This is the proof of the title plate on the OIL2's trophy. I look forward to seeing the finished product and following the league to see who is the first to win it.
OklahomaFrontline.com and The Lawton Constitution published stories this week highlighting the work A Btry 1st Bn 158th soldiers are doing in Afghanistan.
Included in the story are two OklahomIraqis: men who were on the 2005-2006 SECFOR mission in Iraq with the men of the OIL. Steven Stanley and Matt Schoolfield are firing HIMARS rockets in Afghanistan after performing SECFOR operations on two separate Iraq missions.
The OIL is proud of their brethren and wishes them a safe return.
Stan, Schooly: If you want to join the OIL2, there's definitely spots available for you. Stay safe, guys.
This Monday each year is the most exciting and depressing Monday of the season. Today starts Super Bowl week. But we also know that it is the final Monday of the 2013-14 NFL season.
My grandfather used to greet the end of summer by proclaiming that "the drought is almost over." Well, conversely, the drought is almost here. Seven months without a meaningful NFL game just seems cruel. But we persevere every other offseason and we will this year too.
Of course, OIL blog updates will slow during the offseason. Expect a few scattered updates here and there but nothing major.
The main priority this offseason will be organizing and finalizing the OIL2. There are still a few spots open in the OIL2, so tell your old 158 or SECFOR buddies about it. We also need to order the OIL2 trophy: the Killman Memorial Trophy.
And we hope to come to a consensus over the summer on a draft date and location. It would be great to see some of the guys who haven't been able to attend our draft recently.
Until then, enjoy the Super Bowl and head on over to Fantasy Football Calculator to get those mock drafts started.
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.