Just weeks after unveiling a new logo, Morgan's 2007 champion Whackers unveiled a new uniform set today, as did Jessen's DominationStation and Pyle's 2006 champion (and 2008 runner-up*) Lucky Enuf. Full-size images are available on each team's manager page.
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.
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.
Original OIL manager Matthew Leal released a full uniform set for his Norman Nobodies franchise today after previously releasing an updated logo. The uniforms were designed by Andrew Krause.
Cliburn's Arrogant Americans unveiled their previously-released home and away jerseys, as well as a blue alternate today. These uniform representations were created by user STL_ArchMadness at SportsLogos.net.
The OIL is about tradition. It has never been a money league. We play for pride, a traveling trophy, and the opportunity to keep in touch with brothers we served with. And we maintain tradition by chronicling the year we spent in Iraq together and each successive OIL season in our ongoing oral history project. But we're always looking for ways to improve the league experience for all. I've often wondered what we can do for our champions that will last beyond their reign as Harrington Trophy keeper and suggested an additional prize. After a league vote, the following measure has been passed.
Beginning immediately, the OIL will award the league champion with a custom jersey designed for their fantasy football team. The jersey number will be the year of the championship. This year's champion will wear a number 14 jersey. Through an agreement with HopcoSports.com, we are getting our jerseys at a fantastic price.
But that's not just for the league going forward. Once all the managers pay their share, I will place our first order, which will include a jersey for every previous league champion. The 2010 and 2012 champion Arrogant Americans already have their jerseys. The first order will include: a number 6 jersey for Pyle's 2006 champion Lucky Enuf squad; a number 7 jersey for Morgan's 2007 champion Whackers; number 8 and 11 jerseys for Bruesch's 2008 and 2011 champion SoonerJack franchise; and a number 13 jersey for Cobb's 2013 champion Dogs of War. Those four managers should begin considering design options immediately, although Pyle already has a jersey template, as does Bruesch. Other managers with jersey-templates but no championship include: Roger's Ammo Dogs; Jessen's DominationStation (two-time OIL Bowl runner-up); Trovillo's Dirty Hippies; Duffy's Hangovers (who already have a jersey, but not a championship jersey); and Baldwin's Reapers.
So far, three managers have tendered their dues to the commissioner. Get those dues in so we can make this happen. You may mail the funds to the commissioner's home address or send it through PayPal.
The OIL champion can still look forward to receiving the Harrington Trophy with his name and franchise name engraved on it. This is just one more reason why our league is so amazing. Not only did we invest in a quality traveling trophy, we all pitch in to ensure our champions have something permanent to signify their achievement.
Thank you to Uni-Watch for linking to this announcement.
In early 2011 (just after the 2010 season), OIL managers Adam Duffy and Justin C. Cliburn ordered custom jerseys from HopcoSports. Three years later, they are still happy with their purchases. Cliburn caught up with HopcoSports to discuss the recent OIL team uniform designs. Here is how Duffy and Cliburn's jerseys turned out:
HopcoSports.com is owned by Earl Hopson.
Where are you located?
Hobson: Fountain, Colorado.
How long have you been in business?
Hobson: Nine years.
How did you get started?
Hobson: I got started by designing jerseys for local fantasy leagues, and it grew from there.
How many jerseys a year do you typically manufacture?
Hobson: Between 800 and 1,500 jerseys and custom sport apparel and equipment for all different sports and office casual wear too.
Do you have a jersey for your own FF team? Yes If so, what is your team name?
Hobson: Yes. It's the Red River Bandits.
Do you have a day job? What is it?
Hobson: Yes. I work for the U.S. Air Force as a civil servant. I'm retired Air Force.
Can you replicate the jerseys recently unveiled by the OIL?
Hobson: Yes. Although the jerseys for Dirty Hippies and DominationStation will need to be sublimated. The railroad tracks over the numbers and sleeve pattern would all need to be sublimated (a process where the ink is dyed directly into the fabric). This process is better than screenprint where paint is applied on the top of jerseys. The sublimated print will never crack and does not add noticeable weight to the jersey as sewn-on tackle twill does. Pretty much that would be the only way to do those two jerseys and the Seattle-style Lucky Enuf jersey is by sublimation.
How much would it cost to recreate one of these jerseys?
Hobson: Refer your league to my email address, and the price will be $90.00 each, which is a discounted price. If you can get them to submit one big order that is shipped to the same address, the cost will only be $85.00 each. If I sublimate the jerseys I can get them done in three to four weeks.
These designs are based on NFL teams the Patriots, Raiders, Packers, Seahawks, and Bengals, as well as entirely original designs based on no NFL team. Which is your favorite?
Trovillo's Dirty Hippies uniforms couldn't have turned out any better. They were designed by a user at Fiverr and modeled after the Bengals uniform. A.J. Green is portrayed wearing the uniform below.
For Jessen's DominationStation, we told the designer at Fiverr to take the idea and run with it . . . he did. Playing on the train theme, the jersey and pants have railroad track spanning from the top to bottom with the train logo on the helmet. Jessen is a San Francisco 49ers fan, and the uniform is worn by Patrick Willis.