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Call Him ‘Shaq Exotic’

Posted on March 30, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Okay, so we’ve all been in quarantine for awhile now, depending on where you are while reading this, but the one thing that seems to have kept everyone sane during this time is the release of Tiger King. We could talk for hours about how insane this show is, but we want to focus on one particular moment: the appearance by Shaq.

In the video, Shaq refers to Joe Exotic as his ‘main man’ and jokes about being gifted one of the tiger cubs. Understandably, some fans got pretty upset to see the NBA Hall of Famer paying to play with these animals. So it should come as no surprise that he was quick to clear things up on his podcast. He explained that not only is he not friends with Joe, but he provided donations for the “tiger’s foods and all that.” We’ll leave it to the fans to decide if his comments were good enough.

The good news about everyone having time to binge watch shows like Tiger King, is that we think there are going to be a LOT of interesting team name suggestions that come out of this quarantine period. Sure, ‘Tiger King’ will probably be an option submitted for every team (we’re expecting quite a few for Mike Tyson’s team), but we want to see something a little more creative from the fans – we know you have it in you! We think ‘Baghavan Bones’ and ‘Raging Mullets’ for Bobby Bones’ team and ‘Tiger Prince’ for Prince Royce are some decent options, but we know you can do better! Let’s see what you’ve got!

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Bobby Bones Is Your Newest FCFL Team Owner

Posted on May 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Bobby Bones, the man with a face for both television and radio is headed to the FCFL. No, he won’t be playing (although Bobby, we aren’t opposed to watching you try out for the league) – he is your latest Team Owner | Fan Captain! Before you ask, “what does an American Idol mentor, iHeartRadio host, New York Times best-selling author and Dancing with the Stars champion know about football?” Well guess what? Bobby has not only been one half of Roddick and Bones on Fox Sports Radio, but you also saw him a couple weeks ago covering the 2019 NFL Draft on both ABC and ESPN.

Didn’t catch the draft or his season of Dancing with the Stars? Then we’re sure you’ve heard him on the radio. Not only does he serve as the Vice President, Creative Director of iHeartCountry, but his radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, is syndicated all over the country across 140 stations, making his show the #1 Country morning show with millions of weekly listeners. He’s also the frontman of his band, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, making Bobby a modern-day renaissance man. Talk about a “jack of all trades!” Really, because that’s exactly how the folks at ESPN would describe him. 

FCFL CEO Sohrob Farudi, commented, “Country music and football go hand in hand. Adding one of Country Music’s biggest personalities – who was just recently an NFL Draft correspondent for ABC and ESPN – to our roster of Team Owners just makes perfect sense. What a lot of people don’t realize about Bobby is that he has incredibly deep sports knowledge besides being a fierce competitor, which we all saw when he won Dancing with the Stars. We’re excited to have him bring his legion of country music fans to the FCFL.”

When asked about why he became an owner in the FCFL, Bones, shared, “I’ve been a pretty proud football fan for as long as I can remember, but becoming an owner in the FCFL was a no-brainer because the fans literally lead the way and call the shots. It’s innovative, different and I’m excited for the #BTeam to join me in another crazy journey.”

Let’s get you caught up quickly on the other Fan Captains – we’ve announced Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Prince Royce, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, and Kinda Funny. We don’t want to put words in Bobby’s mouth, but we think he’s looking forward to watching Ochocinco crumble in the FCFL just like he did on Dancing with the Stars. That’s right, he competed on the show as well, just in a different season. And well, he didn’t take home the Mirror Ball Trophy like Bobby did. We’re not taking sides here, just stating the facts. But he’s not here JUST for the trash talk – Bobby’s team is all about playing this game strategically.

Does all of that sound good to you? Are you like Bobby and planning on crushing this season by being disciplined and learning everything you possibly can about the game, your players and your opponents? Then register for Bobby’s team here and start making your voice heard! Team name submissions are OPEN, so act fast before we move on to the first round of voting! We know you’re going to come up with something great, we can just feel it!

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The FCFL Has New Team Owners – They’re Kinda Funny

Posted on March 18, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

That’s right! The newest Team Owners in the FCFL are Kinda Funny, with co-founder Greg Miller serving as their primary Fan Captain. Fellow Kinda Funny founders, Tim Gettys and Nick Scarpino will join Miller in helping the fans shape the identity of their team.

You might be asking, what do a bunch of guys that talk about video games know about football? Our first response to that is HOW RUDE!?! After all, that’s how WE got here. We’re a bunch of people that love playing video games, including Madden, and love to think we know better than the coach on the field. These are our people. These are YOUR people.

What does Kinda Funny have to say about this new endeavor? “Our business is built on the idea that we aren’t making Kinda Funny for our Best Friends but that we’re making Kinda Funny with our Best Friends,” said Co-Founder Greg Miller who is excited to join the FCFL, highlighting the alignment of brands. “The opportunity to own a football team where our audience makes all the decisions is the most Kinda Funny thing we could ever do, and we can’t wait to get out there and make a fool of all the pretenders to the FCFL throne.”

“Look – the Co-Founders of the FCFL are legit gamers and Kinda Funny Best Friends,” said Patrick Dees, Chief Gaming Officer of the FCFL. “Everything Greg and Kinda Funny does is done FOR their fans and that’s what this league is all about. Personally, I wouldn’t sleep on this group to go all the way in season one. They are in it to win it all and frankly, the other captains and team owners better be ready.”

Previously, we announced Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Prince Royce and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson as Team Owners and Fan Captains, and they definitely have their work cut out for them. In their first official message to the fans, Kinda Funny is looking to send Prince Royce to the bottom of the Billboard charts and maybe help bail you out if you flip over Ochocinco’s car. The trash talking is definitely in full swing!

Does this team sound like the right one for you? Be sure to start submitting your team name ideas here before voting begins in a few weeks! Still not 100% sold and need a little help deciding? Take our FCFL Team Personality Analyzer to give yourself a little piece of mind!

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Global Superstar Prince Royce is next FCFL Team Owner

Originally published January 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FCFL fans, we know you’ve been excitedly awaiting news of who’s joining Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch as Fan Captains. Well, we’ve got some BIG news for you: as of today, multi-platinum award-winning Latin superstar Prince Royce has joined the league as a team owner and Fan Captain.

Royce is the first team owner announced that is not from the sports world. He’s a FAN just like the rest of us! When asked about why he became an owner in the FCFL, Prince Royce said “I’m a football fan and have always dreamt of owning a sports team – the fact that the FCFL combines sports with tech and gaming makes it the perfect league for me. I love everything about it, and it’s awesome that fans can really participate and be part of the game in a way they have never experienced before.”

All eight FCFL teams will be based in a single location – so instead of rooting for their hometown franchise, FCFL fans will join a team led by their favorite team owner. Royce, Lynch and Sherman – and the other five team owners who will be announced in the coming weeks – will work alongside their squad’s fans to create the brand, voice and personality of their respective teams, as well as helping their fans through key decisions like hiring (and firing) coaches, drafting players, and calling the plays in real-time.

FCFL Co-Founder and CEO, Sohrob Farudi, talked to Prince Royce’s fit with the FCFL, “Prince Royce is exactly the type of owner we are looking for in the FCFL. He is not only a mega star with a hugely engaged digital fan base, he’s also a passionate football fan and gamer. I’m excited to see how he and his fans shape his franchise over the coming months.”

For those of you who don’t know Prince Royce, what’s wrong with you? Ok, well, probably nothing, so here’s a little bit more about him:

In the past 8 years, multi-platinum award-winning, singer/songwriter Prince Royce has become a bona fide Latin superstar, scoring 16 #1 radio hits, 22 Latin Billboard Awards, 19 Premio lo Nuestro Awards, 19 Premios Juventud Awards, 6 Latin AMAs, and 12 Latin GRAMMY nominations.

Royce has a massive fan base with over 55 million followers on social media and he has sold out many of the most prestigious venues in Latin America and the United States.

Some of his collaborations include: Shakira, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Thalia, Maná, Daddy Yankee, Becky G, Ludacris, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Farruko, and Maluma, among others. Prince Royce has also co-starred as Peter in the Fox Live musical broadcast of “The Passion” in 2016 and was part of the cast of Hulu’s hit series, “East Los High.”

August 9, 2018 was proclaimed “Prince Royce Day” in New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio, in recognition of his contributions to society and for being a role model to youth in his home town. He has been induced into the Bronx Hall of Fame with a street named after him, and run the New York City Marathon to raise funds and awareness on education in public schools and kidney disease.

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Dak’s Hips Don’t Lie

Posted on November 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While the Dallas Cowboys may not have won their game last night against the Minnesota Vikings, their quarterback, Dak Prescott, won over non-Cowboys fans with his pregame routine. In case you missed it, Dak was on the field doing what we can only describe as an interesting, hip-thrusting routine. Without sound, it just looks a little weird, but thankfully whoever runs the SNF on NBC Twitter account called for fans to answer the question we all started to wonder: what song was he listening to? Naturally, the fans responded in the best way and provided us with endless entertainment last night.




We personally would like to see the video of Dak set to “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar, “Back It Up” by our very own Team Owner and Fan Captain, Prince Royce, or just in time for the holidays, the Daryl Hall and John Oates cover of “Jingle Bell Rock.” What about you fans, what song do you think will work best for Dak? And how long will it be before his receiving core tease him by executing these moves in the endzone after a touchdown?

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Ask Johnny

Posted on August 20, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

While everyone was trying to get through the last Monday before college football officially returns, the folks at Bleacher Report set up an AMA with Johnny Manziel. You may remember him as the guy who looked really unhappy while waiting for his NFL Draft Pick to come through in 2014 (as pictured above), just one more Cleveland Browns QB to completely flop, or as the guy who couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble no matter how hard he tried. Either way, you know him, and the results of his AMA were pure gold. Some of the important things we learned about good ol’ Johnny Football are:

  1. He thinks he can out-chug Baker Mayfield (honestly, so do we)
  2. He thinks Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco) is one of the best coaches in the NFL
  3. He hasn’t ruled out a return to football 👀
  4. He’s got either Clemson or Alabama winning it all this year
  5. He’s picking the New Orleans Saints for this year’s Super Bowl Champions

It’s been about a year since we last had the Co-Founders sit down for an AMA on Twitch, and are planning on doing another one in the near future. But who else would the fans be interested in hearing from? The obvious answer is our Team Owners | Fan Captains, which certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but what about the athletes trying out for the league? We think the fans would love the opportunity to pick the brains of some of these guys ahead of our draft, just to make sure they are the right fit for their team. We’re not going to throw out a Field of Dreams “if you build it, they will come,” reference, but… we want to give the fans what they want! Let us know what you think!

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Time To Pony Up, Shaq

Posted on July 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When will people learn that the internet is forever? Clearly not soon enough, and nobody knows that better than Shaquille O’Neal. This morning Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr tweeted an unearthed clip of Shaq making some strong statements in regards to his coach at the time, Phil Jackson. He quite literally said he would kiss the feet of any other coach that made four NBA Finals appearances within five years. For those of you that haven’t been counting, Kerr reached that milestone this year after previously making appearances in 2015, 2017, and 2018 as well. But don’t worry, Shaq knows his number is up. He responded to Kerr, letting him know that he’s game.

We love it when athletes make outlandish statements, only to have to back them up after being called out on social media. While we don’t necessarily want to watch Shaq kiss Kerr’s feat, we’re glad someone dug that clip up for the world to enjoy. We’d ask the fans if they want to see some interesting bets go on between our athletes and Team Owners | Fan Captains, but we already know the answer is a resounding yes. But we are curious to hear from the fans what kind of bets they want to see! Should Bobby Bones and Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller make an arrangement for the loser to go on the other’s show and publicly call themselves the biggest loser of the FCFL? What about Marshawn Lynch having to take Richard Sherman or Prince Royce to a VERY expensive dinner at the nicest restaurant in Las Vegas? We’re all ears for your suggestions!

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NFLPA Takes Over Family Feud

Posted on July 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Summer programming isn’t always the best, but we’re thankful we have Celebrity Family Feud to keep us entertained! Last night we tuned in to watch the NFL Players’ Association take over, with one team comprised of All-Stars, and one of Hall of Fame Legends. The NFLPA grouped Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers, DE), Bradley Chubb (Denver Broncos, LB), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens, QB), Stephon Gilmore (New England Patriots, CB), and Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints, WR) for their “All-Star” team. They played for the Professional Athletes Foundation.

On the opposing side, we saw five Hall of Famers – Aeneas Williams (DB), Brian Urlacher (LB), Tim Brown (WR), Dermontti Dawson (Center), and Jackie Slater (OT) – who played for the Team Gleason Foundation. We don’t want to give too much of the episode away, but if there’s anything we learned last night, it’s that the NFL Legends are the team to beat! Could that be because they are more in tune with what’s happening outside the world of football? Or maybe it’s because they have a lot of free time in their retirement to brush up on past episodes of Family Feud – we’ll let you be the judge of that 😏

We love seeing our Team Owners | Fan Captains on reality tv shows – Bobby Bones walked away from Dancing with the Stars with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, and Prince Royce is officially a Lip Sync Battle champion – so which show should be next? And which of our Team Owners should make their debut? Do we want to see Richard Sherman take on American Ninja Warrior? Do you think Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller could hold his own on Wheel of Fortune (with one of the puzzles being Milk Mommies, of course)? If we’re guessing at what the fans want – it’s all of the above. We think you’d love to see any of our captains on any show, whether it’s something that tests their physical abilities or the mental aptitude. Let us know who you want to see, and on what show, in the comments!

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Kinda Funny Is Out Here Making Deals

Posted on July 9, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the holiday weekend while we were more focused on *not* blowing off our fingers with fireworks, FCFL Team Owner | Fan Captains Greg Miller and Kinda Funny were busy making their first team personnel decision: signing their water boy. As you can see from the photo below, the contract was executed in the most official way possible.

While the position of water boy isn’t fan controlled like the Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, it could be the most crucial (come on, did you see The Waterboy?!). Considering this was an ‘internal hire’ on Kinda Funny’s part, we’re wondering who the fans would want to see take over that position for some of the other teams. We think for guys like Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch, the fans would want to see some of their current and former teammates – could you imagine Russell Wilson running around tossing out water bottles? For Prince Royce, we think the fans might like to see someone he’s collaborated with in the past, or maybe his Lip Sync Battle foe, Lele Pons? Let us know who you want to see slinging those water bottles!

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FCFL Takes On Lip Sync Battle

Posted on June 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

You read that right, fans! FCFL Team Owner | Fan Captain Prince Royce appeared on last night’s episode of Lip Sync Battle to face off against Lele Pons. h pulled out a rendition of “Versace on the Floor” by Bruno Mars to start off with, before moving on to a show-stopping version of “Fireball” by Pitbull. We think we can speak for everyone that saw his performance when we say that Prince Royce makes a better Pitbull than Mr. 305 himself. It was a no brainer for the fans to make the decision, crowning Prince Royce Lip Sync Battle champion. That’s right, we’ve got a champion on our hands before the season even starts. Let’s just hope that he wears his belt proudly to each game!

We want to hear from the fans, if we set up a Lip Sync Battle-type competition between all the Team Owners | Fan Captains that have been named, who do you think would take home the title of champion? Sure Bobby Bones has some moves after competing on Dancing with the Stars and sings in his band, but we get the feeling that Greg Miller from Kinda Funny might have some hidden talents to showcase on stage. Maybe Richard Sherman is secretly the best dancer and is just waiting for a platform to wow us with his skills. But at the end of the day, if we were the fans, we’d keep our money on Prince Royce after that performance!