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The Match: A Tale of Cargo Shorts and Split Pants

Posted on May 26, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The Match was back and bigger than ever this year, at a time when we all desperately needed some fresh sports content to tune into! Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning faced off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in the Capital One-sponsored $20M charity match (oh, so that’s where all of our fees are going). The day’s highlights included the Caddyshack joke everyone had to make when rain delayed the start of the match, Peyton’s terrible first shot, fans roasting Tiger over his cargo shorts, Phil expertly explaining how his shot was going to work and executing it to perfection, Charles Barkley roasting Brady for his failed shot, and of course, Tom Brady ripping his pants after the shot of his life:

Ultimately, (spoiler alert!) it was Woods and Manning that pulled out the win, but as cheesy as it sounds, we feel like the fans were the ones who won this time. Before you judge us for even uttering that statement, remember that this was easily one of the most entertaining rounds of golf we’ve witnessed – from the on-course trash-talking to the mix of horrible and amazing swings, this match DELIVERED. Our favorite part though? The direct lines between Charles Barkley, Justin Thomas and the golfers. Getting to listen in felt like when a reality show breaks the fourth wall. We have to ask, is that something the fans would want to have in the FCFL – a direct line to the players? Whether it’s a direct line from the Fan Captains, the commentators, or even the fans themselves, we think the fans would be all over it!

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The Patriots Have Fallen

Posted on November 4, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

The time has finally come – the New England Patriots are no longer undefeated! Yesterday, Tom Brady and his team lost to the underrated Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. The 37-20 loss for the Patriots will likely leave their defense with nightmares for a week after they allowed themselves to be blown out at home. Who knows, maybe this reality check will serve up some humble pie for the 6-time Super Bowl Champions – and push the Ravens to taking down the only remaining undefeated team in the league: the San Francisco 49ers.

What does that mean for the rest of the season? Well, for starters – ANYTHING Is possible. Sure, the Patriots typically have the easiest schedule every year considering how awful their division is, but if the Super Bowl favorites can lose to the Ravens the same week that the Miami Dolphins finally pull out a win, the Vince Lombardi Trophy could go to anyone. Well, anyone but the Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. We just hope the fans remember this during the inaugural season of the FCFL. Every team will have solid talent on their rosters, so everything comes down to them. Their play calling abilities will be what makes or break their team’s season. So, no matter how good one team may seem, the fans can change everything with their voting power. What else did you expect from the Fan Controlled Football League?

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“Kawhi Is Better Than Kobe Was”

Posted on May 7, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Before you get all up in arms, we are NOT saying that Kawhi Leonard is better than Kobe Bryant! That’s why we threw those quotes in the title. But, Max Kellerman absolutely did. During an interview on ESPN’s First Take, while discussing Norman Powell’s comments on Kawhi being Kobe, Kellerman told Jay Williams and Stephen A. Smith very matter of factly that Kawhi is better than Kobe was. While watching, you can literally FEEL Stephen’s heavy eye-roll through your screens. He was left looking absolutely disgusted while Jay Williams stood up and walked off set. Shots have officially been fired. And Kobe fans are NOT happy about it.

We’re curious what kind of statement could get a similar reaction out of you, fans. We imagine if someone said Eli Manning was better than Tom Brady, you might throw a bit of a fit (even if you aren’t a Brady fan). Maybe you would have a visceral reaction if someone compared one of your favorite players of all time to someone… inferior. There’s one thing we are sure of – if our fans were up in arms over a comment like this, they would absolutely shred the person who said it on the internet. We can’t say we’d blame them. Do what you gotta do, fans!

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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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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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Don’t Call It A Comeback

With Week One of the 2018 NFL season behind us, we take a look at some of the biggest comeback moments we saw from the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, and Green Bay Packers.

The Cleveland Browns have free beer on the line for their local fans, so the pressure was already on them before the team even took the field. Once the game got started, Ben Roethlisberger threw three picks, two of them to the Browns first round pick, CB Denzel Ward. Things were looking up for the team, especially with Josh Gordon coming through to tie the game with two minutes left, until Tyrod Taylor threw a pick and the game went into overtime. One of course was not enough, and the game entered a second overtime, with the Browns missing their chance at the end to win. While the team didn’t win, they finally ended their losing streak.

Could you imagine what it would be like to face off against Tom Brady, a top contender for GOAT status? While we can only speculate, we imagine this could have been part of the reason Deshaun Watson fumbled on his first play back from his ACL tear. Luckily for the Houston Texans, Tom Brady threw a pick to Tyrann Mathieu later in the game. While it was a disappointing game for Watson, the rest of his team was able to keep the game close, even leaving them with a chance to tie it up in the last minute with a Hail Mary. The New England Patriots came out on top, but the highlight here was Watson being able to brush himself off and get back in the game, giving hope to Houston fans for the rest of the season.

Oh, Aaron Rodgers. For Green Bay Packers fans everywhere, the world felt as if it had stopped when Rodgers left the field in the first half with a knee injury. They had already faced enough of last season with a backup QB, and weren’t prepared to do it again. After a scoreless first half, Rodgers reemerged from the locker room more determined than ever to get the game back on track. Racking up 24 points in the last half, Rodgers helped lead his team to victory against one of their biggest rivals, the Chicago Bears, and left with a promise that he would be back next week to take on the Minnesota Vikings.

We wonder how the fans would react if they were on the field, or calling the shots, in these situations. Would they let the pressure rattle them? Would they play it safe and sit out the rest of the game? We think the answer for both of these situations is a resounding no. If the fans were up against Big Ben or Tom Brady after having a terrible record or an embarrassing first fumble, we think they would use that pressure to fuel them – to make them fight harder. If they were injured and knew they could get back in the game to secure the first win of the season or sit out, they would go in. Our fans have proven themselves to not be afraid of a little risk. And with big risks, comes big rewards.