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
Yahoo! will soon conduct its annual National Draft Day, and the OIL will be a part of it. Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn and his arch-rival, Adam F. Duffy, will be in New York alongside industry experts Andy Behrens, Brad Evans, Liz Loz, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don, who was the most accurate expert for draft rankings according to FantasyPros.com.
AMMODOGS manager Mike Rogers joined the OIL in 2009. He is a member of the 158 but wasn't on the 2006 Iraq mission, as he spent the year in arguably a worse desert: Mangum, Oklahoma. He's completed eight seasons in the league but has yet to win a playoff game.
Rogers has made three playoff appearances and been defeated in the first round each time. Granted, he was in Afghanistan for one of those seasons, but what about the other seven? Have some pride, man.
Due to popular demand, the OIL has released NFL-style "Salute to Style" versions of the OIL logo and the 158th unit patch. Don't worry, Cobb; the OIL won't be going "Pinktober" anytime soon.
Yes, this is essentially a "salute to ourselves" logo, but it looks good.
EDIT: Each team logo now has a STS version; see those below.
Just in time for the 2017 season, the OIL has unveiled a new, comprehensive spreadsheet detailing each OIL season. Not only does the sheet include a master list of manager rankings, it now includes separate, unique sheets for each manager. The manager sheets document every season of an OILer's career. Click here to access the sheet at Google. Otherwise, it is available on our Record Book page, as well as each manager page under the "Wins" tab. A preview of the rankings page and a manager page are included below.
Each manager page includes that OILer's unique spreadsheet, with each season's results, an average of all seasons, their best season's results for each stat category, as well as their worst. Again, you can find this on every manager page under the "Wins" tab. See Cobb's sheet below.
Justin Finch's Hard Targets logo is the only OIL logo to be modeled after an actual 1-158 FA soldier. Can you guess who it is?
Of course, his team wasn't always so safe for work. That first season, he went by a NSFW 'Team America: World Police' reference. Following that, he went by the less-offensive-but-still-NSFW f***wads. He later dabbled with Fourth Down Syndrome and Stafford Infection before settling on the name of our dumbass platoon nickname back in '05/'06. This was about the same time he became a father and responsible adult, so kids aren't all bad, I guess.
Finch spent the first half of his OIL career at the bottom of the standings. But he's been one of the better managers the last several years, averaging 9.5 wins per regular season from 2013-2016. His best season was 2014, when he made it to the OIL Bowl before losing to the Dirty Hippies.