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FAN Take: Heads or Tails?

Posted on November 13, 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!

There is A LOT to unpack from the Monday Night Football meeting between the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Where do we begin? First, DT DeForest Buckner managed to get a TD after Russell Wilson dropped the ball and it was picked up by his offensive lineman. Honestly, we had to rewind the play a couple times to catch everything that happened. Next, 49ers rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin made a spectacular field goal to send the game into overtime. But then he missed one from 47 yards out in a big way – with the ball landing in a stadium tunnel. This kick was just too wide to the left, but further validated our decision to get rid of kicking in the NFL. No doinks here!

Then we have the 2019 version of ‘Yanny/Laurel’ with the heads or tails call at the start of overtime. Geno Smith appears to have called ‘tails,’ the referee claimed he said ‘heads’ and then gave the ball to the Seahawks. He has since said he called ‘heads,’ but we aren’t buying it. We’re perfectly fine chalking this up to the NFL Officials being what we know them to be. We KNOW the fans are going to be divided on this, so please, listen to the clip below as many times as you can before you lose your minds (like we did).

The most important thing about this game, is that its impending rematch in Week 17 will most likely decide the entire NFC playoff race. Who would have thought that fans of every other NFC team will be heavily relying on the outcome of that game to see where their team lands in the playoff picture? We have a few questions for you, fans: 1) What did you hear, heads or tails? 2) When you’re sending your team captains out onto the field, do you trust them to call the coin flip on their own, or do you want them to always call one side of the coin? Or perhaps you want to vote on which side they should call? Who do you think will win the rematch on December 29th in Seattle? And who will ultimately represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV?

Power To The Fans!

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NFL’s 100th Season Kick Off Falls Flat

Posted on September 6, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, that certainly wasn’t the game we were expecting from the NFL’s 100th season. Typically, the first game of the regular season features the Super Bowl Champions, which in this case, would have been the New England Patriots. But this year, the NFL decided to switch it up and feature the oldest rivalry they had, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. Which is kind of fitting, because this is also the 100th season for both teams. The end result was lackluster to say the least. Between the Packers have the fewest yards in the first quarter since 1979 (-12 total, wow) and the Bears finding themselves in a 3rd and 40 situation, we wanted more from the game with a final score of 10-3.

Were the fans just excited to have regular season football back? Definitely, at least for a little while. But did they love the first game? Not so much. People were roasting the game on Twitter, and USA Today‘s Andy Nesbitt weren’t having it. As soon as the first flag was thrown in the first quarter, even we found ourselves thinking we could have gone without football a little longer. One thing is certain, in the FCFL we will do everything we can to make sure these match-ups are as entertaining as possible! Until our season has it’s ‘first snap,’ we’ll just hope for better quality of games this NFL season. At least the showdown between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders on Monday night should be entertaining given all the drama Antonio Brown has caused over the last few weeks!

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The Drama Isn’t Over for AB

Posted on September 5, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Oh Antonio, what have you done?! Yesterday we (along with what we imagine were millions of others) were getting a kick out of Antonio Brown sharing a letter from the Oakland Raiders GM, Mike Mayock, detailing the fines he’s racked up by not attending practice. The current fines (read: before he has more added on for this stunt) include $13,950 for missing the team walk through on August 22, and $40,000 fir missing training camp on August 18. He tagged the Raiders Instagram account and added the following caption to his story: “WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR.”

And now, it looks like Brown will be suspended. We’re waiting for more details, but there is no doubt that there was some kind of confrontation between the wide receiver and Mayock. We don’t know if this is all some ploy to increase ratings ahead of the Raiders game against the Denver Broncos on Monday night, but we can’t look away from this dumpster fire.

How would the fans handle a situation like this, where one of their star players is taking to social media to call out the front office? We think instead of trying to suspend the player, the fans will be more likely to either a) fire back at him on social media, b) rally the other fans into not starting him, or c) a combination of the two. More importantly, will this whole fiasco make the fans more likely to tune in to Monday Night Football this week? Our guess is probably not. If anything, we think they will be more likely to tune in to the first game Brown actually plays in.