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.

Spike’s Trophies Discusses the Liberty Bell

At Spike’s Trophies, we have a wide variety of high-quality trophies, sculptures, and other sorts of awards. With Independence Day just around the corner, there is one such sculpture that we are honored to highlight; our line of Liberty Bell replicas.

The timeless message on the Liberty Bell reads: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof” – a Biblical reference from the Book of Leviticus (25:10)

A legendary symbol of freedom, hope, and of course, liberty, the Liberty Bell inspired many. Abolitionists, Civil Rights leaders, and women’s suffrage advocates alike all took inspiration from this now famous inscription over the years.

Back in the day, it was known as the State House Bell. It was held in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, which is now known as Independence Hall. In 1751, Isaac Norris, Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly, initially ordered a bell made for said tower from the Whitechapel Foundry in London. It cracked during the first test ring. Right here in Philadelphia, local metalworkers John Pass and John Stow melted that very bell in order cast a new one. It was this bell that would ring to notify the townspeople.

The time and place of the initial crack of the Liberty Bell are not on record. But it was in 1846 when the city elected to repair the bell before George Washington’s birthday holiday. Workers widened the thin crack to stop it from spreading further. Little known to most, that wide crack in the Liberty Bell is actually this repair job. If you look carefully, you can even see the marks from the drill bit. Thus, the repair was unsuccessful due to the development of another fissure. It was this second crack that officially silenced the bell. It runs from the abbreviation for “Philadelphia” through the word “Liberty.”

It is now on display at The Liberty Bell Center, open year-round from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M for all to see. This expansive location consists of interesting historical documents and more that examine the facts and the myths about the bell.

Go home with a small piece of Philadelphia by getting a personalized replica of the Liberty Bell, carefully crafted by Spike’s Trophies! Don’t hesitate to give us a call by dialing 855-652-4030. Also, feel free to browse the rest of our website to check out our entire lineup of awards.

3 Ways A Company Can Recognize Their Employees

Everyone likes to be recognized for their hard work and success every once in awhile. If no one notices your efforts or achievements, it can be discouraging. The work can feel pointless. Sometimes that little pat on the back is enough to make someone try a little harder and put more effort into their work. At Spike’s Trophies, we create all kinds of unique pieces that can serve as corporate recognition awards for our customers in Philadelphia. But there are many other ways to recognize an employee’s efforts in the workplace.

1. Everyday Recognition
This type of recognition isn’t extravagant and should be done often. It can be as simple as verbal praise for a job well done, one-on-one or during a meeting for all to hear. If someone may be embarrassed for being highlighted, it may be better to tell them personally. Or, you can execute this through email, social media, or even a company newsletter for others to see. This doesn’t just have to be given from managers to their employees. Employees can also be encouraged to praise each other. This helps develop camaraderie and a positive work environment.

2. Informal
There are several informal, low-cost options when it comes to recognizing an achievement. Any employee should be eligible for such recognition. Although, the amount of awards or how this can be done should be based on the goals of the company or department. This could be in the way of a surprise pizza party, so everyone gets to benefit, or a small gift card ($25 – $100). Instead of just handing the gift card to the recipient, another method of delivering it is to mail it to the person’s home along with a thank you card. That way, the other employees are unaware of it. Alternatively, the recipient’s family will see it and be proud of their loved one.

3. Formal
More formal forms of recognition aren’t given out as often. They can be the endgame of a more structured event or program. Nominations and voting can be held. There can be a formal ceremony as an end of the quarter or end of the year celebration. These are made public for everyone to recognize. The criteria for these kinds of programs are based on the objectives of the company. Not as many employees are recognized this way, holding it in higher esteem. These awards can be a certificate, plaque, desk clock, watch, etched crystal, engraved acrylic, or any combination of those and more.

To search our wide array of corporate recognition awards available to customers in Bucks County, PA and many other areas, please browse our site or give us a call at 855-652-4030 for more information.

Spike’s Trophies Discusses the Stanley Cup

At Spike’s Trophies, the famous trophy company in Philadelphia, we know a good trophy when we see one. We’re talking about the award that goes to the Stanley Cup Champions. They say it’s the hardest trophy to win all of professional sports. The teams that eventually make it to the Stanley Cup Finals have already played at least 100 games! It is a fast, physical sport and the season is long and grueling. By the time the playoffs come around, teams are beat up and the players are battling through multiple injuries… all for a chance at the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup was originally conceived as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup in 1892. It was named after the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston. Hence, one of its nicknames, Lord Stanley’s Cup. It was awarded to the best amateur ice hockey club in Canada.

Fast forward 125 years and the Cup has grown five times its original height. Unlike other professional sports, a new trophy isn’t made each year. When a new champion is crowned, the names of the players and coaches are engraved on the Cup itself. It is updated over the years as they run out of room.

The NHL is divided into two conferences, the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. The best eight teams from each conference make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Each team plays another in their conference in what is called a best-of-seven series. The first team to four wins advances to the next round. This year, the Nashville Predators have come out of the Western Conference for the first time in the franchise’s 20-year history. The Pittsburgh Penguins also came out of the Eastern Conference for the second straight year, seeking to win back-to-back titles.

Ask any hockey player fortunate enough to win it. They’ll tell you it was one of the hardest things they’ve ever had to do but it was well worth it to lift the Cup high above their head. They celebrate with their teammates in the locker room drenched in champagne while actually using the Stanley Cup to drink it.

One of the more fun traditions in sports, each player on the winning team gets to have the Cup for a day or two over the summer. Needless to say, it’s seen some crazy things. It’s seen the bottom of a couple swimming pools. It is even rumored that in 1994, New York Ranger Eddie Olczyk fed the Kentucky Derby winner out of the Stanley Cup. In 2006, winner Doug Weight and his family ate an ice cream sundae out of it. In 1996, Sylvain Lefebrve had his first child baptized inside it.

A beautiful trophy is a great way to recognize a long journey of dedicated effort, no matter what line of work you’re in. For top-of-the-line trophies and other awards of recognition, go to Spike’s Trophies, the famous Philadelphia trophy company.

Focusing on Famous Philadelphia Athletes: Allen Iverson

Home to the nationally famous Spike’s Trophies where you can get all your sports ribbons in PA, Philadelphia is also home to the NBA’s 76ers. Beginning from when he was drafted by them (first overall in 1996) to when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets ten years later, Allen Iverson was the talk of the town for a decade. Listed at the limited height of six feet tall (short by the NBA’s standards) Allen was the ultimate underdog. Although off the court he found himself in some precarious situations, on the court he was an absolute stud. Here is a list of SOME of his accomplishments:

Drafted 1st Overall
– Shortest player ever to be taken first at 6’ tall

NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
– Broke the rookie record of three straight games with at least 40 points set by Wilt Chamberlain. Allen had five straight games with 40 points, one of which he had 50.

11-time NBA All-Star (out of 14 seasons)
– 2 time NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)

3 time All-NBA First Team (1999, 2001, 2005)

3 time All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2002, 2003)

Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2016

The Philadelphia 76ers retired his number 3 jersey

The 2000-2001 Season

That season, Allen Iverson did just about everything – well, almost. Elected as a starter on the All-Star team at the midway point of the season, Iverson helped lead the Eastern Conference to victory, earning him the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

The 76ers finished the regular season atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 56 wins and 26 losses. Allen averaged, then a career best, 31.1 points per game for first in the league for the second time thus far. He also averaged a league-high 2.5 steals per game. All of this and more earned him the Most Valuable Player award, becoming the shortest and lightest player to do so.
In the playoffs, the 76ers beat the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, and the Milwaukee Bucks to make it all the way to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, this is where the Cinderella story comes to an end. Up against the star power of the Los Angeles Lakers, namely Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, the Sixers were no match.

One of the best to ever lace them up, Allen Iverson played right here in Philly, home to Spike’s Trophies where we have all you need when it comes to ribbons and awards in PA. Please check out the rest of our site to see our entire lineup of apparel and request a quote. If you have any questions, visit us in store, or call us at 855-652-4030.

Why You Need to Shop for Apparel Online at Spike’s Trophies

Everyone knows about Spike’s Trophies—especially if you live in the Greater Philadelphia area! Although we are famous nationwide, we are particularly well-known for our top-of-the-line sports trophies, ribbons, and awards we offer to our customers in and around PA. As you may not know, we also carry sportswear from all of the name brands:

● Adidas
● American Apparel
● Champion
● Columbia
● Dickies
● Econscious
● Fruit of the Loom
● Hanes
● New Balance
● Under Armour
● Plus over 50 more – browse our website to see the rest of the list

With so many colors, styles, and sizes to choose from—not to mention custom lettering or numbers—keeping track of bulk orders could be complicated, but our website makes it incredibly easy. You can filter our huge inventory by brand, gender, fabric, sleeve style or length, color, earth-friendliness, etc. There is even a tool to request a quote when you’re finished.

If you’re unfamiliar with some of the terminology when it comes to apparel, our online site has a comprehensive guide to any and every term. This glossary has vocabulary pertaining to different cuts, forms of knitting, weight, necklines, collar types, fits, materials, and so on. We want to make sure you know exactly what you’re ordering. After all, we’d hate for you to open your package when it arrives and discover that the jerseys you ordered are not what you expected.

We provide sportswear for athletes of all sizes and all ages. We’ve got t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, pants, shorts, headwear, outerwear, bags, and accessories. And we haven’t forgotten about infants and toddlers either. Spike’s Trophies has sizes for the little ones as well.

Not strictly for staying active, we’ve got quality casual wear that’s perfect for both style and comfort. Whether you’re going for a run, going out, or just hanging out, we’ll make you look good. There’s something for everyone to feel comfortable wearing!

For the most intuitive website in apparel, plaques, trophies, and baseball awards in PA, you need Spike’s Trophies. Feel free to browse our site to see our entire lineup of apparel and request a quote. If you have any further questions, visit us at our store in Philadelphia, or give us a call at 855-652-4030.

Are Participation Trophies Teaching the Right Values?

Are handing out participation trophies creating an entitled generation, or are they warranted and teaching the right values?

It’s an interesting debate.

Lots of parents seem to dislike it because a participation award sends the message that we are too easy on our children and aren’t teaching them the cruel realities of life. The kids, however, smile from ear-to-ear when they receive their awards and showcase them on their mantels.

Let’s discuss the arguments for and against participation trophies, according to Spike’s Trophies, a leading trophy manufacturer in Philadelphia.

The Argument For It


  • Rewarding Effort – Despite the record of a team and ability of an athlete, children should be rewarded for showing up to the practices, working hard, learning and improving their talents, and being there for his teammates. Making a commitment and keeping it should be recognized.
  • More To Sports Than Winning - Focusing on just winning and losing doesn’t emphasize the other lessons and values that are important. There is a time to recognize winning and losing, but not in the pre-teen years. Improvement is more important than wins and losses.
  • Better Than Sitting At Home - One of the reasons why children play sports is so they’re not sitting at home and playing video games or watching television all day long. That ribbon or trophy is an award for going out and doing something. There should be some value in that.


The Argument Against It

In August of 2015, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jerome Harrison came home disgusted that his two boys “earned” participation trophies. He went and sent them back.

Here’s what he had to say about it via his Instagram:

“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues

The people who oppose participation trophies say it builds entitlement and creates a false sense of self-importance. Too many trophies and awards devalues the meaning of accomplishment.

Get Your Trophies From Spike

Of course, we hope that you’re for participation awards and if you are looking for the best trophies in NJ and PA, look no further than Spike’s Trophies. We encourage you to visit our website at or give us a call at 855-652-4030.