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 Redlegs manager Lance Zerger.
Are you still in the 158? If, not when did you get out?
ZERGER: I am still in the 158. Right now, I'm in Alpha Battery, but I've served in every firing battery in the battalion.
What did you do post-deployment?
ZERGER: I came to Amarillo to work, got married, and started a career. I have had two daughters since that deployment, and I've gone on two other deployments.
Where are your from and how did you make it into the 158?
ZERGER: I am from Anadarko, Oklahoma. My father and my brother, Jon, both served at the Anadarko armory at some point in their lives. I wasn’t obligated to join, but I needed to find a way to go to college and there were definitely family ties there.
Where do you live now?
ZERGER: Amarillo, Texas.
What are your hobbies outside of FF?
ZERGER: I like to golf, watch OSU Cowboys football, spend time with my daughters, and hang out with friends.
What is your fantasy background? How long have you played FF? How many different leagues?
ZERGER: I am currently in three leagues. I don’t know how long I've played fantasy, but it’s been a while now.
How many championships have you won?
ZERGER: I've won two championships, both in the OIL.
What is your general strategy in FF?
ZERGER: I ascribe to the late-round QB strategy. Unless you get a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, most QBs generate comparable point totals, in my opinion.
How much preparation do you do before each season?
ZERGER: I do a little bit of reading, but I don't over-do it.
Do you find you draft better at the cabin with the guys or at home online?
ZERGER: I don't know where I draft better, but I like going to the cabin more.
Will you be at the draft cabin next year?
What is the best move you've made in FF?
ZERGER: Number one is picking up Tyreek Hill off waivers during my first championship run in 2016. I followed up the next year with getting Antonio Brown and Tyreek Hill back to back in the first two rounds. Now Tyreek will most likely never be available in the second round again. Regardless, it led to my second championship.
What is your favorite FF memory? What is the pinnacle of your FF career?
ZERGER: Winning the Killman Trophy on his birthday was pretty cool. Just winning this trophy and seeing the jersey come to you is pretty awesome.
The commissioner has placed the orders for the championship mini-helmet and championship jerseys. Because the 'Mericans already have a helmet, their manager gave the prize to the Liberty Bowl runner-up Boomtown Brawlers. The Redlegs finished third in the Liberty Bowl. Below are the mockups for the helmet and the three conference champions' jerseys. View previous years' helmets and jerseys here. The helmets are made by HelmetNation.com and the jerseys by HopcoSports.com.
The Liberty Bowl is back and a little different in 2017. For the first time, all three conference champions will participate (previously, it was the two highest-scoring champions of Week 16). The Week 16 and Week 17 scores will combine to determine our winner, who will receive the Tenequer Memorial Trophy and a custom mini-helmet. The lineups are posted below.*
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*Lineups are subject to change until game time.
Redlegs manager Lance Zerger holds the record for most points in a season. He scored 2,197.15 points (169.01 ppg) en route to the 2016 AFC championship. Thanks to three-straight winning seasons (one being a 12-3 campaign), Zerger boasts one of the highest career winning percentages in the OIL.
Word has been received that 2016 AFC champion Lance Zerger has been promoted to First Sergeant. Zerger was on the 2006 SECFOR mission that gave rise to the OIL and has completed several more deployments since that time. He's an OIL champion, a gentleman (when he wants to be), and a scholar. Congrats, Top!
By OIL Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn
They're here! They're here! Actually, I'm not sure why I'm so excited, since my third 'Mericans jersey somehow hasn't arrived yet. But I'm always excited to see our fake football designs turned into real jerseys. As always, these jerseys are brought to you by HopcoSports.com. Previous years' championship jerseys are here. First, your AFC champion Redlegs:
Since it is his first championship, Zerger went with the home red jersey. The numbers and lettering on this one are sewn-on tackle twill. Next up, the NFC champion Dirty Hippies:
This is Trovillo's second championship, so he ordered a white away jersey. Because of the tie-dyed elements of the lettering and numbers, those are ironed-on. Finally, the worst-to-first PFC champion Dirty Dogs:
Buehre's home black jersey represents his first championship. Like Zerger's, Buehre's lettering and numbers are sewn-on like the real thing. Each of these jerseys has been shipped to its rightful owner. Congratulations, guys.
The two highest-scoring champions in week 16 were the NFC's Dirty Hippies and the AFC's Redlegs. They'll now play for the right to the Tenequer Memorial Trophy and a custom team mini-helmet. Each squad is dealing with several starters resting in week 17, so these lineups are subject to change and are not final until the noon games kickoff on Sunday.
We're finally here. 42 teams have been whittled down to six. Those six are: Zerger; Green; Cobb; Trovillo; Buehre; and Brake. Game-by-game analysis after the jump.
I posted the following on my personal Facebook timeline. I did it because it's something I don't think a lot of people know and, the more people that know the difference between the holidays, the fewer awkward moments I'll experience when someone thanks me for my service on Memorial Day.
But OIL manager Lance Zerger, who has completed three combat tours himself, provided an alternate take on the subject that I thought was worth sharing:
Dear Fellow Veterans,
Good point, Zerger. I'll be thinking of both Landrum and Lawson, as well as SGT Jeremy King. After the jump is my memory of the day he died.
TULSA — After beginning his OIL career 0-3, Rebel Alliance manager Don Roe went on an 8-2 run to finish 8-5 and clinch a playoff spot with a win against Zerger's Redlegs during the AFC's very first Rivalry Week. Roe's run ties the OIL record for most consecutive losses to begin a season while still making the playoffs.