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Women’s Flag Football Is Coming

Posted on May 11, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last week, the NFL wasn’t just focusing on announcing their season schedule – they were busy partnering with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to make women’s flag football a sanctioned college sport. They’re working together to make it official by 2021, with the first season to be played next spring, and would require 15 schools to participate. The NAIA hopes to reach 25 participating schools in its first season in order to hold an “invitational championship,” and is already planning for an “emerging sports” championship in 2022, which would require a minimum of 40 schools. Get ready fans, even more football is coming your way!

Do we think the fans are going to be excited for this? Yes! Who doesn’t want more football? That’s a rhetorical question – because we’re convinced that the only people who say they don’t want more football, are just hiding their true love and passion for the sport. Do we think the fans want to see more of this? Absolutely. While the NAIA says there needs to be a minimum of 40 schools for a full championship to be held, we think the fans are hoping to see an even bigger turnout to make the competition a little more cutthroat. If the demand is high enough in college, do the fans want to see some of these top female athletes make their way into the FCFL as field position players? As long as the best of the best are out on that field giving it their all, we don’t see why the fans wouldn’t want to see that! And are the fans now thinking to themselves as they sit in quarantine, “what I wouldn’t give to get out and play some flag football right now?” Without a doubt – and we’re right there with them. 

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FAN Take: How To Make An Announcement

Posted on May 6, 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!

Let’s face it, football fans everywhere are getting anxious. That’s typical for this time of year though. Normally, fans are coming off the NFL Draft high and are waiting for the upcoming season’s schedule to drop so they can start planning out their weekends. This year though, things are complicated. The NFL has looked at options for pushing back their start date and eliminating bye weeks in an effort to still kick off this year, but it sounds like their official plans are being kept under lock and key until tomorrow night. In a three-hour broadcast on the NFL Network, the league will provide ‘complete team-by-team and weekly schedules of all 256 regular season games, listing opponents, sites and times.’

Do we think three hours is a little much? Uh, yeah. Do we think the fans are going to have a hard time sitting through the entire broadcast? Definitely. When we release our schedule, we’ll keep this at the top of our list of what not to do. But how would the fans want to see our schedule released, if we are foregoing a 180-minute broadcast? Do they want us to drop it all at once, on social media and through their respective team newsletters? Do they want to see us announce it live on Twitch, maybe alongside some of our Team Owners | Fan Captains? What about dropping it, one week at a time? Let us know how you want the news dropped and how we can help you get pumped for the season!

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The Saddest NFL Draft of All Time

Posted on April 27, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Like many of you, we spent the better part of our weekend glued to our TVs, watching the 2020 NFL Draft – all seven rounds, right down to Mr. Irrelevant. There were some amazing picks, some that left fans shaking their heads, but there’s one thing that they pretty much all had in common: tragic stories! At least, that’s what ESPN would have you believe with their draft coverage this year. They really committed to bumming their viewers out with calling out every personal tragedy and deceased family member in a pick’s life. We love hearing stories about athletes overcoming difficult circumstances and coming out as a better person… but we think ESPN took it too far. We’re starting to think they were hoping only those with the saddest backgrounds would get drafted.


Do the fans think ESPN when too far with their 2020 NFL Draft coverage? Yes.

What would the fans want us to focus on during the first-ever FCFL Draft? Probably anything other than personal tragedy. Here are some ideas for alternative topics to feature alongside their stats might not be the best, but we think the fans will agree that they are better than highlighting all the deaths one family has had to endure:

  • Are they a cat or a dog person?
  • Their biggest fear?
  • An embarrassing story about their childhood?
  • which character they pick in Super Smash Brothers?
  • Their favorite sports memory?
  • Which character from The Office they think is their soulmate?
  • Maybe even what they think about pineapple on pizza?

Let us know what else you’d like to know about your potential draft picks!

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Your 2020 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s finally here! We know that it has been rough to get through COVID-19 quarantine without any live sports, but hopefully the 2020 NFL Draft will hold you over until they’re back. We know watching Roger Goodell announce the picks from home isn’t ideal, but just know that if you’re booing him on your screens, chances are plenty of others are too 😏

When is all the action happening?

Thursday, April 23: Round 1 (8. p.m. ET)
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)

How can you watch?

Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes

What positions does every team need the most, by draft order?

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB, LB, OL … and pretty much every other position
  2. Washington Redskins: OL, WR, CB
  3. Detroit Lions: CB, DE, OL
  4. New York Giants: T, Edge, CB
  5. Miami Dolphins: QB, OL, WR
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB, OL, LB
  7. Carolina Panthers: QB, OL, DT
  8. Arizona Cardinals: T, WR, S
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB, LB, Edge
  10. Cleveland Browns: T, LB, DT
  11. New York Jets: WR, CB, Edge
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: CB, WR, QB
  13. San Francisco 49ers*: WR, DT, OL
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OL, Edge, S
  15. Denver Broncos: CB, LB, WR
  16. Atlanta Falcons: DT, Edge, CB
  17. Dallas Cowboys: CB, S, OL
  18. Miami Dolphins^: QB, OL, WR
  19. Las Vegas Raiders**: CB, WR, QB
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars^^: CB, LB, Edge
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: DB, WR, S
  22. Minnesota Vikings*^: WR, OL, CB
  23. New England Patriots: QB, TE, S
  24. New Orleans Saints: LB, WR, QB
  25. Minnesota Vikings: WR, OL, CB
  26. Miami Dolphins**^: QB, OL, WR
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Edge, OL, TE
  28. Baltimore Ravens: WR, OL, LB
  29. Tennessee Titans: OL, CB, Edge
  30. Green Bay Packers: WR, LB, CB
  31. San Francisco 49ers: WR, DT, OL
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: OL, LB, DT

The below teams don’t have picks until the second-round

Buffalo Bills: OL, CB, Edge
Pittsburgh Steelers: DT, OL, QB
Los Angeles Rams: OL, Edge, LB
Indianapolis Colts: WR, QB, Edge
Chicago Bears: QB, CB, OL
Houston Texans: OL, CB, TE

*San Francisco 49ers received the 13th pick from Indianapolis
^Miami Dolphins received the 18th pick from Pittsburgh
**Las Vegas Raiders received the 19th pick from Chicago
^^Jacksonville Jaguars received the 20th pick from Los Angeles Rams
*^Minnesota Vikings received the 22nd pick from Buffalo Bills
**^Miami received the 26th pick from Houston Texans

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FAN Take: Draft Day

Posted on April 22, 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!

It’s NFL Draft Eve, normally one of our favorite times of the year, but things are clearly different this time around. There won’t be giant parties for the incoming rookies to celebrate, there won’t be crowds outside of every team’s stadium watching to see who they’re adding to their respective rosters, and there won’t be war rooms for every team to huddle up in and make their selections. But that’s okay, because at the end of the day, we’re going to see a bunch of talented players have their dreams come true. But no dreams will come true for Roger Goodell. His career-long dream of walking on stage without a large crowd booing him will have to wait another year at the very least, thanks to Bud Light.

Either way, we’re excited to see how teams use their picks to shape their 2020-21 season rosters, especially teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, who practically need to rebuild their teams entirely to get back on track. We think this is something that our fans can resonate with, because they will be doing the same thing in our inaugural year – building their team from the ground up. We asked the fans to sound off on what position they would be gunning for with their first pick in the FCFL Draft, and it’s becoming pretty clear that our fans want to nail down the perfect quarterback before filling out the rest of the roster. But what about the next few picks? Are they going to move straight into snatching up all the best receivers? Or do they want to cycle through receivers, o-line and d-line? Maybe they want to take cues on what positions should come next from their respective offensive and defensive coordinators? Or even their Team Owners | Fan Captains? Let us know how you’d use your picks in the first-ever FCFL draft!

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Pour One Out for the XFL

Posted on April 13, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s time to add the XFL to the list of things COVID-19 has ruined. On Friday, it was announced that the XFL had laid off all their employees, and have no plans for a return in 2021. We’re going to miss the mid-game sideline interviews, the interesting kickoff rules (even If we don’t love kicking), and live play reviews. We’re still holding out hope for the XFL to make another go of it. Their 2.0 version was fun – whether you were watching the action on the field, the sidelines, or in the stands. Who knows, maybe they don’t have plans for 2021 because they’re just waiting to see what the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and others are going to do with their seasons. After all, it seems like shifts in season dates for the next year, at the very least, are inevitable.

While we may have roasted the end of the AAF (just a little bit!), we are sad to hear about the end of the XFL. It’s one thing for a league to not do well because of its own shortcomings, but it’s entirely different when a global pandemic destroys its future and potential for success. That is why Darren Rovell’s tweet on Friday comparing the number of games played between the AAF and XFL stung more than it should have. Never fear, the DC Defenders were quick to stand up for the league as a whole, and fire back with some serious snark. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE us some Darren Rovell, but we love snarky burns even more.

Do we think the fans are going to miss the XFL? Yes. How can you not miss giant beer snakes? We’re sure fans were more than willing to ‘pour one out’ for the league and make their own beer snakes at home. Do we think the fans want to see the XFL make another go of it, once we all have a clear view of the future? Absolutely! We firmly believe fans always need more football in their lives. But more importantly, do we think the fans are ready for the return of sports? DUH!

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Thinking Outside of the Box

Posted on April 6, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

There’s a lot of negativity, worry and anxiety floating around right now, for obvious reasons. So we’re here to share something that may bring a smile to your face. Over the weekend, a trending post on the NFL Subreddit shared every NFL team logo redesigned as an international soccer logo. Not only are the designs themselves fantastic, but as usual, the fans straight up delivered in the comments. So who came up with the concept? Football As Football is made up of six people in Minneapolis who love both kinds of football and “created a simple experiment that explores how American football team logos would look through the lens of four European styles: German, English, Spanish and Italian.”

While this was done around 2014 (you can tell from the number of stars the Patriots have, and the cities for the Raiders, Rams and Chargers), we DO think it’s an interesting exercise to look at logos in a different way, especially as our FCFL fans begin brainstorming names and logos for their teams. Do we think the fans will find themselves doing a deep dive on some of these designs as they work on their team’s branding? Absolutely! Do we think this will inspire fans to think outside the box with their logos? Without question. We think the fans will be turning to their favorite teams across all leagues and their favorite brands for ideas on how to make their logo better than the rest!

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That’s a Wrap On the CBA

Posted on March 16, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Amid all the news related to COVID-19, over the last couple weeks you may have seen some of your favorite NFL stars posting about the collective bargaining agreement, proposed by the NFL. Some were very much for it, others adamantly against it, and some on board solely for the potential implications if it is not passed. While the CBA was approved yesterday, it was a close call. Of the 1,978 members of the NFLPA, only 1,019 voted in favor of the agreement.

So what was part of this new proposal? For starters, the fans are getting 17 regular season games, 14 teams in the playoffs, and the preseason will be reduced. Additionally, “there will be player-friendly changes to the league’s marijuana policy” and players will receive an increase in their portion of the league’s revenue. Don’t get too excited though, the changes won’t go into effect until at least 2021. The good news, depending on how you look at it, is that the new agreement runs through 2030, meaning we won’t experience another NFL lockout anytime soon.

Do we think the fans are happy with this new agreement? Yes and no. We think the fans are happy to know that they won’t go through another NFL lockout, but at the same time, we think they want to see their favorite players happy. And with such a narrow margin in the votes, we think a lot of people will have a hard time ignoring tweets from guys like Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears) and Eric Ebron (Indianapolis Colts), who have made their feelings on the decision well known. While we don’t have a strong opinion on the agreement either way (although we think that NFL preseason doesn’t count), we do want to hear from you, fans!

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FAN Take: Reinstated

Posted on February 12, 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!

It was only a few months ago that we discussed the fight between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on Thursday Night Football, and the punishments handed down to the players involved. So why are we bringing it up once again? Well, this morning Myles Garrett was reinstated by the NFL, just a few days after meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. For his involvement in the altercation, he had previously been suspended indefinitely, for a minimum of the remainder of the 2019-20 season. What many fans may not know about the fight (shown below again, because why not?), is that Garrett tried to appeal the punishment with an accusation that Rudolph had started the fight by inciting him with a racial slur. Clearly, the suspension was upheld, and we didn’t see Garrett for the last 6 games of the season.

Yes, this is all over a fight between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, who went 8-8 and 6-10 respectively, but when you consider the fact that Garrett was the No. 1 Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, his name carries some clout by default. We previously made the prediction that you, the fans, would not find the punishments fair, considering Rudolph received none, and that the fans would more than likely want to troll the players involved. But how would you handle Garrett’s return? Would you be annoyed that an indefinite suspension was issued, only for the absolute minimum amount of time to be served? Or would you prefer giving indefinite suspensions with game minimums to keep players on their toes? If you had suspended a player in your league in a similar way, would you leave it to the commissioner to decide on when they can come back? Or would you want this to become a league-wide fan vote? Let us know what you think, fans!

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Talk About a Come Up

Posted on February 4, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Most of the headlines about the Chiefs winning Super Bowl have revolved around Andy Reid deserving his first Super Bowl win, Patrick Mahomes proving the Madden curse wrong, and Kyle Shanahan blowing another lead in the Super Bowl, but our favorite that we’ve come across is all about Rashad Fenton. The DB has a long history with Hard Rock Stadium – he worked there at the concession stand while he was growing up just a few minutes away. He got started in concessions thanks to Miami Norland Senior High School, which had football students doing mandatory volunteer work assigned by their coaches. To go from serving pizzas and nachos, to winning his first Super Bowl – we’d call that a come-up.

Would the fans define this as a Cinderella story? While it is a great one, we don’t think the fans would qualify it as one. But do we think the fans can appreciate the triumphant experience of Fenton going from concession worker to World Champion in the same stadium? Definitely. And do we think the fans are excited to learn the stories of all the athletes we’ll have waiting to be drafted to an FCFL team? Without a doubt!