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FAN Take: Let’s Play Ball… Well, Maybe

Posted on April 29, 2020

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!

We’ve been in quarantine for what feels like an eternity, with the bulk of us at the FCFL currently in the range of Day 60 – but things are looking up. Per USA Today, the MLB is looking to make a comeback towards the end of June, but definitely by July 2. The plan was shared by ‘MLB Officials,’ who want to remain anonymous because this is all still under consideration. Needless to say, we’re thrilled someone in the league offices leaked this information.

The plan would abandon current league structure, and instead establish three separate 10-team divisions, that would allow for teams to play in their own (fanless) ballparks. While the stadiums will remain empty, fans would be able to catch 100 games from the comfort of home. The proposed divisions would look like this:

  • East: New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins
  • West: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners
  • Central: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers

It should go without saying, but this plan is pending approval of medical experts, league officials, and team owners. But, what do you think of all this, fans? Are you excited to have sports back, even with the stadiums being empty? Are you looking forward to seeing the Dodgers and Astros in the same division after the Astros were exposed for cheating? Or are you more on the glass half-empty side, and are waiting for approval from the MLB before getting too excited? Let us know what you think!

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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.

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NFL’s 100th Season Kick Off Falls Flat

Posted on September 6, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, that certainly wasn’t the game we were expecting from the NFL’s 100th season. Typically, the first game of the regular season features the Super Bowl Champions, which in this case, would have been the New England Patriots. But this year, the NFL decided to switch it up and feature the oldest rivalry they had, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. Which is kind of fitting, because this is also the 100th season for both teams. The end result was lackluster to say the least. Between the Packers have the fewest yards in the first quarter since 1979 (-12 total, wow) and the Bears finding themselves in a 3rd and 40 situation, we wanted more from the game with a final score of 10-3.

Were the fans just excited to have regular season football back? Definitely, at least for a little while. But did they love the first game? Not so much. People were roasting the game on Twitter, and USA Today‘s Andy Nesbitt weren’t having it. As soon as the first flag was thrown in the first quarter, even we found ourselves thinking we could have gone without football a little longer. One thing is certain, in the FCFL we will do everything we can to make sure these match-ups are as entertaining as possible! Until our season has it’s ‘first snap,’ we’ll just hope for better quality of games this NFL season. At least the showdown between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders on Monday night should be entertaining given all the drama Antonio Brown has caused over the last few weeks!

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History, Meet Simone Biles

Posted on August 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Over the weekend at the U.S. Gymnastics National Championship, gymnast Simone Biles solidified her status as the GOAT. First, we saw her land a double-twisting double somersault as she dismounted from the balance beam – making her the first person in history to perform it. Then to make sure everyone’s jaws stay dropped, she became the first woman in history to hit a triple-double – one of the hardest moves in the world – during her floor routine. Not only did she flawlessly execute it, but she literally FLEW through the air to do it. Per USA Today Sports’ Nancy Armour, “An NBC replay showed she was actually above its boom camera, which means someone could have parked an SUV on the floor and Biles would have cleared it easily.”

It should come to no surprise that after performing like that, Biles earned her sixth U.S. all-around title (making her the first woman in 70 years to do so), gold medals for floor, vault, and beam exercises, and a bronze medal on the bars. We’re not trying to jinx anything here, but we feel pretty confident about how the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team will do next summer at the Tokyo Olympics. We can’t imagine how stressed gymnasts from around the world are after watching those performances and realizing THAT is what they have to beat next summer.

Put yourselves in the shoes of an athlete that has just witnessed their competition pull off feat after feat, knowing you’re about to face off against them. If it were your team watching another team’s quarterback setting records, would you want them getting intimidated? We didn’t think so. When preparing for your team to face off against a powerhouse, we think the fans will want their team to focus on honing their own skills and running plays in practice until they’re perfect. We think the fans will even join in with their offensive and defensive coordinators when reviewing the other team’s film to identify weaknesses. When it comes to getting ready to play a tough team, we think the fans will focus on being prepared with a plan for gameday and spend zero to little time being intimidated.

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Kawhi, We Need An Answer

Posted on July 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We know we aren’t the only ones that got that alert last night that Kawhi Leonard had agreed to sign with the Lakers, but as of this morning, he is still a free agent. A few people toyed with the idea that he was waiting to make his announcement until today, considering yesterday was Canada Day, and it would just be wrong to do Toronto like that. However, the folks at For The Win! Came up with five fantastic reasons for why he’s waiting to make any kind of announcement – sure, they aren’t all serious, but they are entertaining!

1. He’s waiting, to deliberately cripple the other teams

2. He’s using AOL to make the announcement

3. He’s taking his time to come up with the perfect tweet

4. He’s trolling all of us

5. He wanted to be nice to Canada on Canada Day

We think we can all agree here that no matter what the reason for waiting is, we need an answer ASAP. We’re sick of sitting on the edge of our seats! Thankfully, this won’t be a problem for FCFL fans in season one, as you will be the ones drafting players to your team. But for season two? This issue could present itself. And if it does, we expect to see you all demanding answers from your favorite players on Twitter too!