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FAN Take: Trophies Are For Surfing, Right?

Posted on June 19, 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!

When we see athletes win the crown achievement of their respective sports, we typically see then hoisting their championship trophy above their heads, kissing it, or in the case of the Stanley Cup, drinking from it. This is the case for MOST sports, but apparently not rugby. Following Toulouse’s victory over Clermont in the Top 14 final, star player Romain Ntamack used the Bouclier de Brennus trophy to go skimboarding. The size of the trophy certainly lends itself to this use, but we imagine the saltwater isn’t great for the hardware. This was the team’s first win since 2012, so they’ve been going all out with the celebrations – clearly.

Translation: Romain Ntamack surfed with the Brennus Shield and this is the best use that has been made of this trophy.

We asked the fans recently what they’d like the FCFL trophy to look like – should it be traditional, or should it be something completely crazy and designed by the fans? But we want to know where the fans stand on treatment of the trophy. Do you care if the players drink or eat from it? Do you care if they take it out to a club after winning it, only to get covered with champagne (we imagine)? Or do you want the players to treat it with the utmost respect, and far, far away from the beach? Let us know!

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We are READY for the 2019 Women’s World Cup

Posted on June 10, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Sure, Kevin Durant was just declared fit for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, and the Boston Bruins have forced a Game 7 against the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals, but the World Cup is here! You know, that major soccer event that comes around every four years, ever heard of it? The 2019 Women’s World Cup may have kicked off last week, but we are gearing up for the United States’ first match up tomorrow against Thailand at 12pm PT/3pm ET! You can watch their game, and all the World Cup action on Fox and FS1 in English, or Telemundo and Universo in Spanish. You can also catch them on June 16 against Chile at 9am PT/12pm ET and wrapping up group-play on June 20 versus Sweden at 12pm PT/3pm ET. For the full 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup schedule, click here.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is defending their title from 2015 where they defeated Japan in the finals, but their team looks a little different now four years later. With a blend of veterans like Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan, and newer faces like Alyssa Naeher, Rose Lavelle and Jessica McDonald, we’re certainly feeling optimistic for their chances at being back-to-back World Cup Champions! We know soccer isn’t everyone’s favorite sport, but there’s nothing that unites the fans together quite like cheering “U-S-A” in head-to-toe red, white and blue! So fans, let’s rally and get your USA chants going! We may not have home teams to root for in the FCFL, but we certainly do for the World Cup!

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Barclay: The Star of the Stanley Cup Finals

Posted on June 7, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Alright fans, if this doesn’t make your Friday better, we don’t know what will. Barclay, the yellow lab you may have seen crashing practice or hanging with Doc Emrick (NBC) before a big game, was taken in by the St. Louis Blues last year, following in the footsteps of the New York Rangers who brought in a dog that works with fans with autism. He earned his name after a fan vote (you know how much we LOVE those 😉), and is named after former Blues player and coach, Barclay Plager.

The team agreed to be puppy raisers for a non-profit in St. Louis that trains service dogs. And we say the team, we’re talking about EVERYONE from the Blues, both on and off the ice. With his exposure to such a large group of people, 24 hours a day, he will hopefully graduate to become a service dog for someone with a disability or potentially a courtroom dog that sits with children who have to testify.

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Do any of our fans want to see a dog run out onto the field with their team on game days? Or for those planning on attending games in person, do you want to see one greeting you as you walk into the building? Or would you all be satisfied with seeing shots of your favorite players spending time at a local animal shelter in their downtime between practices? Let us know! In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes peeled during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to see if Barclay makes an appearance!

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Blues Send Front Office To Boston

Posted on May 28, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re not just saying this because we’ve stated that Boston must be stopped in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals, but the St. Louis Blues have quickly become one of our favorite teams in sports today. Yes, their fans did ignore tornado warnings in order to catch the Western Conference Finals, which showed nothing but dedication for their team. But now Blues President and CEO, Chris Zimmerman, is going above and beyond for the front office. Late last Thursday, employees received an email that the team’s ownership and executive management group arranged for every full-time employee to go to Boston for Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Zimmerman was excited to give this opportunity to the staff, saying, “We ask a lot of our staff to deliver the best possible experience in every part of our business. Our decision to bring both our core business team and the players’ wives recognizes both the sacrifices and commitment we ask of our entire Blues family to reach the Stanley Cup Final.” Chris Frome, Senior Director of Event Presentation shared, “I started as a video production intern in 1994 when the building opened. I’ve been an employee for 25 years and the ultimate goal has always been to win a Stanley Cup… I’ve never worked or been to a game around Memorial Day Weekend, so to get to do that and go to Boston, I’ve been smiling ever since.”

Despite the Blues loss to Boston last night, we’re wonder what the fans in our front office would expect from us. We’re already committed to providing the fans unprecedented access to our players with virtual meet and greets and the opportunity to warm-up with their favorite players, so what else are you envisioning? We’re all about making sure you feel #PowerToTheFans, help us figure out the right way to do that!

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Tornados Are No Match For Blues Fans

Posted on May 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re taking a quick break from everything going down in the NBA Finals (we 👀 you stirring stuff up, Drake) to cover what’s happening in the Stanley Cup Finals. On Tuesday night, fans in the St. Louis area had more to worry about than seeing the Blues make it to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970 – they were dealing with tornado sirens blaring, warning them to hunker down and prepare for the worst. But the Blues fans weren’t going to let a little natural disaster stop them from catching Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, with plenty taking to Twitter to share what they and their loved ones did in order find a place to watch the game.

We don’t think we need to state this, but absolutely want to put it out there: our fans are the BEST in sports. But that being said, the Blues fans are trying to give you a run for your money. Ignoring tornado warnings is a pretty big deal, but that doesn’t match the way you are all dedicating to building your teams from the ground up! And of course, we don’t want you to miss a single game… but we also don’t want you driving through any natural disasters in order to call plays on game day either. Stay safe out there, fans!

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FAN Take: Try Again, WWE

Posted on May 22, 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!

Thanks to Hall of Famer Mick Foley, the WWE just unveiled their 24/7 Championship belt on Monday Night Raw. The belt is defended 24/7, meaning that as long a referee is present, someone can challenge the holder for the belt anytime and anywhere, including across all of WWE’s brands. We’re just going to put this out there: that is NOT a belt we would be trying to defend based on looks alone. We’re not the only ones who think so, as WWE fans took to Twitter to make their disappointment known. “Great idea, HORRIBLE belt” seems to be the sentiment fans are sharing, with some going as far as to redesign the belt altogether. Fans aren’t the only ones taking aim at the design of the belt. Waffle House was quick to point out that it CLEARLY looks like it belongs in one of their restaurants. Now we’re just waiting for the WWE and Waffle House to give the fans what they want: a 24/7 title match to be held IN one of the thousands of Waffle Houses across the country.

Fans, what do you want the FCFL Championship trophy to look like? Do you want something timeless like the NFL’s Vince Lombardi trophy? Do you want to see something gaudy, like the Stanley Cup (which also serves as an excellent chalice…just something to think about)? Would It be comical to give an entire team of large, burley guys something small enough to fit in the palms of their hands? Or are you imagining something unlike any trophy you’ve ever seen before? After all, this is the first league of its kind, so it’s only fitting that we do something completely unique. No matter what your preference is, let us know!

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Golden State Makes It To 5th Straight NBA Finals

Posted on May 21, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Remember how we said Boston ‘must be stopped’ last week? Well, while highlighting the championships that city has been earning over the past 12 months, we may have glossed over our concern that the Golden State Warriors need to be knocked down a peg as well (This is the part where our Chief Product Officer, Grant Cohen, immediately stops reading and demands that this blog be taken down).

Last night, Steph Curry and the Warriors punched their ticket to their FIFTH-straight NBA Finals. And if you can believe it, the Warriors are the first team to do that since the Boston Celtics (1957-66) – apparently we can’t get a sentence in without mentioning one of those pesky Boston teams, even from a historical perspective! Just the way we are rooting for the San Jose Sharks/St. Louis Blues over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, we will be rooting for either Drake and the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks over the Warriors in the NBA Finals.

But first, let’s take a moment to focus on what happened in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. We watched Steph Curry completely dominate over his brother Seth on the court (Can you imagine how awkward that next family get together will be? Yikes.). Even without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors managed to sweep the Trailblazers out of contention by the end of overtime, by TWO POINTS. Just let that sink in for a moment. This comes after the Warriors trailed by 17+ points in three of the four games. Watching the Trailblazers let their berth to the NBA Finals slip out of their hands looked a little something like this:

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We’ve talked about tough losses( before, but this one actually made us hurt for the Trailblazers and their fans. Not only is there the sibling rivalry aspect, but this series really should have gone to Portland, or at the very least gone on for another few games. If you’ve got 1) a significant lead in three of four games and 2) two major players missing from the other team, and still can’t take down the Warriors, you’ve got problems. If our fans were running Portland’s front office, we’d expect that they might smash a few things in anger, at least initially. But after blowing off some steam, we think they would go back through footage from not just the playoffs, but the entire season to pinpoint what changes they need and can implement to better prepare for next season. That, and we think they will start (if they haven’t already) really diving deep into the 2019 NBA Draft Class, identifying the best person to take with their #25 pick in the first round.

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Boston Must Be Stopped

Posted on May 17, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

In the last 12 months, we’ve seen the Boston Red Sox win the World Series, the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LIII, and now the Boston Bruins are on their way to greatness. Last night, the Bruins punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-0 victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Now, we don’t hate Boston by any means, but come on guys, you can’t have it all. Leave some for the rest of us! Sure, the Celtics fully missed their shot to make this the year of Boston thanks to the Milwaukee Bucks, but we think we may end up rooting for whoever is representing for the Western Conference and heading to the Stanley Cup Finals. We got you, San Jose Sharks/St. Louis Blues!

We’re just glad you won’t see one of our teams adding to the success of Boston, because in the FCFL, you aren’t picking a team based on where you’re from. None of the teams have a hometown – they’re all based in the same location. This gives you fans an opportunity to really align yourselves with a team that a) fits your individual personality, b) has a Fan Captain that you love, or c) both. We’ve announce quite a few Fan Captains already, but trust us when we say, there are more to come VERY soon!