Hooligans manager Charles Neely was the commander during the 2005-2006 SECFOR mission that gave rise to the OIL. His team has a distinctive Seahawks vibe to it, as he adopted the Seahawks as his favorite team while at Fort Lewis. Legend has it that SGM Venable, a notorious Broncos fan, asked Neely who his favorite team was before the mission really got started. Neely replied that he didn't have. Venable was aghast and said he wasn't going to war with someone who couldn't commit to a favorite team. So Neely adopted the Seahawks.
Fun fact: When coming up with a team identity for Neely, he had me send our designer a photo of the cast of Gangs of New York with a note that said he wanted his logo to be inspired by the hooligans of that film. That decision led to my favorite exchange with a logo designer since we started taking the OIL too seriously. Weeks later, when I emailed the designer to follow up on the design progress, he replied:
"Need a bit more information on the Hooligans. All I have right now is a picture of Daniel Day Lewis."
Maybe I have a very dry sense of humor, but that made me laugh out loud.
The Hooligans have two winning seasons in three years but have had to watch in agony as their rival War Pony won a championship two of those seasons.