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.
2007 champion Lyndal Morgan received a custom mini-helmet to commemorate his 2007 OIL Bowl championship. His Whackers beat his arch-rival (Leal's Norman Nobodies) to conclude the second season of the OIL.
The 2014 champion Dirty Hippies helmet is still a work-in-progress because it is more complicated. We're starting with the 2014 champion and then going back to the beginning of the OIL to work our way back to 2013.
2006 champion Kevin Pyle now has a custom Lucky Enuf mini-helmet to go along with his custom championship jersey. The league is working on getting 2007 champion Lyndal Morgan a Whackers mini-helmet next.
The week 17 Liberty Bowl now has its own trophy. The Tenequer Memorial Trophy arrived this week. Overall OIL champion Christopher Trovillo will keep it until a new champion is crowned.
If you didn't know, we have an online store through CafePress. You can buy anything you want there with your team logo, including shirts, hoodies, jackets, mugs, beer glasses, mousepads, decals, stadium blankets, clocks, and more. The mark-up on each item in our store is only $1.00, so this isn't a fundraiser for the OIL. It's just a heads up so you can get great team-branded merchandise at discounted prices.
Today CafePress is advertising 20% off all orders when you use the promo code MLKWKND
The deal is valid today, Saturday, and Sunday. I would argue that offering 20% off on fake football team clothing is not exactly what Congress had in mind when they made Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday, but a discount is a discount. Take advantage.
Have a good weekend.
The Lawton Constitution printed a story about the 2015 reunion we're planning in August. Be sure to spread the word and direct people to our GoFundMe page. All funds raised will go towards travel, lodging, food, drink, and print materials for the 2015 reunion and OIL draft party.
The week 17 matchup between the champions of the AFC and NFC is known as the Liberty Bowl. The winner receives the Tenequer Memorial Trophy. In addition to the Tenequer, the champion will receive a custom mini-helmet from HelmetNation, LLC. The cost of a jersey for each conference champion and a helmet for the overall champion will be $10 per person each season. That (and whatever you chip in for website costs) is the extent of your dues going forward. I am working on collecting all the dues for 2014 so I can find a way to get a Dirty Hippies helmet ordered for 2014 champion Trovillo.
2014 was eventful for the OIL. We doubled in size by expanding to two 14-team conferences. We ordered two new trophies, each named after a brother-in-arms we lost in the past year. Let's hope no one else we served with passes away this year.
2015 will be big as well. August 2015 will mark 10 years since we arrived at Fort Lewis to train for the SECFOR mission. December 2015 will be the 10-year anniversary of our arriving in Iraq. It will also be the 10th season of the OIL, so our 10th draft party will have to be a big one. Bravo Battery just returned from another deployment, so everyone should be states-side when it's time to draft our 2015 rosters.
Let's make sure as many of us can get together as possible this season. We're spread from Ohio to Tennessee and Arkansas to Wisconsin and North Dakota to Washington State and Hawaii . . . with a great number spread across Oklahoma and Texas as well. It won't be easy, but it'll be worth it. So keep an eye on your email. I'll be planning our draft party and asking for input. Let me know what ideas you have, what locations would be ideal, and which weekend would be ideal.
Again, Happy New Year. Enjoy it.
Happy new year, brothers. Now that the season is over, we're not wasting time determining the 2015 draft order. The champion of each conference gets first choice of draft position. Then the second-place team, third-place team, etc. Here is where we stand on the draft order just before the end of 2014:
Coaching rankings for both the AFC managers and NFC managers have been updated. The rankings are by winning percentage and factor in regular season and playoff matchups (but not consolation playoff matchups).
Congratulations to the men of B Btry 1-158 FIRES for making it home safely from Afghanistan. Somewhere in this video, Michael Rogers and Lance Zerger are sitting in the bleachers wondering what their AMMODOGS and Redlegs could have done differently this season.
Week 13 in the OIL is Rivalry Week. The NFC has had designated rivals for a while. Now it's time to get the AFC in on the act.
Here are your designated rivals for week 13 with short explanations (of course, other rivalries exist and will be tracked on your manager page):