The two highest-scoring champions in week 16 were the NFC's Dirty Hippies and the AFC's Redlegs. They'll now play for the right to the Tenequer Memorial Trophy and a custom team mini-helmet. Each squad is dealing with several starters resting in week 17, so these lineups are subject to change and are not final until the noon games kickoff on Sunday.
After two number-one seeds were upset in the OIL semifinals, all eyes were on Zerger's Redlegs to break the curse and bring home the Killman Memorial Trophy. He came through when TE Jason Witten caught a fourth-quarter TD pass from WR Dez Bryant on Monday Night Football. Congratulations, Z.
If there was ever any thought that Dirty Hippies manager Chris Trovillo's 2014 championship was a fluke, it was rebutted this year. Trovillo knocked off three former champions and the first, second, and third seeds to win his second OIL Bowl against 2013 champion Cobb. He did so despite trading WR Mike Evans to Cobb just before Hippies first-round pick RB Adrian Peterson went on IR. Congratulations, Trovillo. You earned it.
Dirty Dogs manager Scott Buehre became the first OIL manager to go from worst to first. His squad finished in last place in 2015 before winning it all this season. Congrats, Buehre.
We're finally here. 42 teams have been whittled down to six. Those six are: Zerger; Green; Cobb; Trovillo; Buehre; and Brake. Game-by-game analysis after the jump.
By OIL Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn
The championship games are set. Semifinals week included upsets, blowouts, pillow fights, and nailbiters. Game-by-game analysis after the jump.
Only 12 teams remain in contention in the OIL playoffs after Nye, Roe, Cliburn, Jessen, Baldwin, and Cordes were knocked out in round one. Half of the semifinals field had a bye last week, so this is their first test since Rivalry Week. Good luck, guys. As always, game-by-game analysis after the jump.
In an informal poll of OIL managers, these are the guys the membership is voting for:
AFC (eight responses):
NFC (seven responses):
PFC (seven responses):
By OIL Commissioner and Arrogant Americans Manager Justin C. Cliburn
Aside from Le'Veon Bell having a career day, seemingly everyone significantly under-performed this week. And all this illustrates the value of a first-round bye: four of the six first-round bye teams (Pyle; Cobb; Tadlock; Buehre) would have lost to any of the playoff teams had they played this week, while another first-round bye team (Zerger) would have lost to three of four AFC playoff teams had he played this week. Only Peacock would have beaten anyone he faced had he played this week.
But those teams didn't play this week, because they were rewarded for outstanding regular seasons. Our league always rewards success, and I have no regrets instituting this playoff policy six years ago, even if it cost me this week. Here is the week one recap:
This will be a theme moving forward: incredibly low score totals for the league's best teams. Green won this one while scoring fewer than 120 points; Nye failed to break triple-digits. Nye finishes his season 9-5 while Green advances to face Peacock.
Brosh rode the golden leg of Justin Tucker to a Monday Night Victory over Roe's Rebels. Brosh will face Zerger in the semifinals, while Roe finishes his season 9-5. Poor games from Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown (by his standards), Michael Crabtree, Brandin Cooks, and Thomas Rawls doomed the Rebels.