The Results page at the DBFA site has been updated to more cleanly reflect each league's champions by year.
Announcing Draft Day Banners
Draft Day 2014 will be the first time we draft under our own banners. VistaPrint is now the official banner provider of the OIL.
The banners' cost totaled about $30. If you want to throw in some money, you can do that on the Donate page.
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.
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:
A New Champion is Crowned
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.
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.