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Jordy Nelson Set to Retire

Posted on March 27, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Per the only trusted Green Bay Packers news source, James Jones, Jordy Nelson has retired from the NFL. The wide receiver, who most recently played with the Oakland Raiders, boasts over 8,500 yards, 72 touchdowns, and a Super Bowl ring.

Last Spring, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers essentially shut down any new contract rumors through friend and teammate, James Jones. The WR confirmed that Rodgers would be letting him announce any contract news, and that if fans were interested, they should be following him on Twitter. Sure enough, Rodgers kept that promise and Jones broke the news. So, it was only fitting that when Nelson was ready to leave the field, he had his former teammate make the announcement.

Of course, we love seeing the bond between the former teammates, but we cannot wait to see how our FCFL players will handle similar announcements. We fully expect them to one-up Jones and the rest of the Packers. Who knows, maybe they will take to holding live press conferences on Twitch or designating one of you, the FANS, to be their official news source. No matter what route they decide, we know it’s going to be good.

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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)?

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The Cowboys are on Top! Wait, Nevermind.

By Annalece Montgomery

Let’s rewind back to a few weeks ago for Thursday Night Football: The Dallas Cowboys toppled the New Orleans Saints in Dallas. Yes, you read that correctly, the team with Jason “Clapper” Garrett as a head coach managed to lead the Saints throughout the entire game, with a final score of 13-10. Pretty impressive work considering the Saints were (and frankly, still are) a top contender for the Super Bowl, not to mention QB Drew Brees is really working for that coveted MVP title. Needless to say, Dallas fans everywhere were thrilled, bombarding their co-workers, mail carrier, waiters, and anyone else who would listen with a “How ‘bout them ‘boys” cheer. For the record, the FCFL offices were not exempt from this.

So with such an impressive win under their belt, and subsequent victory over their rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, what in the heck happened this week against the Indianapolis Colts? They didn’t just lose, they were shut out 23-0. That’s right, for the first time since their 12-0 loss to the New England Patriots in 2003, the Cowboys couldn’t even muster a field goal to get points on the board. Per Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, “The shutout definitely hurts. The shutout definitely pisses you off, especially when you’re down there early in the red zone and you have opportunities to score and you don’t.” We have a feeling the fans feel the same, Dak.

We know that every team has their ups and downs, but what do the fans do when the downs hit hard and fast after the ups? Will the fans go from being in your face celebrating to retreating into silence after a loss? We have a feeling that when our fans and their respective teams are winning, they will be anything but quiet about it – they will be shouting their team chants – which are determined by the fans – from the rooftops. But we also think that when they are feeling low, they won’t stay quiet. Instead, they will be proactive and look at what calls didn’t work and mentally prepare for the next game. Sure, the players are the ones on the field, but with the fans calling the plays, it’s just as important for them to review game film as it is for the coaches.

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Is That The New England Patriots Or A High School Team?

On Sunday, Tom Brady set yet another record. As of Sunday, Brady is at the top of the list for most touchdown passes (regular-season and playoffs) with a whopping 582. While he may trail Peyton Manning (539) and Drew Brees (518) for the most regular-season, he’s also been to a LOT of playoff games and made plenty of Super Bowl appearances to rack up his overall total. Unfortunately for him, the rest of his team did not play as well as he did on Sunday.

With a mere seven seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Miami Dolphins executed a 69-yard hook-and-lateral touchdown to win the game, 34-33. A lot of fans expected more from the Patriots defense that game and – wait a minute – was that Rob Gronkowski on defense? It was. In a press interview earlier this week, Bill Belichick explained that Gronk was thrown in for the last play because “it would be his ability to play the deep, long throw,” anticipating that Miami would have attempted a Hail Mary. It wasn’t the worst idea, as it wouldn’t be the first time they threw him in for a play like that. But boy, was he wrong. While we all expected the same from Miami, we would also think that an NFL coach that had been to the Super Bowl 8 times (with 5 rings to show for it) would have prepared for something else to be coming. You know, especially considering that Ryan Tannehill’s arm strength and leg injury would likely prohibit him from successfully throwing a bomb down the field. But what do we, and several sports talk radio pros, know?

We’re not sure if its more impressive that the Dolphins had actually been practicing that crazy play than it would have been if they just pulled that out of thin air. What we want to know, is if the fans would vote for their team to practice such a play, knowing that its proper execution could completely shake up the playoff standings. The short answer – yes, we think they would want to be prepared for any late game situation. Unlike the Patriots, apparently.

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Green Bay and McCarthy Part Ways

By Annalece Montgomery

It was announced Sunday night that the Green Bay Packers would be moving forward without head coach Mike McCarthy. The announcement came after a 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, a game that both CEO Mark Murphy and GM Brian Gutekunst felt should have been won. During his tenure with the team, McCarthy led the team to a 125-77-2 record, including a 15-1 record a year after helping them turn around a 4-4 start to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

The news broke the same day as quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ 35th birthday. Despite what the internet seems to think, this was not the birthday gift he asked for. Just like any other Monday during the season, Rodgers, along with his teammates, reported for interviews. Both he and Davante Adams shared their thoughts on McCarthy’s firing, noting that the circumstances were unfortunate and the only thing left to do was to do their best during the next four games under interim head coach, Joe Philbin. Rodgers, the team’s fearless leader added “this [was] a difficult day for myself and guys in the locker room.” For Rodgers’ and Adams’ full interviews, click here.

Many are wondering if Rodgers will be involved in the hiring process of the next head coach, and we’re wondering if the fans would accept input from their quarterback, or other players, for such a major decision? While the fans WILL be calling plays on game day, there is also a need for a strong coaching staff for all the days between. We think that the fans can recognize that players can be fans too, and that they might have their own opinions.

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Andy Dolich Named Chief Operating Officer of Fan Controlled Football League

 

Andy Dolich is now the Chief Operating Officer of the Fan Controlled Football League. Previously, Andy served as a member of the league’s Board of Advisors. He is a renowned sports executive who brings over five decades of experience in the industry, including front office positions in the NFL, MLB, NBA & NHL. So, for those following along, Andy is a sports business OG.

This is what Andy had to say about stepping up his involvement with FCFL: “Over the past two years working with Sohrob and the FCFL management team I’ve seen and the significant progress they have made on this incredibly innovative new league. I wanted to spend more time helping the FCFL. It made perfect sense to join them in a more significant role. I’m excited to be a part of the FCFL, Sohrob and the team are at the forefront of what will become the future of sports.”

Returning the love, Sohrob shared the following, “Andy has been a powerful resource for the FCFL. His dedication to the league as a member of our Advisory Board provided us the opportunity to tap into his wealth of knowledge and experience when making some crucial strategic decisions over the past few years. Having Andy join the league full time is a game changer and another big endorsement for the FCFL.” 

Andy’s appointment comes soon after the recent announcement that Joe Montana, legendary Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion quarterback, had joined the FCFL as Chief Strategic Advisor and as an investor. Big things happening people, big things!!

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Hollywood Says ‘No’ to Super Bowl LII

By Annalece Montgomery

There have been countless people saying they want to boycott the NFL – whether it’s for the treatment of Colin Kaepernick or their lack of enforcement of a National Anthem policy –add two more A-listers to that list: Amy Schumer and Rihanna.

In a post on her Instagram last Friday, Schumer wrote “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got.” She goes on to say that by not kneeling and giving in to the NFL, athletes and other performers are becoming complicit to the inequality and racism prevalent in our country. Schumer last appeared in a Super Bowl ad with Seth Rogen in 2016.

Last month, it was announced that Maroon 5 would be headlining the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, which garnered A LOT of mixed reactions. However, it was recently reported that the spot was offered up to them after Rihanna turned down the opportunity. Per Rolling Stone, she said no “because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.” There have been additional reports that following Rihanna turning the NFL down, P!nk did the same thing.

Bringing it back full circle, in the same Instagram post Amy Schumer challenged Maroon 5 to turn down the offer as well. This is normally the part where we would guess at how the fans would handle the situation, but in this situation, we want to hear from you! How do you feel about artists and actors turning down involvement in Super Bowl LII? Do you think they’re overreacting, or do you appreciate them for sticking up for what they believe in? Let us know!