Fourteen years have passed since we first sat at Snow Hall and learned that the 1st Battalion of the 158th Field Artillery regiment was being called up for service in Iraq. A lot has changed during that time, so let's take some time to catch up, this time with Enforcers manager Bill Straily.
Are you still in the 158? If, not when did you get out?
STRAILY: No, I retired with 22 years of service in 2008.
What did you do post-deployment?
STRAILY: I went back to work for the Lawton Police Department, before I retired from there. I'm now Chief of Police in Comanche.
Where are your from and how did you make it into the 158?
STRAILY: I'm from Comanche, Oklahoma and joined the Navy after high school. When I left the Navy, I came back and joined the Army National Guard. The 158 was the closest unit to Comanche.
Where do you live now?
STRAILY: I live in the Waurika Lake/ Mitchell Point area.
What are your hobbies outside of FF?
STRAILY: I enjoy fishing, guns, and playing with my grandkids.
What is your fantasy background? How long have you played FF? How many different leagues?
STRAILY: I've played fantasy football for four years. I played two seasons in a different league, and I've now played four in the OIL.
What is your general strategy in FF?
STRAILY: I try to get the best players first, which apparently is not working for me. Then I get the mediocre guys; then whatever is left over to fill my roster. I think I will try going with my gut feeling this year.
How much preparation do you do before each season?
STRAILY: Not enough.
Do you find you draft better at the cabin with the guys or at home online?
STRAILY: I have not been to the cabin, but I seem to do okay by myself.
Will you be at the draft cabin next year?
STRAILY: I am going to try to be there. I say that every year, but now that I am the boss it’s easier to take off.
What is the best move you've made in FF?
STRAILY: Mine was my whole team in my first year in the OIL. I had never played before but finished fourth. That wasn't bad for my first year.
What is your favorite FF memory? What is the pinnacle of your FF career?
STRAILY: Again, my first year, although I finished third in 2018.
Enforcers manager Bill Straily is a retired soldier and retired police officer, hence the team name. He spent the 2006 SECFOR mission at Camp Delta, Iraq (near the Iranian border).
Straily took the OIL by storm in 2015, when he won nine regular season games en route to a first-round bye. But he missed the 2016 draft due to the birth of his grandson, and his autodraft was not kind. He limped to a 3-10 finish and has something to prove in 2017.