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FAN Take: Turkey Time

Posted on November 27, 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!

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, we find ourselves looking forward to spending time with our loved ones, eating our bodyweight in turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, and of course, watching football. It has become a time-honored tradition to keep your tv on all day to have a constant source of football playing in the background, culminating with one team posted up in the middle of the field, enjoying a Thanksgiving feast. Hey, it’s the least the league can do if they’re making these players miss time with their loved ones.

Last year’s Thanksgiving Dinner Winners, the New Orleans Saints

As many of you know from our feature in the Washington Post, our first season is set for Summer 2020. With that time frame, would the fans be interested in seeing something similar to what the NFL does on Thanksgiving, but on the Fourth of July? Instead of turkey, do you want to see teams battle it out for the right to enjoy some grilled burgers and hotdogs mid-field? Do you want to see them celebrate with those firecracker popsicles (and then be forced to read the awful dad jokes printed on the popsicle sticks)? Or would you rather see games held on a different day that week to give the players an opportunity to celebrate Independence Day with their loved ones and a boatload of fireworks?

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MLB Won’t Be Signing Cuban Players… For Now

Posted on April 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Bleacher Report and the Washington Post reported earlier this afternoon that a deal allowing the MLB to sign Cuban players has been cancelled. Per President Donald Trump and his administration, “the Cuban Baseball Federation was part of the Cuban government, which caused the deal to be nullified because trade with Cuba is currently banned.”

Previously, the deal would have allowed players over 25 years old would be “free to sign with organizations that paid a ‘release fee’ to the Cuban club” they came from, while others could sign minor league deals through October 2021. This would have been very similar to what clubs are currently allowed to do with Japan and South Korea. It will be interesting to see if this decision gets overturned in the future.

Time to sound off fans – do you agree with this decision? Do you think it was a necessary evil? Or do you think these guys should be able to play ball? When it comes to picking the best players for your team, will you be looking everywhere, or limiting where you source talent from? If there’s anything we can all agree on, we think it might be that we want to see the best talent possible on the field!

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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)?