The 2016 NFL Honors

It’s back. America’s most-watched professional sport has returned for the 2016-2017 season. Football is an undeniable phenomenon across the country. Every week from August to January, families and friends will gather to watch their favorite teams duke it out on the field. Careers, rivalries and records will be made or broken across 120 yards from week one to the Super Bowl.

 

Here at Spike’s, we’re excited to see what the new season brings, not only in professional football but in local schools and colleges as well. We think all sports awards in New Jersey are a big deal, however, we know how hard teams work to achieve local supremacy.

 

With the start of football season, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the awards given out for the performances during the NFL season.

 

The AP MVP Award

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Previously called the “Jim Thorpe Trophy,” the AP MVP Award is given to the most valuable player from the regular season. The award is usually presented to the most outstanding offensive player from the previous season, but a defensive player has received the award twice in the 59 years it has existed.

 

Peyton Manning holds the record for most awards with five occurrences and is the only player to ever receive the trophy on two separate teams (the Colts and the Broncos). Johnny Unitas and Brett Favre are closest to Manning’s record with three a piece. This past year, Cam Newton received his first award for the 2015-2016 season.

 

The award is similar in appearance to the Lombardi Trophy, with a silver football standing atop a base of various materials. Throughout the years, the award has changed appearance from time to time but has usually maintained the realistic depiction of a football.

 

The Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award

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While every other award is given for performance on the field, the Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award is given for performance off of it. The player that shows the most dedication to improving their community and supporting noteworthy causes is presented with the trophy at the Super Bowl each year.

 

The award depicts Payton in bronze, wearing full equipment with a coat around his shoulders as he stands with his hands on his hips. The Man Of The Year Award is among the most coveted in the league and encourages players to enrich their communities as best they can.

 

To create your own special honor award, contact Spike’s Trophies, the area’s leading producer of commemorative items of all types.

 

 

 

Famous Awards: The Emmy Awards

Here at Spike’s, we love to see creativity and excellence in storytelling recognized. Whether it’s the trials of a small-town sheriff making his way through a world crawling with zombies or the political sabotage of a fantasy kingdom, we’ve been treated to a number of fantastic stories on TV this past year. The Emmy Awards recognize the foremost achievements in TV stories, and 2016 is shaping up to have some tough decisions.

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History

In 1949, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) held their very first award show, recognizing excellence in the field of television around the Los Angeles region. In the decade that followed, the award process was changed to consider and recognize television programs across the country. In 1955, ATAS created a second organization, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) to assist with creating local chapters throughout the U.S. to better monitor the programming being broadcast.

 

Over the next 60 years, ATAS and NATAS would create an international arm (IATAS) to focus on programming that initially aired outside of the U.S. and individual ‘chapters’ of ATAS began awarding achievements in local programming. Currently, there are six major Emmy Award ceremonies each year: The Technology and Engineering Awards, The Daytime Awards, The Sports Awards, The News and Documentary Awards, The International Awards and the most watched, Primetime Awards.

 

The Emmy

First called the “Ike,” and then the “Immy,” The Emmy trophy was designed by Louis McManus in 1948. McManus used his wife as the model for the winged woman and depicted her holding an atom, to symbolize the academy’s dedication to uplifting the medium of television. Each statuette weighs just over six pounds and stands just under 16 inches tall. The Emmy is comprised of copper, nickel, silver and gold, sitting on a 7.5-inch base. Each year, the award is manufactured by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago, Illinois.

 

This year, TV’s most beloved shows will be facing off in 27 categories. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards air September 18th, 2016.

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At Spike’s, plaques and trophies mean a great deal to us. We’ll be watching the awards to see which of our favorite shows pick up the Emmy this year.

 

To learn more about getting your own statuette, call, click or stop in today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MTV Video Music Awards

On August 28th some of music’s biggest names will descend upon Madison Square Garden to commemorate the past year in music. MTV will be celebrating the best artists and music videos with their famous ‘Moonman’ award.

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When MTV launched their cable channel in 1981, no one expected a channel that played promotional music videos 24/7 to succeed. In the following years, MTV would become a behemoth of media changing the course of the music industry and making (or breaking) a number of artist’s careers.

 

Three years after the initial launch of the channel, MTV began an award ceremony that would go on to be one of the major cornerstones of American award shows. The Video Music Awards, or VMAs, celebrate the best music videos of the year in genre and in technical achievements concluding with the video of the year. The Video Vanguard Award commemorates a particular artist’s lifetime achievement in the medium.

 

Over the years, the design of the trophy has changed quite a bit. The ‘Moonman’ a depiction of an astronaut planting a flag on The Moon has remained constant, as has the engraved circular base, but the sizing, level of detail and colors have changed nearly every year. As an example, the 2015 trophy featured the Moonman wearing an oversized peace-symbol chain.

 

In the 32 years that the award show has existed a number of infamous and controversial events have taken place. The first memorable event was Madonna’s performance of ‘Like a Virgin’ which has been parodied both for the costuming and for the performance itself. In the years that followed Andrew Dice Clay was given a lifetime ban from the awards for his vulgar stage antics, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana nearly knocked himself unconscious with his own bass guitar and a number of fist fights have broken out between musicians.

 

The 2016 VMAs will feature 17 different categories for artists to receive awards and is sure to be yet another ceremony for the ages.

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At Spike’s we love a good award show, and the VMAs rarely disappoint. If you’re in the market for a plaque, trophy or something else to commemorate your favorite artist, Spike’s has everything for your own special award.

The 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Medal

It’s officially here. The largest gathering of the world’s greatest athletes only happens once every four years. The Summer Olympics have come to Rio; sports fans are in for a treat this year as the world’s fastest, strongest and most talented compete to receive the greatest gold medal.

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Most people are aware that The Olympic Games originated in Ancient Greece. The original champions of the games were not given medals; they were crowned with olive branches. The Ancient Greeks had the ability to fashion gold medals, but they felt that the winners of the games should be awarded with branches from Mt. Olympia.

 

When the modern games began in 1896, the awards for the summer games had not been standardized yet (the winter games didn’t begin until 1924). Winners of those games were given silver medals and an olive branch. The winners of the 1900 games were awarded either trophies or cups depending on the sport that they played. It wasn’t until 1904 that the 1st place winner was given a gold medal.

 

The 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis were the first to see the 1st place winner of each category receive a gold medal, 2nd place receive silver and 3rd place receive bronze. 1912 saw the last use of pure gold for the Olympic 1st place medal. Now, the gold medal is comprised of up to 93% silver with a gold coat. It is required of the host country to mine the materials for each of the medals awarded.

 

The designs for the medal have changed almost every four years. The back of the medal is typically adorned with a reference to the host country’s culture, while the front is almost always a recognition of athletes or the Trionfo design.

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This year, thousands of athletes will compete for their home nations in a competition that is now 120 years old. The glory of the gold medal is second to none in most sports and any athlete in possession is known to be the best of their time.

 

At Spike’s Trophies, we’ll be watching the games and the ceremonies that follow. To celebrate the winners in your life, check out our personalizable plaques and trophies.

Five of The Strangest Awards in Sports

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we celebrate the things that deserve celebrating. We enjoy crafting glass awards in Philadelphia for special events and exceptional achievements. While we think we’re capable of handling nearly any request for a great award, we’ve got to admit, there are several strange awards in the world of sporting events. We thought we’d share a few of them.

 

The Martinsville Grandfather Clock

Any longtime NASCAR fan knows Martinsville. Martinsville, VA used to be known for their great longcase clocks and to celebrate their history, the winner of the race receives a massive one. The trophy is fully-functional and is valued at $10,000.

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The Paris-Roubaix Trophy

The Paris-Roubaix is a cycling tournament in Northern France. Cyclists from all over the world compete in a race that takes them along the bumpy cobblestone roads of the region. The winner of the tournament is presented with a rock, technically a cobblestone placed on a plinth with the race and year inscribed on it.

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The Dallah Trophy

The Dubai Open is a staple of the European Tour in golf. The Dubai course is beautiful, and so is the trophy the winner receives, but it’s a little large. The Dallah Trophy is nearly three feet tall and depicts a traditional Arabic coffee pot in silver. That seems like one heck of a way to serve coffee.

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The Telephone Trophy

In one of the most famous technical issues in College Football, the 1959 rivalry game between Iowa State and Missouri had a case of crossed lines. The coaches of each respective team could hear the other’s staff in their headsets for the duration of the game. The event has been memorialized in a trophy depicting a telephone that is awarded to the winner of the rivalry game each year.

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The Lobster

NASCAR is filled with strange trophies. Winners of the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway receive a lobster. Not a statue of a lobster, not a trophy depicting a lobster, a live rock lobster. After posing with the lobster for a few minutes, the lobster is pressure cooked, the meat shipped to the driver’s shop and the shell of the lobster is repainted and mounted to be displayed.

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At Spike’s Trophies, we know that there are plenty of ways to celebrate and plenty of different ways to give an award (we don’t recommend handing anyone a live crustacean, though). When you’re looking for that special commemorative gift, award or even a personalized name badge, stop by and see what we have to offer.

 

 

 

 

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The UEFA European Championship 2016

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like the thrill of a player speeding down the pitch, exhibiting exquisite touch on the ball as he moves around defenders on a breakaway. Nothing quite like the roar of the crowd when a crossing pass is met with a goal-scoring shot. In case you haven’t heard, it’s championship season in soccer and this year, tens of millions of fans will be watching their team compete for gold.

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Known colloquially as The Euros, The Union of European Football Association Championship is the one of the largest international soccer championships, second only to the FIFA World Cup (two years away). 55 teams compete to qualify for the 24-team tournament. The teams face off throughout June and early July.

 

The UEFA Euro Championship started in 1960 and have been held every four years since then. In 1927, the French Football Federation secretary, Henri Delaunay proposed the concept of a Europe-wide soccer competition where each nation’s best players would compete for their home team. In 1955 Henri Delaunay passed before seeing his dream come true, but in 1960 The Soviet Union won his memorial trophy in the first championship.

 

The Henri Delaunay Trophy was created by Henri’s son, Pierre two years before the first official tournament. The trophy was redesigned after almost 50 years for the 2008 tournament. The current iteration is made entirely of sterling silver, it weighs 18 lbs and stands 24 inches tall. The trophy is fashioned in a Greco-Roman style similar to a vase and has two braided handles on the side. The winner of the championship holds the trophy for four years until the next tournament and has their country’s name engraved on the back. The first, second and third place winners of the tournament also receive gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

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This summer, 24 European national soccer teams will compete to be crowned the greatest. The final game of the tournament will take place Sunday, July 10th.

 

At Spike’s Trophies, we love watching a good tournament. If you’ve got a championship coming up, consider taking a look at our crystal awards in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware; While you’re there, take a look at some of our customizable items like personalized name badges or spirit wear.

 

 

 

 

Awards Spotlight: The Wimbledon Challenge Cup

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like a baseline rally between two titans. Nothing like the ball coming off of a racquet at near one-hundred miles per hour. Nothing like a lunging volley that results in winning a match, we think it’s exhilarating to watch a competition in one of the western world’s oldest sports.

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A short flight across the pond will land you on the grass of tennis’ most hallowed courts. Wimbledon, located in London, England is the most famous single event in all of tennis. Legends of the sport have played there for over a century, many raising The Challenge Cup above their heads in victory. The likes of Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and hundreds before them have competed for a chance to hold the cup in all the glory of tennis’ biggest stage.

 

Since 1883, men have competed to be the champion of the Wimbledon tournament. Since 1888 The Challenge Cup has been presented to the winner. Wimbledon, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments is different from all other major tennis tournaments for one very important reason– It’s played on grass. Tennis courts are typically either hard surfaces or sometimes, clay. Grass is a much different surface, easily eroded by the player and affecting the bounce of the ball much differently.

 

Partially due to the novelty of the venue and partially due to the fabled history of the tournament, it’s estimated that Wimbledon attracts nearly half of a million global visitors during the competition.

 

The Challenge Cup stands eighteen inches high and is almost eight inches in diameter at its widest point. It’s made of silver gilt and is inscribed with the phrase “The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World.” Winners of the cup aren’t allowed to take it home and only hold the trophy for a few minutes. They are instead given a three-quarter-size replica to keep.

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At Spike’s Trophies, we celebrate the things worth celebrating. Whether it’s the greatest championship in tennis or just the office softball championship. Whether it’s Wimbledon’s Challenge Cup or an intramural sport trophy for your team in Delaware. So if you need a custom trophy for your New Jersey Sport’s team or a sport trophy for your team in Delaware, you can count on us.

Awards Spotlight: The Claret Jug

At Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like the thrill of a crushed drive that launches the ball hundreds of yards, over the hazards and onto the green. Nothing like an eagle on the 18th hole that results in a win. Whether it’s the most famous jug in the sport of golf or a custom trophy in New Jerseyfor your local tournament, it’s always something special to see a player commemorated for their performance.

 

The Open Championship, (referred to as The British Open in the U.S.), is one of golf’s greatest tournaments. This year will be the 145th time golf pros from around the globe come to compete in one of the four major golf tournaments. The British Open is the oldest current golf tournament in the world. First held in 1860, it has a long history.

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The Claret Jug (official name: The Golf Championship Trophy) was first awarded in 1873, the winner from 1872, Young Tom Morris’ name was engraved on it. The first outright winner of The Claret Jug was Tom Kidd. The award was won a record six times by Harry Vardon in the decades after Tom Kidd received the first award.

 

The award is presented by the Royal and Ancients Golf Club of St. Andrews based out of Fife, Scotland, known as the “Home of Golf.” It stands just over a foot tall and is silver in color. The winner has been presented with a replica of the trophy each year since 1928. The original is maintained by the R&A Club with the new winner engraved on the base each year. The winner of the tournament also receives a gold medal as part of a tradition dating back to the year before The Claret Jug was first awarded.

 

Over the past decade, the jug has been awarded to golfers including Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson. This year, the tournament is set to take place in Mid-July.

 

At Spike’s Trophies, we like to see great players hoist their awards in victory. Whether it’s Golf’s most famous jug or a little league sports trophy in Delaware, New Jersey or PA.

Famous Awards: The Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy

Here at Spike’s, we know there’s nothing like the roar of the crowd when the shot clock is winding down at the end of the game and the step-back three is good for the game-tying points. When the pretty dime leads to the alley-oop, statement dunk on the other end of the pass. When the off-hand, hesitatio n dribble breaks ankles and allows a drive to the hoop. In case you don’t know what we’re talking about, it’s NBA Playoffs time.

 

When it comes to national basketball, This is the best time to be a fan. The NBA Finals begin June 2nd, at the end of that series, one team will be awarded the much sought-after Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

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A History

In 1947, the first Basketball Association of America championship was held. In 1949, the Basketball Association of America was rebranded the National Basketball Association. From 1947 to 1983, the winning team of the finals received the Walter A. Brown Trophy. From 1975 to 1984, Larry O’Brien served as the commissioner of the NBA. During his 9 years as commissioner, O’Brien organized a number of landmark deals that allowed basketball to become the major national sport it is today, including the ABA-NBA Merger, the transfer of broadcast rights to CBS for a better contract, modified the college draft, reached an anti-drug agreement with the NBA Players Association and oversaw a number of major changes that modernized the sport.

 

In 1983, as the NBA was experiencing an eruption in attendance and national interest, they renamed the Walter A. Brown Trophy, the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Since 1983, both the design and the name of the trophy has remained the same.

 

Construction

The award weighs 14.5 pounds and stands two feet tall. It depicts a basketball rolling over the rim and into the hoop. The ball is near regulation size, nine inches in diameter. It is constructed of sterling silver and vermeil with a 24 karat gold overlay.  Manufactured by Tiffany.co, each of the trophies is valued at 13,500.

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The most recent recipients of the trophy were the Golden State Warriors, but 2016 could prove to be a different year.

 

Whether it’s high-school baseball trophies in PA, or basketball trophies on national TV, at Spike’s we think it’s worth recognizing recognition.

Awards Spotlight: NHL Individual Awards

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we know there’s nothing like a powerplay late in the third period when the score is tied. There’s nothing like the slap of the stick as the puck barrels towards the goal in mid-air. Whether that puck meets net or glove, when the game is on the line, especially during playoff season, we all hold our breath. In the NHL, it’s Stanley Cup Playoffs time.

 

The Stanley Cup is a big deal in the world of professional sports; it’s the highest honor that a North American hockey team can receive. There are a few other special awards in the National Hockey League that fans look forward to as well; the individual awards.

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The Hart Memorial Trophy

Named after Dr. David Hart, The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team. Each year since 1924 (with the exception of 2005), The Professional Hockey Writers Association votes on the most valuable player following the conclusion of the regular season. Hockey Legend Wayne Gretzky won the award an unprecedented 9 times (8 consecutively). Gretzky is the only player in North American sports to have received an MVP award that many times.

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The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Named in honor of Marie “Lady Byng” Evelyn Moreton, the trophy is awarded to the “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” Frank Boucher won the award 7 times in 8 years and still holds the record for most times awarded. Wayne Gretzky also won it five times. The trophy has been awarded to a player every season since 1925.

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The Vezina Trophy

 

Awarded to the top goaltender during the regular season, The Vezina Trophy is named for Georges Vezina of the Montreal Canadiens. Jacques Plante holds the record for most times awarded the trophy with 7. Thankfully, Wayne Gretzky couldn’t get this one

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The King Clancy Award

Francis “King” Clancy was one of hockey’s greatest humanitarians. Each year, the award that shares his name is awarded to the NHL player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.” No player has ever received the award more than once since its inception in 1988. The recipient of the trophy is decided by a panel of representatives from the Professional Hockey Writers Association and the NHL Broadcasters Association.

 

At Spike’s we commend commendation, we think it’s important to recognize an individual that stands out, whether it’s an office plaque in Philadelphia or a trophy on the national ice.