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
Today I was able to meet and thank someone who has really helped in the evolution of FantasyTrophies.com. The thing is, Gary Vaynerchuk had no way of knowing just how influential he’s been in developing my business. How could he? He’s been busy writing two best selling books called “Crush It” and “The Thank You Economy” along with running his social media consulting company, Vaynermedia, while also doing speaking engagements all over the globe. I guess I’ll give him a pass this time on not seeing the progress of FantasyTrophies.com and keeping up with it’s rapid rise in the incredibly competitive world of fantasy sports trophies.
All kidding aside, it felt great to hand deliver Armchair Ace trophies to Gary at Vaynermedia in Midtown Manhattan and to say thanks for helping to explain how someone can take a hobby or a passion of theirs and turn it into a money making career.
Thanks again Gary and good luck winning that Shifrin Trophy back! I have a feeling your brother AJ won’t be giving it up without a strong fight.
Check out the video Gary shot of me with his brother AJ holding the Shifrin Trophy.
It happens all the time. I go on Twitter and see a guy post something about his league receiving his fantasy football trophy. It’s almost always accompanied by a twitpic or some instagram photo, so I can’t help but see if it’s one of my hand made trophies. After all, the excitement in the tweet is obvious and I’m confident that a trophy of mine would produce such a response. But when I click on the link I’m blown away by the piece of CRAP the guy is bragging about. It’s literally a pee-wee football trophy with some lame plaque on the front that says “fantasy football championship trophy.” If you don’t believe me, go to Twitter and search “fantasy football trophy”. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see one.
I guess what amazes me the most is that after spending hundreds of hours a season researching what players to draft, start, and trade– leagues then decide that they’ll have some cheap, lame trophy represent their fantasy football league. It really makes no sense to me.
The first trophy I sculpted, The Armchair Quarterback, was because I wanted something that truly represented fantasy football and the insane amount of time I was dedicating (my wife says wasting) to it. No pee-wee trophy or golden Lombardi knockoff was going to cut it.
So please guys, I beg of you– before you make that fatal mistake of so many other leagues out there, think for one second and realize your league deserves more. It deserves the best. Don’t those endless hours you obsess over fantasy football mean more to you than that “trophy” you can buy for $69.99?
And don’t even get me going on the fact they’re made in China.
I’d like to first thank all of the leagues out there that sent in photos for our second annual Wall of Fame Photo Contest. With over 25 entries it was much harder to decide on a winner than I thought it would be. That said, in the end I decided to go with the photo of Gabe Montemayor giving a stiff arm to his son Tyler, while holding the Throwback. The fact that Gabe beat Tyler in their league’s Super Bowl and then added insult to injury by going “Walter Payton” to his face was what put them over the top in my opinion.
Congratulations! Their league decided on the Ultimate Loser large base trophy as their prize.
Your league can win a trophy too! Make sure you get your photos in for this year’s contest. You can send photos in even if your league is already on the Wall of Fame. Get creative, a single photo can earn your league a FREE Ultimate Loser large base trophy or one of our mini trophies.
Just send your entries to Dave@FantasyTrophies.com by March 31, 2012.
Ultimate Loser recipients are also welcome. That is if he or she lets you take their photo.
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.