Our online store has league and team merchandise in a variety of different products. Now, it includes products branded with the Army unit that brought us together. Click on the image to go straight to the 158 section. There is only a $1 markup on all products. The DBFA store also has OIL-branded merchandise as well as sections for each individual team.
The OIL2's Killman Memorial Trophy arrived today. It was produced by Sculpture Alley and has room for 18 seasons of champions.
Like the Harrington, each season's champion will have his name engraved on the trophy and get to keep it until a new champion is crowned.
The OIL2 starts in 2014 and will compete under the same rules and settings as the OIL.
Craig Priestley is the latest to submit a design for our Oklahoma City uniform contest. He said he didn't have a team name for his submission, but that it was inspired by the Oklahoma City flag.
Does anyone want to take a shot at naming this team in the comments?
If you want to help create this hypothetical NFL team in Oklahoma City, send logo/uniform designs to OklahomIraqis@gmail.com. The deadline is March 15, and the winner may get something from our league store.
Thank you to Mr. Priestley and everyone else who has submitted designs so far.
Wow. Shane Maddox and Anthony Wustenfeld responded in a big way to our call for design submissions for an Oklahoma City NFL team. As a reminder, the deadline for submissions in the contest is March 15, 2014. Shane owns T-Mac Sports, and he partnered with Anthony Wustenfield of Pro Line Designs to bring us the Oklahoma City Infantry. Here's what he had to say about his submission:
"I had wanted to create a concept for quite some time now, and with my access to resources (being the owner of T Mac Sports), and the intrigue of an Oklahoma City football team, I figured the time was now. I enlisted the help of Anthony Wuestenfeld with Pro Line Designs. He ownes an Oklahoma based company, who more recently brought NFL attention to OKC via a photoshopped “OKC Seahawks” t-shirt. Between my resources and design ability, and Anthony’s knowledge of Oklahoma, we were the perfect team.
Wow. I am impressed. The OIL started in Baghdad as all the managers were members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 1st Bn 158th Field Artillery regiment. We were field artillery though, not infantry. Still, we are proud of the 45th Infantry Division. The 45th Field Artillery Brigade began as the field artillery element of the 45th Infantry. We also proudly wear the T-Bird on our shoulder. So, kudos to this team of designers for incorporating the 45th. Now, to the uniforms.
In honor of March Madness, the DBFA and the OIL are once again conducting an NCAA-style 64-player tournament to answer one question: Who is the most valuable player going into the 2014 season? Forget the debates. Forget the split-screen arguing. You won't see anyone yelling at each other here (unlike a certain four-letter sports network). We live in a democracy, and that's how we'll settle this argument.
MGL Commissioner and Visitors Section co-host Josh Hastings ranked his top 64 fantasy football players heading into 2014. OIL Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn turned that list into a 64-man bracket using BracketMaker.com. You may log into BracketMaker with your Facebook account or create an account on the site. Hastings's list is based on standard scoring, even though the OIL uses PPR. And players are listed as belonging to the team they play for right now. Things will change. But this is March, and we're starved for football.
You can access that bracket here, and make your picks. The winner will receive something from the DBFA store. The player who comes out on top will receive a letter of congratulations from the OIL along with memorabilia from the DBFA store.
The deadline to submit your bracket picks is Saturday, March 15, and the voting for individual matchups begins Sunday, March 16. Polls will be posted here for each round, and you, the reader, will vote on who should advance. So, without further adieu, here is your 2014 bracket:
My wife noticed this and said she wouldn't mind taking shelter with Norman Reedus. Kudos to the Salvation Army for talking The Walking Dead star into helping out Oklahomans in their time of need.
Now if only they could convince Lauren Cohan to do the same . . .
We like to think that those who work for major design companies like Nike are just more talented than us. They know more than we do. They are more artistic. But Nike's latest NFL redesign shows how random it all is.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled their new uniform design Monday morning, and the collective response was less than thrilled. The redesign was the first since 1997, when the Bucs completed the single greatest redesign in sports history. We at the OIL have been sponsoring a uniform design contest for the hypothetical Oklahoma City Roughnecks NFL team. And what we've received from random Internet users with access to graphic design programs is superior to what took Nike two years to develop for Tampa Bay. Take a look at what our readers designed and then look at the new Buccaneers uniforms and tell me franchises couldn't save time and money by crowdsourcing their redesigns and bypassing Nike's expensive design department. For reference, here is the evolution of Tampa's uniforms:
Andrew Seagraves previously submitted a design for the hypothetical Oklahoma City NFL team design contest. His original design centered on Rattlers as a name. We liked the overall look of the design but wanted to see what he could do with Roughnecks. He sent an updated version using Roughneck:
"Here goes the rebrand of the Rattlers into the Roughnecks. I incorporated a soot color and black into the scheme. For the helmet symbol I tried to make my own Manual tongs (I hand drew it) and the font I used for the word mark is 35 dollars for a commercial license (I found out) and since this is for a competition I believe it is okay. If i were to make money off of it then I'd have to purchase it. I also hand drew one and outlined it in paint.net and I wish I had illustrator to make it better.
Skott Schoonover previously submitted a design for the hypothetical Oklahoma City NFL team design contest. His original design included a slanting oil derrick made up of the letters 'R' and 'n,' which was unique and clever. But the slant was a little too much. He sent an updated version without the slant:
"Hi, I updated my roughnecks design. I took away the slant to the logo and the numbers. I like it a lot better. I think the logo could be a bit more legible as the 'R' and 'n,' but I'll work on that. Hope you like the updates."
I like the numbers without the slant more. And the overall look of the oil derrick logo looks better, but I did like the 'R' and 'n.' I think Skott can find some happy medium between his first submission and this one that would be perfect.
Thanks for the extra work, Skott. If you want to submit your own design, send them to OklahomIraqis@gmail.com. The deadline for entries is March 15. Here are the other entries:
The winner may get something from our league store.
The latest submission in our design contest for a hypothetical NFL team in Oklahoma City comes from Lennie Nelson. His Roughnecks design includes my favorite logo of the contest thus far. I do not love the turquoise, but I appreciate Mr. Nelson's reasoning:
"My design is centered around traditional Native American shades of
Again, I love the logo. It is simple and clever. The overall design looks very good. Thank you to Nelson for the work he put into this and for sending it to us. His design will be added into the contest update entry, which you can find here. Nelson did not provide a Web site or social media account, which is a shame because he's clearly talented.
To submit your own design, please email OklahomIraqis@gmail.com.