The following have been approved by the membership and have been incorporated into the updated bylaws:
You can find the bylaws here.
The Board of Directors consists of:
With the conclusion of the NFL season, it's time to address proposed bylaw amendments. You can access the bylaws here. A simple majority vote is required to alter the bylaws. The Commissioner will be sending each OIL member an email asking for their votes. In the meantime, please review the below proposals.
1. Jack Bruesch proposes we change Section I § G from:
2. Lance Zerger proposes we change Section I § G from:
3. Lance Zerger proposes we add a subsection to Section I § G:
4. Justin C. Cliburn proposes we add a subsection to Section VIII stating:
5. Justin C. Cliburn proposes we add a subsection to Section VIII stating:
6. Justin C. Cliburn proposes we amend subsection E to Section VIII from:
7. Justin C. Cliburn proposes we amend subsection E to Section VIII from:
Section IX: Bylaw Modification
Section IX: Bylaw Modification
8. J.P. Peacock proposes we add a section to the bylaws concerning relegation:
Section IX: Relegation (moving the current Section IX down to Section X)
9. Lance Zerger proposes we amend subsection E to Section I from:
By OIL Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn
This is always a difficult discussion to have, but I want to be as transparent as possible. In the near future, you will be asked to vote on alterations to the league bylaws. One such change is the inclusion of dues in our governing document. How dues were never included in the bylaws in the first place is my fault, and I am aiming to remedy that.
In the GroupMe chat, the question was raised: what actually are our dues and expenses? Unofficially, I've been asking everyone to pitch in $15 per season, which doesn't sound like much. It covers all our expenses except for the draft party. Those expenses are:
The league has spoken. From now on, all trades will be reviewed immediately by an unbiased third party. That third party is My Fantasy Commish.
The OIL members who were on the 2006 mission that started the OklahomIraqis League know that no fantasy football league is large enough to include every good guy on that mission. That problem was magnified in the wake of the death of one of our own. Before, during and after the funeral service, the commissioner was asked about the OIL. And a handful of guys had already asked about joining the league before that.
After lots of consideration, the commissioner and co-commissioner have decided to start a second OklahomIraqis League. www.okiraqi.org will soon be home to the OklahomIraqis Leagues, as the new league will be incorporated into the existing site.
The new league will mirror the original one. It will have the same league settings and will also consist of 14 teams and a 13-week schedule. It will share the same logo as the OIL as well. As of now, it will be referred to as the "OIL 2" or the "OIL 2.0." Which trophy it will award is to be determined.
We also don't yet know if the OIL 2.0 will be a member of the DBFA, but the commissioner hopes that it is. For now, these are the confirmed members:
The remaining members are to be determined. Please help recruit potential members. The ideal candidate is one who was in the 158 and was in Iraq with the 158 during either the 2006 or 2008 mission. It would be helpful for each candidate to have a ready-made "rival" as week 13 in the OIL is Rivalry Week.
In the meantime, please contact the commissioner with your candidates for membership.
It took five seasons, but your commissioner has finally broken through and won the OIL. I'd like to say that it was a banner day for ole Brick, but I was in God awful pain thanks to an abscessed tooth/jaw/mouth that ended up putting me in the hospital for a week. I got a toothache on Christmas Eve and no one was open and it got worse and worse. If anyone has ever had an abscess, you know what I'm talking about. If not, Google "Ludwig's angina" because that was my medical diagnosis. I was released today. Anyway, here's a rundown of my post-season thoughts:
1. I really liked the balanced schedule this season, as well switching to an only six team playoff field. With the balanced schedule, the six best teams per their record are usually going to be the best teams in the league.
2. I loved the live draft. We really need to work on doing that each year, but I know how hard it is to get 14 married or working (or both) men (many of whom raising children) together. I am planning on applying to law school for next Fall, so I wonder how difficult it will be for me as well, although I will do my best to continue my duties as commissioner.
3. I haven't forgotten about our league bylaws or our "BCS formula." I've just been busy and sick. I'm working three jobs now, on top of half-ass helping my fiancee plan a wedding. I'm still working for UPS as a part-time supervisor; Duffy is my boss. I go to work after that as a legal assistant for Ana Basora-Walker, and then I work as a news writer for The Lawton Constitution on the weekends, working the police beat (crime; fire; car accidents; obituaries.)
4. When I finish this post, I will get to work recalculating everyone's coaching profiles. Best and worst finishes and career winning percentages have changed.
5. Congratulations need to go out to a few men in particular. First of all, major props go to Hastings for making a return to the OiL Bowl. Only one person (Pyle) had made it to two OiL Bowls, but Hastings (and myself) is the first to make it back-to-back. Secondly, Morgan did a wonderful job of going from last place to a three seed in the playoffs. He lost steam in the playoffs, but it was a very good season for the former champion. Duffy's success deserves mention as well, as he made the playoffs for the first time. Speaking of playoffs, Pyle made the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons (including two OiL Bowls and one championship.)
6. That's all I have. I love this league and I apologize for not keeping this blog up for the final few weeks of the season, but my work schedule was killing me. Time will tell if I have the time to keep it up next season, but I will do my best. If you ever have any ideas or suggestions, let me know.