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.
Hangovers manager Adam Duffy was the first OILer to have his team logo designed professionally. Duffy set up a contest at 48hourslogo.com after deciding Cliburn's original design wasn't good enough. The logo includes an homage to hangover-inducing beer as the negative space in the H. The oval shape was inspired by the original Green Bay Packers logo. The shadow is that of Vince Lombardi. For reference, below is the original logo that Cliburn "designed" in Photoshop:
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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.
While the OIL was born in Baghdad, the Hangovers/Arrogant Americans rivalry evolved slowly over multiple locations. The franchises were rivals long before the league permanently matched them up for Rivalry Week. And it came naturally. They prepare the entire season for their annual matchup.
Three more OIL franchises unveiled full uniform sets today. Duffy's Hangovers, Baldwin's Reapers, and Bruesch's two-time champion SoonerJack each have their uniform sets displayed on their manager pages. Uniforms for Pyle's original champion Lucky Enuf and Jessen's DominationStation will be unveiled shortly.
Morgan's 2007 champion Whackers and Cobb's 2013 champion Dogs of War will each release new uniforms in the near future as well.
In May, we announced custom team helmets for the Hangovers and Arrogant Americans franchises. The helmets were produced by HelmetNation, LLC. Below is an interview with the owner of the business, Aaron Deifel. At the conclusion of the post is a slideshow highlighting the Hangovers helmet from multiple angles.
For a closer look at the Arrogant Americans helmet, click here.
Hangovers manager Adam Duffy and Arrogant Americans manager Justin C. Cliburn recently struck a deal with HelmetNation, LLC to produce official helmets for each team. They arrived today, and the men couldn't be happier. Each helmet features "OIL" above the facemask and their respective team names along the bottom of the rear of the helmet.
Justin C. Cliburn and Adam Duffy ordered their custom mini football helmets today from Helmet Nation. The Arrogant Americans and Hangovers helmets will be the first for any OIL franchise. They are in production now and will be prominently featured here in 4-6 weeks. Stay tuned.