The NBA power structure shifted earlier this year when former Houston Rockets megastar James Harden forced his way out of town and into the waiting arms of the Brooklyn Nets. Reuniting with his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant and the volume scoring spark plug Kyrie Irving, the Nets catapulted themselves to Eastern Conference favorites over the Bucks and Sixers. However, basketball awards are earned on the court and not an analytics spreadsheet. So the Sixers spent the season rounding into shape and punching their way to the top of the conference standings. However, do they have the stamina to outlast the Nets, Bucks, and a suddenly surging New York Knicks?
With the vaccine rollout in full effect, some people are looking towards the brighter post-COVID future to go back to socializing, handing out baseball glove trophies for sports leagues and gathering for awards ceremonies where you can take home a cast plaque for your achievements. However, given that we are still a ways off from reaching the vaccination threshold to achieve herd immunity, there are still ways you can help protect yourself from potential exposure. If you are worried about using high-traffic areas such as doorknobs, light switches, faucets, card readers, and the like, then a kooty key may be the answer you seek! Continue reading
With April fast approaching, MLB players have descended on Florida and Arizona to prepare for the coming 162-game marathon after last season’s 60 game sprint to the finish. The old adage that “everyone is a contender in March” applies as every team gears up for the season with visions of playoff baseball dancing in their heads. One team that hasn’t seen the postseason in almost a decade and is ready to break through again is the Philadelphia Phillies, led by Bryce Harper, Aaron Nola, JT Realmuto, and Zach Wheeler. However, facing down a stacked National League East division and an equally stacked Wild Card hunt, the path to the playoffs will be anything but easy. Do the Phillies have what it takes to enter the fall classic and make some noise? Continue reading
Well, the worst kept secret in Philadelphia is out: the Philadelphia Eagles have dealt the assumed franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 second rounder that can potentially become a first. Not quite the dazzling haul that general manager Howie Roseman gave up to get the touted quarterback prospect back in 2016. In an offseason where the coach that brought the team’s first Super Bowl, Doug Pederson, was shown the door, and the quarterback you were supposed to build around, Carson Wentz, was dealt for pennies on the dollar, questions remain. Where do the Eagles go from here, and is there any hope that they won’t be in the NFC East’s cellar for the next few seasons?
Spike’s Trophies may have made our name making football trophies for our customers to commemorate athletic achievements. Still, since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have stretched our capabilities into new areas. To keep our customers appraised of what these new developments cover, our fearless leader Keith Baldwin has taken to YouTube with our series, “I Didn’t Know You Did That,” to tell our customers about these new products that they may not have known we make!
The COVID-19 pandemic has put everyone through the wringer in one form or another. One aspect of this pandemic that has hit particularly hard is the loss of jobs and the struggles of unemployment centers to fulfill everyone’s needs. In these challenging times, knowing that you have somewhere to go in your current situation and make an effort to claim your benefits can make all the difference. It’s why members of the Spike’s Trophies team, known as one of Philadelphia’s best engraving services, have begun partnering with AnswerNet to assist California and New York — two of the states hit hardest by COVID-19 — with unemployment calls. Continue reading
Going into 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic remains a significant part of everyday life. Calls for social distancing, use of PPE, and people to stay vigilant still rule the day. Getting PPE into the hands of the people who desperately need it remains a challenge for local governments and policymakers while the COVID-19 vaccine begins its initial rollout. However, finding enough PPE for their essential hospital workers has become a tricky proposition, whether it be for doctors, nurses or other staff members. However, since we have pivoted in response to the ongoing crisis to develop PPE in the form of masks, gloves, sneeze guards, face shields, and more, we are now able to get them the PPE supplies necessary to stay safe while caring for others and administering these vaccines. Continue reading
This holiday season has been a strange one for everyone. For people who have grown accustomed to spending a lot of time with their coworkers every winter, employee morale could be dropping as a result. While remote work brings video chat to the forefront and helps people feel a little more connected to their teammates, it’s not the same as when everyone is in the same room feeding off each other’s energy. Given the renewed lockdown measures and the continued prevalence of working from home for the foreseeable future, are there steps employers can take to help boost employee spirits and bring back that sense of family? Luckily, with the help of Spike’s Trophies and our laser engraving services in the Philadelphia area, you have plenty of options!
Shopping for your friends and family during the holidays can be a long adventure, with finding everything on your shopping list for your loved ones becoming a bit complicated. The biggest struggle has always been finding the balance between a gift from the heart and one they can get practical use out of. While you can get your friends customizable basketball trophies to commemorate your battles on the courts or some nifty travel coffee tumblers from other places, they lack the personal touch that holiday gifts need. Thanks to Spike’s Trophies, you can find the perfect customizable gifts for your loved ones this holiday season with a variety of options!
Gift Sets, Travel Sets, and More!
Getting the right gift set from your holiday shopping list is one of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the holiday season. Finding the perfect gift set that has things people will use and utility that goes beyond a few uses is part of what goes into making a holiday gift genuinely pay off. Thanks to our customization capabilities, we can take your gift sets and give them an added personal touch geared towards the recipient. For example, if you’re looking for a coffee mug, you can personalize it with a special holiday message, image, or logo to create an enduring holiday memory!
As the world slowly goes back to some semblance of normal, people will start traveling again with greater frequency. To help get your loved ones ready for the new travel plans, take the time to get them outfitted with customized travel gift sets this holiday season! Having travel-sized mugs, tumblers, and other travel essentials give you more options during your future adventures.
While holiday shopping is usually something that presents a significant challenge, this year it doesn’t have to be! With the help of Spike’s Trophies, not only can you find the right cast awards for your organization, but you can also find the perfect holiday gift sets for everybody on your list this year! Browse our entire inventory of gift items, see how we can customize your gift, and place your order today!
Going into this truncated offseason, the Sixers had a few items that needed their immediate attention. With Daryl Morey only taking over as President of Basketball Operations two weeks prior, analysts and Sixers fans alike wondered what he could accomplish in such a short turnaround. Would he be able to work his draft-night trade magic? Could James Harden be on the way to the Sixers without having to give up Ben Simmons in return? Would he be able to dump Al Horford’s contract and add shooters? Morey answered these questions with savvy moves, veteran leadership, and a dash of Process Trusting. While it may still be premature to hand him some customized basketball trophies from Spike’s Trophies, let’s break down some of the moves from NBA Draft night.
The End of the Horford Era
You could see the logic behind Elton Brand’s move to sign Al Horford to his 4 year, $109 million contract last offseason; weaken the Celtics by taking away their center, pair one of the few players in the NBA who can back down Joel Embiid and make him look like a league-average player, and create a new stalwart defensive identity for the Sixers. It made sense from this point of view. However, the on-court fit between the two big men never quite clicked. Eventually, the Sixers had to eschew their expensive offseason prize to get some semblance of balance on the floor. But with three years still left on his deal, moving Horford was always going to be an uphill battle. Well, for everyone not named Daryl Morey.
Morey was able to package Horford, the 34th pick in this year’s draft, and a lightly-protected 2025 first round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson. Green’s shooting ability and smart defense makes him a better fit around Embiid and Simmons than Horford, while Ferguson represents an excellent flier on a small forward coming off a down season who has shown flashes of being a quality 3-and-D player. The best part was that Moorey didn’t have to give up this year’s first-round pick and went on to draft Kentucky’s Tyreese Maxey, who was considered a lottery pick at one point. Getting two players back that are theoretically much better fits around your two all-star cornerstones is icing on the draft night cake. But Morey wasn’t done yet.
Get More Shooters, No Matter The Cost
Josh Richardson came over to the Sixers last year during the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade (that still stings a little bit). While Richardson is a tenacious defender and could theoretically be a prototypical 3-and-D piece to help balance the floor, his shooting regressed last season and didn’t deliver in the ways the Sixers hoped. So, in Morey’s never-ending quest to surround Joel and Ben with shooters, the Sixers’ new head of basketball operations sent Richardson and the 36th pick in the 2020 draft to the Dallas Mavericks for sharpshooter Seth Curry — yes, he’s related to that Curry, and he’s also Doc Rivers’ son-in-law. Seth brings a clean shooting stroke and a 40.6% 3 point percentage that will help space the floor for Ben and Joel more than we saw with last year’s squad.
With the 2020 NBA draft in the books, Daryl Morey has begun reshaping the Sixers roster into something that better compliments his two stars and puts the team in a better position to succeed. Will they have the firepower to take down the Celtics, Heat, and Bucks at the top of the Eastern Conference and get them to the Finals? Only time will tell on that front, but the Sixers fans have hope again.
The effort that Daryl Morey put into this draft deserves a cast award for his performance, like the ones found at Spike’s Trophies. Browse through our store to find the awards and trophies for all of your needs this holiday season!