few months ago that we discussed the fight between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on Thursday Night Football, and the punishments handed down to the players involved. So why are we bringing it up once again? Well, this morning Myles Garrett was reinstated by the NFL, just a few days after meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. For his involvement in the altercation, he had previously been suspended indefinitely, for a minimum of the remainder of the 2019-20 season. What many fans may not know about the fight (shown below again, because why not?), is that Garrett tried to appeal the punishment with an accusation that Rudolph had started the fight by inciting him with a racial slur. Clearly, the suspension was upheld, and we didn’t see Garrett for the last 6 games of the season.

Yes, this is all over a fight between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, who went 8-8 and 6-10 respectively, but when you consider the fact that Garrett was the No. 1 Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, his name carries some clout by default. We previously made the prediction that you, the fans, would not find the punishments fair, considering Rudolph received none, and that the fans would more than likely want to troll the players involved. But how would you handle Garrett’s return? Would you be annoyed that an indefinite suspension was issued, only for the absolute minimum amount of time to be served? Or would you prefer giving indefinite suspensions with game minimums to keep players on their toes? If you had suspended a player in your league in a similar way, would you leave it to the commissioner to decide on when they can come back? Or would you want this to become a league-wide fan vote? Let us know what you think, fans!

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Crime and Punishment

Posted on November 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve stayed silent on the infamous Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph fight during Thursday Night Football – but that ends now. For anyone that decided to ‘un-plug’ for the last few days, you missed A LOT. Just before the Browns were able to pull out a win on Thursday, Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Steelers QB Mason Rudolph, then used it as weapon to hit Rudolph in the head, only for the Steelers O-line to then go after Garrett. It was ugly and completely unnecessary. You can see just how bad it was below, but something to note is that it looks an awful lot like Rudolph tried to pull Garrett’s helmet first. We have to admit, we previously wondered why the Browns’ logo is a helmet, but it makes a lot of sense now 😏

Since the hit, the NFL has suspended the Defensive End indefinitely, with a minimum of the remainder of the season. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey got a three-game suspension for rushing to Rudolph’s defense and Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension for shoving Rudolph to the ground. In addition to all these suspensions, each team was fined $250,00, which we somehow don’t think either team will miss. Plenty of people are calling for Garrett to receive a lifetime ban from the league, with others demanding some kind of punishment be doled out to Rudolph for his part in the fight.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Do we think the fans thought the punishments were fair? No. We get the feeling that our fans are the ones who would be calling for Rudolph to catch some heat. We also think the fans would increase the fines placed on the two teams and maybe pull the suspension for Ogunjobi since he wasn’t the only one jumping in to the fight. But how would the fans handle everything if this were happening in the FCFL? We think they would vote to pull Garrett and Rudolph from their respective rosters, placing them back in the reserve pool of players, only to be brought back in if every other player is injured. We don’t think they’d call for any kind of fines on the teams (hey, we don’t have NFL money!!), but we do think they’d find a way to troll the guilty players. Maybe making them sit in a corner on game day with dunce caps on? We can make predictions on how the fans would handle this situation all day, but we want to hear from them! Let us know what you’d do – there are no wrong answers!

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NFL Week Five Round Up – And Then There Were Two

Posted on October 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Going in to NFL Week 5, there were three teams that remained undefeated, but then the Indianapolis Colts showed up to do WORK. The Kansas City Chiefs tried to bring home the win, but clearly they could have tried harder. Now, only the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots remain undefeated. One of these comes as a huge shock to us, the other doesn’t, considering they have the easiest schedule in the league. Just like last week, fans went 8-6-1 with their picks, bringing their season record to 46-28-4. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
  • New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Carolina Panthers
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders
  • Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  • Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers – the fans were split on this match-up, so we have another tie!

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 6 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now, here are some of our favorite moments from Week 5:

  • Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey scored an absolutely INSANE in Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The only way it could have been better is if it were called in Spanish. Oh, it was? Perfect!
  • Oh, Baker. The Browns QB snubbed the San Francisco 49ers Team Captains during the pre-game coin toss, so Joey Bosa decided to get a little payback by ‘planting the flag’ in Santa Clara.
  • Sadly, Mason Rudolph sustained a concussion during the Steelers-Ravens game on Sunday. To make matters worse, the cart taking him off the field broke down and he ultimately had to be carried away. We get the feeling EVERY cart at EVERY stadium will be fully charged before Week 6 action kicks off.

  • Travis Kelce is all of us, getting fired up at coaches when you’re losing a game you SHOULD be winning.
  • And last, but certainly not least, the camera crew caught Jerry “Crypt Keeper” Jones channeling every Cowboys fan by getting frustrated with Dak Prescott.