I don’t take on many custom trophy request but this particular one caught my interest. I was asked to sculpt a trophy with the likeness of a league commissioner’s late Grandfather. He also wondered if I could have him holding a giant cigar in one hand and have a few coins in the other. After receiving a few photo references I got to work. The beauty of doing some of these custom trophies is the customer usually wants one of my existing designs altered a bit to fit their desired idea. This trophy was no different. He loved the Armchair Quarterback and asked if I could add the new features to the existing sculpture. No problem, I said. Magi-Sculpt is the perfect material to use for a project like this because it gives me a decent amount of sculpting time and it dries as hard as a rock. It also takes paint extremely well and allows me to finish the trophy with the same bronze coating I use for all of my designs.
After grinding off the parts of the original Armchair Quarterback that were no longer needed, it was time to work on the new face, shirt, hands, and pants. Each custom trophy I do has it’s own set of challenges but this one was particularly unique because I had to capture a likeness of someone on a very small scale. Overall I was really pleased with how it turned out and I can’t wait to hear from the commissioner and the guys in his league.
Thanks for your interest.
Last season I continually started Sam Bradford as my QB on my fantasy football team and each week he proved that I was an idiot for instilling my faith in him. That’s fantasy football though. Sometimes you get blindsided by the promise of the offense and fail to see the ineptitude of not only the player but the entire team. So when the Philadelphia Eagles decided to sign Bradford in the offseason to a two year deal worth a guaranteed $22 million, many like myself thought they were insane. He proved for the entire 2015 season that he’s an average starting QB at best.
The Eagles eventually came to their senses after he signed that contract and they went ahead and traded multiple picks to the Cleveland Browns so that they could move up in the Draft and take North Dakota quarterback Carson Wentz. Now Bradford is complaining and expressing his displeasure with the situation. Unreal. Here’s an idea Sam- Play better! When the Green Bay Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre never said a word. He was confident in his talent and kept Rodgers on the bench until Green Bay was forced to decide on the young gun slinger vs. the aging veteran. Bradford on the other hand complains because he knows the organization mortgaged the future for a strong armed, no nonsense rookie that will be looking to take his job from day one. Sam Bradford needs to grow a set and show up with the mentality that he’s going to keep Wentz on the bench for as long as he can. You signed the contract Sam. Now live up to it.
My buddy Jim texted me today with the news that my beloved Browns traded the second overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft to the Eagles. He wasn’t pleased. I, on the other hand, was thrilled once I heard the details of the deal. The specifics include the Browns getting this year’s #8 pick along with a 3rd round and 4th round pick. They also acquired the Eagles 1st round pick next year and a second round pick in 2018. I’d say that’a nice haul for a team in desperate need of a ton of help. The Browns have been in “rebuilding mode” since they returned to Cleveland in 1999 and this trade will hopefully be what propels them to actually start on the foundation of that rebuild. I was hoping Carson Wentz was going to be the selection if the Browns stayed at #2 but with the Rams jumping ahead of them it assured that one of the two top QBs were going to be selected before them. That put a lot of pressure on teams like the Eagles and 49ers to really consider trading with the Browns if they were in love with both QBs. The Eagles apparently are. This trade, like all others, will be evaluated a few years from now to see who made out. If the Browns blow their selections like those of years past then this trade will be another crack in the never ending “rebuild.” I for one think it’s the beginning of a concrete footer. You gotta believe!
As Robert Griffin III exited his press conference for the Cleveland Browns yesterday he answered the final question by saying, “no pressure, no diamonds.” It was in response to being asked if he feels any pressure in Cleveland after all of the failed attempts at finding a franchise quarterback. Saying the fans of Cleveland are desperate for a QB to lead them is about the biggest understatement in all of sports. I feel I can speak for Cleveland Browns fans everywhere when I say that I’d be happy with a QB that just looks adequate and can win games when it matters most. A franchise guy would be great but just give us hope. Not since Bernie Kosar have the Browns had a QB that the city truly rallied around and felt that he could be a guy that could take us into the playoffs. Tim C0uch had the city behind him but unfortunately he didn’t have a line in front of him. Injuries ended his career before it ever really began.
So here we are with RG3. Former GM Mike Holmgren tried everything he could to lure the pick away from St. Louis in order to take Griffin. After he won Rookie of the Year it’s hard to believe that RG3 is now on the team that wanted him so badly only 3 years ago. The question is will he be a diamond or another piece of coal.
Rumors are swirling that my beloved Cleveland Browns are interested in trading for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. I gotta admit, when this news first broke I was pretty excited about the possibility. However, now that some of the dust has settled I’m leaning more towards saying thanks but no thanks to Chip Kelly and the 49ers. The main reason is that I truly believe that the Browns need to draft Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in this year’s draft and give him every opportunity to succeed. I realize that succeeding as a Browns quarterback is more challenging than landing a man on Mars but it doesn’t mean you stop dreaming. Kaepernick’s best days were clearly with Jim Harbaugh as his coach and he hasn’t been the same QB sine he left. Pair that with multiple injuries and Kaepernick seems like a QB that may not regain his exciting form of years gone by. Also, it scares me that Chip Kelly would be willing to deal an athletic QB such as Kaepernick in order to possibly be stuck with the ultimate underachiever in Blaine Gabbert. Why? Possibly because Chip Kelly knows that Kaepernick’s confidence is shot and the recent injuries have taken away his explosive speed and quickness. Who knows.
I say draft Wentz and let him learn for a year behind Josh McCown. The Browns are rebuilding (surprise, surprise) and trading a 3rd round pick for a QB with serious question marks just doesn’t seem like the wisest of decisions. Meaning : He’ll probably be a Brown within the week.
The NFL Draft is only a month away and that means the Browns are once again thinking QB. It seems to be a yearly event if you’re a Browns fan. Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, and Johnny Manziel are the most recognizable names in a long line of failed quarterbacks that have suited it up on the north coast. With Johnny Manziel completely imploding over the last few months, it’s time the Browns cut ties and look to draft their QB of the future. Is it Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? I gotta admit, I haven’t seen either one of them play in an actual game. However, the size and mobility of Wentz should definitely be a key factor in the decision. I think I speak for Browns fans everywhere when I say that I’m tired of watching small and/or slow quarterbacks try and compensate for their deficiencies. Johnny Manziel should be the poster boy for why you don’t take a QB that is shorter than 6 foot. Note to all GMs: Stop thinking you’ll find the next Drew Brees. It’s time the Browns draft a viable option at QB (that doesn’t have a drinking problem) and put all of their resources into developing him into the best quarterback possible. Trusting Hue Jackson in this endeavor is the first step. Trusting the quarterback, whomever it may be, is the next. I know I’m fully on board! Go Browns.!
Well, it didn’t take long for Johnny Manziel to screw up and find himself as the backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns yet again. This time though he’s been demoted all the way to third string. Quite a week for a guy that was told he would be the starter for the last six games of the regular season. As a Browns fan I was actually looking forward to seeing what Manziel could do. Could he lead a team and show promise or would he be just another name on the always growing list of disappointing Browns quarterbacks. The latter seems to be the one to bet on at this time. Manziel was caught on video over last weekend drinking and singing at a rooftop bar. Not a big deal. After all, he’s over age and the Browns were on their bye week. However, when you tell the coach that you’re going to hit the books and be professional and then do the complete opposite, it’s not a good look. The kicker though is when you lie to the organization and say the video was old. Really? This is the guy the Browns are considering handing over the offense to? The guy can’t even make the right decision off the field leading up to the biggest professional game of his short career. I say move on from Manziel and be done with his drinking, partying, and lying ways. Let him be a problem for another organization. The Browns need to focus on so much more and the last thing they should be dealing with is a guy who can’t be taken at his word who has a drinking problem. Just my frustrated two cents worth.
Johnny Manziel has the last 6 games of this season to prove to the Browns organization and to it’s fan base that he can lead this team to the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl. Stop laughing. I know, I know, the idea of Manziel being able to do just that makes even a die-hard fan like myself question my sanity. Sure, Manziel has shown a few glimpses of his former Heisman winning Texas A&M self on a hand full of plays. But didn’t Brandon Weeden impress us with his cannon-like arm when he was the starting QB? I remember Brady Quinn looking like he had potential and Derek Anderson playing in the Pro Bowl. The bottom line is that Johnny Manziel has to not only impress Browns fans in these final games, he needs to absolutely blow us away. If he doesn’t I have a strong feeling that number one pick we’re staring at is going to have QB written all over it. Once again!
My fantasy football league pulled our draft order for the 25th time and I ended up with pick 10 out of 14 teams. Like many of you out there, I was hoping for top 5 or give me 13 or 14. Pick ten will have to do I guess. Right now I’m looking at going WR/WR and grabbing from the left over running backs in rounds 3 and 4. I just can’t help thinking my anchors I my team can be Dez Bryant and Jordy Nelson. Not a bad start.
What would you guys do?
I’ve engraved my fair share of fantasy football trophies over the years and I’m always intrigued by some of the names leagues come up with. Lot’s of leagues go for just a standard title that states the name of the league with an established date underneath. I gotta say, I’m not a big fan of these. On the creativity scale I’m going to give it a 1.9 outta 10. I mean really, let’s spend a little more time and think of a name for the trophy. Memorable trophies are often referred to by a single word and not by what they represent. You don’t call the Heisman the “Best Player In College Football Award” or the Lombardi the “Super Bowl Championship Trophy.” Likewise, a fantasy football trophy should have a unique name, that when referred to, is synonymous with your league. Think “The Shiva” trophy from the television show “The League.”
My league’s trophy is named “The Fedele” after a memorable individual who would drink an entire can of Genny Cream Ale, in one pour, while lying down on his back and never lifting his head off the ground. Give it a try and I think you’d see he was deserving of a fantasy football trophy being named in his honor. It’s practically water boarding with beer. Every time we refer to our trophy we think of ol’ Bill and his amazing talent. Not to mention his epic love for tailgating and the Cleveland Browns. The guy was, and still is, a true legend deserving of our lasting tribute.
So when it’s finally time to come up with a name for your trophy, think long and hard. Don’t go the easy route but instead think of something that will add some humor and history. Believe me, you’ll be happy you didn’t name it the “FFL Championship Trophy, Est. 2015.”
My buddies Bill and Dan with “The Fedele” fantasy football trophy.