By OIL Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn
Congratulations to Christopher Trovillo, whose Dirty Hippies won the 2016 Liberty Bowl. He will hold the Tenequer Memorial Trophy in trust until a new champion is crowned. He also earned a custom mini-helmet with the win, and the Commissioner awaits his instructions regarding said helmet.
As far as Lance Zerger goes, his Redlegs fell short in their quest to win their first week 17 championship. But the season was a monstrous success regardless. The Redlegs set a record for most points in single season, won 12 games, and won the AFC's Thunder Bowl. He will have his name engraved on the Killman Memorial Trophy and his custom jersey has been ordered.
Well, that's it for the 2016 OIL season. Congratulations to the three conference champions: Buehre, Trovillo, and Zerger. The 2017 draft order will be posted soon, and I'll get started on the 2016 edition of the Book of OIL. Be prepared for lots of emails soliciting your feedback on the 2016 draft party, trades, rivalry week, season, and playoffs.
Zerger has plans to coordinate an OIL March Madness pool, and we'll be finding ways to raise money for the 2017 draft weekend, which will again occur at the Roberts Retreat Lodge north of Ada. Our deposit has been paid, and we need to pay $3,100 by August to keep the rental (and not lose the $780 deposit). Anyone who was at the 2016 draft can vouch for how amazing the venue is: 5,000 square-foot cabin; private lake; ATV trails; shooting range; ping pong table; big screen TVs; huge wrap-around porch; and the company of your SECFOR brothers.
If you'd like to make your donation now, the link is here. You can view photos, videos, and audio clips of the 2016 draft weekend here. If you encounter a password prompt, the password is oklahoma*** with the *** being the number of our military unit.
Happy New Year, brothers. Something tells me we'll keep in touch all offseason using the GroupMe chat (thanks to Zerger for suggesting that). For all of those who didn't win a championship in 2016 (including me), the new year provides new hope. In the meantime, check out the championship banners hung at the top of each champion's manager page:
*Rob Gronkowski was inactive
Welcome to the first Liberty Bowl. It pits the champions of the OklahomIraqis League's AFC (Jimmy Venable's War Pony) against the champions of the NFC (Christopher Trovillo's Dirty Hippies). The champion receives the Tenequer Memorial Trophy.
Because the Dirty Hippies scored more points in the regular season (and in their championship game), they will be the home team and wear their home, tie-dyed jerseys. War Pony will wear his white-on-white away uniforms for the first time during the 2014 playoffs (as he was the higher seed in every previous matchup). The managers of these two teams have until Saturday at 2000 CST to email their Liberty Bowl lineup to Cliburn. Each manager may tweak their lineup via email or text any time before 1200 CST Sunday.
Here is how each team got here, beginning with the AFC champions:
The OIL is mourning the loss of one of our own this week. SSG Michael "Ten Man" Tenequer died on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. He was too young. Those who served with him during the 2005 SECFOR mission in Iraq that begat the OIL and those who served with him during the 158's 2008 mission in Iraq remember him as a soft-spoken, easy-going soldier with a dry sense of humor. The members of the OIL were just laughing about "Ten Man's" sense of humor at the 2014 draft. Here he is wishing his family a merry Christmas from Ramadi in 2008:
The OIL and its members send their condolences to the Tenequer family.