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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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This Isn’t the Dream Team

Posted on August 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Remember the U.S. Men’s Basketball team in the 1992 Olympics? The team was stacked with stars like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley, and David Robinson – and they were phenomenal. The U.S. team heading to the 2019 FIBA World Cup is the complete antithesis of that. Don’t believe us? Well, get comfortable because we have a story for you. Yesterday, USA Basketball hosted a camp, which included a scrimmage against a group of fringe NBA, G League and overseas players, coached by Jeff Van Gundy. You would think that this scrimmage would be a huge confidence boost for the team – except it wasn’t. The team, comprised of NBA players like Kemba Walker and Harrison Barnes, lost 17-36. Either this was Van Gundy’s lucky day, or we are in serious trouble when the 2019 FIBA World Cup tips off at the end of the month.

Normally we try to gauge what the fans would do if they were the coaches or the front office, but what if you were the athletes in this situation? How would you be able to rely on your teammates to show up and perform how they’re expected to on an international stage if you had such a terrible scrimmage? We think the fans would face the facts – they performed terrible. But we also think the fans would use that as a learning experience and focus on what really didn’t work for them. They might even opt for some additional training or a team night to reenforce that team bond. Just something to think about if you find your team in the FCFL struggling to come back from an embarrassing loss. You’ve got to be there for your team to figure out what isn’t working!