This is the second installment in the oral history of the OklahomIraqis League, which started in Baghdad in 2006. To start from the beginning, click here.
After the 2006 deployment, most of the men didn't go back to drill until April or May due to the leave they'd accrued. And, when they did, they went back to their respective armories in Lawton, Duncan, Chickasha, Anadarko, and Walters. Guys they worked with every day suddenly became guys they only saw every few months at best. So, when the 2007 football season approached, many of the men in the OIL had not visited with each other since the deployment. That's when Pyle asked OIL commissioner Cliburn if he planned on resurrecting the league.
After being gone from their jobs for over 15 months, the men went back to their daily lives and tried to pretend nothing had changed. But things had changed, and everyone adjusted differently.
UPDATE: Week 13 Results
The NFC's Rivalry Week is upon us. Here are the uniform matchups and playoff implications of each game. The "home" team is the franchise that won last season's Rivalry Week matchup. Of course, the winner of this year's Rivalry Week matchup will be the home team next season. Click on the franchise's uniform to view their full uniform set. Each playoff matchup will be previewed in this way as well, with the higher-seeded team being the home team.
Away vs. Home