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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!

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FCFL Fans Accurately Predict Super Bowl LIV Outcome

Posted on February 3, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Super Bowl LIV did NOT disappoint! Last night we were given a close game, multiple turnovers, and some decent officiating – the latter being the most surprising 😏 We’re just glad that this game didn’t rely entirely on kicking! Ultimately, the Kansas City Chiefs that came out on top – much to the disappointment of San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who blew yet another Super Bowl lead. While many thought the game was over when the 49ers gained a 20-10 lead going into the fourth quarter, they were dead wrong. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fired back with 21 unanswered points, giving Andy Reid the Super Bowl he worked so hard for. When asked how he planned to celebrate, Reid quickly answered: “With the biggest cheeseburger you’ve ever seen.” Honestly, if we were the ones who just won the Super Bowl after 21 seasons as an NFL head coach, we’d probably say the same thing.

The best part about last night’s game? Our fans just knew the Chiefs would come out on top. We polled across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and the results were clear. All combined, 57% of fans chose the Chiefs over the 49ers.

And if you need another reason to know why our fans are THE BEST – they called the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl back in September. Yes, they may not have picked the San Francisco 49ers to represent the NFC, but they did pick the Chiefs to take it all.

If there is anything we learned from this football season, it’s that our fans know what they’re talking about! We’re more confident now than ever before that putting them in control of their team’s fate is the right call. Now let’s gear up fot the inaugural season of the Fan Controlled Football League!

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Why Would You Run That?

Posted on October 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well Kansas City, there goes your undefeated season. On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts put a stop to the Chiefs winning streak. QB Patrick Mahomes saw his stats falling, with only 1 TD, 4 sacks, and 33 lost yards. The reigning NFL MVP was without his two best wide receivers, had the second highest rushing yards for the Chiefs, and spent most of the game playing hero ball when he dropped back to pass. Even without his wide receivers, he still had Byron Pringle, Mecole Hardman and of course, Travis Kelce. It would stand to reason that whenever the Chiefs had possession, it would be in their best interest to pass. But alas, coach Andy Reid had different plans. With the team down by 6 points late in the fourth quarter, Reid instead called for a run, which the Colts easily stuffed to force a turnover. The Chiefs were *so close* yet so far. Better luck next time.

Normally, we would agree with a solid running play when the game is on the line, but in this particular scenario, we would trust Mahomes’ skills to execute a beautiful pass. Normally this is where we’d ask if the fans would make the same call as Reid, but frankly, we’re confident they would go with a passing play as well. And if it were their FCFL team in this situation, we know the fans would play to their team’s strengths, especially in the final moments of a game!

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Don’t Mess with This Cowboy

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When will people learn not to mess with Troy Aikman. Aikman, who most people will recognize from the broadcast booth alongside Joe Buck, is a Hall of Fame QB with THREE Super Bowl rings (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX), among many other accolades. Recently, we saw him rip in to Doug Gottlieb for a tasteless and irritating take on Andrew Luck’s decision to retire, which is one of our favorite Aikman moments of all time. Now, he’s got his sights set on The Athletic over a comparison made between him and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Someone on their social media team made the grave mistake of tweeting out that Mahomes had “thrown 36% of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games.” And as you may have guessed, Troy was READY to respond:

We’re just glad we have yet to find ourselves on the receiving end of a fired-up Aikman tweet. All of this has helped us put something in perspective, though. We want the Fan Controlled Football League to be entertaining to fans in every possible way – from the voting process, to the inaugural fan-run draft, to the games themselves. And you better believe we’ll make sure we have some solid individuals join our broadcasts to elevate the level of production of each game. Will we see as much drama with our announcers as we do with Aikman? Only time will tell. But more importantly fans, tell us whose side you’re on in this Aikman vs. The Athletic battle! In the meantime, we’ll sit on the sidelines and see how Mahomes’ career stacks up against Aikman’s before his inevitable retirement.

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NFL Week Three Round Up – Fans Favor Home

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

This week, it became clear that the fans like to favor the home team, and they probably shouldn’t based on how everything shook out during NFL Week 3. This week the fans went 9-7, bringing their season record to 30-16-2. Now for a breakdown of each pick – bold indicates the winner of the game, italics indicate who the fans selected.

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

Fans – we hope you do a little more research before making your picks for NFL Week 4 tomorrow on Twitter! We don’t know how much the below clips will help you with making your picks, but at the very least you’ll be entertained! Here are a few highlights from the Week 3 action:

  • Football, on occasion, helps people show their worst sides. It’s just one of those facts of life that even the Dean of Admissions and Penn can’t deny. Shout out to the camera crew who caught Eric J. Furda getting a little expressive during the Eagles-Lions game.
  • That moment when Patrick Mahomes remembered he’s still under his rookie contract and probably shouldn’t risk an injury.
  • The Washington Redskins know all about finding creative solutions to problems – just not on the field. That area is still a total mess for them.
  • Khalil Mack continues to show us why 1) he is worth every penny, 2) we should be afraid of going against him in a fight and 3) to have a good medical team on standby after playing the Bears.
  • Yesterday we shared our favorite instance of shade being thrown at a football player when a Philadelphia local not only saved children from a burning building, but called out Nelson Agholor’s poor performance in his news interview. Algholor, who is currently 18 of 28 this season on receptions, has since invited the local hero to a game.
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Fantasy Football Deadlines Are Approaching!

Posted on September 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

With the NFL’s 100th season just over 24 hours away from kicking off, that means fans are running out of time to join a fantasy league and draft prior to Week 1. For everyone that’s procrastinating to get their rosters filled, we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite picks at each position:

Running Back

  • Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
  • Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Wide Receiver

  • DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
  • Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
  • Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints

Tight End

  • Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Quarterback

  • Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
  • Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Defense

  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Jacksonville Jaguars

Kicker

  • Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
  • Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
  • Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

If you’ve already completed your draft, be sure to share your roster (and carefully-crafted team names) and tag us on social media! We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with – especially since this will be your last big football draft prior to the first-ever, fan-run draft in the FCFL!  

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The Best Moment of the 2019 ESPYS

Posted on July 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night we, along with millions of other people, posted up to watch the 2019 ESPYS to judge athlete’s attire, count how many times an athlete mentioned the U.S. Women’s National Team in their acceptance speech, and root for some of our favorite sports moments from the last year. While we watched Tracy Morgan bomb, even after poking fun at wrecking his brand new Bugatti, we were pleasantly surprised to see the best moment of the night come from St. Louis Blues star Ryan O’Reilly taking out his tooth while accepting an award for ‘Best Comeback’ on behalf of the entire team.

We can’t say we’re upset about the outcome, because these awards are voted on by the fans – that’s you! While some of us may feel strongly about certain award winners, at the end of the day, we just love that the fans could make their voices heard. But we have to say, we will be pretty upset if the first game of the Fan Controlled Football League is not nominated for ‘Best Game’ next year! Because with the way we’re changing the sport of football forever, there is no way we walk away without that award! But just for good measure (and maybe even some good karma), we’ve got you covered with the full list of 2019 winners below (you can thank us later):

  • Best Male Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best Female Athlete: Alex Morgan, USWNT
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Best Team: U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer
  • Best International Men’s Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina
  • Best International Women’s Soccer Player: Sam Kerr, Australia
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best MLB Player: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • Best Driver: Kyle Busch, NASCAR
  • Best NBA Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • Best Boxer: Canelo Alvarez
  • Best MMA Fighter: Daniel Cormier
  • Best Male Golfer: Brooks Koepka
  • Best Female Golfer: Brooke Henderson
  • Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
  • Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
  • Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, US, skateboard
  • Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim, US, snowboard
  • Best Jockey: Mike Smith
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mark Barr, triathlon
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Alyssa Seely, triathlon
  • Best Bowler: Norm Duke
  • Best MLS Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
  • Best NWSL Player: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
  • Best Game: Rams defeat Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
  • Best College Athlete: Zion Williamson, Duke men’s basketball
  • Best Record-breaking Performance: Saints’ Drew Brees becomes all-time passing leader
  • Best Play: Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Viral Sports Moment: Kately Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Comeback: St. Louis Blues going from worst to first to win the Stanley Cup
  • Best Upset: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua
  • Best Esports Moment (Finals): oLarry’s return to the NBA 2k League after the Jacksonville shooting
  • Best WWE Moment: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission
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Rookies Take Over

By Annalece Montgomery

Week Three of the NFL season has ended with an important message: the rookies are taking over. Three teams now have rookies starting in the quarterback position. When does that ever happen?

In Thursday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, Tyrod Taylor left the game per NFL concussion protocol, and Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech) entered to win the game. That’s right, the Cleveland Browns won their first game in 635 days. And in so doing, they unlocked small fridges of Bud Light for the people of Cleveland! He will be starting against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Taylor is still in concussion protocol, but we imagine that Hue Jackson would have Mayfield start either way.

In the season opener, the Buffalo Bills were decimated by the Baltimore Ravens, in a 47-3 loss. Their starter, Nathan Peterman was pulled in the third quarter when they were trailing 40-0, and the No.7 pick from the 2018 draft, Josh Allen (Wyoming), was put in. We don’t think it was much of a surprise when the Bills named Allen their starting QB for next week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Monday morning the Arizona Cardinals announced Josh Rosen (UCLA) would be making his starting debut next week in their match against the Seattle Seahawks, per head coach Steve Wilks. Rosen proved himself in this week’s game, a loss to the Chicago Bears – he replaced Sam Bradford with 4 minutes and 31 seconds left in the game. Bradford will be serving as Rosen’s backup.

So, would the fans want to start a rookie, if they were coaching? They could make the case for a “forced” apprenticeship for the first year. It’s working pretty darn well for Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech), who spent his rookie year on the sidelines watching veteran Alex Smith lead the team before busting out of the gate with 13 TD’s in his first three games as a starter, in his second year in the league!  And, of course, riding the bench in his first season worked out pretty well for another guy, who happens to be named Joe Montana. In his second season (1980), the GOAT took over from Steve DeBerg, and the rest is history!

All that said, we do believe our fans would probably start a rookie if his stats supported it. We think our fans are excited to have anyone on the field, as long as they’re bringing in results. They want to see strong stats and wins – so if that’s going to happen by throwing in a rookie, they’ll be all for it!