By Justin C. Cliburn
OAKLAND (AP) — When longtime OIL RB Marshawn Lynch retired after the 2015 season, it capped a long and illustrious career . . . but it meant the OIL's all-time leading rusher was leaving the game without an OIL championship. One year later, Lynch announced on Wednesday that he was returning to the game.
"Over the past year, I've visited the Cal spring game, Scotland, and Egypt, but the lack of an OIL title gnawed at me," Lynch said at a press conference announcing his return."
Lynch will learn what team he will play for at the 2017 OIL draft.
By OIL Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn
In what has been the most difficult secret I've ever kept (non proposing-to-Deanne division), I've secured a manufacturing deal for official OIL trading card sets. Choice Trading Cards will produce the first 130-card sets covering the first 10 years of the OIL. Each card will include a different OIL in Action image on the front with full OIL stats and team information on the back.
I was able to get a discounted rate on these, so each set will only cost $258.70 ($1.99 per card). Normally, Choice would charge $6.99 per card, but our exclusive agreement and promise to order future sets secured us a much lower rate. There was a minimum order of five sets, so I've shifted $1,293.50 from the draft fund to purchase the first five sets. I am confident that: 1. we'll sell out quickly and be able to order a larger quantity (at a less expensive rate) in the future; and 2. be able to raise an extra $1,293.50 for the draft weekend.
Anyone interested in reserving a set? Let me know ASAP.
Post in the comments, and I'll ensure you have a pre-order.
Right now, images from the first 10 years are the only ones included, but
I will start planning the next set soon. Set two will cover 2016 and 2017.
Layouts will be created in real time as each season progresses.
Finding the right manufacturer was difficult, but I'm happy with Choice.
Our website and images really impressed them and helped get us a discount.
Or maybe they just knew we'd end up ordering more sets. Who knows?
Launching our own trading card sets is a big deal either way, and I'm ecstatic.
Soon, you will be, too. Trust me.