OIL Countdown: Fact #4
Great Plains Drifters manager Aaron Gray had never played fantasy football prior to joining the OIL in 2015, but that didn't stop him from jumping in with both feet. He has attended the live draft each of his two OIL seasons and almost shot someone at only one of them, so that's comforting. He's bringing only $250 worth of ammo to this year's draft though. Is that enough to kill all of us? I was always a "let-the-army-pay-for-my-ammo kind of guy," so I'm not sure. He won nine games in 2016.
Fun fact: Gray almost killed Finch at the 2016 draft (although I guess that fact wasn't quite as fun for Finch) and then spent the rest of the weekend being "the sleepingest motherfucker" Pyle had ever seen.
Directions to the Cabin
Everyone should have received an email with the directions to the cabin. However, if you didn't, they're posted again after the jump.
OIL Countdown: Fact #5
SECFOR Sixers manager Nate Cordes was in First Platoon during the Iraq mission in 2006. He joined the OIL in 2015 and finished 5-8. But he increased his points per game from 2015 to 2016 by almost 25 points, ending with a winning record and playoff berth.
OIL Countdown: Fact #6
FDC Chiefs manager Stephen Pennington has completed two seasons in the OIL, finishing with a winning record each time. However, in 2016, he tumbled to a 10th-place finish after finishing second in 2015.
OIL Countdown: Fact (Unlucky) #7
Mutinous Apes manager Walt Musselman was on the 2006 SECFOR mission, sharing a Humvee with Duffy and Nye. He joined the OIL in 2014 and has yet to have a winning season. However, part of that can be attributed to his owning the OIL record for most difficult schedule. Over three seasons, Muss's opponents have scored 146.67 points per game against the Apes, while Muss has averaged just 129.68. Getting outscored by 17 points per game will put a dent in your overall record, and Muss has the losses to prove it: the Apes have won just 25% of matchups since joining the league.
Fun fact: Musselman's 2016 season could have gone much differently, as he drafted both Matt Ryan and Jordan Howard late. But first-round pick Todd Gurley stunk it up. Muss also dropped Ryan before a single game was played and Howard before he won the starting job and became a top-10 fantasy RB.
OIL Countdown: Fact #8
Team Tadlock manager Derrick Tadlock is a perfect example of the consequences of slashing funding for the arts. Although Tadlock is a smart guy and good at fantasy football, his creative mind was never stimulated enough for him to develop a team name apart from the name he was born with. Sad!
Tadlock disappointed in his first season in the OIL in 2015, but he clinched the number-one seed in 2016 before being upset in the semifinals.
OIL Countdown: Fact #9
Orangebloods manager Randy McKay has a .423 winning percentage in two seasons of the OIL. But perhaps the losing shouldn't come as a surprise since McKay is a Texas fan . . . despite living in Oklahoma and deploying with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He says he'll be at the draft this year, so prepare your Texas jokes accordingly.
OIL Countdown: Fact #10
Cocks manager J.P. Peacock was an original member of the OIL at Camp Liberty in 2006, finishing third that season. He left the 158 after that mission and did not return to the OIL until expansion in 2014. His first two seasons back were abysmal, but he bounced back in 2016 with a first-round bye (thanks in part to Musselman dropping Matt Ryan early in the season), again finishing third.
Fun fact: Peacock owns a smoker trailer bigger than those tiny houses your wife likes on Pinterest (not that I'm complaining). Seriously, his smoker alone could solve our nation's homeless epidemic.
Yahoo! will soon conduct its annual National Draft Day, and the OIL will be a part of it. Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn and his arch-rival, Adam F. Duffy, will be in New York alongside industry experts Andy Behrens, Brad Evans, Liz Loz, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don, who was the most accurate expert for draft rankings according to FantasyPros.com.
OIL Countdown: Fact #11
Rebel Alliance manager Don Roe joined the OIL's AFC in 2015 after Briscoe ghosted on the league in 2014. He hit the ground running, orchestrating a phenomenal trade for rookie RB David Johnson and riding him to a championship appearance. Unfortunately, the Rebels lost the Thunder Bowl to Venable. The Rebs returned to the playoffs in 2016, finishing fifth.
Fun fact: Roe's original logo included the Rebel Alliance logo from Star Wars, but George Lucas's greedy ass prevented Roe from printing any merch with it.