Dogs of War manager Aaron Cobb likes to market himself as the "tough guy" of the league, but, by my count, he's the only OILer to ever be knocked out on national TV. Cobb joined the league in 2007, although he was on the 2006 mission with the rest of the guys. In 2013, he rode Peyton Manning and the seven dwarves to an OIL championship, beating the Commish's Arrogant Americans in a travesty of justice the league has yet to recover from.
Fun fact: Cobb was unwittingly a part of "Straight Dave's Man-Slammin' Maxout" in the Oscar-nominated film Bruno.
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.
GUTHRIE, OKLA. — The NFC's Hard Targets traded away QB Peyton Manning today, likely ending Manning's 10-year reign over the OIL. Sure, Cobb could still start him. But the days of Peyton leading teams to the playoffs are over. He's done. He'll never be what he was, in the NFL or the OIL (Peyton is currently a backup in the AFC and in danger of losing his job in the PFC as well). He finishes his OIL career with a record four championships (three NFC; one AFC). The Dogs of War won a championship with Manning in 2013, so they must be hoping to regain some of that mojo. But Cobb traded away Alshon Jeffery (who, although he missed four straight games, went off for 28 points today) for the aged QB. Does Cobb know something we don't? Not likely. When reached for comment, all Finch could say was:
Peyton Through the Years
The managers for the 2008 and 2011 champion SoonerJack and 2013 champion Dogs of War will soon receive their championship mini-helmets. The final piece to the helmet puzzle is the 2009 champion ThroatPunchers, who finished in second place the following season before leaving the league to commish the MGL full-time (opening up a spot for Yancy Baldwin).
The jerseys for each OIL champion arrived yesterday. They were designed by the team manager and Andrew Krause and manufactured by Hopco Sports. Not pictured: 2009 Champion ThroatPunchers (left the OIL after 2010 season to commish the MGL). NOTE: Due to a miscommunication with the manufacturer, SoonerJack has two #11 jerseys rather than one #08 and one #11. We are working on getting that remedied.
Compiled and edited by Justin C. Cliburn
This is the first installment in our ongoing oral history project. You can read later chapters here.
To understand the OklahomIraqis League ("the OIL"), one must know who its members are and what brought them together. The league began at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. It was resurrected in 2007 and kept alive each successive season. It's the way they keep in touch and share news with the men they served with in Iraq. Sometimes it's the only way because, although the men of the OIL are incredible friends, they may have never known each other without the Army National Guard. They came from different backgrounds and followed different career paths, but they served together as soldiers. Their bond would never be what it is without the experiences they shared one year in Iraq.
Their story is important, even if only to them, because when historians chronicle the Iraq War, they will focus on the usual fare: the battles; the successes and the failures; the bombings and the civil war . . . and the presidents and generals who managed them.
But it will be up to the everyday Joes, the boots on the ground, to tell their stories . . . because no one else will. Who were these men? Why did they join the military? What did they do over there? How are they now? And what has kept them close since they first went to war together? These questions may be important only to those who already know the answers, but they need to be shared just the same.
What follows is an oral history of the OIL, as told by the men who lived it, beginning with the combat mission that inspired it. It is by no means an exhaustive history of that combat mission in 2005-2006; such a history would fill a book of its own. But it is a decent overview of the year that preceded the formation of the OIL: where they were; what they'd experienced; how they felt. 152 Oklahoma soldiers served on that mission, but just a fraction of them are represented here. Each soldier below speaks for himself as an individual. Collectively, their memories form a history best expressed through the oral tradition of storytelling through conversation.
Soldiers are traditionally a guarded bunch, reluctant to show emotion or share their feelings, so the following is a rare look into the collective memory of one group of soldiers in Iraq almost a decade ago.
Championship jerseys have been ordered for all OIL1 champions still in the league. The manufacturer says they will be shipped the second week of December. Those receiving jerseys are: Lucky Enuf (navy blue home jersey for 2006 championship); Whackers (red home jersey; 2007); SoonerJack (crimson home jersey for 2008; white away jersey for 2011); and Dogs of War (white away jersey for 2013). Arrogant Americans already received a home and away jersey for their 2010 and 2012 championships.
Rogers's Ammo Dogs, Trovillo's Dirty Hippies, and Cobb's 2013 champion Dogs of War released full uniform sets today. The uniforms were designed by Andrew Krause and are featured on each team manager's page.
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: