Made in New York still has a nice ring to it for many people. Count the Japanese in that category. The Japanese television show, “Made In New York,” decided to stop by my shop the other day and do a feature on FantasyTrophies.com. I was initially contacted over a month ago and they asked me if I’d be interested in giving their viewers a taste of how I go about creating my trophies. I was all in. A member of their team, along with a translator, showed up at my studio shortly after to do a preliminary interview and see if everything would work out. After trying to explain what fantasy sports are I was then able to show them some of my process. Both agreed that Fantasy Trophies would make for a perfect segment and that their viewers definitely haven’t seen anything like it.
When the film crew arrived I had all of my trophies laid out. I gotta say, seeing all of them at one time is pretty impressive. It’s easy to forget how many variations I have and how each trophy captures the essence of the sport. The film crew seemed to agree. I gave them a brief history of how Fantasy Trophies came to be including how my cousin Johnny became my model and how I even designed and drew the logo. Then I went through a few parts of the process before they filmed each trophy and wrapped things up. It was great experience and I look forward to seeing the finished episode. And who knows, maybe fantasy sports will become huge in Japan as well.
Everyone that visits my blog soon realizes that I’m a diehard Cleveland fan. So when Lebron won his third MVP title the other day I had a few guys make sure I knew about it by leaving a comment on the FantasyTrophies.com Facebook page or by sending me an email. A few did it with more of a jab to the gut than a nice little tap on the shoulder I might say.
Anyway, my feeling on the award going to Lebron is that he truly deserved it. He still remains the best player in the world during the regular season. Sorry Kobe and Durant fans, but Lebron has a better all around game than either one of them. However, before people start grouping him with the likes of Russell, Jordan, Wilt, Bird and Magic, I think I’ll keep him with Barkley, Stockton, Malone, Reggie Miller, and George Gervin. Guys that had great careers but never won a title. Individual awards and recognition are great, but until Lebron gets the monkey off his back he still will remain the greatest athlete ever to not have a ring. Somewhere Dan Marino is smiling. And I must say, so am I.