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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.

 

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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.

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At Last! Limited Edition Philadelphia Eagles Championship Plaques

The Philadelphia Eagles have cemented their place in history as the 2017 football champions!

Here at Spike’s Trophies, we are known nationwide for producing a wide variety of high-quality custom awards, trophies and plaques in NJ. To celebrate the momentous championship victory, we have produced a limited run of commemorative plaques. Have a look at a few below.

Laminated E-A-G-L-E-S “One Magical Season!” Wood Plaque

  • 13.5″ x 20.75″ on 5/8″ wood plaque
  • Trimmed in Eagles green and silver
  • Actual trimmed Front Page: 20″ x 10″ print size
  • Overall Plaque is 13.25″ x 22.75”

Encased in this plaque is the actual page E25 from the Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Reading “One Magical Season,” the front page shows Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, the game’s most valuable player, hoisting the coveted Lombardi Trophy while confetti falls around him.

Laminated E-A-G-L-E-S “Philly Special!” Wood Plaque

  • 13.5″ x 20.75″ on 5/8″ wood plaque
  • Trimmed in Eagles green and silver
  • Actual trimmed Front Page: 20″ x 10″ print size
  • Overall Plaque is 13.25″ x 22.75″

This plaque contains the actual page E25 from the Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Reading “Philly Special,” this front page shows just one section of the massive crowds the gathered throughout the streets of Philadelphia for their championship victory parade. This item is a must-have for any true Eagles fan.

That’s Not All

These Spike’s Laminated E-A-G-L-E-S Wood Plaques come with full-size, permanently laminated actual front pages (not copies.) We urge fans to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event with one (or all!) of these limited edition items.

If you live in the Greater Philadelphia area, you should check out our Center City showroom to see our vast collection Eagles-themed plaques in person. If you aren’t near Philly but still love the Eagles, you can order your plaque right here on our website!

For the top-tier supply of branded promotional products, custom corporate awards and trophies in PA, Spike’s Trophies is the place to be. To speak to a representative, please call 855-652-4030 at your convenience.

“Philly, Is This What Heaven Is Like?” – The Lombardi Trophy

“Philly – Is this what Heaven is Like?”, exclaimed Howie Roseman,the Philadelphia Eagles Executive VP of Football Operations from the (“Rocky”) Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the city’s Super Bowl parade celebration. The Lombardi Trophy stood a few feet to Roseman’s right on those infamous steps, as he and the whole team addressed the over three million Eagle fans that showed up this past Thursday on Feb. 8.

The fans came out to get a look at the cause of the heaven created in Philly — the Lombardi Trophy won in Super Bowl LII. The Lombardi trophy makes a city the “Center of the Football Universe,” as stated by Eagles defensive end, Chris Long.  But, the trophy is not only for the players and team. It is also for the many fans of the team, as Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins relayed to the throng in his speech while holding the cherished symbol of success, “This is for you all – Philly!”

How It Began

The Lombardi Trophy’s backstory is a bit different than that of the athletic trophies we supply to New Jersey and beyond, here at Spike’s Trophies. It all started back in 1966 on a cocktail napkin, a humble beginning for the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy, one of the world’s most prestigious trophies. The jeweler innocently sketched it, unbeknownst to him the legacy it would leave behind.

The first Super Bowl, called the AFL/NFL World Championship Game, was played in January following the 1966 season. At that time, the game was a competition between the champions of the National Football League and the American Football League. Around the third championship game, it became known as the Super Bowl, a term coined by Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and founder of the AFL.

After Super Bowl IV, the leagues merged and became the NFL, with teams divided into two conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The two conference champions play in the Super Bowl.

Test of Time

Today’s Super Bowl trophy design is nearly identical to the original. “That’s one of the secrets of the trophy’s success and durability. It’s always been the same, which makes it instantly recognizable.”

It was named the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 1970, before Super Bowl V. Lombardi, who died of cancer on Sept. 3, 1970, was a well-respected coach who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the first two Super Bowls.

The trophy is the perfect combination of modern and traditional. Made of sterling silver, it depicts a football sitting atop what resembles an elongated kicking tee–a plinth with three tapered, concave sides.

After the trophy is complete, the NFL symbol and the Super Bowl number are hand-engraved into a sheet stock of silver, which is applied to the base. The finished trophy stands 20-3/4 inches tall and weighs about seven pounds. Although it’s officially valued at $10,000 (1998), it’s a priceless symbol of hard-earned victory for the players and their fanbase.

Taking It Home

Until recently, there were 13 NFL teams that hadn’t won a Super Bowl: the Bengals, Bills, Browns, Cardinals, Chargers, Eagles, Falcons, Jaguars, Lions, Panthers, Texans, Titans and Vikings. The number 13 did NOT prove unlucky for the Eagles.

Immediately following a Super Bowl victory, the NFL Commissioner presents the trophy to the winning team. Sometimes during the celebratory festivities, the award is damaged. In this case, it’s returned to the manufacturer for repairs as well as the engraving of the team names and the final score. It then goes back to the team for permanent possession.

The teams are free to display the trophies where they want, so they end up in a variety of places, usually ending up in the lobby of the team’s facility.  The NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, OH has a copy of the trophy.

Sweet Victory

Along with the trophy, the players receive custom-designed rings and a cash award.  Most of the players on the winning team in Super Bowl 52 will make a $112,000 lump sum for their participation. Most of the losers will make $56,000, an even 50 percent of the winners’ shares.

After 52 years, the Vince Lombardi Trophy still stands as a sterling testimony to that accomplishment. “It’s a wonderful iconographic symbol of sports success in modern times.”  Each year, at the discretion of the owner of the winning franchise, a 3/4 size (16 inches tall, weighing 10 lbs.) actual replica Lombardi is available for distribution to the management, players and sponsors of the Super Bowl winners as a commemorative. Spike’s Trophies, Ltd. of Philadelphia, PA has been selected the authorized distributor of the Lombardi Trophy Replica this year for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Spike’s – Assisting to Celebrate Success!

Your organization can create a custom iconic symbol of success, with the assistance of Spike’s.  Contact us for a FREE spec art design for your branded iconic custom award, as the NFL has done in creating the Lombardi.  Just mention “Lombardi” for the FREE design concept.  We have come a long way from drawing on a napkin to present you a design concept. Challenge us!

World Championship commemorative items of the City of Philadelphia’s win can be found at https://www.gospikes.com/t-eagles-plaques.aspx, where you can find all types of football trophies for your NJ leagues.

Commemorate Nick Foles & the Philadelphia Eagles’ Championship Season with Limited Edition Plaques

Our last football entry reviewing the first half of the Philadelphia Eagles season ended with the following:

“If the Eagles continue to play this way, there will be many plaques and trophies in their future . . . Check back here (hopefully in February) to read the Philadelphia Eagles season review.

Well, we’re thrilled to say we told you so because it’s February and here are we celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ championship victory! That entry’s title began, “Carson Wentz & the…” whereas this one started off a bit differently. That part we certainly couldn’t have predicted.

Next Man Up

In Week 14, starting quarterback and MVP-favorite Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL, putting him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. The Eagles were forced to turn the offense over to Nick Foles. He, along with the rest of the team, stepped up, essentially going undefeated (discounting the last regular season game which was insignificant; Foles only played one series), culminating in their league championship victory.

After defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the playoffs, the Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings in the conference championship to earn the George Halas trophy. Finally, the team brought the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia for the first time in its 51-year history! Foles took home MVP honors for the big game after becoming the first player to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in said game.

Commemorate Good Times

To honor this major accomplishment, we’ve devised two limited edition Spike’s Laminated E-A-G-L-E-S Wood Plaques that contain actual full-sized, permanently laminated pages from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

One commemorative plaque encases the front page of the publication’s sports section from Mon., Jan 22, showcasing the team’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the conference championship, earning them the right to fight for the league championship. The headline reads “Suped Up!” with a picture of Jeffrey Lurie, the team’s owner, hoisting the George Halas trophy and head coach Doug Pederson standing beside him.

The other plaque contains the front page of the Feb. 5 edition of the newspaper, highlighting the Eagle’s win in the big game with the headline reading “At Last!”, showing Nick Foles as he hoisted the coveted Lombardi Trophy while confetti rained down around him.

Whether your New Jersey football league needs trophies or you want to commemorate this momentous occasion with limited edition souvenirs, you know who to call! For more regarding Spike’s Trophies and our multitude of plaques and athletic trophies in New Jersey, please call 855-652-4030.

Philadelphia 76ers: Midseason Review

At Spike’s Trophies, the premier provider of custom awards throughout PA, we are proud of Philadelphia’s sports teams, including the 76ers

The Sixers have played almost half of their games and sit just outside of playoff positioning at ninth place in the Eastern Conference. They have an even .500 win percentage with 19 wins and 19 losses.

The Good

  • Joel Embiid, after a streak of injury setbacks, is off to a terrific start. He’s played in 29 of a possible 38 games, with per game averages of 23.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and two blocks. It’s scary to think he only has 60 NBA games to his name. It’s difficult not to get excited about his future as he continues to learn and gain experience. If he stays healthy, he’ll be a force to reckon with for years to come.
  • Rookie sensation Ben Simmons has been just that: sensational. Drafted first overall by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, he is definitely living up to the hype. Only missing one game so far, the prolific point guard’s per game averages are 16.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Similar to Embiid, there is still so much room for growth as he plays more games and gains that critical experience. He already has the physical gifts and talent.
  • Second on the team in scoring is newly-signed sharpshooter J.J. Redick. He is shooting from the beyond the arc at a 40% clip while averaging just over 17 points per game. Besides the ever-significant shooting from long range, he also brings sorely needed veteran experience, having played in 88 playoff games as well. Fellow shooter Robert Covington is shooting at a career-high 39% from three-point land.

The Bad

  • With the first overall pick in last year’s draft, the 76ers traded up to select point guard Markelle Fultz. In his first regular season game, Fultz posted 10 points, three rebounds and one assist coming off the bench. However, a shoulder injury, deemed a scapular muscle imbalance, impaired Fultz’s shooting. After playing just four games, the 76ers elected to sit him until he recovers. He is now listed as day-to-day.
  • Although their youth is certainly a strength, the resulting inexperience is a weakness. Embiid and Simmons, their two best players, have played in a combined total of just 97 games. The Sixers organization and fan-base must continue to Trust the Process.

It’s unlikely they’ll win a championship this year, but it might be the first time they make the playoffs since 2012, and that’s a good start. The future is awfully bright for this talented, young squad.

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