Although Dead Again manager Mike Schmidt is an original member of the OIL, he has never attended a draft party. Perhaps not coincidentally, Schmidt has never seriously contended for a title. His team name is derived from his occupation, funeral director. But no one would blame you for confusing it for his team's prospects each year. Like his clients, Schmidt's season is dead before it even begins, making Dead Again the perfect team identity. Don't believe me? Check out his year-by-year results; he hasn't made the playoffs since 2009.
ANADARKO — Kevin Pyle's Lucky Enuf team obliterated Mike Schmidt and Dead Again during Rivalry Week, clinching a playoff spot. And this was no small feat. Pyle has been so successful in the OIL that it's hard to believe he hasn't made the playoffs since 2010. For a team with two OIL Bowl championships and the word lucky in its name, Lucky Enuf had been decidedly unlucky the past five seasons . . . including 2012, when they scored the most points in the league but missed the playoffs.
That all came to an end Sunday night, when Pyle scored 214.70 points against his archrival (raising his overall record against Dead Again to 7-8). Congratulations to Pyle and Lucky Enuf. They now have to face 2008 and 2011 champion SoonerJack in the first round of the playoffs. It will be a rematch of the 2008 OIL Bowl that infamously ended in a tie.
It's been a long road, but the OIL Uniform Tournament is down to its final two teams. Vote below to decide which franchise has the best logo and uniform set in the OIL.
#10 Dead Again vs. #1 Dirty Hippies
Compiled and edited by Justin C. Cliburn
This is the first installment in our ongoing oral history project. You can read later chapters here.
To understand the OklahomIraqis League ("the OIL"), one must know who its members are and what brought them together. The league began at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. It was resurrected in 2007 and kept alive each successive season. It's the way they keep in touch and share news with the men they served with in Iraq. Sometimes it's the only way because, although the men of the OIL are incredible friends, they may have never known each other without the Army National Guard. They came from different backgrounds and followed different career paths, but they served together as soldiers. Their bond would never be what it is without the experiences they shared one year in Iraq.
Their story is important, even if only to them, because when historians chronicle the Iraq War, they will focus on the usual fare: the battles; the successes and the failures; the bombings and the civil war . . . and the presidents and generals who managed them.
But it will be up to the everyday Joes, the boots on the ground, to tell their stories . . . because no one else will. Who were these men? Why did they join the military? What did they do over there? How are they now? And what has kept them close since they first went to war together? These questions may be important only to those who already know the answers, but they need to be shared just the same.
What follows is an oral history of the OIL, as told by the men who lived it, beginning with the combat mission that inspired it. It is by no means an exhaustive history of that combat mission in 2005-2006; such a history would fill a book of its own. But it is a decent overview of the year that preceded the formation of the OIL: where they were; what they'd experienced; how they felt. 152 Oklahoma soldiers served on that mission, but just a fraction of them are represented here. Each soldier below speaks for himself as an individual. Collectively, their memories form a history best expressed through the oral tradition of storytelling through conversation.
Soldiers are traditionally a guarded bunch, reluctant to show emotion or share their feelings, so the following is a rare look into the collective memory of one group of soldiers in Iraq almost a decade ago.
Schmidt's Dead Again franchise released their first uniform set today. The uniforms are a simplistic representation of his team crest, which they feature on the helmet and above the name plate on the back of the jersey. They were designed by Andrew Krause Design.
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.
Jessen's DominationStation put it all together this weekend and posted 196.3 points, the most in the league. He did so behind a solid effort from his QB and amazing performances from his TE and DEF. Congratulations, Jessen on such a fine effort.
. . . and here lies Schmidt. After starting the season 3-0, his DeadAgain squad came back to Earth in a big way, posting a mere 88.85 points. When 15.4 points is the best anyone on your team could muster, it doesn't bode well for the final outcome.