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Only one team remains undefeated in the AFC and, perhaps not coincidentally, it's the team with the easiest strength of schedule thus far: Reed's Sawtooths. But, with Reed's poor luck last year, it's about time he caught a break. Previous number-one Zerger fell to second after his Redlegs lost to the last place Vultures.
Three (!) teams are undefeated in the NFC, but two of them play each other in Week Four (Arrogant Americans and SoonerJack) while number-two Morgan's Whackers play fourth-ranked Lucky Enuf. It'll be a college football-style "Separation Sunday" next week for sure.
The PFC, like the AFC, boasts just one undefeated team . . . and it's the team with, by far, the easiest schedule of the entire OIL. Meanwhile, Mitchell continues to have a Nightmare of a season, falling to 0-3. In between the two extremes lies a very balanced conference with no clear favorite at this point.
EAU CLAIRE — Hangovers manager Adam Duffy unveiled a new team logo Sunday, seven years after first unveiling the Packers-inspired logo created at 48hoursdesign.com. The new logo does not replace the traditional Hangovers logo, but it adds to the ever-growing library of OIL logos. The biggest difference between the primary and new alternate logo is that, rather than using the stylized 'H' that has come to be known as distinctly Hangover, the new mark incorporates the 'G' made famous by Duffy's beloved Green Bay Packers. Both Hangovers logos incorporate the shadow of Vince Lombardi.
The OIL Record Book spreadsheet now includes overall power ratings for each manager, as well as a power rating for each of their seasons. You can view a manager's overall power rating and their top-rated and lowest-rated seasons (2010-present) on the main Manager Rankings spreadsheet. On each manager's spreadsheet, you can view the power rating for every season, the average power rating (2010-present), and the top-rated and lowest-rated seasons (2010-present).
The power rating was created by the Oberon Mt. Fantasy Football League and has been featured on ESPN's Fantasy Focus podcast. It is used by many leagues across the country. Read the formula creator's explanation and see how it applies to the OIL after the jump.
Once again, it was a low-scoring week. The NFL better get its offenses in gear or no one will be able to break Zerger's 2016 record for most points in a season. Speaking of Zerger, his Redlegs lead the pack in the AFC and the OIL as a whole at 2-0 and averaging 156.35 points per game. Reed's Sawtooths are number two in the AFC, but they've benefited from an easy schedule . . . opponents have averaged less than 100 points per game. Meanwhile, Brosh is in last place, as he's faced the toughest schedule thus far . . . but he's also scored the second-fewest points in the AFC. That's not a good combo.
Four teams are undefeated in the NFC, with Cliburn's Arrogant Americans (fresh off their 101st career victory) setting the standard at 2-0 and averaging 149.95 points per game. Morgan, Bruesch, and Leal round out the top four. Duffy and Pyle would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, as they sit at fifth and sixth, respectively. Cobb, whose Dogs of War were awarded the "Best Draft" by Yahoo!, now sits at 0-2, averaging less than 100 points per game. Pathetic.
The PFC, like the AFC, boasts just a pair of 2-0 teams: Gray and Tadlock. But the next four teams, at 1-1, could easily end up surpassing them soon. This conference may be the most balanced so far. Mitchell is having a nightmare of a season thus far, as he has lost his first two games and averages just 123.05 points per game. That's not gonna do it.
The defending champion Redlegs start 2017 atop the AFC standings once again, while the NFC champion Dirty Hippies failed to break triple-digits in their 2017 debut. The PFC champion Dirty Dogs, however, managed to start their title defense with a victory.
The injuries of David Johnson and Allen Robinson have reverberated across the league. Their owners already face adversity in the young season.
OKLAHOMA CITY — OIL manager Justin C. Cliburn and his Arrogant Americans became the first OIL franchise to reach 100 victories Monday. The historic win was earned when the 'Mericans came back on Monday night to defeat the Hard Targets in Week One of the 2017 season, Cliburn's 159th game as an OIL manager.
Hard Targets manager Finch came into Monday night comfortably ahead, with a 66% chance of victory. But Cliburn's receiving tandem of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combined for 52.4 points to take the lead. From there, the 'Mericans never looked back. Cliburn will face Cobb and his Dogs of War in Week Two.
Since it's Kickoff Sunday and records are bound to be broken in 2017, the full list of records is embedded at the bottom of this post. But, first, a series of numbers illustrating where the OIL is heading into its 12th season.
12: Number of OIL seasons.
0: Number of managers that got to draft their own team in 2006.
8: Number of current OIL managers who were in original league in 2006.
14: Number of original players still in the league, including kickers.
4: Number of OIL trophies.
42: Number of managers now in the OIL.
9: Number of states represented by OIL managers.
5: Number of countries OIL managers have competed from.
3: Number of continents OIL managers have competed from.
60+: Number of combat deployments by current OIL managers.
500+: Number of years of military service of current OIL managers.
3: Number of OIL conferences in 2017.
11: Number of different champions spread across the three conferences.
5: Number of managers with more than one championship.
1: Number of champions no longer in the OIL.
5: Number of states championship trophies have resided.
32: Number of current OIL managers without a championship.
8: Number of managers who have reached the championship game but lost.
24: Number of managers who have never reached championship game.
1: Number of OIL draft-related arrests (not bad for over a decade of drafts).
2: Number of OIL draft-related explosions.
7: Number of OIL draft locations.
And be sure to reference the Record Book throughout the season to monitor how well (or poorly) OIL teams are faring in 2017.
For the third consecutive season, RateMyLeague.com has previewed all three OIL conferences. The RML crew ranked the teams by combining two scores: Starters (1-10) and Bench (1-10), with Safety Score (1-10) acting as a tiebreaker. Access the rankings and audio after the jump.
The 2017 draft is finally completed. View the full draft classes by clicking on the image for the corresponding conference.
Yahoo! Draft Grades
Yahoo! Draft Day Projections
It's Draft Day, but even on the most holiest of days, real life is more important. Mechanics manager Vincente Pierre served with the 1st Battalion 158th FA (SECFOR) during the 2006 mission that gave rise to the OIL. He's served with hundreds of other soldiers over his 25+ years of service, including during other deployments. He joined the OIL in 2015 and has been a good addition to the league, but he won't be at the draft today. His stepson, Justin, is battling brain cancer and looking to cross items off his bucket list should the unthinkable happen.
KSWO-TV 7 reported on Justin's bucket list, and you can find more information there. His parents are struggling with the costs of Justin's treatment, so friends have created a GoFundMe page on their behalf. Please donate what you can.