Celebrate Fantasy Football Glory with a Championship Ring, Trophy or Belt
In professional sports, championship rings are the holy grail of athletic glory. Some will play a lifetime in pursuit of one and never get one. Others will fill their entire hand with bling. The very best move onto their second hand. That same talisman of championship glory can be found in the form of fantasy football championship rings, trophies or even belts.
Whether you have a serious keeper league or something much more informal, the allure of the championship momento is undeniable.
Fantasy football hardware comes in many price ranges. For those that are really dedicated, you can have custom items made up. However, these can get very expensive, especially if you opt for real jewels.
For most, a cheap fantasy ring or trophy will suffice. Don't expect real diamonds or solid gold on these, though. If you are interested in something a bit more expensive, belts are another option. However, as much fantasy football participants are aware, championship items are not so much about the value as it is the prestige and pride. Plus, it is a fun way to rub in your friend's faces when you take them down.
Guide to Fantasy Football Title Winner Belts, Rings and Trophies
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While championship belts have long been a mainstay in wrestling, and have even been featured as cards in recent products for WWE and UFC, the fantasy football championship belt is one of the newest options to crown the league winner.
Like a traditional trophy, the belt can reused each season and offers an additional interactive element. There are multiple options, but Undisputed Belts appears to be one of the most popular belts available due to good reviews and a moderate price. Expect to pay around $100 to $130 if you opt for a belt.
The majority of fantasy football leagues out there are aimed around fun. Even if you spend a couple of hours during the week watching the injury charts and comparing match-ups, it boils down primarily to pride (with maybe a small prize to go with it). These sorts of leagues are perfect for a simple fantasy football ring.
Many of these can be found on eBay for under $30, a small amount for even the most informal gathering of pigskin aficionados. Whether the league manager foots the bill, it's added to the entry fee or is split between participants, the amount is minimal when you think of what it symbolizes.
At a quick glance, cheap fantasy football rings might resemble a real championship sports ring or a graduation ring. You probably won't want to wear one to a fancy party unless it involves chips, dip, some couches and a big-screen TV. Expect stainless steel or gold plating on these cheaper types of rings. Instead of diamonds, you're going to get cubic zirconia.
The main downside to the ring as a championship item is that they are individually sized, so the re-use potential is greatly limited unless everyone has the same ring-finger size.
If you're into something a lot more serious, a custom fantasy football ring might be in order. These have a lot more options but just be prepared to pay for it. While some of these can be affordable, many custom rings can get expensive once you factor in gold, silver and even diamonds.
Several websites exist for these, including Jostens. You could even visit a local jeweler and see what sorts of options are available as far as designs, materials and jewels.
Another option for fantasy football championships is the traditional trophy. Like the other choices, you can find a fantasy football trophy to meet your league's size and personality. You could go for a faux Lombardi Trophy, Heisman, silver cup or something a lot wilder. eBay has a lot of options, including several sellers that offer custom engraving.
The benefit of a fantasy football trophy is that it can be passed around from year-to-year. Some leagues may opt for keeper trophies as well. These are great to display in man caves or living rooms where entire families can bask in the fantasy glory.
Not reserved for the winners, there are even options geared to the less-successful players in your group. From small trophies to license plates, shirts or glassware, there are plenty of ways to burn your friends. Be aware that some are very crude, so it best to know the group you are dealing with so as not to offend. They are also quite cheap, usually under $15 for something that can be used each year.
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