It used to be that you could follow your team and know the names of the guys on it because they’d been there for 7-10 years. Especially the super stars. Guys like Larry Bird, Magic, Dr. J, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton and David Robinson all played for the team that drafted them for pretty much their entire career. Yes, I’m reminiscing back to the “good ‘ol days” of basketball past. It’s hard not to do when a guy like Carmelo Anthony gets traded, in his prime, from smaller market Denver to the giant of all media hoopla, New York. I feel for Nugget fans. Being that I’m a diehard Cleveland Cavaliers fan I can obviously relate. Lebron James chose to take his “talents to South Beach” rather than stay in the city that he grew up so close to and the fans that loved watching him play. The only difference is that the Cavaliers got no value in return. The Nuggets at least get players and draft picks. However, everyone knew that Carmelo Anthony was out of Denver the minute free agency struck and he forced the hand of the Nuggets front office to get a deal done. Sounds very similar to the ever popular trade deadline in baseball doesn’t it? As that deadline nears every summer, smaller market teams watch as their best and favorite players get gobbled up by the contending, and most of the time, larger market teams.
Now I know I sound like a bitter Cleveland fan right now and that’s BECAUSE I AM! Sports overall is becoming harder and harder to watch if you’re a fan of a smaller market team. You know that the guys you’re rooting for and paying good money to go see are really only on a rental basis. The jerseys you buy for yourself or your kids should have tear-away numbers and letters so that we could at least save a few extra bucks.
So as Carmelo Anthony lands in New York, Nugget fans will have to pick up the pieces of what could have been. They’ll think of how great it was having a superstar in Denver and how blinded they were to ever think a player of Anthony’s ability would ever stay there. Most of all they’ll be pissed as hell.
Especially when they sit and think–Let the Danilo Gallinari years begin.
I’m officially in fantasy football withdrawal.
Like so many football fans, I’ve come to the realization that the season is OVER. No more QB rushing Td’s, cheap touchdowns in garbage time, your QB lighting it up or your RB just dominating the entire game.
Sundays are back to being that day to get things done around the house. I can no longer use the excuse that the Browns game is on and that I have a guy in the 4 o’clock game to watch. Oh, and the 8 o’clock game and the monday night game for that matter.
To make matters worse, basketball season is a joke this time of year and the All-Star game is unwatchable. Baseball season is getting close, but still a good month away. NASCAR is here but, I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest NASCAR guy and I’m still trying to sink my teeth into it. Hockey for me is kinda the same way.
Yes, football season is my thing. DAMN I need the NFL draft to get here soon or I may lose my mind. I just need a hit of some football. -DM
I just wanted to post one of my latest videos on the blog since some guys I’ve talked with said that they haven’t seen it yet. Well, here it is. It’s pretty much what leagues end up realizing when they decide to play for one of our fantasy football trophies. -DM
Looking back at the 2010 fantasy football season, I gotta say that it was a good year at FantasyTrophies.com. It was a season that started with me introducing two new trophies, the Armchair Quarterback Mini trophy and the Throwback Mini trophy, to diehard fantasy football fans everywhere. Guys had been asking me for years when I was going to come out with a smaller version of the two larger trophies and 2010 was finally the year that I was able to come through for them. It was great to hear and see the reaction of both old and new customers when they finally saw both trophies. They’ve been a great success.
It was also a season that saw me at the SiriusXM fantasy football draft at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square where the Throwback trophy was front and center while the draft was being broadcast live on SiriusXM. Seeing Maurice Jones-Drew, Gary Del’Abate of the Howard Stern Show, Jeremy Ronick and Steve Phillips, to name a few, with the trophy was pretty damn cool. The photos that followed the next day of the event were just as incredible. Maybe even more so when you think of the reach they had online. It was a good start to the season.
The USA Today also contacted me once again and ran a year long contest with the Armchair Quarterback fantasy football trophy as the grand prize (well, that and cash). They also decided to have the Armchair Quarterback Mini trophies as the runner-up prizes. Very cool.
It was also great to see the photos of leagues come in throughout the year for the Wall of Fame Photo Contest. Staying connected with the leagues that play for one of my trophies is one of the best things I experience while running FantasyTrophies.
So as it’s time to put the 2010 season behind me and focus on baseball, hockey and NASCAR- I just wanted to say thanks for a great fantasy football season and please stay in touch. -DM
Note: The Wall of Fame Photo Contest ends March 31, 2011- get them in to Dave@FantasyTrophies.com
March Madness is right around the corner and soon office brackets will be filled out by everyone from the CEO to the guy who just got hired in the mailroom. Most of the time though the thing is won by the woman who filled it out based on which team color she liked the best. It doesn’t matter- she deserves to be recognized for the champion that she is. It’s time that her name is engraved and forever remembered on the Armchair Big Man. This is THE TROPHY that should be representing your office pool. The one trophy that should greet all the employees in the morning and be that constant reminder of how they got their asses handed to them by Debbie from accounting.
Is your office worthy?
It’s sinking in that football season is 8 months away. Yes, this time of year is the absolute worst for diehard football fans like myself. Basketball season hasn’t even reached the all-star break and the players are pretty much on autopilot until the playoffs hit. The NHL is heating up, but the games are hardly ever televised and baseball and Nascar are idle. I guess March Madness is the one thing that helps to get me through the long boring footballless spring. How many days away is March? Anyway, my point is that football is king in this country and I know that I’m stating the obvious. The fact that so many watch the NFL Draft is proof enough that fans are craving that “football fix” and a quick shot to the arm to get them through this 8 month layoff. Suddenly I have an urge to see who “the experts” think the Browns will draft. Take care.- DM
Congratulations to all the Green Bay Packer fans out there who woke up today knowing that their team can be called world champs. It’s gotta be a great feeling and one that I really hope I get to experience in my lifetime with my Cleveland Browns. I remember when I was 15 years old and thinking that the Browns were going to win it all next year. That they were on the cusp of something big. Of course John Elway had other plans and my Browns ended up on the losing end of three AFC Championship games. Now I’m 40 years old and the Browns are still years away from being a true contender. Yes, if you’re a Packer fan you should savor this moment for as long as possible. Winning the Super Bowl can be a very fleeting moment and something that doesn’t come along all that often. Or in the case of Browns fans everywhere- NEVER AT ALL. I think I need another beer.-DM
Thank you to the guys of the “Twelve & Counting” league in Green Bay for sending me a great photo of them standing with their two fantasy football trophies from us and the Vince Lombardi statue at Lambeau Field. Remember to get your photos in for the Wall of Fame Photo Contest. All entries must be in by March 31, 2011. Just send me a photo of you, your league champ or your league in general with your trophy and you’ll be entered to win a FREE Mini trophy of your choice or an Ultimate Loser large base. Thanks and good luck. – Dave@FantasyTrophies.com
I’ve never been one to say that I have a second favorite team. The Cleveland Browns are it for me and always will be. However, I have a certain admiration for the Green Bay Packers and truly hope they beat the living crap out of the Steelers today. (What can I say? I’m a bitter Browns fan) Packer fans are much like Browns fans. Hard working people from a blue collar town that follow their football team like it’s a religion. Unlike the Browns though, and the rest of the NFL, the Packers are owned by the fans and not by some billionaire asshole that can hold the city hostage until he gets what he wants. Ask Minnesota fans if they’d like to be shareholders in the Vikings right about now. Or think back to when that scum of the earth, Art Modell, ripped the Browns away from Cleveland and took them to Baltimore- only to eventually sell them years later.
The Packers will always remain in Green Bay and for that reason alone I find myself rooting for them more than any other team besides the Browns. It’s the one franchise that you feel the team’s sense of loyalty to the city is equal to the fans commitment to the team. I only wish all teams were run this way.
So when the Packers hit the field against the Steelers today I’ll no doubt be cheering for the guys in yellow and green and thinking of the Packer fans back in frigid Green Bay.
I guess for one day only I can have a second favorite team. Today ONLY though. Go Pack!