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Battle of the Tigers

Posted on January 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well if the state of Louisiana can’t enjoy watching the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Playoffs, they can, and will, channel all that energy into celebrating the LSU Tigers bringing home a college football championship! Last night, LSU defeated Clemson (also the Tigers) 42-25. With the No. 1 and No. 3 respective teams facing off, we had hoped for a closer score until the very end, but at least we got to see some truly fantastic touchdowns throughout the night. From Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) running it in for the first score of the night to Joe Burrow (LSU) throwing a 52-yard bomb to Ja’Marr Chase, it was VERY clear why these two teams made it to the championship.

The attention wasn’t on (both) the Tigers for long though, as Odell Beckham Jr. decided to make a splash by handing cash to LSU players after they won. We get it – OBJ went to LSU and was excited to see is alma mater win the national championship, but we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that he probably violated some current NCAA rules in the process. But that’s not an issue we need to worry about at the FCFL. Why? Well, the FCFL is not the NCAA – so if our Team Owners | Fan Captains are interested in throwing some cash handshakes at the winners of the inaugural FCFL Championship, there’s nothing stopping them from doing so. If anything, we encourage the Team Owners | Fan Captains, their winning team, and their fans to do just about whatever they want when they win a championship.*

*But please don’t do anything that will get you arrested, because we’re not going to bail you out.

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NFL Divisional Weekend Round Up – The Yellow Line IS NOT Official

Posted on January 13, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

To say this weekend did not go as we all expected would be a massive understatement. We’re still trying to wrap our minds around the downfall of the Baltimore Ravens and how the Houston Texans blew such a massive lead. Selfishly, we wanted to see the Seattle Seahawks take down the Green Bay Packers so we could witness a rematch between former teammates and FCFL Team Owners } Fan Captains Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman. We guess we’ll just have to wait until their teams face off in the inaugural season of the FCFL! Unfortunately, the fans went 2-2 once more, but lets get a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

  • Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers
  • Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens
  • Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

Let’s check out some the most insane moments from this weekend – you know, just to hold us over until the NFL Conference Championships.

  • Richard Sherman continued to prove why he’s the best corner in the game!

  • Jonnu Smith pulled out an impressive TD for the Titans early on in the game, as shown below, but the real star of this moment was Dan Fouts and his *interesting* commentary

  • While the Texans were busy losing their 24-point lead over the Chiefs, Eric Fisher was busy giving himself a beer shower to celebrate one of many TDs for the Chiefs.

  • We don’t know who needs to hear this, but the yellow first-down marker is not always accurate. Maybe we need to say it a little bit louder for the Seahawks fans in the back that are still saying Jimmy Graham was short in the game-changing play that secured the Packers a win.

  • We hate to see BeastMode go, but we do love to see him impart some of his wisdom to all the athletes out there listening. 

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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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FAN Take: Closing the Gap Between Athletes and Gamers

Posted on December 11, 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!

Yesterday Twitch made a pretty big announcement that we think will get gamers and football fans alike excited. Twitch Rivals will be hosting a multi-stage esports event that pairs 16 of your favorite streamers with NFL players to compete in various tournaments over the next two months, leading up to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Broadcasts will air every Tuesday, but aside from that, we don’t know much else. The 16 streamers and NFL players have yet to be announced, and the only confirmed game they will play is Fortnite. While we wish we had some more information to work with, we’re excited to see how it plays out. This announcement shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise though – Thursday Night Football has only gotten better since being added to Twitch and Amazon Prime (with co-streamers like Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar), and Twitch was named the official streaming provider for the Las Vegas Raiders.

We think this is a smart move by both the NFL and our partner, Twitch. We’ve found that there is quite an overlap between football fans and gamers – which of course is part of why the Fan Controlled Football League was formed. But do fans in the FCFL want to see a similar venture? That was a rhetorical question – we’ve actually covered this before, and the fan feedback for an FCFL version of the Fortnite Pro-Am was essentially one giant ‘YES!’ But how do the fans want to see that built upon? Maybe have the competition run throughout the off-season, culminating with the winners getting a trip to Las Vegas to see their teams start the season off with a bang? What about a mini-version of ‘The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars’ where our fans get to face off directly against their favorite players in physical competitions, as opposed to working with them? The possibilities are endless here at the FCFL, so let us know what you want to see, 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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Lookin’ Good, Miami

Posted on November 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We know we’re in the thick of it with the NFL season, waiting to see which teams are going to punch their tickets to the playoffs, but something more important is going on: NBA teams are unveiling their alternate City Edition jerseys for the season. Some of them have put us to sleep and made us shake our head in disappointment – we’re looking at you, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks. But any team that has yet to unveil their uniforms should just quietly release them, because nobody is going to top the Miami Heat. The ‘Vice Wave’ has hit Miami and the end result is fantastic – good enough for us to order one, even if we don’t identify as Miami fans. A+ to this design team for giving the fans everything they didn’t know they wanted in jersey.

For anyone still unsure, the Fan Controlled Football League puts fans in control – which absolutely includes team colors, logos, and jerseys. So will the fans bring it in the first season of the FCFL? Abso-freaking-lutely. In this league, bragging rights won’t stop just at who wins each game – they will also include best name, best color scheme, best jersey, best draft, etc. – you get the idea. We know our fans are competitive, so we’re completely confident that will carry over to the planning process. For some fans, we’re sure calling plays will just be the icing on the cake after creating their team’s brand from the ground up. One thing’s for sure – we know the fans will come up with something better than Dallas’ design for their team!

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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!