2015 AFC and overall OIL champion War Pony now has a custom mini-helmet to add to his two championship jerseys. As always, this fantastic helmet was manufactured by HelmetNation, LLC. And, while we're showing off new helmets, proper custom helmets for Lucky Enuf and SoonerJack arrived today as well. Check them out on their team pages. And you can view all the previous championship jerseys and helmets here.
*Rob Gronkowski was inactive
Welcome to the first Liberty Bowl. It pits the champions of the OklahomIraqis League's AFC (Jimmy Venable's War Pony) against the champions of the NFC (Christopher Trovillo's Dirty Hippies). The champion receives the Tenequer Memorial Trophy.
Because the Dirty Hippies scored more points in the regular season (and in their championship game), they will be the home team and wear their home, tie-dyed jerseys. War Pony will wear his white-on-white away uniforms for the first time during the 2014 playoffs (as he was the higher seed in every previous matchup). The managers of these two teams have until Saturday at 2000 CST to email their Liberty Bowl lineup to Cliburn. Each manager may tweak their lineup via email or text any time before 1200 CST Sunday.
Here is how each team got here, beginning with the AFC champions:
War Pony has defeated Hillier FF in the 2014 Thunder Bowl. That makes Jimmy Venable the AFC's first champion and make him eligible for a championship jersey. His uniforms:
What his championship jersey will look like:
Venable will have his name engraved into the Killman Memorial Trophy, and AFC Commissioner Nick Reed will ensure the trophy is shipped to Venable ASAP. Next, Venable will play the winner of the NFC's OIL Bowl. Whoever wins week 17's Liberty Bowl will have his name engraved on the Tenequer Memorial Trophy. Congratulations to Venable for winning the Killman and earning a championship jersey. His number 14 (for 2014) jersey is being ordered soon, and photos of it will be posted as soon as it arrives.
Jimmy Venable needs no introduction. 26 of the 28 members of the OIL were on the SECFOR mission that started this league. The 27th was in the 158 as well. The only manager who doesn't personally know Venable is Christopher Trovillo, whose Dirty Hippies won the NFC's OIL Bowl (Trovillo was an active-duty soldier).
He lost Danny Woodhead for the season right out of the gate and later lost Ryan Mathews for a large chunk of the season. But he chose late-round gems in Antonio Gates, Doug Baldwin, Steve Smith, Sr., and Brandon LaFell. And Peyton Manning did his part, too
Because this was the first season of the AFC, league relationships haven't matured to the point of strong trade relations. Even though these men all served together for a year in Iraq, a lot of them haven't been in touch in a while. As a result, Venable didn't finalize any trades this season, so there aren't any to analyze.
Championship: The Dogs of War Win Stunner over Defending Champion Arrogant Americans
Smooth Moves by Dogs of War
Aaron Cobb is officially an OklahomIraqis champion, joining Kevin Pyle, Lyndal Morgan, Jack Bruesch, Josh Hastings, and Justin Cliburn in the elite club. It took him seven years to do it, but he succeeded in his first OIL Bowl appearance. Here is the final tally:
The Arrogant Americans have no excuses. No one on the bench would have made a difference. No waiver wire QB would have done better than Brady. Kudos to Cobb for winning the championship while starting Mendenhall, Reece, and Powell.
And here is where Cobb places among the rest of the OIL champions:
Congratulations to Aaron Cobb. His Dogs of War defeated the defending the 2012 champions in the OIL Bowl. This is Cobb's first OIL championship.
He overcame injuries to, among others, Arian Foster, Jermichael Finley, and Wes Welker on his way to the championship.
The Dogs of War finished the regular season with the third-highest point total in the league. They finished the season 10-6. He'll soon receive the Harrington Trophy in the mail, just in time for Christmas.
The Arrogant Americans finished 9-7 after going into the playoffs with the most points in the league. They've now been to four OIL Bowls and won two of them.
The Dogs of War overcame a first half injury to Steve Smith to win the OIL Bowl. His RB trio of Reshard Mendenhall, Marcel Reece, and Bilal Powell each outscored the number one overall pick, Adrian Peterson.
Peyton Manning outscored Tom Brady by 30 points and Steven Hauschka had his worst game of the season for the Arrogant Americans.
The Dogs of War will now represent the OIL in World War IV against the winners of the MGL and the Norse.
The Dogs of War take on the defending champion Arrogant Americans at noon CST today for the Harrington Trophy.
Congratulations to Jack Bruesch for representing the OIL in a victory over the rival MGL in World War II.
Adam Duffy, as the DBFA President, fact check me on this, but the score of World War II looks to be:
Josh Hastings's ThroatPunchers: 183.6
Jack Bruesch's SoonerJack: 204.4
Jack Bruesch and the OIL are DBFA Champions for 2011. We will start working on the logistics involved in getting you the Trophy of Versailles ASAP.
It's been a great year, everyone. Two World Wars: one victory for the MGL and one for the OIL so far. I'm loving the DBFA more and more as it becomes what we envisioned it to be.
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.