OKLAHOMA CITY –– There's an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied, but, when delayed justice is all you can offer, you suck it up and do the right thing. Over the first 13 weeks in 2009, the Arrogant Americans went 9-4. They then won three straight to finish Week 16 at 12-4. But they weren't champions. Why? Because that was the one season the league used a 14-week schedule, pushing the championship to Week 17.
Due to the commissioner's incompetence, the 'Mericans first had to beat a first-round opponent due to there being no first-round bye in 2009. They won again in Week 15 (present-day semifinals week) and Week 16 (present-day championship week). Then, in Week 17, they faced the ThroatPunchers and lost after injuries to Wes Welker and Maurice Jones-Drew and Week 17-restings of other star players.
But the 'Mericans would have beaten the ThroatPunchers in Week 16. And they would have won in Weeks 14, 15, and 16, when they averaged 193.95 points per game (due to seeding, they would have avoided the Wolverines and their 220 points in Week 15). Their final record, under current scheduling rules, would be 11-4 with more than 165 points scored per game. And that season ranks fifth in OIL history in OPR (1.265), while the ThroatPunchers' 2009 season ranks 130th (1.026). Therefore, the OIL is officially recognizing Justin C. Cliburn and the Arrogant Americans as the true champions of 2009.
That proclamation also means that Cliburn is officially the first manager to win four OIL championships. When reached for comment, Cliburn said, "although I know there will be pushback, I am grateful that a wrong was righted. I just wonder why it took so long when [Kevin] Pyle's 2008 title was retroactively recognized back in 2012."
As is custom, the OIL checking account has been drafted $200 to purchase a championship jersey and mini-helmet for the 'Mericans. Pictures will be posted in approximately six weeks.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports has begun a multi-part series on commissioner issues and enlisted OIL Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn to author it. Check it out and look for future installments.
The Arrogant Americans won their third championship in 2017, entitling them to a third championship jersey. It was produced by HopcoSports.com.
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.
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.
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.
After Hangovers manager Adam Duffy received a Cease and Desist letter from his beloved Packers, he asked Cliburn to review and edit a letter of apology he was to send to the Packers. Cliburn did not disappoint:
When reached for comment, Cliburn said, "When he unveiled that logo, I thought 'what if the Packers sued him over that?' And then I thought, 'what if he thought they were suing him over that." From there, the plan unfolded.
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.
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.