Since it's Kickoff Sunday and records are bound to be broken in 2017, the full list of records is embedded at the bottom of this post. But, first, a series of numbers illustrating where the OIL is heading into its 12th season.
12: Number of OIL seasons.
0: Number of managers that got to draft their own team in 2006.
8: Number of current OIL managers who were in original league in 2006.
14: Number of original players still in the league, including kickers.
4: Number of OIL trophies.
42: Number of managers now in the OIL.
9: Number of states represented by OIL managers.
5: Number of countries OIL managers have competed from.
3: Number of continents OIL managers have competed from.
60+: Number of combat deployments by current OIL managers.
500+: Number of years of military service of current OIL managers.
3: Number of OIL conferences in 2017.
11: Number of different champions spread across the three conferences.
5: Number of managers with more than one championship.
1: Number of champions no longer in the OIL.
5: Number of states championship trophies have resided.
32: Number of current OIL managers without a championship.
8: Number of managers who have reached the championship game but lost.
24: Number of managers who have never reached championship game.
1: Number of OIL draft-related arrests (not bad for over a decade of drafts).
2: Number of OIL draft-related explosions.
7: Number of OIL draft locations.
And be sure to reference the Record Book throughout the season to monitor how well (or poorly) OIL teams are faring in 2017.
Head on over to the Record Book page to see the new, improved manager rankings (or access the document directly here). I have included the manager rankings with the head-to-records in a single spreadsheet document with multiple tabs. The manager rankings portion of the spreadsheet is sortable. Just highlight the column you want to sort and then click "Data" and select "Sort Column Z-A" (that will make the largest numbers rise to the top). Be sure to apply the "Rank Filter" from the filter menu. Let me know if you find any bugs, as this is new and I can't be sure everything is sorting as it should just yet. To see the power of the document, consider the following screenshots:
The above screenshot shows the managers sorted by Win %.
The second image shows the managers sorted by overall wins. You can also sort by losses, ties, winning seasons (">0.500"), 10-win seasons ("10 Wins"), playoff seasons, championship appearances, and championships won.
ANADARKO — Enuf! One week after tying the OIL record for most consecutive wins to begin a season, Pyle's Lucky Enuf was upset by cellar-dwellar Henderson. The DARC NARCS benefitted from an injury to Lucky Enuf RB Tevin Coleman, a bye week for WR Jarvis Landry, and RB Mark Ingram posting a negative stat line in the matchup. Now 7-1, Pyle remains number one in the NFC standings. Cliburn's 12-1 regular season record is still within grasp for Lucky Enuf, who face the Whackers in week nine.
The Fifth Volume of the Book of OIL is now available in both hardcover and softcover. Because these are printed on-demand, they are more expensive than the typical book you would find at a store. I assure you the price is not inflated; the OIL will never make money off these books (especially when you tally the 100s of hours I spent compiling it). You can find each volume of the Book of OIL in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. Here's what you can expect in Volume Five:
Volume Five covers the events of 2015, the 10th season of the OklahomIraqis League. It marked a decade of camaraderie and competition, including a SECFOR reunion, league expansion, and a draft party at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. As such, it deserved a Book of OIL volume all its own.
It's hard to believe the OIL has completed 10 seasons. When we started this league, no one thought it would go beyond pad 14 at Camp Liberty, Victory Base Complex, Baghdad, Iraq. No one could have imagined what'd it have become, but we're all proud of it. Over the next year, we'll be recapping the first 10 years of the OIL, both on and off the field.
On the field, we've compiled the all-decade team. There was no set criteria. Most of the choices were made based on their contributions to championship teams over the league's first decade. Only one selectee failed to win an OIL Bowl, but his contributions simply cannot be ignored. We'll be announcing the inaugural class of the OIL Hall of Fame in the new year, but for today we have best lineup possible based on the first 10 seasons.
QB: Peyton Manning,