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FAN Take: Let’s Play Ball… Well, Maybe

Posted on April 29, 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!

We’ve been in quarantine for what feels like an eternity, with the bulk of us at the FCFL currently in the range of Day 60 – but things are looking up. Per USA Today, the MLB is looking to make a comeback towards the end of June, but definitely by July 2. The plan was shared by ‘MLB Officials,’ who want to remain anonymous because this is all still under consideration. Needless to say, we’re thrilled someone in the league offices leaked this information.

The plan would abandon current league structure, and instead establish three separate 10-team divisions, that would allow for teams to play in their own (fanless) ballparks. While the stadiums will remain empty, fans would be able to catch 100 games from the comfort of home. The proposed divisions would look like this:

  • East: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins
  • West: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners
  • Central: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers

It should go without saying, but this plan is pending approval of medical experts, league officials, and team owners. But, what do you think of all this, fans? Are you excited to have sports back, even with the stadiums being empty? Are you looking forward to seeing the Dodgers and Astros in the same division after the Astros were exposed for cheating? Or are you more on the glass half-empty side, and are waiting for approval from the MLB before getting too excited? Let us know what you think!

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FAN Take: Taking Back the Game

Posted on March 18, 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!

After MLB announced it would be postponing the start of the season, but before the government issued some strict guidelines on how to help ‘flatten the curve’ of the COVID-19 pandemic, some players were looking to take back the game. Last week Trevor Bauer, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, put out a call to all MLB and MiLB players still in Arizona to meet up for a sandlot-style game. A few fans that were in town for Spring Training quickly responded to Bauer’s tweet asking if they could get in on the action, but ultimately Tommy Pham (San Diego Padres), Zac Rosscup (Colorado Rockies), Karsen Lindell (Rocky Mountain Vibes), and Patrick Wisdom (Seattle Mariners) among others took Bauer up on the offer.

The game did happen, and it looks like the guys had a great time. While we love that these players were doing what they could to take the game back, we don’t think this will be an option in the near future, especially after what seems like half the NBA is testing positive for COVID-19. But what if these athletes found a way to take the game back, without breaking self-isolation guidelines? Would the fans want to see athletes from different teams and different leagues band together in another way? Maybe they can dive into streaming in teams, playing everything from Madden to NBA 2K? Or do you think the players should focus on spending time with their loved ones and relaxing while they still have the chance to? Let us know what you think!

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San Diego Padres Troll Level: 100

Posted on August 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve got to ‘give it up’ to the San Diego Padres, who executed our favorite rickroll of all time. Yesterday, while hosting the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series, the Padres did another round of the aptly titled, ‘Padres Kareoke.’ With it being the last game of the series, the Padres opted to let visiting and local Red Sox fans sing along to Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline,’ a long-standing tradition at Fenway Park. But naturally, the fans weren’t going to be able to enjoy the song in its entirety. Right before the famous chorus hit, the Padres quickly switched things up and began playing, along with the music video, the iconic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by Rick Astley. And it was PRICELESS.

While the Red Sox weren’t the only ones to be rickrolled this weekend, we have to say, this was one of our favorite rickrolls of all time. We already know our fan base has a solid sense of humor and would get a kick out of this – there’s no question about that. But what if the fans had the opportunity to rickroll their opponents in the FCFL? Would they want the opportunity to deploy a secret rickroll once during the season, at any given time? We’re going to go with a definite yes on that. If it’s something the fans truly want, let us know! Help us, help you troll your opponents! After all, the promises Rick Astley lists off in his song are essentially our promises to you. We will never:

  • Give you up
  • Let you down
  • Run around and desert you
  • Make you cry
  • Say goodbye
  • Tell a lie and hurt you
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2019 MLB Opening Day Is Here

Posted on March 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Today is Opening Day for the MLB – the true sign that Spring has sprung and that warmer days are ahead. Let’s take a look at what some of your favorite MLB teams use for their go-to hashtags for the 2019 season.

Some of them are great – we’re looking at you St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and the Detroit Tigers. Others are hilarious, like the Boston Red Sox, but some are just bad and unimaginative.

In case you haven’t been following along on our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram channels (which we have a very hard time believing), we are currently accepting team name submissions for every FCFL team. We’ve had an amazing time reading through your submissions, and can’t wait to see what else you’ve got up your sleeves. Just be sure your team names will provide a phenomenal hashtag that will make every other team’s look lame and like complete garbage. We don’t want you to end up like the New York Mets or the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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FAN Take: Smart or Selfish?

Published February 20, 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!

Over the last few years, we’ve seen our fair share of record-setting contracts be made – and then subsequently topped – across all sports. Sure, some of these athletes are worth that big paycheck, but we can’t say that’s true for all of them. Now, we aren’t saying these athletes aren’t good. We’re just saying that the front office doesn’t always make the most financially sound decisions.

Let’s take a look at the Los Angeles Angels. Their star player (don’t fight me on this, you KNOW he is their best player) has a contract that expires in 2020. Keep in mind, his existing contract was a six-year extension valued at $144.5M. But now, there are rumors swirling that Mike Trout and his agent are looking for a ten-year agreement, securing a home for him until his late-30s. This same deal would be for $400M, a mere $100M more than what Manny Machado will be getting from the San Diego Padres. Give us a minute to pick our jaws up off the floor after thinking of how much money that is.

What we want to know fans, are the Angels being smart or just plain selfish with all these contract rumors? Are they getting Mike Trout for a steal? Or are they just paying whatever it takes to keep fans watching their games and buying their merchandise? If it were you in the front office, would you do whatever it takes to keep your biggest star – maybe at the expense of being able to pay what it takes to lure other players who would be key to creating a winning team – if it meant keeping the fans engaged?

Power To The Fans!