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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!

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FAN Take: She CAN Play, and She WILL!

Published on March 8, 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!

Flashback to Super Bowl LIII – Toyota had one of our favorite commercials, featuring Antoinette “Toni” Harris, detailing her dreams of playing in the NFL since she was just a kid. It was an inspiring moment for women of every age watching, which was a nice change from Budweiser’s Clydesdales, no matter how much we love seeing those horses.

Last week, it was announced that Harris, who played safety at East Los Angeles College earned herself a scholarship to play at Central Methodist University – making her the first female skill-position player to play college football on a scholarship. Technically, she has only signed her Letter of Intent so far, but if all goes according to plan, she’ll have that title under her belt. Get it, girl.

She’s just a few years of playing away from making her dreams of being in the NFL come true. She told ESPN, “I’m going to be working toward that until the death of me. Whether I go drafted or undrafted, I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep my faith and God is going to take me there.” If only all athletes could stay that humble and driven.

So fans, what’s more important for you when it comes to a player? We know the first thing you’ll look for is performance – do they have the skillset to take your team all the way? But aside from that? Do you value their gender over their level of commitment? If a woman proves herself in college that she can roll with the best of them, do you want to see her on your team?

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Patriots Win Lowest-Scoring Super Bowl of All Time

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night the New England Patriots took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. Yes, you read that right, the score was 13-3. You may have missed this after falling asleep, considering the game was 3-0 until the second half. But, we want to give credit where it is due! Congratulations to these two teams for dethroning the previous record holders, the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, who scored a whopping 21 points combined in Super Bowl VII.

Aside from the injury sustained by Patrick Chung early in the second quarter, there were very few highlights – other than the exploits of both teams’ punters. The Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski made a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter, which was answered by Rams’ Greg Zuerlein’s own for 53 yards. For a while there, we thought this was going to be a replay of the Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars game from September. Luckily, the Patriots scored the only touchdown of the entire game (I can’t believe I actually had to write that) when Sony Michel ran it in for 2 yards in the fourth quarter. We almost saw an onside kick on behalf of the Rams with :08 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, but alas, Zuerlein missed his field goal attempt, turning the ball over to the Patriots. Whomp, whomp.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presented Pats’ owner Robert Kraft with the Lombardi trophy for the sixth time in the last eighteen years, the crowd erupted in boos. We stand corrected, while Goodell was speaking, there were jeers. When Kraft spoke, there were cheers. While we like to celebrate good sportsmanship, we also value the fans’ expressing themselves – and found it pretty funny too. I mean, anyone else see the mutual daggers in their eyes?

Now, if it had been our fans on the sidelines or in the booth, calling the plays, we think we would have seen a much different outcome. We’re not saying the Rams would have beaten the Patriots, but we ARE saying it would have been an infinitely more exciting game. Our fans would have been taking risks – they would have run when they were expected to pass, and vice versa. They would have pulled out trick plays to keep their opponents on their toes. They would have avoided punting at all costs, which luckily will not be an issue in the FCFL, as there is NO kicking in the league whatsoever. Bottom line: our fans would have kept people from falling asleep before the half time show. Then again, those who did fall asleep before halftime were pret-ty lucky to miss that Maroon Mess.

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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Football Programming for Anthony Davis News

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Monday morning, anyone with ESPN alerts set woke up to the news that Anthony Davis told the New Orleans Pelicans he was not interested in extending his contract with the team. Say what?

The All-NBA forward has been a beacon of hope for New Orleans, so to state that he wants a trade to another team instead of signing a five-year, $240 million deal, is quite a shock for their fans. Per his agent Rich Paul, “Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.” Ouch, we imagine the people of New Orleans are taking that particular phrasing a little harder ahead of Super Bowl LIII.

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Cue the onslaught of Los Angeles Lakers-Anthony Davis memes. Or more specifically, LeBron James memes – shout out to Bleacher Report for this little creation. Lakers fans are clamoring for a trade that sends Lonzo Ball away and brings in Davis, finally giving them their first real shot at an NBA Championship since signing James. The possibility isn’t far off considering Paul also represents James.

So, what would our fans do if it were their player looking for a trade? Would they be quick to say, “see ya later,” or would they try to convince him to stay? We’re guessing they’ll fall somewhere in the middle. Our fans will be drafting the players that make their team – hand-picking them – so they will likely feel a sting of betrayal. But, we don’t think it will last long. After shaking off the initial insult of wanting to be traded, we know our fans will be hard at work, pin-pointing the best option for a trade. They would ensure that if their soon-to-be former player wants to leave, that they will only let it happen if it means getting the best player possible in the trade. We hope our fans brush up on their strategizing before season kicks off!

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Super Bowl LIII: Los Angeles Rams v. New England Patriots

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re going to go ahead and just get this out of the way: this NFL season has had not only a lot of bad calls made, but even more calls not made. Every team has been the victim of terrible officiating this year, and nobody is feeling that more than the players and fans of the New Orleans Saints right now.

Following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman on the Saints’ Tommylee Lewis, fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were expecting two flags, including one for blatant pass-interference. Robey-Coleman said himself that he was expecting the flag, but was happy to get away with it.  As of this morning, it’s being reported that “NFL leaders and the league’s rulemaking competition committee” plan to consider making pass interference calls subject to challenges and replay review, per the Washington Post. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick has been saying all along that coaches should be able to challenge any call. Yes, the same Bill Belichick that is heading to ANOTHER Super Bowl.

That’s right fans, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are headed to Atlanta to face off against the Los Angeles Rams after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31. To pile on to the uproar over officiating in yesterday’s conference championships, the Chiefs might have been robbed of a touchdown. After coming back from a first-half deficit against the Patriots, the Chiefs appeared to have scored a touchdown after Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, appeared to have touched a punt that Kansas City then picked up and took into the end zone. We have to say appeared here, because the referees overturned the original call of a touchdown, saying the ball never touched Edelman. The Chiefs were quick to intercept a pass by Brady and score a touchdown anyway, but the sting is still there.

The biggest surprise of yesterday’s conference championship games? Tony Romo had a career game as a broadcaster, not a quarterback. If there’s anything we learned after yesterday’s game, it’s that Romo is a foreseer, someone who can literally see the future. We cannot wait to see him back in the booth announcing alongside Jim Nantz for Super Bowl LII. We now have a legitimate West Coast vs. East Coast Super Bowl in two weeks’ time. Perhaps a chance for Los Angeles redemption after the Dodgers fell to the Boston Red Sox just a few short months ago. But, the real question is, who will the fans be pulling for? Other than Tony Romo, of course. Are you going all in on Tom Brady getting a sixth ring? Or do you want to see the Rams win their first Super Bowl in twenty years (technically, the last one was during their St. Louis stay)?