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The End of an Era

Posted on December 16, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

December 15th, 2019 will be known as the day the Oakland Raiders played (and lost) their last game in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas in the 2020 season. We’re sure plenty of the fans have their own memories from catching a game there, us included, but those may have been overshadowed by yesterday’s game. After the Raiders let the Jacksonville Jaguars score an unanswered 17 points, they ultimately lost 20-16. And then things got ugly. QB Derek Carr (you may have heard of him) headed to the infamous Black Hole to thank the fans, sign autographs, and do exactly what you WANT your QB to do after a game – but he was met with nothing but boos. Oh, it gets worse. Fans decided to treat the field as their own personal trash can (RIP to all those nachos) and got into actual fights with security.

Now obviously, we’re not expecting to see this exact same scenario happen in the Fan Controlled Football League with all of our teams playing in one location – but what about the fans’ reactions to losing a game that had a bigger meaning than what would happen in the post season? It’s one thing to suffer a tough loss on a game that probably should have been yours, but we understand when there’s something monumental that makes your loss hurt a little bit more. Whether it’s a player’s last game before retiring, a triumphant return from a player that was out with an injury, or a third-string player’s chance to start their first game, we get why the loss might sting a little more than usual. But enough for the fans to actually fight security or litter the field with trash? We have a really hard time believing OUR fans would do something like that. But if we’re wrong on this and you’re actually a bunch of sore-loser savages, let us know so we can beef up on security and put plastic tarps along the sidelines 😜. In the meantime, we’ll be taking bets on whether or not the fans’ behavior will change once the Raiders kick off in Las Vegas.

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The Drama Isn’t Over for AB

Posted on September 5, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Oh Antonio, what have you done?! Yesterday we (along with what we imagine were millions of others) were getting a kick out of Antonio Brown sharing a letter from the Oakland Raiders GM, Mike Mayock, detailing the fines he’s racked up by not attending practice. The current fines (read: before he has more added on for this stunt) include $13,950 for missing the team walk through on August 22, and $40,000 fir missing training camp on August 18. He tagged the Raiders Instagram account and added the following caption to his story: “WHEN YOUR OWN TEAM WANT TO HATE BUT THERE’S NO STOPPING ME NOW DEVIL IS A LIE. EVERYONE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR SO WE CLEAR.”

And now, it looks like Brown will be suspended. We’re waiting for more details, but there is no doubt that there was some kind of confrontation between the wide receiver and Mayock. We don’t know if this is all some ploy to increase ratings ahead of the Raiders game against the Denver Broncos on Monday night, but we can’t look away from this dumpster fire.

How would the fans handle a situation like this, where one of their star players is taking to social media to call out the front office? We think instead of trying to suspend the player, the fans will be more likely to either a) fire back at him on social media, b) rally the other fans into not starting him, or c) a combination of the two. More importantly, will this whole fiasco make the fans more likely to tune in to Monday Night Football this week? Our guess is probably not. If anything, we think they will be more likely to tune in to the first game Brown actually plays in.