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Jumping In With a New League

Posted on December 23, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We might be a little late to the game on this one, but we have a feeling most of our fans are out of the loop on a new start-up league. No, this time it isn’t football (we’ve got that covered on our end). Your newest sports league is *drumroll* the International Swimming League! From what we can tell, this league is a swim meet combined with an EDM concert with a touch of the showmanship you see in the WWE and some major prize money. Founded by billionaire Konstantin Grigorishin, the league aims to build an international audience for the sport and give the athletes a new platform to compete, earn a living, and have a whole lot of fun. Currently, there are four US teams (Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York) and four European teams (London, Turkey, Italy, Budapest), each made up of a roster of 32 swimmers, but the league is expected to expand to more teams for the next season.

Do we think the fans are excited for something like the International Swimming League? Honestly, yes! First of all, swimming is one of those sports that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last second – and second, you don’t have to be on the edge of said seats for long because the competitions are quick. Usually in swimming, you’d be stuck watching races for an entire day, but now you get three dozen races packed into two-hour sessions on back-to-back days (sounds pretty familiar, right?). But then to add in light shows and actual DJs to the whole experience – who wouldn’t want to check this out? One thing’s for sure, we can definitely identify with a new league that wants to shake up their traditional sport and make it more meaningful for the athletes while elevating the fan experience!

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NFL Kickers Have Nothing On Carli Lloyd

Posted on August 23, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Remember last year when Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey really screwed over his team with four failed kicks during their match with the Detroit Lions, letting each one hit the uprights? Of course you do, it was hilariously tragic. In fact, it reminded all of us at the Fan Controlled Football League exactly WHY we won’t have kicking in the league. Well, earlier this week Carli Lloyd, had us briefly second guessing that decision. Lloyd, who happens to be a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, stopped by their joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens to show their kickers exactly how it’s done. The two-time World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Player of the Year made a 55-yard field goal attempt look easier than deciding which FCFL team to align yourself with.

If members of the US Women’s National Team can make such fantastic kickers in football, we’re wondering where else they could fit in to the sport. Could the fans imagine Lolo Jones, who specializes in 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles, as a running back? Not only is she crazy fast, but she’ll be able to jump over anyone trying to stand in the way between her and the goal line. What about a UFC fighter like Paige VanZant or a WWE Superstar like Natalie Eva Marie – both of whom are tough as nails, as a cornerbacks? We know we wouldn’t want to have them trying to stop us from scoring a touchdown. While not everyone is on board with seeing women expand into male-dominated sports, we do think our fans care more about watching an entertaining game with phenomenal athletes.

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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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FAN Take: Try Again, WWE

Posted on May 22, 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!

Thanks to Hall of Famer Mick Foley, the WWE just unveiled their 24/7 Championship belt on Monday Night Raw. The belt is defended 24/7, meaning that as long a referee is present, someone can challenge the holder for the belt anytime and anywhere, including across all of WWE’s brands. We’re just going to put this out there: that is NOT a belt we would be trying to defend based on looks alone. We’re not the only ones who think so, as WWE fans took to Twitter to make their disappointment known. “Great idea, HORRIBLE belt” seems to be the sentiment fans are sharing, with some going as far as to redesign the belt altogether. Fans aren’t the only ones taking aim at the design of the belt. Waffle House was quick to point out that it CLEARLY looks like it belongs in one of their restaurants. Now we’re just waiting for the WWE and Waffle House to give the fans what they want: a 24/7 title match to be held IN one of the thousands of Waffle Houses across the country.

Fans, what do you want the FCFL Championship trophy to look like? Do you want something timeless like the NFL’s Vince Lombardi trophy? Do you want to see something gaudy, like the Stanley Cup (which also serves as an excellent chalice…just something to think about)? Would It be comical to give an entire team of large, burley guys something small enough to fit in the palms of their hands? Or are you imagining something unlike any trophy you’ve ever seen before? After all, this is the first league of its kind, so it’s only fitting that we do something completely unique. No matter what your preference is, let us know!

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A Hit on the Hitman

Posted on April 8, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

At the start of the weekend, we thought the biggest thing to happen in sports would be an upset in the NCAAM March Madness games, followed by highlights of SNL Cast Members Colin Jost and Michael Che getting their butts kicked at WWE’s Wrestlemania. To be clear, those things did happen – sorry Auburn fans. But at the same time, a legitimate fight broke out at Wrestlemania when Bret “The Hitman” Hart was in the ring being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

While delivering his speech during the induction ceremony, a 26-year old “fan” slid under the ropes of the wrestling ring and knocked The Hitman down. We’re not entirely sure how people are classifying this individual as a fan since we’re not running around knocking down our heroes, but okay. In true WWE fashion, plenty of other wrestlers stormed the ring to pull this guy off of Hart and escort him the heck on out of there. Instead of giving this individual any kind of facetime, please enjoy this phenomenal photo of Bret Hart in all his glory. If this isn’t inspiring some of you for your team’s uniform designs, we don’t know what will.

Don’t get us wrong, we love enthusiastic fans, but there are boundaries – both physical and metaphorical – that should not be crossed. We know you are the BEST fans around, so we expect nothing but the best kind of engagement from you. Who knows, maybe we will need to start keeping some badass WWE or UFC stars around just in case any of you try anything 😏

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End of An Era: Gronk Retires

Posted on March 25, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s certainly the end of an era. Sorry Patriots fans, your beloved TE Rob Gronkowski has hung up his size bazillion cleats. Gronkowski, or as everyone knows him, Gronk, announced his retirement on Sunday via his Instagram account. In the long caption provided, he made sure to thank the New England Patriots organization, its fans, and all of his own. 

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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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The 29-year-old is retiring with his ENTIRE NFL career earnings in the bank – all $54M of it. We know what you’re thinking, “How is that even possible? This dude is constantly partying and that can’t be free.” And you’re 100% right – but here’s the thing: Gronk has lived purely off the money he brought in from endorsements. Even with his hard-partying ways, he might go down as the smartest guy in the NFL for this move.

So what’s next for this guy? DJs Tiesto and Zedd both anticipate a lot more partying in Las Vegas, some FCFL/Kinda Funny fans mentioned him getting in the ring at Wrestlemania, but we can think of something else Gronk can add to his list: commentating for the FCFL this upcoming season. How many of our fans would love to see him in the booth, not only providing his own hilarious insight to what’s happening on the field, but also having to announce some of the various team names you’ve been submitting? Now, can someone get Gronk’s people on the line?

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FAN Take: Triple Threats

Originally Published February 28, 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!

A lot of the time when you hear someone being referred to as a “triple threat,” the assumption is that they can act, dance, and sing. Which is great and all, but what about those who can ball, act and sing? Or even those who can exceed across multiple sports while also possessing a little something extra? These people are the real triple threats, and its time the world knows it.

There’s two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali who played Division 1 basketball at Saint Mary’s College of California. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a defensive lineman for the University of Miami before making a name for himself in the WWE and taking Hollywood by storm. And let’s not forget Terry Bradshaw, famous Steeler turned broadcaster/singer/actor, recently reminded the world of his talents on Fox’s The Masked Singer.

So fans, when it comes to drafting players to your team, do you want to know about these extra hidden talents the guys might have? Better yet, when you’re going through their film and interviews, do you want to see these guys showcase their off-field abilities? Do you think these talents could somehow lead to an advantage? Or do you want to leave all of that to the side, focusing only on what their hard stats are? Let us know!