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FAN Take: Winless in Seattle

Posted on December 31, 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!

Well, here we are again, two years later. Writing another Fan Take on what Seattle could have done differently, and we really wish we weren’t. Up until Sunday night, we were excited to see Team Owner | Fan Captain Marshawn Lynch return to the NFL, to face off against former teammate and fellow Team Owner | Fan Captain Richard Sherman, no less. The fans went wild for the return of Beastmode and even threw Skittles on the field after his TD. But then Pete Carroll happened. Pete “how do I not have an endorsement with a chewing gum brand” Carroll, mismanaged his play clock at the end of the game, pretty much destroying any chance the Seahawks had at beating the Niners. Seahawks fans – and frankly, Saints fans as well – couldn’t believe the train wreck happening right in front of them. For those that missed the final game of the NFL Regular Season, the Seahawks were down 26-21 with 23 seconds left in the game, and managed to make it to the 1-yard line. Russell Wilson spiked the ball and Marshawn ran on to the field – a moment of redemption was coming and it was going to be glorious. Except it didn’t. Because the Seahawks wasted too much time getting players on and off the field, and were ultimately hit with a delay of game penalty, sending them back to the 6-yard line. They managed to get right up to the endzone on the fourth down and were literally INCHES away from having this game in the bag. But they weren’t close enough.

While some fans are losing their minds on a missed PI call that would have put the Seahawks back at 1st and Goal, Richard Sherman has already shut them down with some sound logic. Meanwhile, we need to know what the fans would do if they were running the show in Seattle. First of all, would you get rid of Pete Carroll as head coach for not managing the clock properly? It’s one thing to get a delay of game penalty, it’s another to have it cost you the NFC West title. Or would you wait see if he redeems himself during the wild card round? And after getting hit with that penalty, would you have gone for as many passes as Russell Wilson did? Or would you have let Marshawn do the thing you brought him back to do, and run it in for a touchdown? What about TE Jacob Hollister? Will you think twice about putting him in charge of getting you the win? With how insane that game was, we need to know what you think!

Power To The Fans!

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Let Me See That Playbook

Posted on December 9, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This had to be one of the most exciting weeks in the NFL, even if some of us at FCFL had to watch our teams suffer heartbreaking losses – but one thing is for sure: Buffalo Bills CB Tre’Davious White getting his hands on the Baltimore Ravens playbook was one of our favorite moments of the week, let alone the whole season. That’s right, the Ravens playbook accidentally blew onto the field, and White was quick to pick it up and look it over – before a referee snatched it from his hands. While we doubt White was able to gain any useful insight from the whole three seconds he had to look through the playbook, the internet was quick to point out White’s actions secured him a spot on the Patriots roster next year. Was this a dirty move on White’s part? Eh, not really. Like we said, unless he has some crazy photographic memory, he likely didn’t learn anything useful to report back to his team. Had he run from refs while flipping the pages, then we’d question his ethics. If anything, he just wanted to provide some entertainment for all the Bills fans that were getting tired of seeing Lamar Jackson run all over their team.

So what if this happened in the Fan Controlled Football League? Well, it needs to be said that fans, players, and coaching staff alike will have a hard time trying to cheat by manipulating votes for a specific play to be called. Between everything happening in REAL time and the fact that each of the four play options presented to the team on offense will be solid choices, it’s not even worth it to attempt stacking the votes. But that being said, would the fans want to see their teams attempt to get a less-than-fair advantage anyways? For the most part, we’re going to say no. We know that our fans will be spending more time focusing their team and less on how to sabotage the competition… but we also know some of our fans are classic internet trolls and would love to try and mess with the other team any chance they get. Especially if the latter is part of the Kinda Funny team, which has already gone on record saying they want to send pizzas in the middle of the night to their opponent’s QB, the night before the game.

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FAN Take: Turkey Time

Posted on November 27, 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!

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, we find ourselves looking forward to spending time with our loved ones, eating our bodyweight in turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, and of course, watching football. It has become a time-honored tradition to keep your tv on all day to have a constant source of football playing in the background, culminating with one team posted up in the middle of the field, enjoying a Thanksgiving feast. Hey, it’s the least the league can do if they’re making these players miss time with their loved ones.

Last year’s Thanksgiving Dinner Winners, the New Orleans Saints

As many of you know from our feature in the Washington Post, our first season is set for Summer 2020. With that time frame, would the fans be interested in seeing something similar to what the NFL does on Thanksgiving, but on the Fourth of July? Instead of turkey, do you want to see teams battle it out for the right to enjoy some grilled burgers and hotdogs mid-field? Do you want to see them celebrate with those firecracker popsicles (and then be forced to read the awful dad jokes printed on the popsicle sticks)? Or would you rather see games held on a different day that week to give the players an opportunity to celebrate Independence Day with their loved ones and a boatload of fireworks?

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FAN Take: Life After Football

Posted on November 20, 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!

The last time we prepared ourselves for an exciting announcement from former TE Rob Gronkowski, we were left disappointed – although we did appreciate him being open about his reasoning behind leaving the NFL behind. So naturally, this week when we heard there would be another announcement from Gronk, we weren’t expecting much. To our surprise, yesterday he announced he’ll be making an appearance in Miami for the Super Bowl – but instead of on the field, it will be to host a one-day music festival the day before the big game. “Gronk Beach,” will feature artists like Diplo, Kaskade and Flo Rida and while we think the name is lacking some creativity, we are loving the event logo. Clearly, Gronk’s having a great time after ending his NFL career.

We always enjoy seeing NFL players have a career after football, especially one that isn’t just serving as an analyst on a sports network. Our very own Co-Founder Ray Austin became an actor, model and entrepreneur after hanging his jersey up for good. So what kind of career paths do the fans hope to see their players take after playing in the FCFL? Do they want to see a few stick around in the FCFL as coaches? What about working with some of the fantastic corporate partners of the league, including Twitch? Maybe even follow in the footsteps of Ray and show up on some of your favorite tv shows? Let us know!

Power To The Fans!

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NFL Week 11 Round Up – The Fans Are Back On Top

Posted on November 19, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well done, fans! With only one missed pick, this week was easily the best for the fans thus far – but we just know there will be a week where they lock in every correct pick. And we fully expect that to happen before the Cincinnati Bengals pull out their first win of the season 😏 This week, the fans ended up going 13-1, bringing their season record to 97-53-12. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
  • New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions
  • Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders
  • Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 12 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now for the best part: our favorite moments from Week 11!

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Crime and Punishment

Posted on November 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve stayed silent on the infamous Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph fight during Thursday Night Football – but that ends now. For anyone that decided to ‘un-plug’ for the last few days, you missed A LOT. Just before the Browns were able to pull out a win on Thursday, Myles Garrett ripped the helmet off Steelers QB Mason Rudolph, then used it as weapon to hit Rudolph in the head, only for the Steelers O-line to then go after Garrett. It was ugly and completely unnecessary. You can see just how bad it was below, but something to note is that it looks an awful lot like Rudolph tried to pull Garrett’s helmet first. We have to admit, we previously wondered why the Browns’ logo is a helmet, but it makes a lot of sense now 😏

Since the hit, the NFL has suspended the Defensive End indefinitely, with a minimum of the remainder of the season. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey got a three-game suspension for rushing to Rudolph’s defense and Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game suspension for shoving Rudolph to the ground. In addition to all these suspensions, each team was fined $250,00, which we somehow don’t think either team will miss. Plenty of people are calling for Garrett to receive a lifetime ban from the league, with others demanding some kind of punishment be doled out to Rudolph for his part in the fight.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Do we think the fans thought the punishments were fair? No. We get the feeling that our fans are the ones who would be calling for Rudolph to catch some heat. We also think the fans would increase the fines placed on the two teams and maybe pull the suspension for Ogunjobi since he wasn’t the only one jumping in to the fight. But how would the fans handle everything if this were happening in the FCFL? We think they would vote to pull Garrett and Rudolph from their respective rosters, placing them back in the reserve pool of players, only to be brought back in if every other player is injured. We don’t think they’d call for any kind of fines on the teams (hey, we don’t have NFL money!!), but we do think they’d find a way to troll the guilty players. Maybe making them sit in a corner on game day with dunce caps on? We can make predictions on how the fans would handle this situation all day, but we want to hear from them! Let us know what you’d do – there are no wrong answers!

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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 Week Ten Round Up – And Then There Were None

Posted on November 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Leave it to the fans to accurately predict the San Francisco 49ers winning streak coming to an end in a weekend FULL of upsets! But we’ll dive more into that exciting game tomorrow in our FAN Take 😉. Now that all the undefeated teams have lost and the Miami Dolphins have won, we’re just waiting on the Cincinnati Bengals to FINALLY bring home a win. This week, the fans ended up going 4-7-2, bringing their season record to 84-52-12. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
  • New York Giants vs. New York Jets – we wonder if there will ever be a week where the fans aren’t split on a pick 🙄
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
  • Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts
  • Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers
  • Los Angeles Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – really, fans?!
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

Don’t forget, fans! NFL Week 11 picks open up TOMORROW on Twitter! And now for our favorite part: our favorite moments from Week 10!

  • Yesterday we shared a blog all about Dak Prescott and his *unique* warm-up before the Cowboys loss to the Vikings – but we weren’t expecting to see Nick Bosa doing his own version.
  • The only post-game interview response that can come close to Team Owner and Fan Captain Marshawn’s classic “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” is this.
  • The New Orleans Saints trolled their rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, with some New England Patriots highlights during Sunday’s game… but the only problem is that the 7-1 Saints were dominated by the 1-7 Falcons. Insert pun about the Saints eating crow, here.
  • Get yourself a teammate that hypes you up the way Mark Ingram hypes up Lamar Jackson.
  • Like we said above, we’ll dive into the MNF game in tomorrow’s FAN Take, but that missed field goal landing in the tunnel was too good not to include here.
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Dak’s Hips Don’t Lie

Posted on November 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While the Dallas Cowboys may not have won their game last night against the Minnesota Vikings, their quarterback, Dak Prescott, won over non-Cowboys fans with his pregame routine. In case you missed it, Dak was on the field doing what we can only describe as an interesting, hip-thrusting routine. Without sound, it just looks a little weird, but thankfully whoever runs the SNF on NBC Twitter account called for fans to answer the question we all started to wonder: what song was he listening to? Naturally, the fans responded in the best way and provided us with endless entertainment last night.




We personally would like to see the video of Dak set to “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar, “Back It Up” by our very own Team Owner and Fan Captain, Prince Royce, or just in time for the holidays, the Daryl Hall and John Oates cover of “Jingle Bell Rock.” What about you fans, what song do you think will work best for Dak? And how long will it be before his receiving core tease him by executing these moves in the endzone after a touchdown?

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The Patriots Have Fallen

Posted on November 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The time has finally come – the New England Patriots are no longer undefeated! Yesterday, Tom Brady and his team lost to the underrated Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. The 37-20 loss for the Patriots will likely leave their defense with nightmares for a week after they allowed themselves to be blown out at home. Who knows, maybe this reality check will serve up some humble pie for the 6-time Super Bowl Champions – and push the Ravens to taking down the only remaining undefeated team in the league: the San Francisco 49ers.

What does that mean for the rest of the season? Well, for starters – ANYTHING Is possible. Sure, the Patriots typically have the easiest schedule every year considering how awful their division is, but if the Super Bowl favorites can lose to the Ravens the same week that the Miami Dolphins finally pull out a win, the Vince Lombardi Trophy could go to anyone. Well, anyone but the Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. We just hope the fans remember this during the inaugural season of the FCFL. Every team will have solid talent on their rosters, so everything comes down to them. Their play calling abilities will be what makes or break their team’s season. So, no matter how good one team may seem, the fans can change everything with their voting power. What else did you expect from the Fan Controlled Football League?