2014 Draft is in the Books
The 2014 draft party was a success. About a dozen managers were in attendance at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Bricktown, Oklahoma City. Philadelphia Eagles RB Lesean McCoy went first overall, and Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was the final pick of the first round. You can see the full draft results here and here (although the OIL2 is considering a redraft due to failures on Yahoo's part). Thanks go out to everyone who showed up and MyFantasyCommish.com, who organized the draft party. Here is a slideshow of the photos taken at the draft party.
In early 2011 (just after the 2010 season), OIL managers Adam Duffy and Justin C. Cliburn ordered custom jerseys from HopcoSports. Three years later, they are still happy with their purchases. Cliburn caught up with HopcoSports to discuss the recent OIL team uniform designs. Here is how Duffy and Cliburn's jerseys turned out:
HopcoSports.com is owned by Earl Hopson.
Where are you located?
Hobson: Fountain, Colorado.
How long have you been in business?
Hobson: Nine years.
How did you get started?
Hobson: I got started by designing jerseys for local fantasy leagues, and it grew from there.
How many jerseys a year do you typically manufacture?
Hobson: Between 800 and 1,500 jerseys and custom sport apparel and equipment for all different sports and office casual wear too.
Do you have a jersey for your own FF team? Yes If so, what is your team name?
Hobson: Yes. It's the Red River Bandits.
Do you have a day job? What is it?
Hobson: Yes. I work for the U.S. Air Force as a civil servant. I'm retired Air Force.
Can you replicate the jerseys recently unveiled by the OIL?
Hobson: Yes. Although the jerseys for Dirty Hippies and DominationStation will need to be sublimated. The railroad tracks over the numbers and sleeve pattern would all need to be sublimated (a process where the ink is dyed directly into the fabric). This process is better than screenprint where paint is applied on the top of jerseys. The sublimated print will never crack and does not add noticeable weight to the jersey as sewn-on tackle twill does. Pretty much that would be the only way to do those two jerseys and the Seattle-style Lucky Enuf jersey is by sublimation.
How much would it cost to recreate one of these jerseys?
Hobson: Refer your league to my email address, and the price will be $90.00 each, which is a discounted price. If you can get them to submit one big order that is shipped to the same address, the cost will only be $85.00 each. If I sublimate the jerseys I can get them done in three to four weeks.
These designs are based on NFL teams the Patriots, Raiders, Packers, Seahawks, and Bengals, as well as entirely original designs based on no NFL team. Which is your favorite?
'Dirty Hippies' Unveil Uniform
Trovillo's Dirty Hippies uniforms couldn't have turned out any better. They were designed by a user at Fiverr and modeled after the Bengals uniform. A.J. Green is portrayed wearing the uniform below.
For Jessen's DominationStation, we told the designer at Fiverr to take the idea and run with it . . . he did. Playing on the train theme, the jersey and pants have railroad track spanning from the top to bottom with the train logo on the helmet. Jessen is a San Francisco 49ers fan, and the uniform is worn by Patrick Willis.
Baldwin's 'Reapers' Unveil Uniform
Yancy Baldwin's Reapers now have a uniform to call their own. It was designed by a user at Fiverr. The uniform is inspired by the existing Reapers logo, the Oakland Raiders and the slicing-and-dicing of the Reaper's weapon of choice.
Draft Day Monologue
by Justin C. Cliburn
The draft is two days away. To refresh, the 2014 OIL draft will be held at 1500 on Sunday at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Bricktown Oklahoma City. Remember to show up early, meet up on the second floor, and bring an internet-connected device to draft with. Guys that can't make it, know that you're okay. You can draft online from wherever you are.
This year is special for two reasons: 1. we are testing a new venue; 2. this is the first year the OIL2 will join us. Toby Keith's in Bricktown is by far the best location we've held a draft party. They'll give us a free burger with military ID, and it's half-price domestic beer starting at 1500.
The OIL2 was started because so many former SECFOR guys asked Commissioner Cliburn for a spot in the OIL whenever a spot opened up. But, let's face it, there wasn't going to be a spot come open. Why would anyone leave? The league is fantastic. We have our own website, league logo, team logos, oral history and rivalries. It's been the main way we keep in touch with each other. And that's why I wanted to expand. After seeing all the guys at Killman's funeral, I wanted to ensure I kept in touch with more of the guys. I knew how I'd kept in touch with you guys, so my default was to propose the same thing for 14 more.
Michael Rogers is spending the 2014 season in scenic Afghanistan, but that doesn't mean he's neglecting his AmmoDogs. A user at Fiverr took his classic AmmoDog logo and turned it into a uniform worn by Ndamukong Suh. It's easy to see the influence of the underlying Detroit Lions uniform, but the design had nothing to do with the Lions.
So, it's not exactly Cobb they're following. But he is a long-time fantasy loser-turned-champion. Either way, this is a great mockumentary about fantasy champions. Did I ever act this way after either of the two championships I've won?
A New Look for SoonerJack
Two-time OIL champion Jack Bruesch's SoonerJack was given a makeover by a designer at Fiverr. The new uniform is represented below on Drew Brees: Bruesch's QB on the 2011 OIL Bowl champion squad.
The uniform is based on Bruesch's beloved Oklahoma Sooners. The helmet logo is based on his love of poker. Clean. Simple. Overall, a good luck for the two-time champs. The designer did a great job turning the New Orleans Saints uniform into the perfect uniform for SoonerJack.
Pyle designed his uniform for Lucky Enuf based on the Seahawks uniforms. The collar includes the OIL logo patch. The pants and helmet prominently display the Lucky Enuf horseshoe. The uniform was "skinned" onto Adrian Peterson by a user at Fiverr.
For reference, here is the logo he's used for the last seven seasons: