A trophy is usually rewarded to someone for a specific achievement, most often in the world of sports. A Fantasy Football trophy is the greatest memento of a season gone right for thousands of owners across the country.
A reader recently sent me a link to his website to show me what he believes to be the ultimate Fantasy Football trophy. The â€śDer Gral Von Grafâ€ť is a German phrase that means â€“ â€śThe Guy That Drafted Adrian Peterson.â€ť
Sorry, thatâ€™s incorrect.
The phrase, â€śDer Gral Von Grafâ€ť is a German phrase that means â€śThe Cup of the Duke!â€ť
Either way, that trophy is handed out to the champion of the Die Steiniger Meisterschaft-Liga Fantasy Football League. (It just rolls off the tongue! Who ever said the German language wasnâ€™t romantic!?!)
“The Cup of the Duke”
It’s a custom-made trophy, with placards with both the Fantasy Super Bowl winners from every year of the leagueâ€™s existence. They post the Fantasy Super Bowl losers on the trophy also, â€śso that the devastating loss can be rubbed in at family gatherings,â€ť said Hans Steiniger, the leagueâ€™s commissioner.
This Fantasy Football trophy stands over 25 inches tall and weighs over 27 pounds. Steiniger has been playing Fantasy Football for over 20 years. â€śAs far as my friends were concerned,â€ť he says on his website, â€śI might as well be casting 100 sided dies and flipping through the latest edition of the Dungeon Masterâ€™s Guide. It was the early nineties and nobody knew what Fantasy Football was back then.â€ť
He decided to start a league for his own family back in 2009, called, Die Steiniger Meisterschaft-Liga, which means, â€śSteiniger Championship Leagueâ€ť in German â€¦ which is weird, because theyâ€™re Mexican. Actually, Iâ€™ll have to fact check that one.
â€śThe problem with our league,â€ť Steiniger wrote, â€śwas that there was no real incentive. Many of our players were in other leagues and saw the family league as a developmental league â€¦ a great opportunity for the inexperienced to get their feet wet.â€ť He said there was no trash talk â€“ or even friendly banter, and that was unacceptable.
â€śI decided we needed a traveling trophy, but not just any trophy,â€ť he said. â€śIt would have to be an original, steeped in tradition with a connection to our German roots (translation, it needed to be something we could drink beer out of).â€ť
Fantasy Football Trophy Greatness
He used an AutoCAD terminal to design â€śDer Gral von Graf,â€ť which happens to remotely resemble Lord Stanleyâ€™s Cup for the NHL winner.The one-of-a-kind trophy has an oak base, with inscription plates on several sides, as well as â€śHeisman Hans,â€ť the resin statue inside the trophyâ€™s base. Heâ€™s a leather helmet-wearing, remote control and six-pack holding armchair quarterback that resembles most Fantasy Football players (and writers).
They also built a battery operated LED light that shines down on Heisman Hans from inside the trophyâ€™s base.
The final touch is an audio module that plays the Monday Night Football theme song every time itâ€™s activated.
Kudos, Hans Steiniger! Well done! This writer has never seen a trophy as impressive as the Der Gral von Graf, and itâ€™s quite possible, I never will.
Have you ever seen a bigger/better Fantasy Football trophy? Iâ€™d love to see some pictures of yours â€“ even if they arenâ€™t quite as amazing as this one. Let us know what youâ€™ve got in the comments below.