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FAN Take: XFL Team Announcement Reactions

Posted on August 21, 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!

This morning, the XFL finally released names and logos for each of their eight teams, but surprised fans with some origin story-style videos to explain the personalities behind each team to the fans. The final result of all this planning on their part? Fans have the Seattle Dragons, New York Guardians, St. Louis Battlehawks, DC Defenders, LA Wildcats, Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, and Tampa Bay Vipers to choose from. While we are not super impressed with what the XFL came up with, we can appreciate the craftsmanship of these videos (we’re not going to be entirely negative here). If there’s one thing we learned today, it’s that we’re positive fans of the FCFL will do a better job naming their teams and designing their logos 😏

You know how FAN Takes work – we’ve got questions, and fans have the answers. So, let’s go! Do you think the announcement videos for each team match up to the actual logos? Are the Seattle Dragons trying to capitalize off of Game of Thrones? Do the New York Guardians have you looking for old episodes of Gargoyles on Twitch? What’s going on with the St. Louis Battlehawks? Are the DC Defenders just a poor man’s version of the New England Patriots? Are the LA Wildcats using a more USC-inspired color scheme to appeal to the locals since the blue-clad Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers are more reminiscent of UCLA? Did the XFL just rebrand the Houston Oilers to be the Houston Roughnecks? Are the Dallas Renegades simply a grittier version of the Dallas Cowboys? Are the Tampa Bay Vipers our favorite? Actually, this last one wasn’t a question. Just a fact. But let us know what you think of the XFL Team Announcements (and how your naming skills are 1000x better)!

Power To The Fans!

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The Best Moment of the 2019 ESPYS

Posted on July 11, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night we, along with millions of other people, posted up to watch the 2019 ESPYS to judge athlete’s attire, count how many times an athlete mentioned the U.S. Women’s National Team in their acceptance speech, and root for some of our favorite sports moments from the last year. While we watched Tracy Morgan bomb, even after poking fun at wrecking his brand new Bugatti, we were pleasantly surprised to see the best moment of the night come from St. Louis Blues star Ryan O’Reilly taking out his tooth while accepting an award for ‘Best Comeback’ on behalf of the entire team.

We can’t say we’re upset about the outcome, because these awards are voted on by the fans – that’s you! While some of us may feel strongly about certain award winners, at the end of the day, we just love that the fans could make their voices heard. But we have to say, we will be pretty upset if the first game of the Fan Controlled Football League is not nominated for ‘Best Game’ next year! Because with the way we’re changing the sport of football forever, there is no way we walk away without that award! But just for good measure (and maybe even some good karma), we’ve got you covered with the full list of 2019 winners below (you can thank us later):

  • Best Male Athlete: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best Female Athlete: Alex Morgan, USWNT
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
  • Best Team: U.S. Women’s National Team, soccer
  • Best International Men’s Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina
  • Best International Women’s Soccer Player: Sam Kerr, Australia
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best MLB Player: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Best NHL Player: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • Best Driver: Kyle Busch, NASCAR
  • Best NBA Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Best WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • Best Boxer: Canelo Alvarez
  • Best MMA Fighter: Daniel Cormier
  • Best Male Golfer: Brooks Koepka
  • Best Female Golfer: Brooke Henderson
  • Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
  • Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
  • Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, US, skateboard
  • Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Chloe Kim, US, snowboard
  • Best Jockey: Mike Smith
  • Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Mark Barr, triathlon
  • Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Alyssa Seely, triathlon
  • Best Bowler: Norm Duke
  • Best MLS Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, LA Galaxy
  • Best NWSL Player: Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
  • Best Game: Rams defeat Chiefs 54-51 on Monday Night Football
  • Best College Athlete: Zion Williamson, Duke men’s basketball
  • Best Record-breaking Performance: Saints’ Drew Brees becomes all-time passing leader
  • Best Play: Katelyn Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Viral Sports Moment: Kately Ohashi scores a perfect 10 in floor exercises
  • Best Comeback: St. Louis Blues going from worst to first to win the Stanley Cup
  • Best Upset: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua
  • Best Esports Moment (Finals): oLarry’s return to the NBA 2k League after the Jacksonville shooting
  • Best WWE Moment: Roman Reigns returns to WWE Raw and announces his Leukemia is in remission
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Rookies Take Over

By Annalece Montgomery

Week Three of the NFL season has ended with an important message: the rookies are taking over. Three teams now have rookies starting in the quarterback position. When does that ever happen?

In Thursday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, Tyrod Taylor left the game per NFL concussion protocol, and Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech) entered to win the game. That’s right, the Cleveland Browns won their first game in 635 days. And in so doing, they unlocked small fridges of Bud Light for the people of Cleveland! He will be starting against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Taylor is still in concussion protocol, but we imagine that Hue Jackson would have Mayfield start either way.

In the season opener, the Buffalo Bills were decimated by the Baltimore Ravens, in a 47-3 loss. Their starter, Nathan Peterman was pulled in the third quarter when they were trailing 40-0, and the No.7 pick from the 2018 draft, Josh Allen (Wyoming), was put in. We don’t think it was much of a surprise when the Bills named Allen their starting QB for next week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Monday morning the Arizona Cardinals announced Josh Rosen (UCLA) would be making his starting debut next week in their match against the Seattle Seahawks, per head coach Steve Wilks. Rosen proved himself in this week’s game, a loss to the Chicago Bears – he replaced Sam Bradford with 4 minutes and 31 seconds left in the game. Bradford will be serving as Rosen’s backup.

So, would the fans want to start a rookie, if they were coaching? They could make the case for a “forced” apprenticeship for the first year. It’s working pretty darn well for Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech), who spent his rookie year on the sidelines watching veteran Alex Smith lead the team before busting out of the gate with 13 TD’s in his first three games as a starter, in his second year in the league!  And, of course, riding the bench in his first season worked out pretty well for another guy, who happens to be named Joe Montana. In his second season (1980), the GOAT took over from Steve DeBerg, and the rest is history!

All that said, we do believe our fans would probably start a rookie if his stats supported it. We think our fans are excited to have anyone on the field, as long as they’re bringing in results. They want to see strong stats and wins – so if that’s going to happen by throwing in a rookie, they’ll be all for it!