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Make Room In The Owner’s Box – Ochocinco Has Arrived!

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Make room in the owner’s box, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson is ready to take his seat! Yup, we’re talking about the same guy who legally changed his last name to Ochocinco during his NFL career and proposed to a cheerleader as a touchdown stunt before starring in his own version of The Bachelor – Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch. But Chad’s much more than just that Ochocinco name – you can’t forget he signed with Boca Raton FC of the National Premier Soccer League, crushed it on Dancing with the Stars, and can be found tweeting about his love for fine cigars and McDonalds, respectively. With a colorful background like that, we’re sure his fellow Team Owners / Fan Captains (Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, and Prince Royce) will have NO problem coming up with some trash to talk.

The 6x NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and 4x All Pro with over 11,000 receiving yards and 766 receptions makes for the perfect Fan Captain. How do we know? He’s already talking smack. We only asked him to share a couple words about why he’s qualified, and he came back with, “I was one of the first athletes to be active on social media and I’m already streaming on Twitch. This platform was built for guys like me who love football, love gaming and have the type of fans that will kick ass, all the way to the championship– ya hear that, Beastmode and Sherman?”

Shots. Fired. And we love it. We’re just going to wait for a response.

In the meantime, CEO Sohrob Farudi is giving Chad credit where credit is due: “Not gonna lie, with Ochocinco already being an active gamer, he may have a slight advantage over the other Captains, bringing along all of his digital fans on the ride to a championship. Having once been named the ‘most influential athlete on social media,’ Chad knows how to engage with fans and that’s what’s at the heart of this league. We’re building this for the fans.” Sounds like the other Fan Captains are going to have to work to keep up with him!

Now that Chad’s got his team, he’s going to need help from the fans creating a team identity, picking a team mascot, and most importantly: drafting the players. Sure, he’s known for being a bit of a showboat so we expect to see that same kind of attitude show through. But first things first, Chad’s team needs a name! Align yourself with Chad’s team and submit your team name ideas. And yes, the 85ers is definitely on the table.

Think Chad’s team is the one for you but want to explore the other options? Take our FCFL Team Personality Analyzer to put your mind at ease before picking your team!

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End of An Era: Gronk Retires

Posted on March 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s certainly the end of an era. Sorry Patriots fans, your beloved TE Rob Gronkowski has hung up his size bazillion cleats. Gronkowski, or as everyone knows him, Gronk, announced his retirement on Sunday via his Instagram account. In the long caption provided, he made sure to thank the New England Patriots organization, its fans, and all of his own. 

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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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The 29-year-old is retiring with his ENTIRE NFL career earnings in the bank – all $54M of it. We know what you’re thinking, “How is that even possible? This dude is constantly partying and that can’t be free.” And you’re 100% right – but here’s the thing: Gronk has lived purely off the money he brought in from endorsements. Even with his hard-partying ways, he might go down as the smartest guy in the NFL for this move.

So what’s next for this guy? DJs Tiesto and Zedd both anticipate a lot more partying in Las Vegas, some FCFL/Kinda Funny fans mentioned him getting in the ring at Wrestlemania, but we can think of something else Gronk can add to his list: commentating for the FCFL this upcoming season. How many of our fans would love to see him in the booth, not only providing his own hilarious insight to what’s happening on the field, but also having to announce some of the various team names you’ve been submitting? Now, can someone get Gronk’s people on the line?

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Patriots Win Lowest-Scoring Super Bowl of All Time

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night the New England Patriots took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. Yes, you read that right, the score was 13-3. You may have missed this after falling asleep, considering the game was 3-0 until the second half. But, we want to give credit where it is due! Congratulations to these two teams for dethroning the previous record holders, the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, who scored a whopping 21 points combined in Super Bowl VII.

Aside from the injury sustained by Patrick Chung early in the second quarter, there were very few highlights – other than the exploits of both teams’ punters. The Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski made a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter, which was answered by Rams’ Greg Zuerlein’s own for 53 yards. For a while there, we thought this was going to be a replay of the Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars game from September. Luckily, the Patriots scored the only touchdown of the entire game (I can’t believe I actually had to write that) when Sony Michel ran it in for 2 yards in the fourth quarter. We almost saw an onside kick on behalf of the Rams with :08 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, but alas, Zuerlein missed his field goal attempt, turning the ball over to the Patriots. Whomp, whomp.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presented Pats’ owner Robert Kraft with the Lombardi trophy for the sixth time in the last eighteen years, the crowd erupted in boos. We stand corrected, while Goodell was speaking, there were jeers. When Kraft spoke, there were cheers. While we like to celebrate good sportsmanship, we also value the fans’ expressing themselves – and found it pretty funny too. I mean, anyone else see the mutual daggers in their eyes?

Now, if it had been our fans on the sidelines or in the booth, calling the plays, we think we would have seen a much different outcome. We’re not saying the Rams would have beaten the Patriots, but we ARE saying it would have been an infinitely more exciting game. Our fans would have been taking risks – they would have run when they were expected to pass, and vice versa. They would have pulled out trick plays to keep their opponents on their toes. They would have avoided punting at all costs, which luckily will not be an issue in the FCFL, as there is NO kicking in the league whatsoever. Bottom line: our fans would have kept people from falling asleep before the half time show. Then again, those who did fall asleep before halftime were pret-ty lucky to miss that Maroon Mess.

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Super Bowl LIII: Los Angeles Rams v. New England Patriots

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re going to go ahead and just get this out of the way: this NFL season has had not only a lot of bad calls made, but even more calls not made. Every team has been the victim of terrible officiating this year, and nobody is feeling that more than the players and fans of the New Orleans Saints right now.

Following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman on the Saints’ Tommylee Lewis, fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were expecting two flags, including one for blatant pass-interference. Robey-Coleman said himself that he was expecting the flag, but was happy to get away with it.  As of this morning, it’s being reported that “NFL leaders and the league’s rulemaking competition committee” plan to consider making pass interference calls subject to challenges and replay review, per the Washington Post. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick has been saying all along that coaches should be able to challenge any call. Yes, the same Bill Belichick that is heading to ANOTHER Super Bowl.

That’s right fans, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are headed to Atlanta to face off against the Los Angeles Rams after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31. To pile on to the uproar over officiating in yesterday’s conference championships, the Chiefs might have been robbed of a touchdown. After coming back from a first-half deficit against the Patriots, the Chiefs appeared to have scored a touchdown after Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, appeared to have touched a punt that Kansas City then picked up and took into the end zone. We have to say appeared here, because the referees overturned the original call of a touchdown, saying the ball never touched Edelman. The Chiefs were quick to intercept a pass by Brady and score a touchdown anyway, but the sting is still there.

The biggest surprise of yesterday’s conference championship games? Tony Romo had a career game as a broadcaster, not a quarterback. If there’s anything we learned after yesterday’s game, it’s that Romo is a foreseer, someone who can literally see the future. We cannot wait to see him back in the booth announcing alongside Jim Nantz for Super Bowl LII. We now have a legitimate West Coast vs. East Coast Super Bowl in two weeks’ time. Perhaps a chance for Los Angeles redemption after the Dodgers fell to the Boston Red Sox just a few short months ago. But, the real question is, who will the fans be pulling for? Other than Tony Romo, of course. Are you going all in on Tom Brady getting a sixth ring? Or do you want to see the Rams win their first Super Bowl in twenty years (technically, the last one was during their St. Louis stay)?