Yancy Baldwin joined the OIL in 2011, although he was on the original Iraq mission with the rest of the OIL members and competed in the DBFA's MGL before that. Since he joined the OIL, his franchise has gone by Reapers. But, with the recent re-brand of Dead Again, it became clear the two franchises were too closely-linked: they shared a common theme (death) and a common color scheme (Raiders-esque silver and black). OIL commissioner Cliburn asked Baldwin if he'd be willing to re-brand his franchise as Roughnecks, and he agreed.
Roughnecks makes sense. Baldwin, like so many Oklahomans, makes his living in the oil and gas industry. The commissioner posted an entire article about why, should an NFL team ever move to Oklahoma City, it should be named Roughnecks. In this case, we decided on a color scheme of old gold and black. Oil is black gold, after all. And no one else in the OIL uses that color scheme. The result is a fantastic look that will stand the test of time. Gone are the silver and black uniforms Baldwin tolerated more than he liked.
The new logo is a black oil derrick set against the golden sky at dusk . . . an iconic image in oil country. The shape surrounding the oil derrick symbolizes both the flare of a natural gas well and a drop of crude oil, and below the derrick is another natural gas flare.
The primary helmet is black like the night sky. Set against the helmet's dark background, the flame at the base of the logo represents the flares on the Oklahoma horizon that signify, no matter the time of night, roughnecks are working hard to ensure we have energy.
The jerseys feature "arms" on the chest to represent the arms of oil rigs that continuously pump oil from the ground of Oklahoma and beyond. The oil derrick logo is proudly displayed on each sleeve, and "ROUGHNECKS" is displayed across the front. The pants striping on each uniform matches its respective helmet. The alternate uniform has "BLACKGOLD" printed inside the collar. It features the black logo on the black helmet with no striping. The numbers are black with gold trim.
Attached are the full uniform sets for all 14 OIL1 franchises. Click on the image to go to the team page with full size images. Which one is your favorite? If you could change anything, what would it be? What color schemes would you like included in any future rebrands?
Do you have suggestions on how to recreate the Hard Targets' camouflage helmet in real life? What about the Dirty Hippies' tie-dyed helmet? Normally, the OIL goes to HelmetNation.com for their helmets, but those two helmets present greater difficulty. Please let us know in the comments if you know how to procure a digital camouflage mini-helmet or a tie-dyed helmet.
The league champion each year gets a custom jersey made by HopcoSports.com (in addition to the Harrington Trophy), and these serve as the templates for those championship prizes.
Each uniform mockup was developed by Andrew Krause Design.
Schmidt's Dead Again franchise released their first uniform set today. The uniforms are a simplistic representation of his team crest, which they feature on the helmet and above the name plate on the back of the jersey. They were designed by Andrew Krause Design.
While the OIL was born in Baghdad, the Hangovers/Arrogant Americans rivalry evolved slowly over multiple locations. The franchises were rivals long before the league permanently matched them up for Rivalry Week. And it came naturally. They prepare the entire season for their annual matchup.
Finch's Hard Targets are the favorite to win the OIL Bowl at this point in the season. Since that means he'll need to get a jersey ordered, Finch went ahead and had one designed.
After four years of using a horrible logo Cliburn created using Microsoft Paint, Schmidt unveiled a new logo designed by someone with considerably more skill than Cliburn. Schmidt is a funeral director, so the franchise name Dead Again makes sense. The new logo is subtle and combines the imagery of football, a tombstone, and a European FC-style shield.
Joshua Lynn's Brewmasters unveiled a new logo today. Lynn competes in the OIL2. His logo is based on his favorite hobby: brewing beer. It includes an old-fashioned beer mug with head and three hops below the word mark.