The OIL's Patriot Football Conference (PFC) has been renewed for the 2016 season on Yahoo!. Its schedule was released Friday, complete with the first iteration of the PFC's Rivalry Week. Check it out here: http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/league/oilpfc
Great news! FootballGuys just released the 2016 version of their Draft Dominator app. If you're asking yourself "WTF is the FootballGuys Draft Dominator?" then you have clearly missed out on a great tool the past few seasons. The Draft Dominator app is the absolute best tool to prepare for the draft. You can use it on iPad, iPhone, and Android phones and tablets.
Here's what FootballGuys has to say about their product:
OIL Draft to be held September 4th, draft weekend to run September 2-5.
Get ready for an epic draft weekend. After dealing with the hustle and bustle of Bricktown and Dallas last year, we'll be drafting at the Roberts Retreat in the serene woods of east central Oklahoma. We'll be on a private lake with sleeping for 32. The best part is that we'll be only 90 minutes from Oklahoma City. Don't worry about driving four hours to Tahlequah or Broken Bow. This is in the Konawa/Ada area.
Click Below to View Venue on HomeAway.com:
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The venue was pricey, but if everyone donates what they can, it'll be no problem. The total is $4,025 for three nights for all of us. We have about $850 in the OIL account to put towards the draft, and I will donate my fair share to the cause. That leaves $2,675 for us to raise. Please donate what you can. You can donate via PayPal or send me a check. It'll go into the OIL's checking account.
I know it sounds like a lot, but if we all donate one month of VA disability pay (if you receive it), we're golden. Whatever one month of disability or drill pay is for you, consider putting it in the OIL's coffers (unless you're Schuster and get your VA check delivered by a Brinks truck* every month). You won't regret it.
This location will include wifi, a fire pit, a full kitchen, a grill, a private lake, opportunities to boat and fish, ATV trails, and much more. EVERYONE is invited. I want to see all of you there.
The Fifth Volume of the Book of OIL is now available in both hardcover and softcover. Because these are printed on-demand, they are more expensive than the typical book you would find at a store. I assure you the price is not inflated; the OIL will never make money off these books (especially when you tally the 100s of hours I spent compiling it). You can find each volume of the Book of OIL in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. Here's what you can expect in Volume Five:
Volume Five covers the events of 2015, the 10th season of the OklahomIraqis League. It marked a decade of camaraderie and competition, including a SECFOR reunion, league expansion, and a draft party at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. As such, it deserved a Book of OIL volume all its own.
This is the 10th installment in our ongoing oral history project. You can read previous chapters here. After final proofing and editing, it will be published in The Book of OIL: Volume Five (2015). Look for it on Amazon.
Celebrating 10 Seasons
2015 marked the 10th season of the OklahomIraqis League. It was special, and, behind the scenes, Cliburn had been thinking about it for years.
CLIBURN: Every summer, I reach out to guys asking where they'd like to have the draft party. In 2012, I text Pyle about it and mentioned our 10-year draft.
PYLE: I gave him my opinion about the 2012 draft, but I reminded him that we needed to do something big for the 10th season.
CLIBURN: So I was brainstorming ideas for quite a while.
PYLE: The thought of a SECFOR reunion had briefly crossed my mind a couple of time before celebrating Killman's life, but when a large number of us gathered to celebrate Killman's life, reality set in that we need to be reuniting on a regular basis. Once again the OIL served its original purpose of providing a means of bringing everyone together.
DUFFY: I think everyone realized the need to get the band together after SECFOR brothers Joseph Killman and Michael Tenequer passed away.
CLIBURN: True. After the tragedy of Killman's and Tenequer's deaths, my thoughts turned from having the best draft party to having the best reunion.
DUFFY: And, since expanding by 14 teams in 2014 had turned out well, Cliburn wanted to expand again.
I posted the following on my personal Facebook timeline. I did it because it's something I don't think a lot of people know and, the more people that know the difference between the holidays, the fewer awkward moments I'll experience when someone thanks me for my service on Memorial Day.
But OIL manager Lance Zerger, who has completed three combat tours himself, provided an alternate take on the subject that I thought was worth sharing:
Dear Fellow Veterans,
Good point, Zerger. I'll be thinking of both Landrum and Lawson, as well as SGT Jeremy King. After the jump is my memory of the day he died.
Week 13 in the OIL is Rivalry Week.
Here are your designated rivals for week 13 with short explanations (of course, other rivalries exist and will be tracked on your manager page):
Yahoo! League Pages: