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Last Dance With MJ

Posted on April 20, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

ESPN did us all a huge favor by dropping The Last Dance two months early, with the first two episodes airing last night. The 10-part series chronicles Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls – the good, the bad, and the Dennis Rodman Vegas trip. Fans were pretty excited for its early release, treating the premiere as an entire event, even planning their outfits for themselves and family members to wear while posted up in front of their televisions. We won’t spoil the first two episodes for you, but we highly encourage you to check them out before the next two drop on Sunday.

What other dynasty team, iconic moment or unreal athlete would the fans want to see ESPN cover? The Office’s Michael Scott, maybe? We’re kidding – although the spoof trailer did have us contemplating binging the show for what feels like the 100th time. We’re sure they’d be into a deep dive on Walter Payton, Bill Russell, or Wayne Gretzky – all absolutely amazing in their respective sports. But we’re going to go out on a limb and say they want to know everything about the greatest season in the Indoor Football League – 2017. You know the one, where our proof of concept team, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles came to life, paving the way for this league to launch 😏 That is – until we’ve completed our inaugural season, in which case there would definitely need to be a follow up.

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Tiger Is Back On Top

Posted on April 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

At 43-years old, Tiger Woods just won the 2019 Masters. Just let that sink in for a moment. His win at Augusta over the weekend was his 15th major championship. He could very easily just head on into retirement now with credentials like that, but we imagine he will keep hitting the links, ready to reassert his dominance in the sport after falling off for the last several years. This win marks the first at Augusta since 2005, and his first major title since 2008, before things began to go downhill.

We won’t go too into detail, but a few years ago Woods found himself on the cover of tabloids for weeks on end amid some personal drama. Sponsors began to leave him behind, setting their sights on someone younger, who wasn’t undergoing multiple back surgeries and frankly just not in the middle of a publicity nightmare. Except for Nike. Nike stuck around through thick and thin, and in the end, it paid off for them. Following the big win, they released a commercial depicting the highs and lows of Woods’ career, complete with a clip of him as a child saying that he’s “gonna beat Jack Nicklaus.”  We get the feeling that Nike has had this commercial queued up for quite a few years, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Clearly, Nike saw value in Woods when others didn’t. While others were quick to write him off, they stuck around to give him another chance. As part of your team’s front office, you will be scouting players, watching tape, and formulating your list of must-get players ahead of the draft. Will the fans immediately write off someone a little older or someone with a few surgeries under their belt? We don’t think so. Our fans have seen players succeed in the NFL and MLB into their 40s, so why not give a fair shot to someone with a little more mileage. Now, will the fans shy away from someone with a more “colorful” background? Maybe. They did when we let the fans vote whether or not Greg Hardy should be given a shot on the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (we all know how that ended). We imagine they might be willing to overlook things from a player’s past if they are 1) an exceptional athlete and 2) changed for the better. At the end of the day, the thing that matters most is how the athlete performs.

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What Would You Do For a Winning Season?

Published February 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s like that saying, “what would you do for a Klondike Bar,” only this time, the Cleveland Browns are being asked what they would do for a winning season. Apparently, the answer is to sign former Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt. As you may have heard, Hunt was released after a video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel last February. For awhile there were rumors that the Washington Redskins would pick him up after a very disappointing 7-9 season. This should be interesting, considering Hunt is still under an NFL investigation. The Browns quickly released a statement to defend their actions,  saying that through their ‘extensive research,’ they believe he deserves a second chance. Okay then.

Hey fans, for those of you that have been with us since our Salt Lake City Screaming Eagles Days, do you remember that whole Greg Hardy vote business? Yeah, we do too. For those that need a little more information here, when we were busy running our proof of concept team in the Indoor Football League, we were approached by Greg Hardy’s people about an opportunity to 1) bring big name talent to our fan-controlled team and 2) help Hardy rebuild his public image. Because our mission was to truly put the fans in control, we let them vote on whether or not Hardy could have a spot on the team. The fans voted no, with a majority 50.1% of the overall vote.

Normally this is where we would guess what the fans would do if they were in charge at the front office and had the opportunity to sign someone with Kareem Hunt’s history, but this time we actually know: the fans would say no. We’ve always known that we have the BEST fans in the world, but it feels good to know you’re all better than the higher-ups over at the Cleveland Browns.

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FAN Take – America’s Most UNWanted: Kareem Hunt

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

Every day this week, we’ve awakened to a new piece of the Kareem Hunt puzzle, so let’s get you up to speed really quickly:

  • TMZ released footage of a physical altercation that involved Kareem Hunt and a 19-year-old woman
  • The incident in question occurred on February 10
  • The NFL suspended him prior to the Kansas City Chiefs cutting him from the roster
  • The NFL did not interview Hunt upon learning of the incident “months ago” and reportedly did not request video of it until last week
  • Hunt is being removed from Madden 19
  • He entered free agency after no teams chose to claim him from waivers

Predominantly, two questions have been asked over the last few days, including in some interviews our new Team Owner and Fan Captain Richard Sherman did yesterday: 1) Is there still a place in the NFL for Kareem Hunt? and 2) Should the NFL leave the policing to the appropriate authorities? Yesterday during Richard’s interview on The Will Cain Show, he had this to say about how the NFL handled the Hunt issue: “They handled it alright.. there is no win for them, there is no win for anybody. For some reason people expect more from the NFL than they do from law enforcement.” Furthermore, he said the NFL needs to “keep doing what they’re doing” when asked if the league should keep conducting independent investigations or follow the lead of the authorities.

For those that are new to the FCFL, you may not be aware that we have encountered this issue previously. Following the launch of the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, our proof of concept team, we were contacted by a representative for Greg Hardy, who was looking to repair his image. You might remember Hardy from his time with the Dallas Cowboys…which was cut short due to domestic violence allegations brought against him and an arrest for cocaine possession. With his interest in the team clear, we handed the decision off to the fans – did they want to give him another shot at football? Or would they not stand for such actions by a player? Ultimately, the fans voted against signing him with a majority 50.1% – really, we can’t make this up.

We’ve got a lot of questions for the fans after everything that has transpired, but most importantly: would they give a player with this kind of controversy another chance? From a fan perspective, would you still root for the player? From a team management perspective, would you still want them on your team and how would it affect your locker room? If something like this were to happen with an FCFL player, would you want to see him suspended initially? Or would you want him removed from the league entirely? We want to hear from you, fans, so let us know!

Power To The Fans!

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FAN Take – When The Vote Doesn’t Go Your Way

By Annalece Montgomery

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!

In the FCFL, fans are going to be voting on just about every aspect of the league from team names, to coaches, to who their teams ultimately draft. It’s the concept that has drawn in fans from all over the world – the idea that they are making a difference in the league as a whole and within their favorite teams. But what happens when the vote doesn’t go their way?

Before there was the FCFL, there were the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles in the IFL. In a highly controversial opportunity, former Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Hardy was looking to rebuild his image by joining the Screaming Eagles. Given the headlines filled with his name, our co-founders handed the decision off to the fans. At the end of the day, fans voted with a 50.1% majority against letting him in to the league. The 49.9% of fans who wanted to see him in the league were unsurprisingly upset.

How will you react if the vote doesn’t go your way? Whether it’s selecting your team’s coach, or calling a play during a really crucial part of the game – are you going to pout? Are you going to complain that the wrong call was made by the fans? Or would you use the aggravation from that moment to push you to be more involved in the league? Remember, not all fan votes are equal. The more you interact with the league, vote for plays or submit a team logo idea, the more weight your vote will carry. We’re giving the fans that are truly dedicated more clout. So, what will you do?

Power To The Fans!

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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!