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Making a Fantasy Football Trophy

Over the years I’ve gotten quite a few questions regarding how I decided to make my first fantasy football trophy.  It was back in 1993 and I was going to art school at the time.  Even though I was a painting major I was required to take my fair share of sculpture classes.  My favorite was life sculpture which was a 3 hours class that met twice a week.  It was there that I decided I would take some of the clay we were given and use about a third of it to sculpt a fantasy football trophy.  You see, I had won my league in it’s inaugural season in 1991 and I knew I needed to make a trophy that would represent our league for years to come.  We were playing for a cash prize at the time but a trophy would make winning the league that much more exciting and the champ would have ultimate bragging rights.  After all, I feel that is really what fantasy football is all about.  The cash is nice but it’s gone in a matter of weeks and then your championship is more or less forgotten.  A trophy though would keep a history of the league.  Each champ would have his name engraved on a plate along with the team name and year and thus remembered forever.

It took me a few weeks to finally finish the sculpture of the Armchair Quarterback and then it moved on to the mold making stage.  The initial trophy was plaster so the mold was a throw away mold made out of a softer plaster that would get chipped away.   After I gave the trophy a bronze finish I built a base out of wood and had plates engraved for the first few years.  I unveiled the trophy at our fantasy football draft and my buddies went nuts.

Our league is finishing up it’s 26th season and 7 of the original 10 guys are still trying to desperately win it all.   Now we have 14 teams and the competition and desire to win our “Fedele Trophy” has never been so intense.  Even though a few team owners have changed over the years, one thing  will always remain the same –the desire to win THE TROPHY!

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March Madness Trophy Best There Is

The ultimate March Madness trophy
The ultimate March Madness trophy

March Madness is about to begin and many of you are looking for a  trophy to represent your bracket challenge.  Well look no further.  The Armchair Big Man trophy is the ultimate prize when your name is the final one standing after a long, grueling battle to the end.  And the best part ia no one needs to know that you didn’t have a clue what you were doing when filling out your bracket.  All that matters is your name ended up on the trophy at the end and you’ll be remembered forever as a CHAMPION.  So if you’re ready to step it up a notch and play for a trophy that truly represents what March Madness is all about then the Armchair Big Man trophy is for you.

Good luck this March.

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A Fantasy Football Trophy Sculpted for the Police

fantasy football trophy for policeIt’s been a long time coming but the Armchair Policeman is just about ready to join the ranks of the other fantasy football trophies on FantasyTrophies.com.   I finished the sculpting phase of the trophy some time ago but it’s been a longer process getting it up on the site.  FantasyTrophies.com is going to be relaunched soon with an entirely different look and feel and I figured that would be the ideal time to roll out the new trophy that was designed specifically for police officers.   As some of you already know from a previous post, I had the great pleasure of working with a few individuals from the NYPD in coming up with the design.  They had some key features that they felt had to be incorporated when I started sculpting.  I was surprised a donut was one of them.  The burly mustache and aviator glasses I must say were a nice touch and I took it upon myself to add the shoulder holster.  A special shout out goes to Fish from “Barney Miller” for that one.  Add a night stick and handcuffs on the floor and you have one fantasy football trophy that will no doubt turn some heads.  So if you’re a policeman looking for a trophy to represent your precinct’s fantasy football league this year, shoot me an email and I’ll make it happen.  – Dave

 

 

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Naming Your Fantasy Football Trophy

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.”   fantasy football trophy

My buddies Bill and Dan with “The Fedele” fantasy football trophy.

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#TBT – Throwback Thursday and a Sweet Tuxedo

It’s Thursday and I ran across an old photo of me with the original Armchair Quarterback fantasy football trophy.  Thus I had to post it as a #TBT (Throwback Thursday).  It’s gotta be circa 1995.  As you can see I have one sweet tux on and the trophy looks a bit different. That’s because the original trophy was made out of plaster.  The base is also pine instead of solid oak.  As for me, I look exactly the same.  Ok, not quite.

Here's to Throwback Thursday
Here’s to Throwback Thursday
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Loser Trophy for Fantasy Football League

A fantasy football trophy you definitely don't want your name on
A fantasy football trophy you definitely don’t want your name on

A loser trophy for a fantasy football league can change everything.  Believe me, I know.  Last year I came unbelievably close to having my name on ours, The Loudini.   If not for my buddy Frank and his horrible excuse for a team, I would’ve been forever remembered for shitting the bed in 2012.  You just can’t live that type of season down in fantasy football.  Especially with my group of guys.  A loser trophy adds that extra pressure.   Every owner wants to experience what it feels like to win their league and have ultimate bragging rights.  However, having your name on your league’s loser trophy says that you were the worst at what you do- at least for that year.  It’s a trophy that holds the history and proof that some guys just don’t know jack when it comes to fantasy football.  You can’t dispute it either.  The proof is in the engraved plates that show the names.  It’s one “prize” that no one wants and a trophy that you’ll do anything to stay off of.