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Don’t Mess with This Cowboy

Posted on September 24, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

When will people learn not to mess with Troy Aikman. Aikman, who most people will recognize from the broadcast booth alongside Joe Buck, is a Hall of Fame QB with THREE Super Bowl rings (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX), among many other accolades. Recently, we saw him rip in to Doug Gottlieb for a tasteless and irritating take on Andrew Luck’s decision to retire, which is one of our favorite Aikman moments of all time. Now, he’s got his sights set on The Athletic over a comparison made between him and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Someone on their social media team made the grave mistake of tweeting out that Mahomes had “thrown 36% of Troy Aikman’s career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games.” And as you may have guessed, Troy was READY to respond:

We’re just glad we have yet to find ourselves on the receiving end of a fired-up Aikman tweet. All of this has helped us put something in perspective, though. We want the Fan Controlled Football League to be entertaining to fans in every possible way – from the voting process, to the inaugural fan-run draft, to the games themselves. And you better believe we’ll make sure we have some solid individuals join our broadcasts to elevate the level of production of each game. Will we see as much drama with our announcers as we do with Aikman? Only time will tell. But more importantly fans, tell us whose side you’re on in this Aikman vs. The Athletic battle! In the meantime, we’ll sit on the sidelines and see how Mahomes’ career stacks up against Aikman’s before his inevitable retirement.

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Establishing the Run

Posted on May 31, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We didn’t think this was going to be an issue on Twitter until we got closer to pre-season, but here we are! Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie “visibly rolls his eyes” when asked by The Athletic about announcers expressing the need for a team to establish the run. This led to plenty of people on Twitter agreeing with Lurie, that “it’s just not a truthful way of reporting based on all the information we now have.” Enter Geoff Schwartz, a former NFL offensive lineman that now has a presence in sports talk radio. He pointed out that there is a distinct difference between running the ball just to run it, and running the ball to deliver some body blows on defenders, ultimately slowing them down during passing plays.

All hell broke loose, and now there is a debate on whether or not body blows work on NFL teams. Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV chimed in, calling out another user that they are ignoring actual human beings are the ones producing the data being debated. We’re not here to take sides or definitely say body blows work. We’re more interested in whether or not the concept of running the ball in an effort to tire out defenders would influence the fans’ play calling decisions. As if you needed any more reminders, the fans are the ones calling the plays on game day. You’ll be tuned in to the app, presented with play options prior to each down. So, will you plan to go heavy on the run game early on? Or will you play it by ear, without a hard-defined strategy, and go with your gut instinct on each down? Maybe you’ll just close your eyes and pick one, JUST to see if you called the right play. We hope it’s not option #3, but either way, let us know!