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FAN Take: Let’s Play Ball… Well, Maybe

Posted on April 29, 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!

We’ve been in quarantine for what feels like an eternity, with the bulk of us at the FCFL currently in the range of Day 60 – but things are looking up. Per USA Today, the MLB is looking to make a comeback towards the end of June, but definitely by July 2. The plan was shared by ‘MLB Officials,’ who want to remain anonymous because this is all still under consideration. Needless to say, we’re thrilled someone in the league offices leaked this information.

The plan would abandon current league structure, and instead establish three separate 10-team divisions, that would allow for teams to play in their own (fanless) ballparks. While the stadiums will remain empty, fans would be able to catch 100 games from the comfort of home. The proposed divisions would look like this:

  • East: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins
  • West: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners
  • Central: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers

It should go without saying, but this plan is pending approval of medical experts, league officials, and team owners. But, what do you think of all this, fans? Are you excited to have sports back, even with the stadiums being empty? Are you looking forward to seeing the Dodgers and Astros in the same division after the Astros were exposed for cheating? Or are you more on the glass half-empty side, and are waiting for approval from the MLB before getting too excited? Let us know what you think!

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The Bash Brothers and the FCFL

Posted on May 23, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night, mega-funny comedy trio The Lonely Island dropped a surprise special on Netflix, The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience. The concept, which is referred to as a “visual poem,” focuses on Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, who famously celebrated their home runs by bashing their forearms together and won the World Series with the Oakland A’s in 1989. With Andy Samberg (Canseco) and Akiva Schaffer (McGwire) constantly referencing the two’s steroid use, we were left in stitches.

Jose Canseco himself has already come out showing his support for the special, saying he couldn’t stop laughing. No word yet from McGwire, but we can think of one more person we’d like to hear from: FCFL Chief Operating Officer, Andy Dolich. Dolich worked his way up at the Oakland A’s from 1980-1995, giving him a front-row seat to the hey-day that inspired this out of left-field project. Even better, be sure to stick around for the credits so you can see our very own Chief Strategic Advisor, Joe Montana, portrayed by Jorma Taccone, the third member of The Lonely Island.

It should be noted that Canseco and McGwire’s gimmick of the ‘Monster Bash’ paved the road for t-shirts, banners, this poster, and a music video. The 1988 US Olympic team even adopted it as their own. We can only hope that the FCFL creates a similar cultural impact, but given the involvement of our amazing fans, we’re optimistic. Power to the fans!

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2019 MLB Opening Day Is Here

Posted on March 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Today is Opening Day for the MLB – the true sign that Spring has sprung and that warmer days are ahead. Let’s take a look at what some of your favorite MLB teams use for their go-to hashtags for the 2019 season.

Some of them are great – we’re looking at you St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and the Detroit Tigers. Others are hilarious, like the Boston Red Sox, but some are just bad and unimaginative.

In case you haven’t been following along on our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram channels (which we have a very hard time believing), we are currently accepting team name submissions for every FCFL team. We’ve had an amazing time reading through your submissions, and can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeves. Just be sure your team names will provide a phenomenal hashtag that will make every other team’s look lame and like complete garbage. We don’t want you to end up like the New York Mets or the Pittsburgh Pirates.