The OIL is entering its 10th season, and we take pride in what our league has become. Commissioners often ask us for advice, and we're glad to share. So here is a quick tutorial to help commissioners take their fantasy football league to the next level. You'll notice we don't cover league settings such as roster positions and scoring categories. Whatever works for your league is what you should use. But a great scoring system doesn't make a league great. Instead, it's the community you build that makes your league something to be proud of. So here we go:
Volume Four of the Book of OIL is now available in paperback and hardcover. It starts with the tumultuous 2013 season, when deadly tornadoes destroyed one OILer's home and two brothers-in-arms were killed. It then covers the OIL's expansion, the loss of another SECFOR brother, and the very first Liberty Bowl. The book is 246 pages long and retails for $34.99 in paperback or $56.00 in hardcover. If you're going to purchase the hardcover version, be sure to check this site for a coupon code. All four volumes are available on Amazon, so be sure to put them on your Wish List.
The OIL is proud to announce updated logos across the league. First is a special 10-year anniversary logo for the league. It is based on Breakfast Supply Co.'s streamlined version of the original OIL logo. Hector of Breakfast Supply Co. also designed the Liberty Bowl logo and streamlined the logos for the OIL's three conferences.
Gentlemen, the draft is 25 days away, so here's a friendly reminder that our league store has everything you'd ever want with your league or team logo printed on it. And now it's updated with the streamlined OIL logo, the 10-year anniversary logo, and the newly-designed Liberty Bowl logo.
Thanks to another large donation, we've made our GoFundMe goal of $9,095. I can't believe it: the #158reunion is happening. Here's what it took to get to this point:
Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Your efforts will not be wasted. SECFOR brothers, let me know if you're going to be here. The reunion is at 1100 on Saturday, September 5 (10 years to the day since we flew to Fort Lewis) at Henry Hudson's Public House in Bricktown, OKC. From there, everyone is free to buddy up and do whatever you want. At 0600 on Sunday, September 6, those who are interested can join the OIL managers on a charter bus to AT&T Stadium for the 2015 OIL draft. We'll be arriving back in OKC at 2200 Sunday night. Monday is reserved for travel and doing whatever you want to do, so be sure to get everyone's commo info to figure out what you'll do on Sunday (if you don't join us at the stadium) and Monday.
Let me know if you need help with travel costs or a hotel room, and we'll make it happen.
Fox News did the OIL a solid and posted a story about our 10-year reunion. Be sure to share it with friends and like it on Facebook.
The second volume in the Book of OIL is now available for purchase. Volume Two covers the 2009 and 2010 seasons. From the back cover:
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You can now purchase the oral history of the first three seasons of the OIL. In its 322 pages, the Book of OIL: Volume One covers our year in Iraq and the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons of our incredible league. It is pricey, but such is life in the self-published, print-on-demand world the Book of OIL occupies. For the softcover version, the minimum price Amazon would list the book is about $38, and we're selling it for only $39.99. If you'd like to purchase it in hardcover, it will run $69.99 at Blurb (but you can check here for a coupon code). And it's available on Amazon Kindle for $4.99.
Tune in at 0745 CST tomorrow morning (Wednesday, July 29, 2015) to hear your commish on RotoExperts on Sirius/XM's Fantasy Sports Radio. We'll be discussing the OIL, our 10-year reunion and draft party, and our GoFundMe efforts.
Fantasy Sports Radio appears on channel 210 on Sirius Satellite Radio and on channel 87 on XM Satellite Radio. RotoExperts airs from 0600 to 1000 EST and is hosted by Adam Ronis and Tony Cincotta.
The OIL is proud to announce the following:
Andy Behrens of Yahoo! Sports was kind enough to write up a story about the OIL and our efforts to organize a 10-year reunion. Be sure to share it with your friends via email, Facebook, and Twitter. And don't forget to share our GoFundMe page.
Every member of the OIL sends his condolences to 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Mark Braley and his family. Sgt. Braley's wife, Adrienne, passed away suddenly this week. Her funeral is at 1000 on Monday, June 29 at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman, Okla.
Members of the OIL knew Sgt. Braley as Sgt. 1st Class Braley during the 2006 SECFOR mission. He was First Platoon's Platoon Sergeant and spent most of that deployment at Camp Echo near ad Diwaniyah, Iraq. After our return, he was promoted to First Sergeant before retiring from military service. In 2014, he helped the OIL chronicle the 2006 mission as part of our ongoing oral history project. He's liked and respected by many, and we can't express enough how heartbroken we are for him and his children. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
After a long, grueling tournament, the Dirty Hippies have been declared the OIL's best uniforms. Congratulations to Trovillo and the Hippies, who also won the 2014 OIL Bowl and Liberty Bowl.
The reunion is definitely happening. Here is what is certain so far:
Here is what is TBD so far:
Here is what I need from you: