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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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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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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Football Programming for Anthony Davis News

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Monday morning, anyone with ESPN alerts set woke up to the news that Anthony Davis told the New Orleans Pelicans he was not interested in extending his contract with the team. Say what?

The All-NBA forward has been a beacon of hope for New Orleans, so to state that he wants a trade to another team instead of signing a five-year, $240 million deal, is quite a shock for their fans. Per his agent Rich Paul, “Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” Ouch, we imagine the people of New Orleans are taking that particular phrasing a little harder ahead of Super Bowl LIII.

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Cue the onslaught of Los Angeles Lakers-Anthony Davis memes. Or more specifically, LeBron James memes – shout out to Bleacher Report for this little creation. Lakers fans are clamoring for a trade that sends Lonzo Ball away and brings in Davis, finally giving them their first real shot at an NBA Championship since signing James. The possibility isn’t far off considering Paul also represents James.

So, what would our fans do if it were their player looking for a trade? Would they be quick to say, “see ya later,” or would they try to convince him to stay? We’re guessing they’ll fall somewhere in the middle. Our fans will be drafting the players that make their team – hand-picking them – so they will likely feel a sting of betrayal. But, we don’t think it will last long. After shaking off the initial insult of wanting to be traded, we know our fans will be hard at work, pin-pointing the best option for a trade. They would ensure that if their soon-to-be former player wants to leave, that they will only let it happen if it means getting the best player possible in the trade. We hope our fans brush up on their strategizing before season kicks off!