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FAN Take: Let’s Play Ball… Well, Maybe

Posted on April 29, 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!

We’ve been in quarantine for what feels like an eternity, with the bulk of us at the FCFL currently in the range of Day 60 – but things are looking up. Per USA Today, the MLB is looking to make a comeback towards the end of June, but definitely by July 2. The plan was shared by ‘MLB Officials,’ who want to remain anonymous because this is all still under consideration. Needless to say, we’re thrilled someone in the league offices leaked this information.

The plan would abandon current league structure, and instead establish three separate 10-team divisions, that would allow for teams to play in their own (fanless) ballparks. While the stadiums will remain empty, fans would be able to catch 100 games from the comfort of home. The proposed divisions would look like this:

  • East: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins
  • West: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners
  • Central: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers

It should go without saying, but this plan is pending approval of medical experts, league officials, and team owners. But, what do you think of all this, fans? Are you excited to have sports back, even with the stadiums being empty? Are you looking forward to seeing the Dodgers and Astros in the same division after the Astros were exposed for cheating? Or are you more on the glass half-empty side, and are waiting for approval from the MLB before getting too excited? Let us know what you think!

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2019 MLB Opening Day Is Here

Posted on March 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Today is Opening Day for the MLB – the true sign that Spring has sprung and that warmer days are ahead. Let’s take a look at what some of your favorite MLB teams use for their go-to hashtags for the 2019 season.

Some of them are great – we’re looking at you St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and the Detroit Tigers. Others are hilarious, like the Boston Red Sox, but some are just bad and unimaginative.

In case you haven’t been following along on our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram channels (which we have a very hard time believing), we are currently accepting team name submissions for every FCFL team. We’ve had an amazing time reading through your submissions, and can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeves. Just be sure your team names will provide a phenomenal hashtag that will make every other team’s look lame and like complete garbage. We don’t want you to end up like the New York Mets or the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Fan Take – New Phone, Who Dis?

By Annalece Montgomery

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 week, Sport Techie published an article about what happens when you end up with the old phone number of somebody with star power. To get you up to speed, Giana Manzi of Rhode Island recently woke up to a flurry of text messages about an interview with the Texas Rangers. Except the messages were intended for Rocco Baldelli who had recently been reported to be interviewing with the team prior to accepting a position with the Minnesota Twins.

The author of the article, Joe Lemire, shared his own run-in to this issue when he tried to reach out to Jerry Dipoto upon news that he was the new GM for the Seattle Mariners. The current owner of the phone number shared with Lemire that when someone from the Associated Press reached out for a statement, their son provided a bogus one. In the spirit of due diligence, the owner reached back out prior to the publication going to print. They didn’t want to see a reporter lose their job.

 So what do we think the fans would do if they had inherited a phone number from a legend like our Chief Strategic Advisor Joe Montana or Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch? Well, we’re not calling our fans trolls by any means, but we have a sneaking suspicion that more than a few of you would have a little fun in a situation like this. Some of you may have a bit of a conscious like the person who ended up with Jerry Dipoto’s old number and want to have some good karma thrown your way. Would you milk the opportunity for all it’s worth? Would you have a little fun before breaking the news to your new pen pals that you aren’t the person they think you are? Would you play nice and let them down right off the bat? Or would you just change your number in an effort to not be bothered anymore? We want to know fans, what would you do?!

Power To The FANS!