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Talk About a Come Up

Posted on February 4, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Most of the headlines about the Chiefs winning Super Bowl have revolved around Andy Reid deserving his first Super Bowl win, Patrick Mahomes proving the Madden curse wrong, and Kyle Shanahan blowing another lead in the Super Bowl, but our favorite that we’ve come across is all about Rashad Fenton. The DB has a long history with Hard Rock Stadium – he worked there at the concession stand while he was growing up just a few minutes away. He got started in concessions thanks to Miami Norland Senior High School, which had football students doing mandatory volunteer work assigned by their coaches. To go from serving pizzas and nachos, to winning his first Super Bowl – we’d call that a come-up.

Would the fans define this as a Cinderella story? While it is a great one, we don’t think the fans would qualify it as one. But do we think the fans can appreciate the triumphant experience of Fenton going from concession worker to World Champion in the same stadium? Definitely. And do we think the fans are excited to learn the stories of all the athletes we’ll have waiting to be drafted to an FCFL team? Without a doubt!

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FCFL Fans Accurately Predict Super Bowl LIV Outcome

Posted on February 3, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Super Bowl LIV did NOT disappoint! Last night we were given a close game, multiple turnovers, and some decent officiating – the latter being the most surprising 😏 We’re just glad that this game didn’t rely entirely on kicking! Ultimately, the Kansas City Chiefs that came out on top – much to the disappointment of San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who blew yet another Super Bowl lead. While many thought the game was over when the 49ers gained a 20-10 lead going into the fourth quarter, they were dead wrong. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fired back with 21 unanswered points, giving Andy Reid the Super Bowl he worked so hard for. When asked how he planned to celebrate, Reid quickly answered: “With the biggest cheeseburger you’ve ever seen.” Honestly, if we were the ones who just won the Super Bowl after 21 seasons as an NFL head coach, we’d probably say the same thing.

The best part about last night’s game? Our fans just knew the Chiefs would come out on top. We polled across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and the results were clear. All combined, 57% of fans chose the Chiefs over the 49ers.

And if you need another reason to know why our fans are THE BEST – they called the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl back in September. Yes, they may not have picked the San Francisco 49ers to represent the NFC, but they did pick the Chiefs to take it all.

If there is anything we learned from this football season, it’s that our fans know what they’re talking about! We’re more confident now than ever before that putting them in control of their team’s fate is the right call. Now let’s gear up fot the inaugural season of the Fan Controlled Football League!

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FAN Take: Closing the Gap Between Athletes and Gamers

Posted on December 11, 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!

Yesterday Twitch made a pretty big announcement that we think will get gamers and football fans alike excited. Twitch Rivals will be hosting a multi-stage esports event that pairs 16 of your favorite streamers with NFL players to compete in various tournaments over the next two months, leading up to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Broadcasts will air every Tuesday, but aside from that, we don’t know much else. The 16 streamers and NFL players have yet to be announced, and the only confirmed game they will play is Fortnite. While we wish we had some more information to work with, we’re excited to see how it plays out. This announcement shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise though – Thursday Night Football has only gotten better since being added to Twitch and Amazon Prime (with co-streamers like Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar), and Twitch was named the official streaming provider for the Las Vegas Raiders.

We think this is a smart move by both the NFL and our partner, Twitch. We’ve found that there is quite an overlap between football fans and gamers – which of course is part of why the Fan Controlled Football League was formed. But do fans in the FCFL want to see a similar venture? That was a rhetorical question – we’ve actually covered this before, and the fan feedback for an FCFL version of the Fortnite Pro-Am was essentially one giant ‘YES!’ But how do the fans want to see that built upon? Maybe have the competition run throughout the off-season, culminating with the winners getting a trip to Las Vegas to see their teams start the season off with a bang? What about a mini-version of ‘The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars’ where our fans get to face off directly against their favorite players in physical competitions, as opposed to working with them? The possibilities are endless here at the FCFL, so let us know what you want to see, fans!

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FAN Take: Life After Football

Posted on November 20, 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!

The last time we prepared ourselves for an exciting announcement from former TE Rob Gronkowski, we were left disappointed – although we did appreciate him being open about his reasoning behind leaving the NFL behind. So naturally, this week when we heard there would be another announcement from Gronk, we weren’t expecting much. To our surprise, yesterday he announced he’ll be making an appearance in Miami for the Super Bowl – but instead of on the field, it will be to host a one-day music festival the day before the big game. “Gronk Beach,” will feature artists like Diplo, Kaskade and Flo Rida and while we think the name is lacking some creativity, we are loving the event logo. Clearly, Gronk’s having a great time after ending his NFL career.

We always enjoy seeing NFL players have a career after football, especially one that isn’t just serving as an analyst on a sports network. Our very own Co-Founder Ray Austin became an actor, model and entrepreneur after hanging his jersey up for good. So what kind of career paths do the fans hope to see their players take after playing in the FCFL? Do they want to see a few stick around in the FCFL as coaches? What about working with some of the fantastic corporate partners of the league, including Twitch? Maybe even follow in the footsteps of Ray and show up on some of your favorite tv shows? Let us know!

Power To The Fans!

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FAN Take: Heads or Tails?

Posted on November 13, 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!

There is A LOT to unpack from the Monday Night Football meeting between the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Where do we begin? First, DT DeForest Buckner managed to get a TD after Russell Wilson dropped the ball and it was picked up by his offensive lineman. Honestly, we had to rewind the play a couple times to catch everything that happened. Next, 49ers rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin made a spectacular field goal to send the game into overtime. But then he missed one from 47 yards out in a big way – with the ball landing in a stadium tunnel. This kick was just too wide to the left, but further validated our decision to get rid of kicking in the NFL. No doinks here!

Then we have the 2019 version of ‘Yanny/Laurel’ with the heads or tails call at the start of overtime. Geno Smith appears to have called ‘tails,’ the referee claimed he said ‘heads’ and then gave the ball to the Seahawks. He has since said he called ‘heads,’ but we aren’t buying it. We’re perfectly fine chalking this up to the NFL Officials being what we know them to be. We KNOW the fans are going to be divided on this, so please, listen to the clip below as many times as you can before you lose your minds (like we did).

The most important thing about this game, is that its impending rematch in Week 17 will most likely decide the entire NFC playoff race. Who would have thought that fans of every other NFC team will be heavily relying on the outcome of that game to see where their team lands in the playoff picture? We have a few questions for you, fans: 1) What did you hear, heads or tails? 2) When you’re sending your team captains out onto the field, do you trust them to call the coin flip on their own, or do you want them to always call one side of the coin? Or perhaps you want to vote on which side they should call? Who do you think will win the rematch on December 29th in Seattle? And who will ultimately represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV?

Power To The Fans!

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Shaking Up the Final Four in Week Six

Posted on October 14, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last month, we shared the only 2019 NFL season simulation that ESPN chose to publish, which predicted the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers facing off in Super Bowl LIV. Considering the Chargers lost yesterday to the Pittsburgh Steelers and a few weeks ago to the Detroit Lions, and that the Saints are still without Drew Brees, we don’t think the simulation is all that accurate. And if we ask USA Today, they’ll agree. This morning, Steven Ruiz predicted the four ‘real contenders’ that could win the Super Bowl: New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Saints, or the San Francisco 49ers. With two of those teams remaining undefeated ahead of the start of Week 7, we can see why Ruiz included them. Three of the four teams actually made it to ESPN’s divisional weekend of playoffs with the Los Angeles Rams over the Green Bay Packers, Saints over the San Francisco 49ers, Chargers over the Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans over New England Patriots. This led into Saints over Rams and Chargers over Texans in the conference championships. But, if we re-work the divisional results, we’re closer to what USA Today is predicting.

So where do the fans stand on this? As you know, we ran a poll on Twitter last month, asking fans to choose their favorites from each division until we had two teams left. The fans ultimately picked the Chiefs over the Rams for Super Bowl LIV – but we get the feeling they may no longer feel that way. Sure, the Rams started this season off strong, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and 49ers – after almost losing to the Cleveland Browns. While we think the fans can understand when a team goes through a losing spell, we don’t think the Rams will be one of the final four teams. Let us know which of the ‘real contenders’ will end up Super Bowl champions.