Carson Wentz & the Philadelphia Eagles: 2017 Midseason Review

If the Super Bowl champions were crowned halfway through the season, it would be the Philadelphia Eagles holding trophies. Unfortunately for Philly sports fans, that is not the case. However, they have much to be excited about. Minus a few mishaps, the first half of the 2017 regular season has gone incredibly well. The Eagles sit atop not only their division but the entire National Football League with a blistering hot eight wins and only one loss.


The Good


In his sophomore season, quarterback Carson Wentz has progressed very nicely. Although his completion percentage is down by a mere 2%, he’s already thrown for 23 TDs, whereas last year he finished with 16. At this rate, he should have no problem more than doubling last year’s total by season’s end. Wentz is also on pace to throw fewer interceptions while throwing for more yards.


The receiving corps has been a vital factor in his success. Third-year receiver Nelson Agholor has shown significant improvement, already setting career highs for both TDs and yards in a season, and is on pace to easily surpass his reception total. Veteran wideout Alshon Jeffery, new to the Eagles this year, has also been solid. Agholor and Jeffery each have five TDs so far.


Zach Ertz, tight end for the Eagles since 2013, is on pace to set a career high in receiving yards while he has already set a new high in TDs.


The Bad


Every team suffers injuries. It’s the nature of the game. So far, they’ve lost veteran pass-catching running back Darren Sproles, veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters and star middle linebacker Jordan Hicks for the season due to injury. While they aren’t suiting up for games, they continue to impact the team behind the scenes – supporting, teaching and motivating their teammates as best as they can.


The Future


Although they lost Sproles due to injury and Ryan Mathews was cut back in August, they signed bruising running back LeGarrette Blount this past offseason who has contributed three TDs so far. And in even bigger news, the Eagles recently landed dynamic running back Jay Ajayi in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. He has the potential to make a major impact going forward, relegating Blount and fellow backs Corey Clement Wendell Smallwood to complementary roles where they are better suited.


If the Eagles continue to play this way, there will be many plaques and trophies in their future. They have a legitimate shot to win the Super Bowl and Wentz is an early favorite to win the league’s most valuable player award.


Check back here (hopefully in February) to read the Philadelphia Eagles season review.

Shedding Light on Famous Awards: The Country Music Association Awards

At Spike’s Trophies, we literally go gaga over glass awards and trophies, whether headed to mantles in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. As lovers of awards and award ceremonies, we are eagerly awaiting this year’s 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards. Airing the 8th of November, they’ll unite the country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. As far as events go, the CMAs are some of the most spectacular. Since 1958, they’ve been shining a light on the best of country music.

The Superstars

Who hasn’t heard of Brad Paisley or Carrie Underwood, right? Brad returns to the CMAs for his 10th consecutive year on the stage as co-host of the ceremony. Beyond being a host of legend, Brad Paisley’s also an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, filmmaker, and a comedian to boot!  As of today, Brad has earned himself 24 #1 tracks in the country music genre. In 2017 he released his latest and 11th studio album, LOVE AND WAR—one that will likely garner awards of its own.

The American Idol superstar herself, Carrie Underwood is also making her 10th appearance on the CMAs as co-host. Dating back to her performance of “Jesus, Take the Wheel” back in 2005, she’s been a sensation in everything she’s done. Alongside Brad Paisley, she’ll be one amazing host this year, without a doubt. Carrie herself has been awarded six CMAs, such as the CMA Horizon Award, the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and CMA’s Single of the Year.

The Gorgeous Trophies!

Honestly, who’d watch the CMAs if it weren’t for the rich walnut and sturdy marble trophies? We appreciate custom awards here in PA and the CMA Award trophy—conceived in ‘67—is no exception. A brass musical note adorns the front of the award, signifying style, strength, durability, and warmth. Because of the limited supply of walnut, its crafters transitioned to a crystal material in 1983. The trophy you see beaming on screen is assembled from a truly artisanal, hand-blown Florentine crystal. Spike’s Trophies can detect craftsmanship from a television or smartphone away.

As you’re celebrating the Country Music Association Awards this year, we invite you to take a gander at our selection of awards, trophies, and plaques. A little commemoration can make a superstar out of anyone!

Some of the Most Infamous Trophies in Sports Brought to You by Spike’s Trophies

If sports are about competition, then trophies are about commemoration, and reward. At Spike’s Trophies, just a state away from New Jersey, we value the athletic trophy that goes to your kids, as much as the professionals. We absolutely love everything about the design and look of them. In the eye of the beholder, there’s plenty of artistry and craftsmanship to appreciate.

In honor of all the golf, basketball, and baseball trophies we’ve collected and customized in PA, we wanted to revisit some of the most infamous in the industry.

The Crowned Champion

When you’re so talented at baseball that you’re winning the triple crown, perhaps a crown is in fact in order. Miguel Cabrera was awarded a golden, baseball-topped MLB crown back in 2012.

A Most Unfortunate Cup

You soccer fans out there have probably caught sight of the awkward golden globe that is the trophy of the FIFA World Cup. What irks us and any award connoisseur the most is that it is not a cup by any stretch of the imagination. Aside from that, it isn’t all that big as far as awards for worldwide championships go.

The Award for Most Literal

We pester the MLB again, remembering the real gold baseball glove and silver bat that they award to their most offensive and defensive player of the year. We wonder if anyone’s ever felt like playing a game of baseball with them.

Commissioner’s Paperweight

Call it what you will, but the winners of the MLB World Series certainly take home a strange one. As it so happens, the Commissioner’s Trophy is one of four major sports awards which does not commemorate a famous figure. A ring of flags almost resembles gigantic birthday candles.

A Single Most Fabulous Trophy

Women’s trophies deserve as much praise and highlight as any others. The golden plate of Wimbledon’s women’s singles trophy can only be compared to something regal, surpassing its male counterpart by a long shot. Side by side, they form one of the best pairs of trophies we’ve ever seen.

We hope you also appreciate the diversity and infamy of sports trophies. If you want to add an awesome and infamous trophy to your own personal collection, feel free to give us a call at Spike’s Trophies.

Famous Awards: The Golden Raspberry

The Academy Awards, also known as The Oscars, are world-renowned for honoring excellence in film every year. Clint Eastwood, Kathryn Bigelow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington and Cate Blanchett are just a few of the many incredible talents that have been awarded Oscars for their cinematic achievements.

On the other end of the spectrum are The Golden Raspberry Awards, commonly referred to as The Razzies. These awards are not as honorable. Each year, they recognize the worst that the film industry has to offer.

They named it after a raspberry to reference “blowing a raspberry.” The actual award consists of a golf ball-sized raspberry, placed upon a Super 8mm film reel. The entire statue is even spray-painted the color gold.

It Happens To The Best Of Us

In the 37-year history of the Golden Raspberries, some of those who have been “awarded” Razzies have also earned Academy Awards. Even the most talented filmmakers make bad choices or take part in not-so-great movies. Believe it or not, Al Pacino, Kevin Costner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Marlon Brando, and Will Smith have all managed to win awards for both excellence and disappointment.

While most of the “winners” won’t actually accept the award, there are some with a sense of humor that do.

In March of 2004, Ben Affleck jokingly complained that he was stiffed for not receiving his Worst Actor trophy, which he won for Gigli, Daredevil, and Paycheck collectively. Not long after, Affleck appeared on Larry King Live where he was given his trophy. “It’s a little cheap,” he said while pulling the trophy apart on live television. You can be sure that if you need trophies or awards in NJ, PA or beyond, it will be of higher quality than a Razzie.

The next year, Halle Berry attended the ceremony to accept her award for Worst Actress for the critically-panned Catwoman. She brought with her the Oscar she won for her excellent work in Monster’s Ball. Berry held it in one hand while she held the Golden Raspberry Award in the other exclaiming, “Thank you so much. I never in my life thought I would be up here,” poking fun at the speech she gave when she won the Academy Award.

If you want to honor someone for an incredible accomplishment, or as a fun gag, Spike’s Trophies is the place to go. Our customization of all kinds of products is top-notch. Although we normally provide trophies for NJ and PA, they are famous nationwide. Check back here to learn more about noteworthy trophies!

Joel Embiid: Trust The Process?

Originally planning on becoming a professional volleyball player, Joel Embiid started playing basketball when he was 15 years old. The next year, he moved from Africa to the United States to fully commit to his new goal – playing professional basketball.

Off to a good start, he attended the University of Kansas, where there is a rich history of successful college basketball. After only playing one year, the seven-footer declared that he’d be submitting his name into the 2014 NBA Draft pool.

High Prospects, Major Setbacks

Just six days before the draft, he had the broken navicular bone in his right foot surgically repaired, putting him on the shelf for an estimated four to six months. Still, the Philadelphia 76ers selected him third overall, accomplishing his goal of becoming an NBA player.

Unfortunately, that original estimation turned out to be inaccurate. Four to six months soon became a year. A CT scan discovered his foot wasn’t healing properly, and one year became two years after undergoing a second surgery. In all, Embiid missed two entire seasons.

He played in his first NBA game in 2016. Embiid started at center for Philadelphia’s first preseason game, recording six points, four rebounds, and two blocks in 13 minutes of playing time.

On Oct. 26, 2016, he finally made his long-anticipated regular season debut. He scored 20 points, snagged seven boards, and blocked two shots, playing 25 minutes. His success continued as the NBA named him the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October, November, December, and January.

Things were finally looking up for Joel and the 76ers until it was revealed in early February that he tore his left meniscus. He was eventually ruled out for the rest of the season.

Trust The Process

Playing in only 31 games over three seasons, he’s averaging 20.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. The talent and skill are clearly there. His potential is through the roof. But obviously the question remains, can he stay healthy?

After tanking to secure better draft picks, the phrase “Trust the Process” became incredibly popular among fans and journalists, so Embiid nicknamed himself – “The Process.” It seems as though trusting the actual process paid off, as they now have a wealth of young talent in their organization – including Jahlil Okafor, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Markelle Fultz. But can Philadelphia trust “The Process?” He wants to stay healthy and bring basketball trophies to PA for many years to come, but his track record says that might not be likely. Only time will tell.

For the best trophy company serving NJ and PA, visit Spike’s Trophies! And don’t forget to check back here to learn more about the athletes that play here in Philadelphia.

Kevin Durant Parades The Larry O’Brien Trophy Through Hometown

Thursday, August 17, 2017 was Kevin Durant Day in his hometown in Prince George’s County. Kevin Durant was honored with his very own day, riding down Seat Pleasant Drive in a silver Corvette, greeting fans with the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The Golden State Warriors won their second NBA championship in three years – earning them this famous, iconic award.

It might not have been the image of Kevin Durant parading through his hometown while holding the Larry O’Brien championship trophy that Wizards fans had hoped for when Durant was the league’s most sought after free agent last summer. But needless to say, they were excited to have him home.

Durant, who has donated over one million dollars to the community, greeted every fan so they could take pictures and sign autographs, of which there were an estimated 20,000 that showed up to take part in the festivities. The money goes toward improving the local basketball courts and gyms, where Durant himself played when he was younger.

Parading through the streets that he grew up in and hoisting a trophy like that must have been surreal for Durant. All the children in attendance who look up to him, both literally and figuratively, would normally only dream of winning such a trophy. But Kevin Durant is living proof that dreams can come true.

The trophy is named after Larry O’Brien, who was the commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1975 to 1984. During his nine years serving as commissioner, O’Brien completed several important deals that catapulted basketball into the national spotlight, helping it become the popular sport it is today. Such deals include the infamous ABA-NBA merger, modifications to the college draft, an anti-drug agreement with the NBA Players Association, as well as many other significant changes that improved the League. If it weren’t for him, we might not ever have heard of a player like Kevin Durant.

Playing with fellow superstars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, Durant has a great opportunity to bring this trophy home for the next few years and the Warriors can go down in the history books as a true dynasty.

Hopefully, someday soon, we’ll see the likes of Claude Giroux, Joel Embiid, or Carson Wentz parading through PA with trophies and awards.

If you’re interested in personalized products and awards like medals, trophies, and plaques in NJ and PA, visit Spike’s Trophies!

Carson Wentz & The Eagles – 2016 Review/2017 Preview

With the NFL preseason in full swing, Philadelphians are counting down the days until the regular season begins in Washington on Sunday, September 10. Looking to lead the Eagles for his second straight year, is quarterback Carson Wentz.

Wentz was drafted second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. The original plan was for him to sit and learn his first season, but those plans changed when the Eagles traded away quarterback Sam Bradford.

Ups and Downs

Carson and the Eagles’ 2016 started off promising. He made his first regular season start in Week 1 against the Browns. Wentz threw for 278 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, leading to a 29–10 win, receiving the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honor – which he also earned in Weeks 3 and 5.

The next week, Wentz threw for 190 yards and a touchdown in a 29–14 victory over the Bears, becoming the first rookie quarterback since 1970 to win his first two games of the season without throwing an interception.

In Week 3 against the Steelers, Wentz finished with 301 passing yards and 2 touchdowns leading the Eagles to a 34-3 victory, earning the title of NFC Offensive Player of the Week, as well as NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.

After their Week 4 bye, the Eagles lost 9 of their last 13 games, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season. They finished the season with 7 wins and 9 losses.

Wentz finished with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on the season. He threw 379 completions, simultaneously setting a rookie record and a franchise record. Although, he also set the single-season franchise record with 607 pass attempts, which is the second most attempts by a rookie in league history.

Their running backs were solid if unexceptional, with Ryan Mathews leading the way. It was the lack of talent and experience at wide receiver that held them back. Wentz depended on tight end Zach Ertz and running back Darren Sproles for many of his passes.

Looking Ahead

The Eagles used free agency to improve their biggest weakness. They signed wideouts Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery. Both have played well in the past but at times have been held back by injuries and poor supporting casts. Carson Wentz now has the weapons around him to take his play to the next level. These two talents, along with Matthews, Ertz, and Sproles gives him the tools to run virtually any passing play.

Carson Wentz has a great opportunity in front of him to improve on what was a decent rookie campaign. With a better supporting cast, it’s up to him and the coaching staff to make sure he continues to learn the NFL game as well as the team’s playbook, to lead the Philadelphia Eagles back to the playoffs and bring more trophies and awards to PA.

Local teams throughout PA and NJ looking for plaques, medals, trophies, and other types of awards, can come to Spike’s Trophies. Also, be sure to check our blog regularly to read more about the latest news in college and professional sports!

Famous Awards: The U.S. Open Championship Trophy

Nothing beats taking home a trophy, medal, or crystal award after winning a competition. The U.S. Open golf tournament is one of the biggest golf competitions there is. The winner receives the U.S. Open Championship Trophy. It may not be the most creative name for a trophy, but that doesn’t make it any less coveted.

The trophy has a handle on opposite sides of a silver cup, sitting atop a base made of sterling silver. Engraved on one side of the trophy is the following “United States Golf Association Open Championship.” Underneath, there is an engraved laurel wreath surrounding four golfers.
The trophy’s lid is topped with a winged, female figure that represents victory. Around the base are the names of the previous winners.

It is 18 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter and weighs approximately 8.5 pounds.

History Lesson

The trophy was first presented by the United States Golf Association in 1947. The current version is a replica of the original trophy, created by the Gorham company, that is dated back to the first tournament in 1895.

The winner of the 1946 U.S. Open, Lloyd Mangrum, took the original to Tam O’Shanter, the clubhouse of his home course, near Chicago. Unfortunately, that clubhouse caught fire and the trophy was lost.

Before that, 1898 U.S. Open winner Fred Herd was known to be a heavy drinker. The USGA was so nervous about allowing him to bring the trophy home that they made him put down a cash deposit on it! They were afraid he would pawn it for drinking money. Luckily, he did not make that choice.

What About Today?

Winners of the tournament still get to hold on to U.S. Open Championship Trophy for a year. The winner is also awarded the Jack Nicklaus Medal –  a gold medal they can keep forever.

U.S. Open winners can order a trophy replica from the silversmith company used by the USGA if they’d like to have one to keep. The golf course hosting the tournament can do the same. Only one replica is allowed per winner and golf course.

Having something to show for all your hard work at the end of a long journey is quite rewarding. To find the perfect customizable trophy, medal, or acrylic award, you can always count on Spike’s Trophies!

Famous Philadelphia Athletes: Nolan Patrick

He isn’t necessarily a famous Philly athlete yet, but many are expecting him to become one.

Flyer fans are chomping at the bit to see Nolan Patrick develop and bring many plaques and trophies, specifically the Stanley Cup, to Philadelphia over the next several years. Hockey gurus expected him to be selected first overall by the New Jersey Devils this past summer, but when they passed on him, perhaps because of his injury history, he fell to the Flyers at the second overall pick in the NHL Draft.

It’s In His Blood

You might say ice runs through his family’s veins. His two sisters play hockey. His father Steve Patrick played 250 games in the NHL while his uncle James Patrick has experience playing and serving as an assistant coach in the NHL. On his mother’s side, his uncle Rich Chernomaz is also a former NHL player.

Good From The Get-Go

Even at the age of 14, he was a highly coveted prospect. Patrick was drafted 4th overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2013 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft. Due to injury, the 2014-15 season became his rookie year with the club. It was a successful one as he took home the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s rookie of the year, even though he missed 17 games due to injury.

Thrives Under Pressure

The next season, Patrick finished fifth in the league in scoring, becoming the first 17-year old Wheat King player to finish with over 100 points in almost 40 years. That year the Wheat Kings became WHL champions, winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup. In the postseason, Patrick led all players in points and was thus selected as the WHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player.


The next season, 2016-2017, Nolan Patrick was named the captain of the Wheat Kings. But just six games into the season, he once again suffered an upper-body injury. It was later revealed to be a complication of his sports hernia injury from the year before.

He was not medically cleared to participate in Team Canada’s 2017 World Junior training camp and therefore didn’t play in the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

What’s Next?

Regarding Partick, NHL director of Central Scouting Dan Marr was quoted as saying that he is the complete NHL package and has everything any team might be looking for.

Inevitably, if he can stay healthy, Nolan Patrick’s ceiling is very high. He will look to add to his collection of trophies as soon as this upcoming season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Awards, Uniforms, & Other Personalized Souvenirs Perfect for Summer Are Always Available at Spike’s Trophies

With school over for the year and the summer officially beginning, most kids are experiencing their favorite time of the year. The warm weather and spare time grant children the chance to partake in daytime activities that wouldn’t be possible during the school year. Most parents will be looking for sports leagues and summer camps for their kids to participate in so they stay active and social. Leagues and camps will want customized awards whether it’s trophies, medals, or swimming ribbons in PA, NJ, or DE, to offer their participants and winners.

Fortunately, we at Spike’s Trophies have anything a summer sports league or camp could ever ask for. We can personalize almost all of our products to specify a particular person, league, team, camp, or business. With two locations in Center City Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia, it is easy for coaches or counselors to stop by and check out our full lineup of various sports awards. You can even bring your team or group in with you to see what kind of trophy they want to work towards.

Our vast collection of plaques, sculptures, promotional items and more, are ideal for company picnics and other events as well. Send employees and their families home with a gift bag full of souvenirs like a stainless steel tumbler, a keychain, a mug, and sunglasses with your company logo on it! We also have a line of leather products that can be customized like wallets, ID holders, notebook cases, mug sleeves, and money clips.

With our extensive selection of personalized spirit-wear, we can make your team look official with our top of the line uniforms. Or, keep your camp group together and easy to identify on field trips with matching camp t-shirts. Create a logo or design a shirt and we can make it a reality! Inevitably, work with one of our experienced graphic designers to help you come up with an original design to make your team stand out.

Famous nationwide for our customizable and commemorative gifts, Spike’s Trophies has served Philadelphia and beyond for almost 90 years! To check out our full catalog, visit us at one of our showrooms or browse the rest of our website. To find out how you can provide your summer camp or sports team with personalized trophies, customized souvenirs, or marble awards in NJ, PA, or DE, please call us at 855-652-4030.