I think the time has come for the fantasy football trophy I sculpted for the police to move onto the mold making stage. It’s always tough to put the carving tools down and say a sculpture is finished, but I feel this trophy has reached that point. The handcuffs are completed, the nightstick is done, and his glasses and hat are about as good as they’re going to get. Not to mention the donut is perfectly perched on the edge of the armchair and his mustache and shoulder holster looks right out of “Barney Miller”. For all you police officers out there, please be patient. He’ll hopefully be ready for pictures by the end of the week and then he just needs to go up on the site. -Dave
The Armchair Quarterback Policeman fantasy football trophy is almost completed. Recently i’ve been working on sculpting his gun that rests in a shoulder holster. As you can see in the photo, it will will be tucked under his left armpit and peak out just above the armrest of the recliner and the top of his belly. I have just a few more details to add, like the handcuffs, bullets, and nightstick, and he should be ready to move onto the mold making stage. I know the cops here in Brooklyn are waiting for me to finish this guy and I don’t want to get on the NYPD’s bad side.
I’ll keep you all posted on his progress. – Dave
A fantasy football trophy specifically designed for the police is what brought 6 cops from the New York City Police Department to Fantasy Trophies yesterday. The last time we had that many police was when a guy crashed his motorcycle up the block and then fled on foot before being pepper sprayed, tackled and restrained by what seemed like half the department right outside our doors. That was quite a memorable day at FantasyTrophies.com, but I digress. Yesterday was a bit more mellow as Ali, Mike (Snaps), Johnny, Joe, Mike, and Joe all took time on their day off to come by and see the progress I’ve made on the NEW fantasy football trophy, the Armchair Quarterback Policeman. As you may have read in a previous post, the idea to create such a trophy grew out of an email I received from Ali a few months ago. He was wondering if I could sculpt a trophy for his own fantasy football league that he and 11 other members of the NYPD were in. Of course Ali is the reigning champ so he really wants the trophy ASAP. At the time I wasn’t able to do it but, after sculpting a similar trophy for firemen, I realized that a trophy for the police had to be next on my agenda.
In email exchanges with Ali over the past couple weeks we came up with some really great ideas. His and my enthusiasm for the project led to having some of the guys from his league swing by the shop to take a sneak peak and “brainstorm” over what else could be added to the trophy. After BS-ing a bit about how I’ve been involved in fantasy football since 1990 and how the original trophy came to be, it was time to go inside and take a look. The guys were definitely pleased with what they saw and my mind was put at ease when they all laughed at the sculpted donut that was resting on the arm of the recliner. A touch they all appreciated since their league is call the “Dunkin Donuts Lounge.” All of them also really liked the 1970’s mustache he was sporting and aviator glasses he had on. After discussing a few design options we all came to the same conclusion. The new sculpture would have a gun secured in a shoulder holster that would subtly peak out above the rim of his belly. It would also have an old school police baton that would rest on one side of the recliner with a set of handcuffs on the other and a few randomly placed bullets and crushed cans. I gotta say, getting feedback and input directly from cops in the NYPD regarding a fantasy football trophy I’m sculpting for them is something I NEVER thought I’d be a part of when I sculpted my first trophy nearly 20 years ago in my parent’s garage back in Cleveland, Ohio. The journey and relationship with fantasy sports I’ve had has taken me on some pretty interesting paths. This one with the new police trophy I feel though is just beginning. Stay tuned to the trophy’s progress.
Here is your own little sneak peak at the trophy in it’s development. If you have any questions contact me at Dave at FantasyTrophies.com.
A few months ago I received an email from Ali, a policeman here in Brooklyn, asking if I would be able to sculpt a fantasy football trophy for cops. At the time I was busy stocking up on inventory for the beginning of football season and said I wouldn’t have the time and that a custom trophy would cost quite a bit. Though disappointed, he understood and said if I ever developed a trophy specifically for cops he’d be the first to order one. A couple months later I found myself having a similar conversation but this time with a fireman in Florida. The difference however was that I had some free time and thought I’d give it a shot. The Throwback Fireman would soon be born. I liked the results so much that I put it up on my blog and since then have sculpted an Armchair Quarterback Fireman to rave reviews. Both trophies will soon be available on FantasyTrophies.com.
Re-enter Ali. Seeing that I went ahead and sculpted a trophy for fireman and not the police, Ali reached out to me once again. He was incredibly enthusiastic about seeing a similar trophy sculpted for cops and went gave me a number of reasons why it would be a great idea. It didn’t take much convincing. I knew it would be a hit and something I’d really enjoy doing. The great thing is that Ali and a few other Brooklyn policemen want to stop by the shop at some point to help work with me on the overall design and to brainstorm some ideas. One thing that I definitely wanted to be a part of the design was a nice mustache and aviator glasses. I was so excited with the idea that I got right to work. As you can see, the Armchair Quarterback Policeman is well on it’s way and a fantasy football trophy that will stand alone to represent policeman everywhere.
If you have any questions please email me at -Dave at FantasyTrophies.com
Winning your fantasy football league trophy is an unbelievable feeling that we all aim for. Receiving a photo each day of your buddy kissing the trophy because he was the one that won it is NOT.
Thanks for the photo Devon and I feel sorry for your buddies.
“I send this picture to my league mates everyday of the year.” Devon Mahnken
A fantasy football trophy as a cake? Yes, that is what one lucky couple decided to have for the groom on their lucky day. Hopefully the little frosted guy made it through the night and is now sitting in a frozen recliner in their freezer for one year in order to bring them some good luck. Well probably more for the groom’s fantasy team to have good luck, but that’s neither here nor there.
The Armchair Fireman is finally finished and now he just needs to go up on the site. Before that happens though I wanted to introduce him to the fans of FantasyTrophies.com through the blog. As you can imagine, the firehouse will never be the same as every guy will no doubt do whatever it takes to get their name on the trophy.
If you’re interested in an Armchair Fireman contact me at Dave @ FantasyTrophies.com
A tradition of mine is to design my team logo for my fantasy football team. (insert loser joke here) It’s another fine example of me putting my art degree to good use. Two years ago my team, “The Roman Knows”, won the league and since then I’ve stuck with the Roman theme. Last year’s “Roman Empire” suffered through injuries and poor drafting and crumbled and fell. This year I’m hoping things will be different with “The Roman Crusade”. The heads of my opponents on stakes might be a bit excessive but I’m out for blood!
Yesterday I was interviewed by Gabrielle Karol of FoxBusiness.com for an article that appeared today on small businesses that are centered around fantasy football. It’s always funny to tell my story of how I sculpted my first trophy based on drawings and photos I took of my cousin Johnny and how I unveiled the trophy to the guys in my league nearly 20 years ago. I told her how I’ve been doing fantasy football since 1990 and how, back then, we had to look up all of our stats in the paper since the internet wasn’t even around yet. Telling my story really emphasizes how lucky I feel to have such a great small business that let’s me do something I love and how grateful I am to the fans of FantasyTrophies.com.
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I’m proud to announce that the 2012 Wall of Fame Photo Contest Winner are the guys from the “Gimmie The B.O.O.T.Y.” league. Their photo of Jelani Wiggins, owner of “Big Black Johnson”, relishing in his dominance over his league was clearly the best photo we received. Congratulations guys and your FREE Ultimate Loser large base trophy is on the way.
Make sure you send this year’s entries to Dave at FantasyTrophies.com. Deadline is July 4th, 2014. Get creative, a FREE trophy is up for grabs.