Dear Fellow Veterans,
I hear some of us get offended or upset when people thank you for your service during Memorial Day weekend. Maybe the people that are thanking you for your service are really saying this:
"Hey man, I don't know how to say this but I am sorry for your loss, I am sorry for all the things you went through or the fact that you lost a friend over there. I can't say sorry because those words seem hollow so instead I will stick to thank you. I am sorry you lost a brother, sister, daughter, son, father, or mom. A grandparent etc.."
Some of you, keep saying it's more than a three-day weekend, and you're right, but let's stop the witch hunt that answers every Memorial Day well-wishe with, "It's more than drinking beer and cookouts!" Think about it: what do most veterans do when they meet up? We drink beer and cookout. Why can't America do the same? I mean, we fight for their freedom . . . their freedom to celebrate this weekend however they want, even if they choose not to celebrate at all. I mean, we are the "Land of the Free," after all.
So this weekend, take a different perspective when people thank you for your service. Just simply say thank you and use that opening to tell them about a person you knew that paid the ultimate price. Humanize the true American Heroes instead of chastising the general population for trying to do the right thing in a difficult and awkward situation. Enjoy your weekend.
Pictured below is 1LT Brandon Landrum and SFC Isaac Lawson, who I had the pleasure of serving with down range. God Bless and until Valhalla, gentlemen. This beer and weekend is for you.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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):
Recent addition Kevin Hodge unveiled his Red Ball Express today. The name is based off the famed Army unit that supplied the Allies during WWII. Hodge will compete in the PFC in 2016 and his team's branding complete's the newest conference's branding efforts.
On Sunday afternoon, I put the word out that the PFC trophy was in need of a name. And by evening more than one manager suggested we name it after Brandon Landrum. SPC Landrum was a medic during the 158's 2008-2009 mission in Iraq. Later, he got a commission and went active-duty as an infantry officer. He was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013. We'll never be able to bring him back or bring comfort to his family, but we can remember him by putting his name on the PFC trophy.
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:
The easiest way to change the dynamic of your league is to add a traveling trophy. The OIL awards a traveling trophy in lieu of a cash prize, but your league could easily award both. A "traveling" trophy is one that is held in trust by the league champion. He or she keeps the trophy until a new champion is crowned. The OIL uses SculptureAlley.net for its trophies but there are a lot of options out there. The OIL's trophies have a laser-engraved title plate with the league logo and each season's champion is engraved onto the trophy base. Think of it like the Stanley Cup. Due to the popularity of the FX show The League, many leagues refer to their trophy as The Shiva.
Yahoo! Sports' video covering the 2015 OIL Draft has been named as one of five winners of the Associated Press Sports Editors' award for best long video. Congratulations to Ryan Dornbusch, Keri Barron, Jason Klabacha, Brad Williams, Victor Velazquez, April Tucker, Andy Behrens and the rest of the Yahoo! crew for their achievement. And thank you for telling our story.
PFC manager Jon Gomez decided fantasy football wasn't for him. Replacing him will be former SECFOR supply sergeant Kevin Hodge. Name and logo are to be determined.
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