This is just a quick post to act as a reminder to all of the commissioners out there that now is the perfect time to order that championship plate. You know the one you’ve tried to forget about because your name isn’t on it. The one you usually order one week prior to your draft because the champ has been on you. Why not get it out of the way and order it now? Avoid the crazy season and stop putting it off. Your buddy will thank you for it. As will I.
Kevin Love said he knew as soon as it happened that his shoulder was dislocated and that the Celtic’s Kelly Olynyck did it on purpose. I knew that the Cleveland Cavaliers chances at an NBA Championship were probably right behind Love as he ran off the court and into the trainer’s room. Unfortunately my fears have become closer to reality as Cavs GM David Griffin announced today that Kevin Love is more than likely done for the remainder of the playoffs. As a long suffering Cleveland fan I’ll just chalk it up as another painful experience that will haunt me for years to come. One that will be more than likely be referred to as “The Shoulder.” It will be grouped right in there with “The Drive”, “The Shot”, “The Fumble”, and “Red Right 88.” Painful memories that constantly haunt Cleveland sports fans of what could have been. I’ve been through so many that I’ve lost count. Please Lebron, make this never ending nightmare go away! I beg of you.
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!