The Saddest NFL Draft of All Time

Posted on April 27, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Like many of you, we spent the better part of our weekend glued to our TVs, watching the 2020 NFL Draft – all seven rounds, right down to Mr. Irrelevant. There were some amazing picks, some that left fans shaking their heads, but there’s one thing that they pretty much all had in common: tragic stories! At least, that’s what ESPN would have you believe with their draft coverage this year. They really committed to bumming their viewers out with calling out every personal tragedy and deceased family member in a pick’s life. We love hearing stories about athletes overcoming difficult circumstances and coming out as a better person… but we think ESPN took it too far. We’re starting to think they were hoping only those with the saddest backgrounds would get drafted.

Do the fans think ESPN when too far with their 2020 NFL Draft coverage? Yes.

What would the fans want us to focus on during the first-ever FCFL Draft? Probably anything other than personal tragedy. Here are some ideas for alternative topics to feature alongside their stats might not be the best, but we think the fans will agree that they are better than highlighting all the deaths one family has had to endure:

  • Are they a cat or a dog person?
  • Their biggest fear?
  • An embarrassing story about their childhood?
  • which character they pick in Super Smash Brothers?
  • Their favorite sports memory?
  • Which character from The Office they think is their soulmate?
  • Maybe even what they think about pineapple on pizza?

Let us know what else you’d like to know about your potential draft picks!


Your 2020 NFL Draft Cheat Sheet

Posted on April 23, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s finally here! We know that it has been rough to get through COVID-19 quarantine without any live sports, but hopefully the 2020 NFL Draft will hold you over until they’re back. We know watching Roger Goodell announce the picks from home isn’t ideal, but just know that if you’re booing him on your screens, chances are plenty of others are too 😏

When is all the action happening?

Thursday, April 23: Round 1 (8. p.m. ET)
Friday, April 24: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 25: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)

How can you watch?

Thursday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Friday: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes
Saturday: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes

What positions does every team need the most, by draft order?

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: QB, LB, OL … and pretty much every other position
  2. Washington Redskins: OL, WR, CB
  3. Detroit Lions: CB, DE, OL
  4. New York Giants: T, Edge, CB
  5. Miami Dolphins: QB, OL, WR
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB, OL, LB
  7. Carolina Panthers: QB, OL, DT
  8. Arizona Cardinals: T, WR, S
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB, LB, Edge
  10. Cleveland Browns: T, LB, DT
  11. New York Jets: WR, CB, Edge
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: CB, WR, QB
  13. San Francisco 49ers*: WR, DT, OL
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OL, Edge, S
  15. Denver Broncos: CB, LB, WR
  16. Atlanta Falcons: DT, Edge, CB
  17. Dallas Cowboys: CB, S, OL
  18. Miami Dolphins^: QB, OL, WR
  19. Las Vegas Raiders**: CB, WR, QB
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars^^: CB, LB, Edge
  21. Philadelphia Eagles: DB, WR, S
  22. Minnesota Vikings*^: WR, OL, CB
  23. New England Patriots: QB, TE, S
  24. New Orleans Saints: LB, WR, QB
  25. Minnesota Vikings: WR, OL, CB
  26. Miami Dolphins**^: QB, OL, WR
  27. Seattle Seahawks: Edge, OL, TE
  28. Baltimore Ravens: WR, OL, LB
  29. Tennessee Titans: OL, CB, Edge
  30. Green Bay Packers: WR, LB, CB
  31. San Francisco 49ers: WR, DT, OL
  32. Kansas City Chiefs: OL, LB, DT

The below teams don’t have picks until the second-round

Buffalo Bills: OL, CB, Edge
Pittsburgh Steelers: DT, OL, QB
Los Angeles Rams: OL, Edge, LB
Indianapolis Colts: WR, QB, Edge
Chicago Bears: QB, CB, OL
Houston Texans: OL, CB, TE

*San Francisco 49ers received the 13th pick from Indianapolis
^Miami Dolphins received the 18th pick from Pittsburgh
**Las Vegas Raiders received the 19th pick from Chicago
^^Jacksonville Jaguars received the 20th pick from Los Angeles Rams
*^Minnesota Vikings received the 22nd pick from Buffalo Bills
**^Miami received the 26th pick from Houston Texans


FAN Take: Draft Day

Posted on April 22, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

It’s NFL Draft Eve, normally one of our favorite times of the year, but things are clearly different this time around. There won’t be giant parties for the incoming rookies to celebrate, there won’t be crowds outside of every team’s stadium watching to see who they’re adding to their respective rosters, and there won’t be war rooms for every team to huddle up in and make their selections. But that’s okay, because at the end of the day, we’re going to see a bunch of talented players have their dreams come true. But no dreams will come true for Roger Goodell. His career-long dream of walking on stage without a large crowd booing him will have to wait another year at the very least, thanks to Bud Light.

Either way, we’re excited to see how teams use their picks to shape their 2020-21 season rosters, especially teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, who practically need to rebuild their teams entirely to get back on track. We think this is something that our fans can resonate with, because they will be doing the same thing in our inaugural year – building their team from the ground up. We asked the fans to sound off on what position they would be gunning for with their first pick in the FCFL Draft, and it’s becoming pretty clear that our fans want to nail down the perfect quarterback before filling out the rest of the roster. But what about the next few picks? Are they going to move straight into snatching up all the best receivers? Or do they want to cycle through receivers, o-line and d-line? Maybe they want to take cues on what positions should come next from their respective offensive and defensive coordinators? Or even their Team Owners | Fan Captains? Let us know how you’d use your picks in the first-ever FCFL draft!


FAN Take: Reinstated

Posted on February 12, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

It was only a few months ago that we discussed the fight between Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on Thursday Night Football, and the punishments handed down to the players involved. So why are we bringing it up once again? Well, this morning Myles Garrett was reinstated by the NFL, just a few days after meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. For his involvement in the altercation, he had previously been suspended indefinitely, for a minimum of the remainder of the 2019-20 season. What many fans may not know about the fight (shown below again, because why not?), is that Garrett tried to appeal the punishment with an accusation that Rudolph had started the fight by inciting him with a racial slur. Clearly, the suspension was upheld, and we didn’t see Garrett for the last 6 games of the season.

Yes, this is all over a fight between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, who went 8-8 and 6-10 respectively, but when you consider the fact that Garrett was the No. 1 Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, his name carries some clout by default. We previously made the prediction that you, the fans, would not find the punishments fair, considering Rudolph received none, and that the fans would more than likely want to troll the players involved. But how would you handle Garrett’s return? Would you be annoyed that an indefinite suspension was issued, only for the absolute minimum amount of time to be served? Or would you prefer giving indefinite suspensions with game minimums to keep players on their toes? If you had suspended a player in your league in a similar way, would you leave it to the commissioner to decide on when they can come back? Or would you want this to become a league-wide fan vote? Let us know what you think, fans!


Getting Down and Dirty

Posted on September 30, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Following what can only be described as one of the dirtiest hits we’ve seen in recent years, Oakland Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict was suspended by the NFL for the remainder of the season. In a game against the Indianapolis Colts, Burfict lowered his head and initiated a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts TE Jack Doyle. While Burfitct certainly isn’t the only dirty player the league has ever seen (Ndamukong Suh, Richie Incognito, James Harrison, really, this list could go on and on), he seems to blatantly disregard rules the league has put in place to protect the players. And because of that, for the first time in awhile, we see fans supporting the NFL for their decisions – a usual rarity, especially with Roger Goodell serving as Commissioner. We’re sure the decision will be appealed, but if we could give Burfict any advice, it would be that he shouldn’t hold his breath.

In the Fan Controlled Football League, we aim to provide the fans with an entertaining experience, and we believe that can be achieved while also keeping players safe. We’re still building out our league rule book, but how do the fans want to handle blatant, aggressive hits like the one Burfict’s reputation has been built off of? Should a hit like the one we saw in last night’s game result in an immediate season suspension? We think a bulk of the fans would say yes. Others may call for a warning system, maybe something along the line of ‘three strikes, you’re out.’ Regardless of what you think is the appropriate action, let us know! We want to make sure your voices are heard and our players are safe!


FAN Take: Can Jay-Z Get More Fans For the NFL?

Posted on August 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Yesterday, news leaked that the NFL and rapper Jay-Z were entering into a new partnership. Many people, us included, looked at the news and just thought, “huh?” In a press conference this morning at the Jay-Z’s Roc Nation offices, we got some more details on what this partnership is all about. Roc Nation, will serve as the NFL’s “live music entertainment strategist,” and will have Jay-Z “consulting on entertainment, including the Super Bowl halftime show, and contributing to the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.” Additionally, they will be debuting the first ever “Songs of the Season,” whereby five artists from different labels record songs for NFL promotional spots and perform at a Pro Bowl concert.

We want to know what the fans think of this – is this the NFL’s way of appealing to those they’ve lost over the Kaepernick controversy? Are they trying to bring in a younger demographic by engaging five artists to record songs specifically for the league? Do you think their Inspire Change campaign will bring in new fans that want to be involved in something bigger than themselves? More importantly, if you’ve found yourself losing interest in the NFL, for whatever reason, will this partnership bring you back?


Another Go At Expanding The NFL Season

Posted on July 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Here we go again! During a meeting between the NFL and NFLPA this week, owners presented the idea for an 18-game regular season. While their motives are most likely driven by increasing revenue, they have also taken player safety into account. According to the Wall Street Journal, with this new system players would have a maximum number of games in an effort to keep players under a “normal workload.” Of course, there was no mention of whether this would tack on an additional two weeks to the season, or if they would shorten pre-season and kick off regular season sooner.

We’ve already mentioned that we agree with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s call to make the preseason shorter, so expanding the regular season is something we could get behind. However, while we do appreciate a concern for player safety, we imagine the fans won’t want like a game limit imposed on the players. Sure, for most positions, it would be fine. But a majority of NFL teams don’t have back-up quarterbacks the fans can put their faith into. There’s a reason these guys only play in preseason or when their team has a significant lead. Maybe imposing a time limit, as opposed to game limit, would be an easier pill for fans to swallow. We think that even having a team pay a fine for every “additional” game a player is on the field, is something fans would prefer in this instance. Think hard about this before you make a decision, NFL!


NFL Preseason Doesn’t Even Count

Posted on June 3, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Everyone’s least-favorite redhead might actually be making sense for once. That’s right, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is advocating for a shorter NFL preseason. We’re just as shocked as you, but apparently he’s been quietly pushing for this change since 2017. His major issue, and we have to agree, is the level of play during these games. Being as matter-of-fact on the subject as possible, Goodell said, “the NFL should do things to the highest possible standards. Preseason games are not that.” When you think about it, the only arguments for preseason are 1) teams have an opportunity to work out players in a more high-pressure situation and 2) teams bring in additional revenue from home games. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until after the 2020 season to see what will happen to the preseason timeline.

While we’re all big football fans here at the FCFL, we kind of snooze our way through preseason and love to weigh in on whether or not it event counts. We’d ask you, the fans, if you’d want to see a preseason added to the FCFL, but we get the feeling a lot of you are like us – you just want to catch the games that really matter. But if we’re wrong, feel free to let us know! Now if the NFL could just get their act together when it comes to officials making the correct call the first time around, rather than relying on reviews mid-game…


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.


FAN Take: NFL “Bleaux” It

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Typically, we try not to put too much attention on any one NFL team, but after this week’s NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, we think this week’s FAN Take needs to revisit the Saints. More specifically, their disgruntled fans. Full disclosure: I’m a disgruntled New Orleans Saints fan. BUT, that being said, this class action lawsuit being brought against the NFL on behalf of season ticket holders seems a little over the top.

For anyone that has been living under a rock, NFL officials failed to make a critical – and blatant – pass interference call in the last quarter of the game. And the fans were pretty fired up. Sure, the NFL confirmed that the call should have been made, but that seemed to only make the fans angrier. Reactions varied from “I’m going to write a strongly-worded letter” to “bro, what was that.” Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards, issued a formal complaint to the NFL. New Orleans’ “Golden Boy,” Harry Connick Jr., shared a letter to Roger Goodell to social media that he would not be watching the Super Bowl. Even Normani (formerly of Fifth Harmony) tweeted that she was “pissed.”

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if you’re interested, here’s my letter to the @nfl – i’m mailing it tomorrow. #nfl

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Now, what would OUR fans do if they were the ones left heartbroken after such an important game? We absolutely think that they would be upset and take to social media to air their grievances. Will they still feel the sting after a few days? Sure. Will they avoid coworkers in the hallway that want to gloat? Most likely. Will a few of them send in some angry emails to the league office? We’re counting on it. Would any of them follow Matt Bowers’ lead and put up billboards? No, but you have to admit, that is kinda funny. However, we don’t think that the fans would resort to anything as drastic as a lawsuit. If it were a playoff situation, would the fans just rally support behind whichever team is facing the team they lost to? If it’s the championship game, will they sulk for a little while before diving into virtual scouting opportunities to get pumped for the next season? We want to know fans, would you take it to the extreme or keep it copasetic?

Power To The Fans!