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.
My buddy Jim texted me today with the news that my beloved Browns traded the second overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft to the Eagles. He wasn’t pleased. I, on the other hand, was thrilled once I heard the details of the deal. The specifics include the Browns getting this year’s #8 pick along with a 3rd round and 4th round pick. They also acquired the Eagles 1st round pick next year and a second round pick in 2018. I’d say that’a nice haul for a team in desperate need of a ton of help. The Browns have been in “rebuilding mode” since they returned to Cleveland in 1999 and this trade will hopefully be what propels them to actually start on the foundation of that rebuild. I was hoping Carson Wentz was going to be the selection if the Browns stayed at #2 but with the Rams jumping ahead of them it assured that one of the two top QBs were going to be selected before them. That put a lot of pressure on teams like the Eagles and 49ers to really consider trading with the Browns if they were in love with both QBs. The Eagles apparently are. This trade, like all others, will be evaluated a few years from now to see who made out. If the Browns blow their selections like those of years past then this trade will be another crack in the never ending “rebuild.” I for one think it’s the beginning of a concrete footer. You gotta believe!
The NFL Draft is only a month away and that means the Browns are once again thinking QB. It seems to be a yearly event if you’re a Browns fan. Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, and Johnny Manziel are the most recognizable names in a long line of failed quarterbacks that have suited it up on the north coast. With Johnny Manziel completely imploding over the last few months, it’s time the Browns cut ties and look to draft their QB of the future. Is it Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? I gotta admit, I haven’t seen either one of them play in an actual game. However, the size and mobility of Wentz should definitely be a key factor in the decision. I think I speak for Browns fans everywhere when I say that I’m tired of watching small and/or slow quarterbacks try and compensate for their deficiencies. Johnny Manziel should be the poster boy for why you don’t take a QB that is shorter than 6 foot. Note to all GMs: Stop thinking you’ll find the next Drew Brees. It’s time the Browns draft a viable option at QB (that doesn’t have a drinking problem) and put all of their resources into developing him into the best quarterback possible. Trusting Hue Jackson in this endeavor is the first step. Trusting the quarterback, whomever it may be, is the next. I know I’m fully on board! Go Browns.!
I was talking with a guy the other night at a bar and after hearing what I do he soon asked, “why would I buy a fantasy football trophy?” His argument was that the $1000 cash prize was all that his buddies needed to get them motivated to win and keep interest in their league. It didn’t take long however to get him leaning in my direction after I showed him my website and what true fantasy football trophies look like. Like they say, an image speaks a thousand words. It also helped that he won his league this past year and could definitely see the trash talking opportunities he’d have if his name was forever a part of his league’s history. Saying that you won your league vs. having the visible hardware just doesn’t compare. It also helps that my fantasy football trophies are truly hand-made and not just converted pee-wee football trophies.
Long story short, this guy was soon asking his buddies which trophy they liked better- the Armchair Quarterback or the Throwback. Lesson learned–I guess if I’m ever asked that question again I’ll just skip the sales pitch to myself and just pull up a photo on my phone.
Zachary L. could be the youngest fantasy football champion in the history of the sport. This five year old won his uncle’s league, The Big Sky Moonlighter’s League, and captured the coveted Throwback Mini trophy you see here. Even better is that he did it in the league’s inaugural season. Bragging rights are clearly his and I’m sure his league is in for some serious trash talking from young Zachary for years to come.
Great job Zachary!
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
The NFL season might be months away and rookie camps are just beginning, but fantasy football trophy season is just getting started at FantasyTrophies.com. This is the time of year that I pour new molds for all of the football trophies and start casting for that mad rush in the fall. It never fails that I’ll get a panicked commissioner calling or emailing me a week before his draft saying that he desperately needs a trophy. All of my past customers know that I do my absolute best to make this happen but sometimes it’s just not possible. I definitely feel like I’m letting these few guys down. That’s why this year I’m starting earlier than ever building inventory so that when those orders or calls come in I’ll be prepared. Hopefully they won’t have 20 years of past champions to engrave though. – Dave
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.