Patience Is a Virtue

Posted on March 2, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Oh, the New York Knicks. You want to like them, even if just out of pity, but their painful record over the last 20 seasons makes it hard to do so. In their consistent efforts to make necessary changes to turn things around, the team just named former agent Leon Rose as their new president. This isn’t the only major change the team has made in recent months, though. After starting the season at 4-18, the Knicks parted ways with coach David Fizdale, and named assistant Mike Miller the interim coach. So far this season, the Knicks are 18-42 – so it should come as no surprise that Rose is asking the fans for their patience with him, Miller, and the organization as a whole during this latest transition:

Can the fans really give Rose and the Knicks the kind of patience they’re asking for? Time will only tell. The real question is, if one of the FCFL teams had a perennially disappointing record like the Knicks, would the fans give them patience? Without a doubt, we’re going to say no! FCFL fans know that if something isn’t working, it’s either their play calling or their players, basically, it’s on THEM to fix it, and fix it NOW! It should be noted that FCFL seasons are significantly shorter than that of the NBA, so if the problems are due to the players, the fans don’t have to wait long before they begin looking at the new talent showing up in the next draft. But like we said, we don’t believe FCFL fans will put up with season after season of disappointment, but we also don’t think they’ll jump ship to any other teams in the league. We know they will do the hard work to improve their roster and their play calling!


SNL Gets Into Gaming

Posted on October 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Esports are finally getting their due – in addition to the enormous prizes for live tournaments, the integration of AI pop stars, and widespread viewership on Twitch and ESPN, they’re being covered by the ultimate program in pop culture: Saturday Night Live. In Saturday’s episode, featuring Chance the Rapper as both host and musical artist, Chance reprised a previous role of an MSG Knicks reporter being thrown into primetime coverage of a sport that isn’t basketball. This time around, he was required to cover the 2019 League of Legends World Championship – of course without any knowledge of the gaming community.

Do we think fans want to see more of esports outside of Twitch? ABSOLUTELY. And yes, the caps were necessary; they were a must to show how confident we are in this answer. There’s been talk about esports making its way into the Olympics, so why not have them spill out into the larger world of entertainment? Do we think the fans will appreciate how spot on Chance the Rapper’s impression of a traditional sports fan learning about esports was? Of course. Watching that sketch reminded us of every time we’ve found ourselves trying to explain how our league is the gamification of traditional football. One thing is for certain, we’ll be rooting for the mainstream expansion of esports while we wait for the FCFL to get the SNL-treatment.


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!


RIP to Hopes and Dreams of Knicks Fans Everywhere

Posted on July 1, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re not sure where to begin with this one. We could outline a long list of all the things the New York Knicks have done wrong recently, but that could take all day. Offering our condolences to Knicks fans everywhere seems like the only sensible choice at this point. We’re sorry that you will likely have to go through yet another rough season. We just hope that things WILL get better, you’ve been through enough as it is.

Free agency is normally the most exciting time, aside from the playoffs, in the NBA. But definitely not for the Knicks. The 17-65 team missed their shot snagging Zion Williamson in the draft after running Kristaps Porzingis out of New York, and now they’ve already set themselves up for a miserable off-season, despite the large amount of cap room they created to bring in some serious talent. They finally had a shot at a big name player that could really help develop their roster of children – okay they aren’t children, but they ARE the youngest team in the league. But, in true Knicks fashion, they blew it by not ponying up for a max deal to secure Kevin Durant. Really. The guys that gave Tim Hardaway Jr. a $71M deal a couple years ago thought Durant’s price tag was too high. This is only going to hurt the fans more, as they watch their rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, welcome Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan with open arms.

A few months ago, a fan was banned from Madison Square Garden for imploring James Dolan to sell the Knicks. He just wanted to be heard and see his team win more than 17 games in one season, can you blame him? So what happens when the fans have to get involved in order for something to change? While we have faith in our Team Owners | Fan Captains that they will work with you fans to do what’s right for the team, there’s always a possibility that one of them will go rogue and sink your team. What do you do then? We imagine our fans won’t put up with it. We imagine they will band together to not only align themselves on votes, but to let US know how they feel! Should any Team Owner do their team and fans wrong, we are expecting to see our DMs full. Remember, this is the FAN Controlled Football League – you’re in control!


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!


FAN Take – What’s Your Price?

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!

Over the summer, we shared a story about a VERY disgruntled New York Knicks fan looking to sell his fandom to the highest bidder. Evan Perlmutter went to eBay to put his allegiance up for sale, saying he promised to “throw out my awesome Knicks trash can”, “burn no less than three articles of Knicks memorabilia” and root “whole-heartly” for whichever team the auction’s winner chooses. His opening bid request was for $1,973 in honor of the Knicks’ last championship in 1973. The winning bidder, James Riedel, assigned Perlmutter to his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, for $3,500. Unfortunately for him, the Lakers are off to a rockier start than the Knicks.

That brings us to the World Series. Last night, the Boston Red Sox took home the win for Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the series 2-0. For those somehow unaware, both teams have severe rivalries with teams from their respective areas. Fans of the Red Sox completely detest the New York Yankees. Fans of the San Francisco Giants would rather see anyone else in the World Series than the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This year the series really is a battle of the best of the west and east coast, so we’re wondering if there are fans willing to cast aside their fandom to see a trophy brought home to their state or region. Giants fans, are you sticking to your guns and rooting for anyone BUT the Dodgers, or do you want to see the title back in California? What about the Yankees fans – are you rooting for the demise of Boston? If your least favorite team made it to any kind of championship series, would you root against them out of allegiance to your own team? Or would you want to see the best team win? We want to know!

Power To The Fans!