My Cleveland Browns unveiled their new uniforms yesterday and I gotta say, I like them. I was skeptical when I heard that they were going to make a change but these uniforms push the Browns into the future a bit with still keeping a sense of history. You can’t please everyone and I’m sure there are fans that absolutely hate them and think the Brown and Orange should remain loyal to the days of Otto Graham and Jim Brown. I thought this same thing when the Browns returned to Cleveland back in 99 and there were rumblings about a uniform change. However, the younger generation of players don’t know a thing about Browns history and instead want to wear a uniform that has some flash to it. When programs like Oregon are changing their uniform on a weekly basis and college teams are pushing the envelope on uniform design, modern day players don’t want to wear something that reminds them of their grandparents. It’s proven that performance can be linked to appearance. Here’s hoping this new look can help them win more than 5 games. Of course hitting on the draft would help too.
Made in New York still has a nice ring to it for many people. Count the Japanese in that category. The Japanese television show, “Made In New York,” decided to stop by my shop the other day and do a feature on FantasyTrophies.com. I was initially contacted over a month ago and they asked me if I’d be interested in giving their viewers a taste of how I go about creating my trophies. I was all in. A member of their team, along with a translator, showed up at my studio shortly after to do a preliminary interview and see if everything would work out. After trying to explain what fantasy sports are I was then able to show them some of my process. Both agreed that Fantasy Trophies would make for a perfect segment and that their viewers definitely haven’t seen anything like it.
When the film crew arrived I had all of my trophies laid out. I gotta say, seeing all of them at one time is pretty impressive. It’s easy to forget how many variations I have and how each trophy captures the essence of the sport. The film crew seemed to agree. I gave them a brief history of how Fantasy Trophies came to be including how my cousin Johnny became my model and how I even designed and drew the logo. Then I went through a few parts of the process before they filmed each trophy and wrapped things up. It was great experience and I look forward to seeing the finished episode. And who knows, maybe fantasy sports will become huge in Japan as well.
Fantasy baseball drafts are rapidly approaching and many leagues are going to decide to play for a trophy. The guys of “Stealing Signals” of Chicago are one such league. Mike, the commissioner of the league, reached out to me and had a few questions regarding the Armchair Ace. He admitted that his call was really just to pacify other league members who were on the fence over playing for a trophy. Mike also informed me that he’s in a fantasy football league that plays for The Throwback so he understands what a trophy can do for a league. I have no doubt that they’re going to experience the same excitement once the Armchair Ace shows up and represents their league for years to come. As Mike said, “It all boils down to getting your name on the trophy. The money is just gravy.” Good luck Mike. I’m pulling for you. – Dave
Well, this post is obviously overdue but I’ve had a few guys email me asking if I won my fantasy football league. I didn’t! I lost by 8 points in the championship game. Mainly because I kept Shane Vereen in my lineup instead of inserting Matt Asiata who went on to score 21 points. Something I will never get over. The news of Blount being out for the Patriots swayed me in the wrong direction and the wound it created has yet to heal. It would’ve been my 4th title overall and 3rd in 7 years. In my league that would’ve allowed me to start talking dynasty. Instead it ended in utter disappointment because of my boneheaded move. Oh well, there’s always next year. My leagues 27th and counting. -Dave
I’m always curious to see a league unveil their fantasy football trophy. Thank you to Ryan and the guys at Columbia University Dental School for sending me their video. I’m glad you love The Kavita trophy! As you can see, their trophy is customized with their school’s logo on the back of the recliner. A nice little touch I must say. Ryan told me that they wanted to get one of my fantasy football trophies to ensure that they’d always be in touch after dental school. Very cool and I have no doubt it will do the job. - Dave
The fantasy football playoffs are in week two and my league’s trophy is still within reach. I’m stunned that I actually pulled out a win today and will move on to the Super Bowl next week. One thing you can always count on in fantasy football is that you can’t count on anything. The team I was playing had Luck, Charles, Blount, AJ Green, Sanders, Fleener, and JJ Watt. His team was stacked for a 14 team super competitive league. My key players, on the other hand, are Wilson, Vereen, S. Jackson, D. Thomas, Megatron, Gronk, and Borland. Yes, my RBs are terrible! But hey, luck doesn’t care about terrible. It shows up when you least expect it and I certainly didn’t expect Charles, Blount, Sanders, and Green all to crap the bed. But I’ll take it. Hopefully next week I can say I’ll be taking home the trophy.
These are exciting times at FantasyTrophies.com. I recently moved into a larger space in Brooklyn, which in itself should be reason to celebrate, and I’ve been busy setting up shop ever since. From assembling my new Grizzly table saw to building storage for all of my inventory and supplies, I’ve definitely been putting in some extra time at “work.” I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I can honestly say that I haven’t been this pumped about FantasyTrophies.com since my days of making trophies in my parent’s garage back in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s also been amazing to hear from past customers on how my trophies have completely transformed their fantasy leagues and BS-ing about this fantasy football season.
So keep checking in and stay in touch. I’ll try to keep you posted on the latest things happening around the shop and anything else FantasyTrophies.com related.
Take care and hopefully your team is poised to make that championship push.
As a lifelong and diehard Cleveland Cavaliers fan, I’m still in total shock that Lebron James is back in the wine and gold. Today’s media day coverage was a blast to listen to and watch online. Seeing the new Big 3 of Lebron, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving finally in their uniforms makes the reality of the situation sink in that much more. This is going to be one hell of a season to be a Cavs fan. A season that has me already ordering the NBA Package. Go Cavs!
If you grow up in Northeast Ohio like I did, you understand the agony that is associated with it’s professional sports teams. From ”The Drive” to “The Fumble” to “The Shot,” each one drives a stake of pain deeper into the collective souls of every fan. Just say the name Jose Mesa to a Clevelander and you might get a beer thrown in your face just before seeing a right hook coming your way. Because of these heartbreaking memories, (along with the river once catching on fire because it was so polluted) Cleveland has been the butt of jokes for years on end. It’s something that you just learn to take and shake off when you hear national media use your home area as a punchline to a tired and overused joke.
Friday’s decision by Lebron James to return to Northeast Ohio and the Cleveland Cavaliers however helps to change that punchline into something entirely different. Lebron understands the pain of the area. He grew up in it as a kid who followed the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers and experienced the heartbreak right along with so many others. His letter in Sports Illustrated demonstrated his understanding that Cleveland has been without a championship for 50 years when he said, ”Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.”
I, like so many others, said one championship in Cleveland would be worth at least 5 in Miami. Lebron seems to agree to some extent. He knows what a title would mean to an area that has been so deprived for so long. He also knows what his return means for so many business owners in downtown Cleveland who struggled to stay afloat in the wake of his decision to go to Miami four years ago. The economic impact he’ll have on Northeast Ohio will be immeasurable. Just ask people in Chicago what Michael Jordan meant to their city financially.
Lebron’s decision will undoubtably keep the Cavaliers in title contention for years to come. However, his return means more than just the hope of raising championship banners. For many it means the difference between struggling to stay open and being able to pay your bills. And for that reason I’m most excited to see Lebron return home.
Lebron James to the Cavaliers seems to be a real possibility. National and Cleveland media have jumped all over the Lebron to Cleveland bandwagon once it was reported that Dan Gilbert’s private plane was headed from Detroit to Florida Sunday afternoon. Many reports had Lebron’s good friend Žydrūnas Ilgauskas on the flight in what many assume was the Cavaliers attempt to persuade Lebron to head back to Cleveland. Will it work? Who knows. The one thing I know is that not only would Lebron’s return to the Cavaliers make them an instant contender, but it would also revitalize a city that has not been the same since he left. As much as I hated him for leaving my beloved Cavaliers, I’d have to learn to forgive and welcome him with open arms. After all, a team with Lebron, Kyrie, and Wiggins or Love on it would be a hell of a show. Fingers crossed.