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.
Finch's Hard Targets are the favorite to win the OIL Bowl at this point in the season. Since that means he'll need to get a jersey ordered, Finch went ahead and had one designed.
After four years of using a horrible logo Cliburn created using Microsoft Paint, Schmidt unveiled a new logo designed by someone with considerably more skill than Cliburn. Schmidt is a funeral director, so the franchise name Dead Again makes sense. The new logo is subtle and combines the imagery of football, a tombstone, and a European FC-style shield.
Joshua Lynn's Brewmasters unveiled a new logo today. Lynn competes in the OIL2. His logo is based on his favorite hobby: brewing beer. It includes an old-fashioned beer mug with head and three hops below the word mark.
Walter Musselman is one of the 14 managers in the first season of the OIL2. He, like every other manager in that league, was on the 2006 SECFOR mission in Iraq. This is Musselman's first year playing fantasy football, and it's showed. He's 0-7 and has had his hiccups with roster management. But he's not giving up, and he's determined to make a name for himself in the OIL2. That starts with developing a unique brand for his franchise, the Mutinous Apes. To that end, the Apes today unveiled a new logo and word mark, and it looks great:
Matthew Leal and Lyndal Morgan have been in the OIL since its beginning in Iraq in 2006. They were roommates that year and have been rivals ever since. This week, each manager released a new logo for his team:
Each design is now part of the league store, where managers can purchase team-branded mugs, shirts, hoodies, blankets, and more. Morgan's logo will grace the championship jersey he'll receive for winning the 2007 OIL Bowl.
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.