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Last Dance With MJ

Posted on April 20, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

ESPN did us all a huge favor by dropping The Last Dance two months early, with the first two episodes airing last night. The 10-part series chronicles Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls – the good, the bad, and the Dennis Rodman Vegas trip. Fans were pretty excited for its early release, treating the premiere as an entire event, even planning their outfits for themselves and family members to wear while posted up in front of their televisions. We won’t spoil the first two episodes for you, but we highly encourage you to check them out before the next two drop on Sunday.

What other dynasty team, iconic moment or unreal athlete would the fans want to see ESPN cover? The Office’s Michael Scott, maybe? We’re kidding – although the spoof trailer did have us contemplating binging the show for what feels like the 100th time. We’re sure they’d be into a deep dive on Walter Payton, Bill Russell, or Wayne Gretzky – all absolutely amazing in their respective sports. But we’re going to go out on a limb and say they want to know everything about the greatest season in the Indoor Football League – 2017. You know the one, where our proof of concept team, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles came to life, paving the way for this league to launch 😏 That is – until we’ve completed our inaugural season, in which case there would definitely need to be a follow up.

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FAN Take: More Than a Baller

Posted on February 26, 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!

On Monday morning, tons of people tuned in to the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Memorial, and while many were enamored with the musical performances, Shaq’s sense of humor, and the updated Michael Jordan crying meme, we were more focused on Sabrina Ionescu’s tribute. It was impressive to see a young woman be so poised and articulate in a high-pressure situation. But it was more impressive to see her performance on the court just a few hours later. During the Oregon Ducks’ win over Stanford that evening, she made NCAA history by becoming the first Division 1 player EVER to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds. The season isn’t even over yet, so we can’t wait to see how high she sets the bar before hanging up her Oregon jersey for good. We said it on Monday night while watching the game and we’ll say it again: What 👏 A 👏 Baller 👏

How would the fans want to celebrate major milestones like Sabrina’s in the FCFL? Of course, we’d blow up player stats all over our social media, the same way Oregon did. But how do the fans get more involved? How can the fans feel like they are a part of the celebration? Should they submit videos congratulating their favorite players and teams, for us to put in a collection for those we’re celebrating? How about setting up one-on-one video calls with those players so the fans can personally share their message? Let us know how we can get you involved, fans!

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This Isn’t the Dream Team

Posted on August 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Remember the U.S. Men’s Basketball team in the 1992 Olympics? The team was stacked with stars like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley, and David Robinson – and they were phenomenal. The U.S. team heading to the 2019 FIBA World Cup is the complete antithesis of that. Don’t believe us? Well, get comfortable because we have a story for you. Yesterday, USA Basketball hosted a camp, which included a scrimmage against a group of fringe NBA, G League and overseas players, coached by Jeff Van Gundy. You would think that this scrimmage would be a huge confidence boost for the team – except it wasn’t. The team, comprised of NBA players like Kemba Walker and Harrison Barnes, lost 17-36. Either this was Van Gundy’s lucky day, or we are in serious trouble when the 2019 FIBA World Cup tips off at the end of the month.

Normally we try to gauge what the fans would do if they were the coaches or the front office, but what if you were the athletes in this situation? How would you be able to rely on your teammates to show up and perform how they’re expected to on an international stage if you had such a terrible scrimmage? We think the fans would face the facts – they performed terrible. But we also think the fans would use that as a learning experience and focus on what really didn’t work for them. They might even opt for some additional training or a team night to reenforce that team bond. Just something to think about if you find your team in the FCFL struggling to come back from an embarrassing loss. You’ve got to be there for your team to figure out what isn’t working!