No, Finch, no OIL funds were expended on this ring. Cliburn's wife ordered him an Arrogant Americans championship ring for his birthday. The ring is from Jostens, while the display case is from Fantasy Jocks.
After Cliburn won the 2017 Liberty Bowl, he donated his mini-helmet prize to the runner-up Boomtown Brawlers. Today, the helmet arrived, and it is beautiful. Thanks again to HelmetNation.com for doing another outstanding job. Check out the previous championship helmets here.
The commissioner has placed the orders for the championship mini-helmet and championship jerseys. Because the 'Mericans already have a helmet, their manager gave the prize to the Liberty Bowl runner-up Boomtown Brawlers. The Redlegs finished third in the Liberty Bowl. Below are the mockups for the helmet and the three conference champions' jerseys. View previous years' helmets and jerseys here. The helmets are made by HelmetNation.com and the jerseys by HopcoSports.com.
The Arrogant Americans have won the 2017 Liberty Bowl. As such, they have won the Tenequer Memorial Trophy and a custom mini-helmet from HelmetNation.com. But, since Cliburn is a benevolent overlord, he has announced he is donating the mini-helmet prize to the second-place finisher: the Boomtown Brawlers. It should look pretty good, and the commish can't wait to see the finished product.
Congratulations to all three 2017 champions. The championship jerseys have been ordered, and the trophies will be shipped soon.
It's finally here: the PLAYOFFS. 18 teams are competing for three conference trophies and one OIL trophy. This year is a mix of old and new as perennial contenders and newly-competitive managers will battle over the next four weeks. To the matchups!
Click on team logos to view manager pages on okiraqi.org. Click matchup titles to view the matchup on Yahoo!
Congratulations to Zerger, Cliburn, Pyle, Lutonsky, Buehre, and Neely on finishing in the top two in their respective conferences. Enjoy your wins this week.
For the second-consecutive season, defending champion Lance Zerger and his Redlegs have clinched a first-round bye. Joining him is Sir Neely and his Hooligans, making their first appearance in the top two.
Joining Zerger and Neely in the AFC playoffs are Green, Nye, Schuster (making the playoffs for the first time), and Peacock.
Both these managers are returning to the playoffs after being strong contenders in 2016, but neither could pull off the championship last season. Look for the Doughboys to make a strong statement that they are not over their 2016 Thunder Bowl defeat.
Just two more games are left in the regular season, and we have our first playoff berths clinched:
The above image is taken from our Twitter feed. Check it out, and let the commish know if you want an official team Twitter account. Here are the full standings. Click on the image to view them on the Yahoo! page:
Man, what a week in the OIL. In both the NFC and PFC, the top four teams all lost. Winless DominationStation gave undefeated SoonerJack their first loss of the season, meaning each OIL team has at least one loss. And the Nightmares continued their nightmare of a season, falling to 0-7 . . . the OIL's only remaining winless squad. Here are your games of the week (click on title to be taken to the matchup page on Yahoo!).
This is a rematch of last year's Thunder Bowl, when Zerger and the Redlegs defeated Green's Doughboys to win their first championship. It's fitting then that Zerger comes in ranked higher than Green. The Redlegs are built for this league, boasting the top two WRs in the OIL, the top pass-catching RB in Chris Thompson, and steady RB Mark Ingram. The Doughboys are built more for a standard league with RBs dominating the early draft rounds. I'm picking Zerger to continue his resurgence and move closer to a playoff berth (and perhaps first-round bye).
On paper, this looks like an easy Vandals victory. Lutonsky is ranked first in the PFC, averages 14 more points per game than Tadlock, and has a greater OPR. But the Vandals are dealing with six byes this week, so I'm picking them to lose their second-straight game (and fall out of first place).
This matchup will greatly affect each team's chances at securing a playoff berth in Week 14. Each team is 4-3 and right on the playoff bubble. But Baldwin's Roughnecks have already lost Odell Beckham for the season, Martavis Bryant to stupidity, and Leonard Fournette to a bye week. Meanwhile, Henderson's DARC NARCS, after a couple suspension scares, still have RB Ezekiel Elliott to lean on, along with RB Melvin Gordon and breakout QB Carson Wentz. Look for Henderson to make a statement as we get closer and closer to the playoffs.
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.