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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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The Perfect Throw

Posted on June 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night in the top of the 6th during the Houston Astros-Seattle Mariners game, we witnessed the perfect throw. Let us set the stage for you: Houston had runners on first and third when Yuli Gurriel hit a grounder to SS Dylan Moore. He quickly picked up and threw to home plate, ready to watch the runner on third get tagged out. Just one little problem – there was nobody at home to catch the ball. Unfortunately, Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez made the wrong call by breaking away from home plate to backup first base, completely forgetting about the runner on third. Let this be a lesson, catchers: your primary job is to protect home plate. Simple as that.

We hate to see such a perfect throw wasted, and to be honest we’re far more used to seeing that happen in football rather than baseball. This could have been a really fantastic play for Seattle, who could have really used a win to offset their losing record. The real question here, fans, is if this were your player making a split-second call to do the opposite of what he should be doing, how mad would you be? We think that for fans calling a specific play that could have been executed perfectly, they would be ticked off by missing out on additional FanIQ points. Not only that, but they might also vote against giving that player an opportunity to catch another pass, just out of spite. We can only hope that if the fans let a missed pass slide in the long run, especially if it would have resulted in a game-winning touchdown, that the player ACTUALLY learns his lesson and sticks to the play the fans called in the future.

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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 – New Phone, Who Dis?

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!

Last week, Sport Techie published an article about what happens when you end up with the old phone number of somebody with star power. To get you up to speed, Giana Manzi of Rhode Island recently woke up to a flurry of text messages about an interview with the Texas Rangers. Except the messages were intended for Rocco Baldelli who had recently been reported to be interviewing with the team prior to accepting a position with the Minnesota Twins.

The author of the article, Joe Lemire, shared his own run-in to this issue when he tried to reach out to Jerry Dipoto upon news that he was the new GM for the Seattle Mariners. The current owner of the phone number shared with Lemire that when someone from the Associated Press reached out for a statement, their son provided a bogus one. In the spirit of due diligence, the owner reached back out prior to the publication going to print. They didn’t want to see a reporter lose their job.

 So what do we think the fans would do if they had inherited a phone number from a legend like our Chief Strategic Advisor Joe Montana or Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch? Well, we’re not calling our fans trolls by any means, but we have a sneaking suspicion that more than a few of you would have a little fun in a situation like this. Some of you may have a bit of a conscious like the person who ended up with Jerry Dipoto’s old number and want to have some good karma thrown your way. Would you milk the opportunity for all it’s worth? Would you have a little fun before breaking the news to your new pen pals that you aren’t the person they think you are? Would you play nice and let them down right off the bat? Or would you just change your number in an effort to not be bothered anymore? We want to know fans, what would you do?!

Power To The FANS!