They're here! They're here! The 2019 championship jerseys arrived Thursday, January 23, 2020. The AFC's Rebel Alliance went with the home blue since it was their first championship. Likewise for the Vandals and their home black. Lucky Enuf just won their fourth championship, so their options were limited. They ultimately went with a "Salute to Service"-style jersey. You may view all 26 championship jerseys here.
Week 16 has come and gone, and only three teams remain: the AFC's Rebel Alliance; the NFC's Lucky Enuf; and the PFC's Vandals. Each champion will receive a custom team jersey, as is custom. But the Liberty Bowl remains, where the three conference champions' total scores over Weeks 16 and 17 determine the overall OIL champion. Out of 42, one will stand tall.
The Liberty Bowl champion will receive a custom-made team helmet and the title of overall OIL champion. The managers have until noon on Sunday to submit their lineups to the commissioner. Score will be kept in the below spreadsheet.
SHAWNEE –– Four years after Championship Week heartbreak, the Rebel Alliance have claimed their first AFC title. Roe began his season with arguably the AFC's best draft class (ranked third by RateMyLeague.com) and then added breakout star TE Darren Waller in free agency. That was enough to win nine regular-season games and achieve the second-highest OPR OIL-wide. But the Rebels finished one game behind Steel Reign, dropping them to the AFC's second seed. However, given the opportunity to prove who the better team was on the field, the Rebels beat Steel Reign in the Thunder Bowl to claim their first championship.
Roe survived below-par games from QB Russell Wilson, WRs Tyreek Hill and Anthony Miller, and TE Darren Waller in large part due to Fitzgerald's team underperforming even worse.
Despite the loss, it was a great year for Fitzgerald. His Steel Reign squad won 10 regular-season games while he spent the season in Prague, Czech Republic. So, who's the real winner here?
Six teams. Four managers seeking their first championship. Three trophies. Two previous champions. Welcome to Championship Week 2019. Analysis after the jump.
Rebel Alliance manager Don Roe joined the OIL's AFC in 2015 after Briscoe ghosted on the league in 2014. He hit the ground running, orchestrating a phenomenal trade for rookie RB David Johnson and riding him to a championship appearance. Unfortunately, the Rebels lost the Thunder Bowl to Venable. The Rebs returned to the playoffs in 2016, finishing fifth.
Fun fact: Roe's original logo included the Rebel Alliance logo from Star Wars, but George Lucas's greedy ass prevented Roe from printing any merch with it.
By Rebel Alliance Manager Don Roe
So here we are just a little over half way and its put up or shut up time. The AFC had one team make a tremendous leap from 7th to 3rd. Way to go, Doughboys. We still have that shiny turd sitting at the top though. Zerger is like that disease you picked up from the girl you took home from the bar: the doc gave you meds to clear it up but damn it still burns. The middle of this conference is a pile-up during rush hour traffic with nine teams sitting at 4-3 and no hope from the waiver wire, which some need because of the injury epidemic this season. For those at the bottom, well, just keep going. Even the little engine made it up that hill.
Note: Not all the lineups were set at the time this was wrote so here goes nothing.
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