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All-Star Aces

Posted on May 4, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Yesterday we tuned in to watch the #StayAtHomeSlam, a Mario Tennis tournament featuring some of the biggest names in tennis, and a few well-known celebrities. The tournament was put together by IMG Tennis, and gave each of the stars $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice, with the winner getting an additional $1M to donate. We saw tennis phenoms like Naomi Osaka, Serena and Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova fall by the wayside, and in the end it was Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae (TikTok personality) defeating Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki (DJ) in the final. Our favorite part of the tournament? John McEnroe showed up to commentate! Who knew we’d enjoy the ‘bad boy of tennis’ so much in this role?!

Do we think the fans want to see their FCFL players paired up with some of their favorite celebrities for a gaming tournament? Sure. Do we think they’d prefer to be the ones paired up with those players? Hell yeah! While we get the feeling that the fans first choice for a game wouldn’t be Mario Aces (no shade), we think they’d be up for just about anything. Maybe even an entire tournament where each round is a different game. One thing’s for sure – we know the fans would want a say in who they’re paired up with! After all, this is the Fan Controlled Football League, the only place where the fans call the shots!

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The Best Moment of the 2019 ESPYS

Posted on July 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night we, along with millions of other people, posted up to watch the 2019 ESPYS to judge athlete’s attire, count how many times an athlete mentioned the U.S. Women’s National Team in their acceptance speech, and root for some of our favorite sports moments from the last year. While we watched Tracy Morgan bomb, even after poking fun at wrecking his brand new Bugatti, we were pleasantly surprised to see the best moment of the night come from St. Louis Blues star Ryan O’Reilly taking out his tooth while accepting an award for ‘Best Comeback’ on behalf of the entire team.

We can’t say we’re upset about the outcome, because these awards are voted on by the fans – that’s you! While some of us may feel strongly about certain award winners, at the end of the day, we just love that the fans could make their voices heard. But we have to say, we will be pretty upset if the first game of the Fan Controlled Football League is not nominated for ‘Best Game’ next year! Because with the way we’re changing the sport of football forever, there is no way we walk away without that award! But just for good measure (and maybe even some good karma), we’ve got you covered with the full list of 2019 winners below (you can thank us later):

  • Best Male Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best Female Athlete: Alex Morgan, USWNT
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Best Team: U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer
  • Best International Men’s Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina
  • Best International Women’s Soccer Player: Sam Kerr, Australia
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best MLB Player: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • Best Driver: Kyle Busch, NASCAR
  • Best NBA Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • Best Boxer: Canelo Alvarez
  • Best MMA Fighter: Daniel Cormier
  • Best Male Golfer: Brooks Koepka
  • Best Female Golfer: Brooke Henderson
  • Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
  • Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
  • Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, US, skateboard
  • Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim, US, snowboard
  • Best Jockey: Mike Smith
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mark Barr, triathlon
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Alyssa Seely, triathlon
  • Best Bowler: Norm Duke
  • Best MLS Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
  • Best NWSL Player: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
  • Best Game: Rams defeat Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
  • Best College Athlete: Zion Williamson, Duke men’s basketball
  • Best Record-breaking Performance: Saints’ Drew Brees becomes all-time passing leader
  • Best Play: Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Viral Sports Moment: Kately Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Comeback: St. Louis Blues going from worst to first to win the Stanley Cup
  • Best Upset: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua
  • Best Esports Moment (Finals): oLarry’s return to the NBA 2k League after the Jacksonville shooting
  • Best WWE Moment: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission
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FAN Take: Being The Bigger Person

Posted on July 10, 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!

During last summer’s U.S. Open, there was controversy over whether or not Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was communicating with her during the match (we don’t believe he was). The only thing worse than a bad call is a bad call that overshadows a win – specifically Naomi Osaka’s first Grand Slam win. In an essay penned this month for Harper’s BAZAAR, Williams addressed the incident and revealed the text message she sent to Osaka following their match:

“Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other. I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete. I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love and your fan, Serena.”

We’re impressed with the sportsmanship shown by Williams to her impressive opponent. So much so, that we hope to see the same kind of efforts made by our players. Do our fans have the same expectations as we do? If there is a heavily-contested outcome, do they expect there to be a dialogue between their players and the opposing team? Or do you feel that whatever happens on the field, stays on the field?

Power To The Fans!

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Serena Williams Was the Best Part of the Oscars

Published February 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

You read that right: Serena Williams was the BEST part of last night’s broadcast of the 91st Academy Awards (don’t @ us). During a commercial break, Nike aired a new ad narrated by Williams, “Dream Crazier.” Even if you didn’t watch the ceremony, you will have likely heard it by now because it is being shared non-stop across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and especially, LinkedIn. Seriously, I scrolled through my feed for at least two minutes seeing connections honoring the brand’s latest ad, and rightfully so.

The ad highlights numerous icons from various sports, including WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhhamad among others – all women who have broken barriers and inspired people all over the world. It was almost as if Nike looked at their much-talked about Colin Kaepernick ad and decided, “you know what, we can definitely outdo ourselves.” Thankfully, they didn’t include that as part of the narrative and instead chose to go with this show-stopping line:

So if they want to call you crazy, fine.

Show them what crazy can do.

Do we think our heavily male fan base were fans of the spot? Of course! Our fans know how to recognize true athletic talent, and that was one minute and thirty seconds full of female talent. Just because these ladies aren’t playing in the FCFL (yet), doesn’t mean our fans don’t care. Do we think this will teach some of our fan base to not call women crazy? Hopefully, but even if they do, we get a feeling they’ll soon find out what crazy can do.