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A Bird For The Seahawks

By Annalece Montgomery

On Sunday’s match between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, safety Earl Thomas was carted off the field with an air cast supporting a clearly injured leg. And a middle finger held high in the direction of the Seattle sideline. Unfortunately for him, it’s official: Thomas has a fracture in his left tibia, the same bone in broke in 2016. Seattle went on to defeat Arizona 20-17.

To add literal insult to injury, it was reported that the Kansas City Chiefs had been eyeing a trade for the star safety. Thomas’s future with Seattle had been in question after he made it clear he was unhappy with his contract, which is in its final year. He decided not to hold out any further because $500,000 in weekly game checks was too much money to lose. Seahawks captain, Bobby Wagner, on Earl Thomas: “If he doesn’t come, then he’s not a team player. If he does come and gets hurt, then its ‘he shouldn’t have come.’…If I was him, I’d be pissed off.”

The photo of Thomas’s gesture has been making the rounds across the internet, and when ESPN posted it, Le’Veon Bell was quick to weigh in, commenting that he would “continue to be the ‘bad guy’ for ALL of us.” Other players have come to Thomas’s defense via social media, including his former teammate Richard Sherman. “Praying for my brother @Earl_Thomas. Most will never know the hard work and sacrifice daily that goes into playing this game. He will bounce back better than ever that’s who he is,” tweeted Sherman on Sunday night.

To nobody’s surprise, this became a hot topic on every sports talk show. Yesterday on First Things First, Cris Carter reacted by saying “That was not a classy move,” and that there are plenty of other players in the same situation when it comes to their contracts. During Skip and Shannon Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe seemed to disagree more with Thomas getting in the game, rather than the gesture, saying that he should have never played the game and drawn out the contract negotiation progress.

Here’s the real kicker though fans: Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, has Thomas’s back on this one. He said yesterday morning during a radio interview that “he had it all just totally figured out and was as emotional as you can get…Give him a little slack. This is a very, very, difficult moment that most people wouldn’t understand what that was all about.” Would the fans take this with such stride the way Carroll did? We think so! While it’s easy to get upset over something like this – and understandable even – it shows a lot of character and leadership to not see something like that as a personal attack. The head coach is not the only person in charge of making contract decisions. At the end of the day, the coach is there for their players the same way players show up on game day for their coach.

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Sherman Rips NFL Rule, Again

By Annalece Montgomery

San Francisco 49ers cornerback and NFL Players Association Executive Committee member, Richard Sherman, is making headlines again by speaking out against the NFL’s controversial new helmet rule. You may remember that when the NFL first announced the rule earlier this month,  Sherman was frustrated with the rule, stating it will be ‘a disaster’.

Shortly after his team lost to the Houston Texans 16-13, Sherman turned to Twitter to let the world know how he really felt about the rule. “To all those ppl including those who made the rule. I want a video of YOU running full speed and being lead by anything but your head while also attempting to bring down a moving target. You will soon realize its impossible,” he tweeted, along with a video of a tackle from his teammate Raheem Mostert that drew a penalty flag. But he didn’t stop there. Sherman also shared a video of a rugby tackle, saying it would be penalized in the NFL and that the game will soon become the same thing as flag football.

Just a few weeks ago at training camps across the country, there were reports of officials still debating whether or not this penalty occurred in play. It raises the question of how the officials can be ready to properly call this penalty with only a few weeks before the regular season kicks off. Can the NFL expect officials to fully understand the rule when every time they try to clarify the rule, they only confuse people more?

In the first two weeks of preseason games, we’ve already seen over 25 penalties because of the new rule, with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles being tied for the most penalties. Our Co-Founders Sohrob Farudi (CEO), Grant Cohen (CPO), and Patrick Dees (CGO) debated the rule a couple weeks ago during FAN Call Friday, and their views on the matter aligned with Sherman’s. Tune in to see what they had to say, as well get a fantastic demonstration of the three-point stance from Sohrob.

So where do FCFL fans stand on this? While we think the fans do have concerns over serious head injuries to their favorite athletes, they are most certainly going to get sick of all the penalty calls very fast. The game is already long enough as is because of yellow flags being thrown here, there and everywhere, and adding this rule is only going to increase the frustration among the fans. If this rule were brought to a vote amongst the fans, we think they would strike it down by more than a landslide. The fans are here for their love of the game, not for the officials’ love of hearing their own voices after every penalty they call.