After eight long years, the Dirty Hippies have finally won an OIL Bowl championship. Hippies manager Christopher Trovillo defeated Justin Finch's Hard Targets to win the Harrington Trophy for the first time. In doing so, he became eligible for a championship jersey. He has chosen to commemorate the 2014 title with his tie-dyed home jersey in number 14. His full uniforms:
Here is the proof of his championship jersey:
It was a close matchup that came down to Monday Night Football. No one was surprised as these two teams were the top contenders all season. Yahoo! projected the Hard Targets to finish 5-8 and the Dirty Hippies to finish 4-9, but that was before the games began. Once the season started, it was clear these two were elite teams that would go far in the playoffs.
Trovillo left Sunday Night Football with a lead of .2 points with Giovani Bernard to play on Monday Night Football. With such a slim lead, he could not afford to bench Bernard to ensure he received no negative points from the Bengals RB. Two-tenths of a point is well within the stat-correction range. Odell Beckham, Jr. was a real difference-maker for the Hippies, scoring 34.8 points after putting up 43.8 points last week. But, ultimately, Giovani Bernard was the nail in the coffin, scoring 19.1 points on MNF. Meanwhile, Finch was let down by Greg Olsen, Jeremy Maclin, Josh Gordon, and Jamaal Charles.
Plus, Finch started the Buffalo defense expecting a big day. The Bills had shut down Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers in consecutive weeks and were facing the hapless Raiders in week 16. But anything can happen in the NFL. The Raiders beat the Bills with Buffalo's defense only scoring a single point for the Hard Targets. After a dominant season, it was surprising to see the Targets lose. But, if they were going to lose, we knew it would be against Trovillo.
So, congratulations to Trovillo and the Dirty Hippies. They had a good draft (even though Yahoo! graded it a 'C') and made smart waiver wire additions (most notably picking up Odell Beckham, Jr. off of waivers). Beckham finished the season as the second-highest scoring WR on a per-game basis. And Trovillo negotiated favorable trades. In one sequence of trades, he traded away Calvin Johnson (who ended up finishing as WR19) and Kyle Rudolph (TE37) for Jarvis Landry (WR17) and Rob Gronkowski (TE1). Bravo, Trovillo. Bravo. He also turned Devin Hester into Doug Baldwin, who was the 26th-best WR over the last four weeks of the season.
The Hippies will be rewarded by having their name engraved on the Harrington and a jersey to keep forever.