Being invited to a fantasy football draft isn’t all that odd of an occurrence for me. Being invited to a fantasy football draft held by cops of the NYPD, now that’s something that doesn’t happen every day. So when I received an email from Avi, a police officer here in Brooklyn, I jumped at the chance. After all, it was a great excuse to have a few beers and scout how my draft might go down a few days later in Cleveland. Plus it was awesome to hear from the guys of the league on how they liked their trophy, The Armchair Cop. You see, Avi was the one that contacted me about designing a fantasy football trophy specifically for police officers. He had seen the couple of trophies that I did for firefighters and he was hoping I could do the same for them. I was all for it but only under one condition. I wanted them to help in the design. Avi and a few of the guys came to my shop and gave their input. From handcuffs to old school aviator glasses and a 70’s mustache, they were all included. The shoulder holster was my idea. The legendary character Fish from “Barney Miller” provided the inspiration. Anyway, the trophy turned out great, if I must say so myself, and it holds a special place in the history of FantasyTrophies.com. Soon it’s going to be up on the site and precincts all over the country will hopefully see the “charm” in playing for a trophy designed specifically for them, by them.
Over the years I’ve had numerous people ask me if I was ever going to sculpt a golf trophy. Not a trophy that would be specifically designed for fantasy golf, but rather a trophy that could represent their office league or be given as a gift to a lifelong golf fanatic. A trophy that would truly embody the physical demands riding around in a golf cart while drinking a six pack can put on the body. Well, that time has come. Yesterday I started sculpting a golf trophy that all hackers can be proud of.
As you can see, he’ll still have that same “athletic build” you’ve come to expect from all of my trophies. The only difference is he won’t have his classic man slippers on his feet.
Keep checking in- I hope to have it completed in a few weeks.
This season I unfortunately understand what it feels like to be in the running for my fantasy football league’s loser trophy. And take it from me- it’s not something you want to experience. Ours is called “The Loudini” and it’s the first time I can remember that I may actually end up on it. To make matters worse, I won my league last year and could be the first owner in our league’s history to go from first to worst. Not good.
However, I also realize now first hand that a loser trophy changes the dynamic of your league forever. No guy wants his name on that piece of hardware for all eternity and each owner will do whatever it takes to make sure it doesn’t happen. I guarantee that everyone in your league will fight to the bitter end even if teams have been stuck in the cellar all season. I know I have.
So as this regular season comes to an end and I desperately scratch and claw for the last playoff spot in my league, I also pray to the fantasy gods that I will not end up on “The Loudini”.
I don’t think my pride could handle it.
I guess this is a little proof that I actually DO give away FREE fantasy football trophies on our FantasyTrophies.com Facebook page. Here is Scott Wilterdink, a obvious Packers fan, with the Armchair Quarterback Mini trophy he won last week. Congratulations Scott!
Make sure you LIKE FantasyTrophies.com on Facebook and get in on the action. -Dave
My buddy Ed over at Commishkit.com and I teamed up to run a contest that offers a FREE Armchair Quarterback Mini trophy. The league that sends Ed the best photo of their league with one of his draft boards will take home the prize. Just to be clear– it’s the trophy, not the girl.
Sorry, – Dave
It’s been pretty hectic at FantasyTrophies.com lately. Mainly because I recently decided to take part in the Fantasy Football Fest in Atlantic City. Even though it’s not until August 18th and 19th, I’ve had to start building the backdrop for my booth along with putting together some material to handout. Make sure if you’re planning on going you stop by and say hello.
This is also the time of year though that I really try to build up some inventory for the start of the fantasy football season. I’m trying my best to have trophies ready to go so that when your league needs their trophy ASAP I’ll have it packaged up and out my doors within a few days. That’s the plan. Now back to work so that I can make that happen. – Dave
This post is simply to put a little fire under the asses of all the league commissioners out there who take procrastinating to a whole new level. You know who you are.
I hate to say it but it’s inevitable that I’ll hear, “hey Dave, can you get our trophy out to us by our draft? It’s this weekend.”
Guys who have ordered from me in the past know that I do my very best to make that happen. After all, having your trophy on draft night is what it’s all about. However, I have a feeling that some leagues have been putting off ordering their trophy because they wanted to see when the NFL lockout was going to end. Well, it’s OVER! Football is coming and so are the early orders.
Here’s to hoping you’re one of them.
With rumors of the NFL lockout ending soon, I can’t help but get excited about the possibility of my fantasy football draft actually taking place as scheduled in early September. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Guys everywhere are praying that these billionaires and millionaires settle their differences so that all of us “regular guys” can sit on our asses, drink a few beers, trash talk with our buddies and draft our fantasy teams. I must say though that an added bonus to the lockout ending soon is that it will get my wife off my back about flying to Cleveland. You see, part of our vacation time is spent in our hometown of Cleveland, OH visiting friends and family. My wife Suzi has finally accepted the fact (after many “discussions”) that we also plan this trip to coincide with my fantasy football draft. I see it as killing two birds with one stone. She unfortunately sees it as a pain in her ass and would rather save both birds and throw the stone at me. This year has been particularly tough because I keep telling her that I don’t know when I can fly because the lockout hasn’t been resolved. You can imagine that she didn’t take that news very well. Especially when I added that she may have to take the kids and go visit family without me this year because I don’t know when my draft will take place and I need to be in Cleveland only if it’s during our draft. Needless to say, this lockout is really throwing a monkey wrench into my “vacation plans” and is putting additional stress on my marriage. Stress that hopefully won’t affect my draft once this ridiculous lockout gets resolved. I’d hate for my wife to have that on her conscience.