And then there was one—undefeated team, that is. After six weeks, the AFC's Negligent Discharges stand at 6-0. Formerly undefeated War Pony and the Arrogant Americans both suffered their first losses in Week Six. Meanwhile, only two winless teams remain: the NFC's Whackers and the PFC's Orangebloods. Click on the standings to view them on Yahoo.
The NFC's Arrogant Americans and AFC's War Pony continue to jockey for first place in OPR with the 'Mericans leapfrogging War Pony in Week Six.
Finch was a co-founder of the OIL in 2006, so he's working on his 15th OIL season. While he should be proud of his 95 OIL victories thus far, he's also achieved a bit of infamy: suffering 100 losses. Congrats, Finch!
Three teams remain undefeated (War Pony, Negligent Discharges, Arrogant Americans) while another three remain winless (Whackers, Orangebloods, Boomtown Brawlers). Of eight teams who have begun an OIL season 5-0, all eight have made the playoffs. Of seven teams that started an OIL season 0-5, none have made the playoffs. But it's only five games in, and it's a long season. There's a first time for everything. Click on the standings photo to visit the league on Yahoo.
War Pony has overtaken the Arrogant Americans for the top spot in the power rankings, while the Negligent Discharges are inching closer. The Doughboys are the highest-rated team with a loss. The Blue Falcons are just behind them at five. The first W-L record in the chart is expected record based on OPR. The second W-L record is the actual record.
As we've said before, if you play long enough, you're going to eclipse 100 losses. That's what Duffy has done, as his Hangovers suffered their 100th OIL loss in Week Five. Congratulations on the longevity, Duff!
Leal has joined the 100-loss club, which is getting less and less infamous by the day as 15-year veterans of the league inevitably gain admission through sheer longevity. Congrats, Leal!
USA Today reporter Scott Gleeson contacted OIL Commissioner Justin Cliburn two weeks ago asking if any members would be willing to participate in an interview for an article he was writing about the military and fantasy football. Cliburn gave him the contact information for some of the guys, and that was that.
The story ran October 9 in USA Today and in print across the country, including The Oklahoman. You can read it here.
After four weeks, only three unbeaten teams remain: the AFC's War Pony and Negligent Discharges and the NFC's Arrogant Americans. Meanwhile, the AFC's Redlegs, the NFC's Whackers, and the PFC's Orangebloods and Boomtown Brawlers are 0-4. Interestingly, both the Redlegs and Brawlers are two-time champions while the Whackers are former champions as well.
The conclusion of Week Four also coincides with the initial release of OPR rankings. A team's OPR gives more context to its record: a team with a great record may rank much lower in OPR than teams with worse records, perhaps signaling a market correction to come. For example, the Nightmares are 3-1 but are ranked just below the 1-3 Havoc in OPR with an expected W-L record of 7-6, which is based on the correlation of OPR and final record over 20+ seasons of data.
BOISE, IDAHO--Lost in the excitement of Rivalry Week and playoff-clinching victories, Dead Again manager Mike Schmidt joined a most-unfortunate club last Week 13, losing his 100th OIL matchup. Congratulations, Schmidt!
Several teams in each conference are 0-2 after two weeks, but it's not time to panic. Historically, 0-2 teams turn it around and make the playoffs about 22% of the time. With good roster management and a little bit of luck, these same teams can be 2-2 after Week Four. That increases their playoff chances to almost 42%, which is about where everyone starts the season. Again, OPR will be calculated after Week Four. Click on the standings to view the conferences on Yahoo.