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.
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It’s always incredible when a customer of mine wants to stop by the shop to pick up their trophy in person. Today I got to experience just that. Keith A. , a detective from the Emergency Service Unit here in NYC, decided he’d drive nearly an hour on his day off to get his league trophy at my shop in Brooklyn. Any time I get to meet a fan of my trophies is special but it’s definitely even more so when it’s a member of the fire or police department. Hearing how Keith ran across the Armchair Cop and especially seeing his enthusiasm for the trophy is what made the day so memorable. I can’t wait to hear from the rest of the guys in his league. If they’re anything like Keith, I’m sure I’ll be in for quite a few more great days like this one. Thanks Keith and good luck in your league. -Dave
Are you looking for the perfect gift idea for your dad, husband, boyfriend, or anyone else who happens to love fantasy football? This short list then is for you.
5. Membership to TheHuddle.com
Keeping up on injuries, hot players, sleepers and busts of the week is vital if one wants to dominate his or her league. Being able to go to one website that is entirely devoted to fantasy football is the only way to go. The Huddle provides just that. With breaking news on individual players and articles that cover what’s relevant for that particular week, it’s a source that every diehard fantasy football lover should take full advantage of.
4. A Recliner for the Man Cave
Every fantasy football owner deserves to watch 12+ hours of football every Sunday in total comfort. The best way to do that is in a chair specifically designed for viewing pleasure, the infamous recliner. Feet up, beer in hand, box of pretzels at your side and no interruptions for endless hours of football bliss sounds like fantasy football heaven to me.
3. Craft Beer of the Month Club
Cracking a beer as you sit down to watch the first football game of the day is music to the ears of any fantasy football fan. Now imagine if the beer is from some of the best microbrews in the country and it was delivered right to your door. That is what you get when one joins a beer of the month club.
2. NFL Sunday Ticket on Direct TV
Face it, fantasy football is about watching as much football as you possibly can and the only way to do that, in the comfort of your home, is to have The NFL Package on Direct TV. Not only can you view each game but they also have a red zone channel that only displays which team/player is about to score. Pure genius.
1. A FanatasyTrophies gift certificate!
Plenty of leagues play for a cash prize, but playing for trophies of this caliber takes one’s league to an entirely different level. Handmade in Brooklyn, NY, these trophies not only perfectly represent what it means to be a fantasy football fanatic, but they also keep a history of the league by having each winning team engraved on a championship plate. The toughest decision is figuring out which trophy represents the league better- The Throwback or The Armchair Quarterback. The beauty of a gift certificate though is that you don’t have to make that call, he does.
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.
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.
Browns fans everywhere breathed a huge sigh of relief when the organization finally hired Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. I know I did. My fears of another first time head coach were real considering the Browns history. Since the franchise returned in 1999, only Eric Mangini had prior head coaching experience before being hired. It seems so obvious that a team that has been in the basement of the NFL for so long would look for a guy that has proven he can handle the pressure and can develop a culture of winning. Yet the Browns continued to screw even that up. Granted, Hue Jackson only had one year in Oakland to get his head coaching feet wet, but we are talking about the Raiders here people. Another franchise that has been closer to the Browns in culture and winning games than a team on the verge of the Super Bowl. If not for the death of Al Davis during the season, many believe Jackson not only would’ve survived in Oakland but flourished. He has shown he can not only put together a great offensive game plan but develop quarterbacks along the way. Now the big question will be can they get the right signal caller? I guess I’ll start holding my breathe.
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!
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.
Anyone that knows my Dad knows that he is no doubt the hardest working man you’ll ever run across. I guess when your formative years are spent in Italy, as a shepherd boy working on a farm, it tends to have an influence on who you become. Let’s just say the word “work” isn’t in his vocabulary. I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “Son, don’t think of it as work and, before you know it, it’ll be done.” So when my parents said they were going to come visit us in New York City during my busy season, I knew that my Dad had giving me a hand as his idea of a vacation. Hey, he was offering so I was accepting. Plus it gave us some time to connect since he’s in Cleveland and I’m in NYC and talking on the phone isn’t either one of our strengths. He came with me to the shop twice and I put him on finishing bases while I filled the numerous orders that came in just before draft season. Once I put on the 50’s station on Spotify I knew he could go all day without even thinking of taking a break. Break? I don’t even think he would’ve asked for a drink of water if I didn’t offer one up.
One thing I do know though is that I haven’t had that type of productive day in a long, long time. And learning a few dance moves was an added bonus.
Thanks Dad and you’re always welcome at FantasyTrophies.com. I’ll provide the music and water.
It’s been a crazy few months filling fantasy football trophy orders so I haven’t really been disciplined when it comes to the blog. I apologize. However, I’m going to be rolling out a few things in the next few weeks and trying to catch up on some of the news that occurred over these past weeks. Here is one thing that happened. I was featured in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Thank you Paula Katinas for writing a nice little article on FantasyTropies.com. Check it out here: