Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Season Preview

The Philadelphia Eagles will begin the 2018 season as something they’ve never been before: reigning Super Bowl champions. After defeating the New England Patriots, led by the powerful duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, 41 to 33 in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, the Eagles begin their journey of defending their title September 6th at home against the Atlanta Falcons.

With the kickoff to a new NFL season looming, let’s preview the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles and see if these one-time underdogs have what it takes to consistently contend and potentially repeat as champions.

Offense

When MVP-candidate and franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, suffered a torn ACL in Week 14 against the Rams, the hopes of a deep postseason run hung in the balance for the Eagles. Coupled with the numerous other injuries they faced throughout the year, what followed was truly one of the most remarkable stories in sports about how backup QB Nick Foles led the Eagles to their first championship.

This upcoming season, the Week 1 availability of Wentz remains questionable. However, there is no denying that this is Carson Wentz’s team. When healthy, Wentz is a top-10 quarterback in the league. The intangible skills of leadership and confidence he possesses grant him the potential to be a star in this league for years. The Eagles return with a strong, and arguably the best, offensive line in football to protect their QB, and make way for running backs Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement.

The wide receiving corps is shaping up to look similar to the previous season, with the exception of Torrey Smith. Mike Wallace was brought in to fill that downfield speeder role, while Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor look to continue to be big-time targets. Tight ends Zach Ertz and rookie Dallas Goedert give the Eagles an edge in the red zone with two 6’ 5” threats.

Defense

Their defensive front is as dominant as any in the entire NFL. With superstar players like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, the emergence of 2017 1st-round pick Derek Barnett, and the new acquisition of Michael Bennett, any QB who is going up against the Eagles should be put on notice.

At the linebacker position, the Eagles have a solid group. However, the inability of Jordan Hicks to play a full season has hindered this position for the team. Nigel Bradham has played remarkably well and rightfully earned a five-year, $40 million contract.

The secondary is poised to be lockdown all season long. Most fans are looking forward to watching Sidney Jones get into the action after being sidelined while rehabbing from a torn Achilles. With talented corners in Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby, along with the hard-hitting safeties which include Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney Mcleod, the Eagles look just as strong this year on defense as they did during their championship run.

Prediction

As the leading sports trophy store near NJ, we are predicting the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East and return to the Super Bowl once again for a chance to repeat as champions.

When you are looking for a sports trophy in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, be sure to contact Spike’s Trophies at (215) 574-8100.

 

5 Steps for Cleaning Your Brass Trophies

For a lot of us, our hard-earned trophies may be among our most treasured possessions. There’s a reason why some folks will designate one of the rooms in their home as their trophy room: The tokens showcased there symbolize the proud achievements and significant milestones in our lives.

Keeping that in mind, it makes sense to learn the basics of keeping your trophies clean and shiny. While materials like pewter and stainless steel are very low-maintenance, awards made of brass or silver often require a good buffing.

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Rubbing an old NJ sports trophy with a tissue or your shirt sleeve can only get you so far. When it comes to your prized mementos, you should know how to really make them gleam.

As various materials call for different cleaning methods, we’re devoting this month’s blog to brass. Courtesy of the crew here at Spike’s, here are some tips for getting your brass trophies to shine.

1. Make Sure It’s Actually Brass

Unsure if your memento is made from brass or another metal?

Pro-tip: If it is brass, magnets will not stick to it.

2. Get Your Materials Ready

Before you start, make sure you have:

  • Brass cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • Warm, soapy water
  • Toothbrush
  • Three clean cloths

3. Rinse the Metal

Wearing your rubber gloves, thoroughly wash your trophy with one of the clean clothes and the soapy water. Though you don’t need to scrub the whole thing with the toothbrush, it does come in handy for reaching and brushing hard-to-reach edges and nooks.

4. Start Polishing

With a new clean, dry cloth, gently rub the brass cleaner over the entire metal surface of the trophy.

5. Buff Away

Using your last remaining cloth, rub off all of the cleaner, and buff the brass with the dry cloth until you have a sparkling finish. But be careful; don’t touch the trophy with your bare hands until everything has completely dried.

Are you looking for beautiful and affordable New Jersey sports trophies to use for your community’s games and events? Spike’s Trophies can help you out. Contact us today to learn more by giving us a call at 855-652-4030.

Camp Award Ideas for This Summer

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The announcement of awards is an essential element of the whole youth summer camp experience and is as universal as camp songs, awkward uniforms, and cold swimming pools. As such, it can be worth putting thought into exactly what your camp’s contests and awards will be for this year. In this month’s post, we at Spike’s Trophies, the go-to trophy company for the DE area, are offering a helping hand by pitching some ideas for summer camp awards and challenges.

  • The Cheerleader Award. This doesn’t have to refer to an actual cheerleader. A Cheerleader Award could also designate the camper who is the biggest “cheerleader” and supporter of kids, whether they’re giving emotional support to the other campers, helping them out with tasks and crafts, or offering encouragement to others in their personal goals. As for the perfect award, you might consider our 2” 3D Cheerleader Medal.
  • The Drama Award. This can be taken figuratively or literally. At a drama camp, this award could be given to the camper who is the most talented, practiced the most, or showed the most improvement. Otherwise, the Drama Award could even be affectionately given to the most drama-prone kid in the form of our 3D Drama Medal.
  • The Peacemaker Award. This could go to a camper who has distinguished themselves in their conflict mediation skills. Indeed, quarrels between kids tend to flare up quite a lot in many summer camps. Kids who have demonstrated an ability to intervene by calming down both sides, talking through their issues, and facilitating peace among campers are certainly deserving of an award for their developed social skills. The 3D Shaking Hands Medal from Spike’s Trophies might be just the ticket.
  • The Most Improved Award. This could be for anything, really. Whichever camper showed the most improvement in fitness, behavior, some sort of skill or craft, attitude, or who showed the most progress in sports or drama could be a contender for Most Improved. As for a tangible reward, our 3D Achievement Medal featuring a hand triumphantly holding an Olympic torch aloft may be an excellent fit.

This is not to mention Spike’s Trophies also offers customized medals, trophies, and sports plaques for New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia, and surrounding communities. Are you interested in learning more? Give Spike’s Trophies a call today at 855-652-4030!

The Importance of Recognition: Millennial Edition

Shedding Light on Millennial Employee Recognition

It seems that every time a discussion about work-ethic, achievements, and accolades is brought up, it always ends with a chastising remark geared towards the millennial generation. There is no generation, maybe besides the Baby Boomers, who are analyzed quite like how millennials are. As leaders in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sports trophy business, we understand just how crazy things can seem to be with millennials and their participation trophies; but we want to take some time to shed light on the importance of recognizing millennial employees in your company.

Explain the “why” behind a project

While not singular to millennials yet very prevalent in their generation, millennials crave the sentiment of showing up to work for a purpose and role that aligns with their values and extends past the paycheck. It’s unlikely that a millennial will work on a project or assignment that they do not fully understand the “why” behind. It’s best for managers at companies who hire millennial workers to explain the rationale behind the importance of the project for extra fuel to get the job done.

Celebrate Achievements and Accomplishments

The team at Spike’s Trophies can use their abundant supply of strong material to create custom awards with stunning designs. Maybe your company is looking to have an award made out of crystal, metal, or acrylic? No matter the style and design, all of the plaques and trophies from Spike’s are customized to each clients’ individual needs. Your business can choose exactly what you want to be inscribed on the award and in what style of font.

This trophy and award supplier houses the talent and technology available to implement your company’s logo onto a multitude of products, to conceive branding gifts for employees, clients, and partners. When you turn to Spike’s Trophies, you aren’t limited to awards with your logo printed on it. As the leading PA & NJ sports trophy supplier, we can handle customized orders on items such as USB flash drives, keychains, foam footballs, drawstring bags, mugs, and much more.

To learn more, head to our showroom in Center City or call 855-652-4030 today!

 

A Look at the 2018 Philadelphia Phillies

With the end of April just a few days away, the first calendar month of baseball is nearly in the books. With that, you have some contenders like the Houston Astros, as well as some pretenders such as the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

One team that is tough to put in either category is our beloved Philadelphia Phillies. While most of the city wanted to run manager Gabe Kapler after starting the season with a 1-3 record through the first four games, the Phillies have since gone on to win 13 out of their next 17. In this blog, we’re going to highlight the bright spots so far and what to look forward this season.

 

Gabe Kapler

 

Following the run of NL East titles, the Phillies felt like a ship out to sea with no captain. After the firing of Charlie Manuel, the organization looked toward Ryne Sandberg to usher in the new era. After just two seasons, Sandberg stepped down and was replaced by Pete Mackanin, who would also only last two seasons. Entering the 2017 offseason, the Phillies knew they had to find the next coach to take this young team to the next level. Gabe Kapler made a huge splash when he arrived in Philadelphia with a desire to create a fun locker room and enough analytics to remind us of Chip Kelly.

 

Jake Arrieta

 

The late spring training signing of Jake Arrieta made a lot of people question if the Phillies believe they are a year or two closer to contending than expected. The former Cy Young winner who parted ways with 2016 World Series winning Chicago Cubs, surprised many by choosing Philadelphia over the Washington Nationals. Through three starts, Arrieta looks like he did in his Windy City days and offers a lot of leadership for future ace, Aaron Nola.

 

Scott Kingery

 

Despite having an impressive Spring Training, the young elite middle infielder expected to start the season in AAA until the organization gained another year of control over him. However, days before the start of the season, Kingery inked himself a six-year, 24-million dollar contract. With club options that could turn into 66 million over nine seasons, the two sides struck up a deal that benefited both. The Phillies just locked down a promising young talent for the bulk of his prime for cheap, while Kingery was able to secure himself guaranteed money at a young age.

 

Could the Phillies take home the hardware in October? Probably not. But that can’t stop you from becoming a champion. Anyone looking for a leading trophy supplier in PA should look no further than Spike’s Trophies.

 

Give our team a call today to get your baseball team outfitted with athletic trophies in NJ, this spring.

It’s Time to Start Talking Dynasty with Villanova University

With another March Madness in the books, head coach Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats are taking home hardware once again. No, not a trophy from Spike’s Trophies, the best place to buy a sports trophy in PA, but another NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship trophy. Capturing their second title in three years, the idea that Wright and the Wildcats may have stumbled into the dynasty discussion has started to heat up.

 

One and Not Done

The idea of selling the path to the NBA with not as much importance on success in college, ushered in by Kentucky head coach John Calipari, has made it a big impact on the “blue chips” of college basketball. With the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Louisville and many others following suit, the era of “One and Done” was created in college basketball.

While many have been very vocal against this new wave of college hoops, not all have turned heel. Wright has continued to recruit players who intend on graduating from their university. With two national titles and three Big East titles, maybe there is something to having experienced leadership on the court.

 

Jalen Brunson

 Although Jalen Brunson declared for the NBA draft this past April, there is so much that has to be said about this kid from New Jersey. The 6′3” guard from Stevenson High School, Brunson, the son of NBA journeyman Rick Brunson, was a vital part of the two recent national titles. It didn’t take long for Brunson to start racking up the accolades either, capturing a national title in a freshman season is something very few can do.

He later went on to win another national title, the Naismith Award, the Wooden Award and AP Player of the Year in his junior season has cemented Brunson in the conversation of the best college basketball player of all-time. The culture Wright has created in Philadelphia has convinced future NBAers to stay and earn their degree.

 

While we can’t wait for college basketball to return, there are more sports to be played, games to be win and trophies raised. Those in need of a quality athletic trophy in NJ have come to the right place. Give our team at Spike’s Trophies a call today by dialing 855-652-4030.

Philadelphia 76ers: Playoff Bound!

Entering the 2017-18 season, we already knew the Philadelphia 76ers had talent. Joel Embiid already flashed his obscene upside and Ben Simmons was the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, along with several other potential positives.

Having said that, nothing is ever sure, especially when considering the uncertainty with Embiid and Simmons from a health standpoint, as well as the idea that younger teams tend to struggle in the league.

Exceeding Expectations

Fast forward to late March and “The Process” is definitely paying off so far. The Philadelphia 76ers have just clinched a playoff berth, which alone is reason to celebrate considering it’s the first time they’ve done so in six seasons, along with the fact that just two years ago the team only won 10 games. Let that sink in.

The last time the Sixers made the playoffs, their rotation consisted of players like Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes, Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young — none of whom are presently on the team.

Having just won eight consecutive games, the Sixers are sitting pretty in fourth place at 44-30, just ahead of the Indiana Pacers and right behind the Lebron-led Cleveland Cavaliers. With a healthy JoJo, Rookie of the Year favorite Ben Simmons, a recently returning number one draft pick Markelle Fultz and a solid supporting cast, no one wants to play this team in the first round.

FULTZ!

Like the Eagles fans mocked the infamous Viking chant by yelling “Foles!”, the Sixers fans in attendance at Markelle’s first game back put their own spin on it by yelling “Fultz!”

Having missed a majority of the season with a mysterious shoulder injury, the fans were happy to have him back, and he was certainly happy to be back. In just 14 minutes of action, he put up 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting, along with four boards and eight assists. Providing efficient numbers across the board, the team was a successful plus-16 while he was on the court.

No Guarantees

While this has been the franchise’s most successful season in quite some time, it isn’t over, and nothing is guaranteed. Fans should certainly be excited for the playoff run and following seasons for potential championships. Even if they don’t make it to the NBA Finals this season, the team and its fanbase should be proud of how far they’ve come. “The Process” is paying off.

For the leading engraving company serving New Jersey with custom trophies, plaques, branded merchandise and more, visit Spike’s Trophies! Whether you need star awards in New Jersey for corporate recognition or baseball trophies for your Pennsylvania spring league, this is the place to get them. Check back here to stay up to date with the 76ers’ playoff run and other Philly sports teams.