It was a long process, but readers of the OIL have chosen a winner. Shane Maddox's and Anthony Wustenfeld's Oklahoma City Infantry ended up garnering 34% of the votes to beat Blake Campbell's Roughnecks (26%) in our "NFL in OKC" design contest.
Congratulations to the men. And thank you to everyone who submitted designs, shared the page, and voted in the poll.
A special thank you goes to Uni-Watch, who linked to the contest multiple times. Click the image to see the complete Infantry submission.
Shane and Anthony can now choose something from our online store as a prize. Let me know what you'd like by emailing me and I'll make that happen.
Craig Priestley is the latest to submit a design for our Oklahoma City uniform contest. He said he didn't have a team name for his submission, but that it was inspired by the Oklahoma City flag.
Does anyone want to take a shot at naming this team in the comments?
If you want to help create this hypothetical NFL team in Oklahoma City, send logo/uniform designs to OklahomIraqis@gmail.com. The deadline is March 15, and the winner may get something from our league store.
Thank you to Mr. Priestley and everyone else who has submitted designs so far.
The latest submission in our design contest for a hypothetical NFL team in Oklahoma City comes from Lennie Nelson. His Roughnecks design includes my favorite logo of the contest thus far. I do not love the turquoise, but I appreciate Mr. Nelson's reasoning:
"My design is centered around traditional Native American shades of
Again, I love the logo. It is simple and clever. The overall design looks very good. Thank you to Nelson for the work he put into this and for sending it to us. His design will be added into the contest update entry, which you can find here. Nelson did not provide a Web site or social media account, which is a shame because he's clearly talented.
To submit your own design, please email OklahomIraqis@gmail.com.
It is a good thing I check my SPAM folder. Otherwise, Andrew Seagraves's submission for his Oklahoma City Rattlers would have never made it to okiraqi.org. Mr. Seagraves found our contest on Uni-Watch.com, so thanks again to that site. They've referred over 10,000 unique visitors to our site. We appreciate it. Our original post asking for logo submissions is: NFL in OKC? Here is what Seagraves had to say about his design:
It's not Roughnecks but I like the design and concept. Here's his full entry:
Skott Schoonover sent in his Roughnecks design this week. According to him, he completed it entirely using Microsoft Paint, so bravo Mr. Schoonover! It looks too good to be done with that platform.
Here's what Schnoover had to say about his submission:
Keith Good designs logos at his Web site: keithisgood.com, and tweets from @keithisgood. He sent in this Roughnecks design, and we appreciate his work.
Here's what Mr. Good had to say about his design:
Our latest design submission for an Oklahoma City NFL team comes from George Burnett. Mr. Burnett found our contest on SportsLogos.net. He named the franchise the Spirits:
"Here is something that I did last year around this time. There are several images to build the case and they will be in order.
Burnett did a good job letting his images speak for themselves. Overall, I like the concept. He also broke the cardinal rule by not naming the team Roughnecks. But he presents something that would be uniquely Oklahoma. The colors match well with the state flag, the Native American influence is noticeable without being offensive, and the name is not used in any other professional sports league.
Because he did such a thorough job explaining his concept through his images, I will just post those with little comment.
I like that the Native American influence is based on genuine examples of that culture and not a caricature of the people that Oklahoma was named for (Oklahoma is a Choctaw word meaning "red people"). I should note that this looks genuine and respectful to me: a lily-white male with zero percent Native American blood. I can't speak for Native Americans, so I'd be interested in hearing other opinions on the design from that aspect.
We asked for logo designs for a hypothetical Oklahoma City NFL team. And, after 12,000 unique visitors over three days, we received our first Roughnecks design. It came from Blake Campbell, who saw our contest link on OperationSports.com. Mr. Campbell owns and runs Friday Night Design. His Web site is still a work in progress, but he has some great work he plans to display under the Fantasy tab.
But Campbell had his reservations about Roughnecks. It's understandable for anyone who is not from oil country. Campbell worked through his apprehension though:
"I must admit, I initially felt the task of branding an NFL team on men in the oilfield was a daunting one. But the more time I spent pondering the idea, the quicker my imagination began to run wild. I hope you and your readers will enjoy the design that I've put together. Let me explain my design.
I love the idea. My only criticism is that the clay color looks a little close to the burnt orange used by the University of Texas. The Longhorns are not very popular here. I shared this concern with Campbell, and he agreed to modify the clay color to more accurately represent the "red dirt" that is famous in Oklahoma. But I love the overall design, so I'm posting the submission anyway. Back to Campbell's design though:
Campbell's helmet design is clean and simple.
We recently discussed the possibility of an NFL team coming to Oklahoma City. UniWatch was kind enough to link to our post asking for uniform and logo design submissions.
We received our first submission this week. Tom Bierbaum of Erie, Pa. said he'd been thinking of an Oklahoma City NFL franchise named the 89ers for decades:
"The name probably sounds funny to most ears, but the old minor league baseball team from Oklahoma City used to be called the 89ers (after the people who rushed into the state when it was opened to settlement in 1889) and I actually saw that team play at the Tacoma Cubs in old Cheney Stadium in the summer of 1968 as a field trip with my Colt League baseball team. For whatever reason, I was fascinated by that visiting team, the city and the name, so that fall, when us Bierbaum kids decided to "add" expansion teams to our pretend pro football league, I came up with the improbable idea of creating an Oklahoma City 89ers in the pro ranks."
I also remember the 89ers. They're now named the Redhawks, and I cannot express enough how much I hate that name. The 89ers was local, unique and historical. I deliberately ignored the name when it came time to name our hypothetical NFL franchise though. It is too close to 49ers to be a viable name for an NFL team in my opinion. Mr. Beirbaum admitted straight away that he violated the only rule of the contest: naming the team the Oklahoma City Roughnecks. But he had his reasons:
The last two posts on the OIL blog discussed the possibility of a future NFL franchise in Oklahoma City. As a reminder, the OIL's hypothetical OKC NFL team is named the Oklahoma City Roughnecks.
Because the end is nigh, I have been thinking about this hypothetical team more than I should. What would it look like? How would it be marketed?
I reached out to Paul Lukas at UniWatch to see if he would help start a design contest for the logo or uniform of this hypothetical franchise. I chose UniWatch because: 1. it has the largest audience of uniform-obsessed fans; and 2. their design contests are legendary. Just look at this one UniWatch hosted for what became the Thunder. Well, UniWatch obliged and linked to our post on its blog dedicated to "the obsessive study of athletics aesthetics."
Located in the Grab Bag section of its February 1 blog post, UniWatch does the OIL a solid:
So, there you have it. Send submissions to email@example.com. For reference purposes, we are talking about oil field roughnecks.
I will post updates as submissions come in. I hope to see many different stylings on the theme. But this is a small blog dedicated to a small group of soldiers who love fantasy football, so I don't expect too much.
And, who knows? Maybe the contest winner will receive officially-licensed OklahomIraqis merchandise as a prize. Everyone else will have my eternal gratitude for indulging this hobby of mine.