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FAN Take: BYOB – Build Your Own Ballpark

Posted on November 6, 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!

We had a chance to read SB Nation’s feature on what the American ballpark of the future should look like, and we’re obsessed. The author, Scott Hines, a sports fanatic and architect, challenged new stadiums to include their local community in their plans, make the stadium blend into its existing surroundings, and to make it a true destination. Hines called for all the most important factors we care about to be considered… even though we may not have realized how important those were until reading the article. Here’s to breaking the mold on your standard stadium design to make something truly epic for multiple generations to enjoy!

We want to know from the fans, are these radical ideas amazing? Or do you think the author is reaching with his vision for what the next ballparks should look like? Maybe you fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. The one thing we think all the fans will agree on is that they want to be involved in the process – even if it’s a customary community meeting after identifying ballpark sites. If cities do that for shopping centers and parks, why not for something that is meant to be a fan destination?

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The Magic of Minshew

Posted on September 26, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’ve made it three weeks into the football season without taking time to talk about the most entertaining player in the NFL – Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew. You may have heard about the way he does his warm-up stretches in only his jock strap, how he tried to break his own hand for a medical red-shirt, or how he’s giving hope to football fans in Florida that one of the state’s three teams still stand a shot (sorry, Miami and Tampa Bay). We learned a lot more about Nick Foles’ replacement and the Washington State alum through an interview SB Nation did with Minshew’s father, including how his competitiveness almost resulted in his teammates’ fathers being beaten up.

If we asked the fans whether or not they want QBs like Gardner Minshew in the FCFL, we think we’d get a resounding “Hell Yes!” We can’t blame them – we think Minshew is just the breath of fresh air a brand new football league needs. Before the first-ever, fan-run draft, we’ll be conducting Q&A sessions with all your draft options, but if there are any specific questions you want to ask these athletes, let us know. Especially if you want to know whether or not they can cut their own jorts or grow a mean mustache.

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FAN Take – Got Any Tricks Up Your Sleeve?

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!

Too often, football games rely on a field goal to determine the outcome of a game. But if you’re lucky, the game you’re watching is completely dependent upon a touchdown. Sure, you may see a short pass or a run to get those six points on the board, but it’s always more exciting to see a long shot Hail Mary or an unexpected trick play thrown into the mix in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter. Last Weekend, North Texas University pulled off a perfectly executed trick play against Arkansas.

North Texas had been working on this since fall camp with weeks of practice under their belt before attempting it in a game. After forcing Arkansas to punt, Keegan Brewer faked a fair catch and ran the ball back for a touchdown. Speaking to SB Nation, Brewer mentioned that Grant Morgan was right in front of him, and asked “why aren’t they blowing the whistle?” With his arms clutching the ball and standing in a slightly defensive posture, he waited for the Arkansas players to shift their attention and make a run for it.  You can watch the full play here.

While the game didn’t hinge upon the play for an ideal outcome – North Texas won 44-17 – it didn’t make the play any less impactful. We imagine the effort put into this play will inspire other teams to pull off some impressive moves of their own.

We’re looking to you, the fans, for some input here. Do you want to see trick play options when voting for play calls? Do you want the coaches you select to dedicate time in practice to working on trick plays? Or do you think with the one-hour play clock, lack of kicking, and other proposed rules, we won’t need to add trick plays to stir up some excitement? Let us know!

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FAN Take – Where to Find the Best Athletes

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 an article last week, SB Nation looked at the readiness of Ivy League football being a contender for playoffs. Not since the 1950’s has Ivy League football been taken seriously as a post-season threat the likes of recent powerhouses Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson. As it stands, the Ivy League is the only FCS conference not to participate in the postseason, whether it be playoffs or a bowl game.

We know – there are so many bowl games out there, which one would they even be a contender for? Enter the Celebration Bowl. This season will mark the fourth year of the Celebration Bowl, which will feature champions of the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference, made up entirely of historically black colleges and universities) and MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) conferences.

Princeton’s head coach Bob Surace is angling for an Ivy-League-HBCU bowl matchup, which is not out of the realm of possibility since the conferences don’t receive an automatic bid for the FCS playoffs. “Why wouldn’t we work with historically black colleges and play them? Take a school like Grambling or Howard vs. Princeton or Columbia or whoever. You’re gonna hit a huge number on TV, and you’re gonna sell it out in Atlanta or New Orleans or Washington DC. Why wouldn’t we want to bring more attention?”

We’re with you, Bob – we want to see more attention brought to the underdogs, or literally just anyone that isn’t a part of the SEC, Big 10 or Big 12. The exposure of the games may bring bigger talent to the Ivy League and HBCUs, which will in turn bring bigger talent to organizations like the FCFL. Considering the fact that 10% of NFL players who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame were drafted from an HBCU – this includes Jerry Rice, Walter Payton (as in Walter Payton, NFL Man of the Year Award), and Michael Strahan, among others. It’s clear that the spotlight needs to be shown upon some of these lesser-watched conferences. How else are we going to find the best athletes if we aren’t given the opportunity to see them all?

We’re looking to the fans for their input here – should the NCAA give more opportunities to more schools to let their athletes shine on a national stage? Is the best NCAA talent restricted to powerhouses like Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State? Fans, where (what schools, conferences) do you want to see the FCFL draft players from? Let us know!

Power To The FANS!