I'm in the process of planning a 10-year reunion for the SECFOR mission via our 2015 draft party. For a group that large, it'll take a lot of money and planning, so I set up a GoFundMe account. Please share it periodically as we get closer and closer to the draft.
Lost in the uniform tournament, reunion fundraising, and draft-party planning, is the fifth birthday of our website. It was five years ago that Cliburn suggested a website, and Trovillo found Weebly.com to design and host it. The first site was embarrassingly low-tech. In hindsight, it looked more like a Geo-Cities page than the site we use now. After five years, we've been featured on USA Today's The Big Lead and Uni-Watch. We've become part of Fox Sports' Yardbarker network of sports blogs, and been the topic of much discussion on Reddit. At least four fantasy football leagues have tried to model their own league websites on ours. And we've chronicled the oral history of both our year in Iraq and each subsequent season. I wouldn't put this much time and effort into the website if I didn't truly care for the guys involved. So, thanks for making this league awesome, and here's to another five years of okiraqi.org.
The second round is over, and only eight teams remain. There were a few upsets along the way, so nothing is predictable at this point. Vote in the four quarterfinal matchups below.
Henry Hudson's Public House in Bricktown will host the 2015 OIL draft. We will occupy half the floor space of the spacious building and draft on a large-screen plasma TV. The drafts will be staggered so that only one conference is drafting at a time. It will be a live, in-person draft, but we will be using the ClickyDraft software that will allow anyone to participate online from anywhere. So, do your best to be at the draft, but know that you won't be completely screwed if you don't.
Who: All OIL Managers
What: 2015 OIL Draft
When: Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 1100 to 1800
Where: Henry Hudson's Public House, 27 East Sheridan, Bricktown, OKC
Why: It will be our best draft party yet.
This will also be a part of our 10-year reunion for all the SECFOR brothers. Be sure to spread the word about the reunion occurring on Labor Day weekend. September 5, 2015 will be exactly 10 years since we arrived at Fort Lewis. What we do on that Friday and Sunday is still in the planning stages. Feel free to make suggestions.
The first round of the OIL Uniform Tournament saw few upsets, but several matchups were decided by three votes or less. The second round includes the top four seeds who had a bye in round one. Make your choices below.
The OIL has partnered with Giving Assistant to help raise money for the Support Iraqi Children Foundation. The IFC's mission "is to assist the families and communities of Iraq by mobilizing a life-changing “Surge of Love” for millions of children orphaned by violence in Iraq." When you click on the badge below, you'll be redirected to a site where 5.5% of your purchase will be donated to the ICF. To put that in perspective, Amazon Smile (of which I am a proponent) donates 0.5% of your purchase to the charity. So, whenever you have something you need to buy online, please do it through the below link. Four times a year, Giving Assistant will send a check to ICF for the accrued donations.
As promised, now begins the 2015 tournament to decide which OIL franchise has the best logo and uniform set. The seeds were determined by a survey conducted over several months. The first round will last two weeks. For a complete look at every franchise's logo in one place, click here (or the image below). Click on any logo on that page to view that franchise's uniforms.
The Polls (Click on the logo above the poll to see that team's uniforms)
The OIL's expansion conference is five members away from full participation in 2015. The potential members thus far are:
If you know any SECFOR guys interested in joining the OIL, refer them to Cliburn's email address or Facebook account. Have them check out our expansion page for franchise name ideas.
The managers for the 2008 and 2011 champion SoonerJack and 2013 champion Dogs of War will soon receive their championship mini-helmets. The final piece to the helmet puzzle is the 2009 champion ThroatPunchers, who finished in second place the following season before leaving the league to commish the MGL full-time (opening up a spot for Yancy Baldwin).
Brake spent 2006 at Camp Liberty with Jimmy Mitchell in SSG Taylor's squad. Since then, he's worked in various position in the oil and gas industry, including supervising a yard in the boomtowns of North Dakota. Fittingly, his franchise is named the Boomtown Brawlers. His logo is inspired by the HBO series Deadwood and the movie There Will Be Blood. His team colors are dark brown, light brown, and vegas gold. No other OIL franchise uses those colors. Brake now lives in Chickasha with his wife. He'll be a great addition to the OIL.
Jimmy Mitchell has reserved a spot in the OIL when it expands to a third conference. He's chosen the name Nightmares for his OIL franchise. Mitchell spent the 2006 SECFOR mission at Camp Liberty with the bulk of the 158. He was a member of SSG Taylor's squad along with Brake (manager of the PFC's Boomtown Brawlers). His Nightmares franchise is inspired by the cult-classic horror films of the 1980s. They boast a menacing look of red, black, and gray. No other OIL franchise uses that color scheme in same way, although Henderson and Morgan come close.
The championship jerseys arrived today for the Dirty Hippies and War Pony. The winner of each conference receives a custom jersey based on their uniform design. The jerseys are produced by HopcoSports.com and include full sublimation and sewn-on tackle twill numbers and logos.