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The Match: A Tale of Cargo Shorts and Split Pants

Posted on May 26, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The Match was back and bigger than ever this year, at a time when we all desperately needed some fresh sports content to tune into! Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning faced off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in the Capital One-sponsored $20M charity match (oh, so that’s where all of our fees are going). The day’s highlights included the Caddyshack joke everyone had to make when rain delayed the start of the match, Peyton’s terrible first shot, fans roasting Tiger over his cargo shorts, Phil expertly explaining how his shot was going to work and executing it to perfection, Charles Barkley roasting Brady for his failed shot, and of course, Tom Brady ripping his pants after the shot of his life:

Ultimately, (spoiler alert!) it was Woods and Manning that pulled out the win, but as cheesy as it sounds, we feel like the fans were the ones who won this time. Before you judge us for even uttering that statement, remember that this was easily one of the most entertaining rounds of golf we’ve witnessed – from the on-course trash-talking to the mix of horrible and amazing swings, this match DELIVERED. Our favorite part though? The direct lines between Charles Barkley, Justin Thomas and the golfers. Getting to listen in felt like when a reality show breaks the fourth wall. We have to ask, is that something the fans would want to have in the FCFL – a direct line to the players? Whether it’s a direct line from the Fan Captains, the commentators, or even the fans themselves, we think the fans would be all over it!

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Clemson Rolls Over Alabama

By Annalece Montgomery

Well, that’s certainly not the College Football Championship game we were all expecting, was it? Last night, Clemson steam-ROLLed all over Alabama (see what we did there?) thanks to Trevor “Five Star Recruit” Lawrence, a true freshman, and an amazing right-handed catch from Justyn Ross – another freshman. The Crimson Tide (14-1) thought they were about to secure their sixth national championship in under 10 years with Coach Nick Saban, but boy, were they wrong. After leading his team to a 44-16 win and finishing with 347 yards, three touchdowns, and zero turnovers, Lawrence was named most outstanding offensive player. Shocker, we know.

Believe it or not – especially after last night’s performance – but Trevor Lawrence still has another two years before he can enter the NFL draft. We understand that talent like this only comes around once in a generation, but let’s say you’re looking at Lawrence, or at least someone like him. Do you want him to declare his intentions with a football league as soon as he’s eligible? Or do you want him to play as much as he can in college before signing up for an FCFL combine (maybe even exhaust his eligibility a la Peyton Manning?)? And do you think the FCFL should be open to “one and done” athlete eligibility – a la NCAA hoops – so that the fans could have a shot at drafting Lawrence this spring? We think while our fans are eager to have the best players possible on their team, they have also seen what happens when an athlete goes pro too soon. Sometimes they’re amazing, but a lot of the time they go later than they would have liked and are sour over it or they don’t get picked up by a team until after the draft. That being said, we think the fans would prefer their favorite college athletes to get everything they can out of their college playing experience before putting their fate in the hands of the fans.

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Is That The New England Patriots Or A High School Team?

On Sunday, Tom Brady set yet another record. As of Sunday, Brady is at the top of the list for most touchdown passes (regular-season and playoffs) with a whopping 582. While he may trail Peyton Manning (539) and Drew Brees (518) for the most regular-season, he’s also been to a LOT of playoff games and made plenty of Super Bowl appearances to rack up his overall total. Unfortunately for him, the rest of his team did not play as well as he did on Sunday.

With a mere seven seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Miami Dolphins executed a 69-yard hook-and-lateral touchdown to win the game, 34-33. A lot of fans expected more from the Patriots defense that game and – wait a minute – was that Rob Gronkowski on defense? It was. In a press interview earlier this week, Bill Belichick explained that Gronk was thrown in for the last play because “it would be his ability to play the deep, long throw,” anticipating that Miami would have attempted a Hail Mary. It wasn’t the worst idea, as it wouldn’t be the first time they threw him in for a play like that. But boy, was he wrong. While we all expected the same from Miami, we would also think that an NFL coach that had been to the Super Bowl 8 times (with 5 rings to show for it) would have prepared for something else to be coming. You know, especially considering that Ryan Tannehill’s arm strength and leg injury would likely prohibit him from successfully throwing a bomb down the field. But what do we, and several sports talk radio pros, know?

We’re not sure if its more impressive that the Dolphins had actually been practicing that crazy play than it would have been if they just pulled that out of thin air. What we want to know, is if the fans would vote for their team to practice such a play, knowing that its proper execution could completely shake up the playoff standings. The short answer – yes, we think they would want to be prepared for any late game situation. Unlike the Patriots, apparently.

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Brees Sets New Record

By Annalece Montgomery

As expected, last night in the New Orleans Saints match up against the Washington Redskins, Drew Brees added a new record to his career stats: most all-time passing yards. His 62-yard pass to Tre’Quan Smith pushed him over the threshold, and by the end of the 43-19 game, after throwing for a total 363 yards with 3 touchdown passes, he had racked up a career 72,103 yards.

The previous record was held by Peyton Manning (71,940), followed by Brett Favre (71,838). Running out onto the field, Brees was 200 yards short of Manning’s record, and 98 of Favre’s.

It was announced on Monday morning that if Brees were to pass Manning’s record, the game would be temporarily stopped for the Pro Football Hall of Fame President, David Baker, to collect the game ball. To nobody’s surprise, during this time the Saints went crazy and were fined for excessive celebrating.

After handing off the ball to Baker, Brees quickly rushed to his family – wife Brittany, sons Baylen, Bowen, and Callen, daughter Rylen, and Gayle Benson, wife of the late Tom Benson and current owner of the Saints. But it wasn’t just his teammates on the field celebrating – congratulations were rolling in all over social media from both former teammates and current competitors, such as Reggie Bush and Vic Beasley, and other celebrities including President Barack Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, LeBron James and James Harden. Aside from fans of the Atlanta Falcons, we think just about everyone was happy to see Brees hit a new milestone.

Now, we remember how the crowd went wild after the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles scored their first touchdown off of a fan-called play. Everyone – including Norm MacDonald – rushed the field to celebrate, and rightfully so. This was a defining moment for all the fans, both in attendance and watching online, the players, the coaching staff, and our front office team – OF COURSE we were going to celebrate! Now that we are turning our proof of concept team into an entire league, we wonder how the fans would react to their first touchdown or their first win. We’re guessing that the feeling the fans will experience next season cannot be compared to anything else, and that they will get rowdy in the stands and at home. We fully expect to see fans jumping for joy, screaming their hearts out, and befriending all their fellow fans around them!