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.
2017 Liberty Bowl
The Liberty Bowl is back and a little different in 2017. For the first time, all three conference champions will participate (previously, it was the two highest-scoring champions of Week 16). The Week 16 and Week 17 scores will combine to determine our winner, who will receive the Tenequer Memorial Trophy and a custom mini-helmet. The lineups are posted below.*
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*Lineups are subject to change until game time.
OIL Countdown: Fact #26
Boomtown Brawlers manager Zackary Brake has been in the OIL for two seasons and has made it to the championship game in each season, winning one. He currently has the highest winning percentage in the OIL (67.7%).
Fun fact: Brake chose his primary color to honor a very special brownie that was tragically taken from him too soon.
OIL Championship Week Preview
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.
The 2015 championship jerseys have arrived, and they look fantastic. As always, Earl at Hopco Sports did a great job. Congratulations to three-time champion Jack Bruesch, two-time champion Jimmy Venable, and first-year champion Zack Brake. You can check out all 13 championship jerseys here.
Championship Jerseys Ordered
The conference champion jerseys have been ordered. Earl at HopcoSports.com has got mockups complete, and production should start soon. Congratulations to Venable, Bruesch, and Brake.
Liberty Bowl: AFC vs. PFC
The second annual Liberty Bowl pits the AFC vs. the PFC. When the OIL expanded to a third conference, something had to change regarding the Week 17 Liberty Bowl. We could either pit all three teams against each other, or we could use Week 16 as a semifinal matchup: the two highest-scoring teams would advance. That's what we chose. I have to admit that I don't like excluding a three-time champion in the NFC's SoonerJack, but rules are rules.
So the Liberty Bowl will pit the AFC champion War Pony versus the PFC champion Boomtown Brawlers. The winner will get their name engraved on the Tenequer Memorial Trophy as well as a custom mini-helmet made by Helmet Nation, LLC. Good luck, men.
The OIL's expansion conference is five members away from full participation in 2015. The potential members thus far are:
If you know any SECFOR guys interested in joining the OIL, refer them to Cliburn's email address or Facebook account. Have them check out our expansion page for franchise name ideas.
Brake spent 2006 at Camp Liberty with Jimmy Mitchell in SSG Taylor's squad. Since then, he's worked in various position in the oil and gas industry, including supervising a yard in the boomtowns of North Dakota. Fittingly, his franchise is named the Boomtown Brawlers. His logo is inspired by the HBO series Deadwood and the movie There Will Be Blood. His team colors are dark brown, light brown, and vegas gold. No other OIL franchise uses those colors. Brake now lives in Chickasha with his wife. He'll be a great addition to the OIL.