UPDATE: I will be receiving a small shipment of M/L hats this week. They fit heads 7 1/4" and up.
A little over a month ago, I decided that I wanted a hat based on the original Oklahoma state flag. But there was a problem: no one made them. I contacted an embroidery shop and had a batch made. I had intended on selling them in the Plaza District or the Paseo, but then the tornadoes happened. My wife suggested that I sell them online and donate the profits to the Red Cross, so that is what I'm doing. I always liked the look of the original Oklahoma state flag (a photo of which is below). It is simple and looks good. But, after World War I and the Red Scare, Oklahoma banned all red banners and World War I veterans claimed that the flag looked too much like Communist flags of that era. The state responded by commissioning designs for a new flag, leading to the one we all know now.
I am selling these hats for two different prices. If you live nearby and want to meet me to pick up the hat, it is $20
. If I am mailing the hat, it is $30 (including shipping)
. All profits will go to the Red Cross.
They cost me $10 and some change, so I'll donate $10 for every local hat sold and the remainder of $30 minus $10 and shipping for hats that are shipped.
The hats are FlexFit brand with "Cool & Dry" material. They are fitted (with elastic inner band) and fit heads between 6 3/4" and 7 1/2" (the size is Small/Medium). They were manufactured by OMD Embroidery
(here in the U.S.A.). You can PayPal me the money at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via Facebook for more information.
Someone has asked if wearing these hats are illegal. Technically, yes: 21 O.S. 374:Any person in this state, who shall carry or cause to be carried, or publicly display any red flag or other emblem or banner, indicating disloyalty to the Government of the United States or a belief in anarchy or other political doctrines or beliefs, whose objects are either the disruption or destruction of organized government, or the defiance of the laws of the United States or of the State of Oklahoma, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in the Penitentiary of the State of Oklahoma for a term not exceeding ten (10) years, or by a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($ 1,000.00) or by both such imprisonment and fine.
As you can see, it would be unconstitutional as hell to prosecute someone for violating this statute (what with that pesky First Amendment and all), and it would be very difficult to prosecute under these circumstances anyway. A prosecutor would have to prove that the hat was "indicating disloyalty to the Government of the United States or a belief in anarchy or other political doctrines or beliefs, whose objects are either the disruption or destruction of organized government, or the defiance of the laws of the United States or of the State of Oklahoma," which would not be the case. So, live a little. Take a risk, and help tornado relief.
As you know by now, Central Oklahoma was devastated yesterday by a massive tornado. Parts of Moore and south Oklahoma City are completely flattened. While we are grateful that he and his family are alive and well, we regret that 2008 and 2011 OklahomIraqis League champion Jack Bruesch
lost his home in the tornado. He is staying with family right now in Norman, but he can use all the help he can get.
On behalf of the OIL, I have started a Wal-Mart gift card for him. It is reloadable, so anyone is welcome to add funds to it. If you want to send money directly to Bruesch's gift card, I am typing instructions below. It is not very user-friendly, but it's what I could put together on the fly. Please share this with whoever you can.
Instructions for adding money to Bruesch's Wal-Mart gift card.
1. Go to www.Wal-Mart.com/giftcards
2. Log in under my username and password.
3. Click on "Gift Card/Trial Offer Balances."
4. Click on "Reload Gift Card."
5. Click on "One-Time Reload."
6. Complete the transaction by adding your credit/debit card.
7. Click on "Manage Payment Methods."
8. DELETE YOUR CREDIT CARD AFTER THE TRANSACTION.
If you forget to delete your card, I will do it as soon as I know it is on there, but other people may see it. Please, please delete your credit card at the end of the transaction.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, issued the following statement on Wednesday about the death of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brandon J. Landrum, who was one of five soldiers killed Saturday by a roadside bomb in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Landrum is survived by his parents, wife and children.
“Words cannot express the debt of gratitude this nation owes Lt. Landrum,” said Cole. “Many of us will never understand the true price of freedom, but it is because of the bravery of those who wear the uniform that our country is safe and our freedom is secure. There is no greater sacrifice or demonstration of patriotism than risking one’s life to serve in combat.
“We have lost a true American hero and loved Oklahoma son who will forever be missed and remembered by his family, friends and a grateful nation.”
Landrum was not with the 158 during the Iraq mission in 2006 that started the OklahomIraqis League. But he was an Oklahoma soldier, and he later spent a year in Iraq with the 158th FA in 2008. After receiving his commission, he went active duty. He was killed in Afghanistan this week. I won't further the party line that he died for freedom (his or ours) because I don't have to. He was one of us. We have all been in that position, and that's all that matters. I don't know what exists for us after the fade to black, but I hope that Landrum and the rest of our soldiers find peace.
Visitors to this site can now get here by one of three different URLs: the traditional OklahomIraqis.com; the easier to remember TheOIL.org; and the Twitter-friendly OkIraqi.org.
Our site's twitter handle is now @OkIraqi.
Your commissioner now has rights to the OKIRAQI license plate in the state of Oklahoma. I am still debating about whether or not to place it on my car or just keep it as a keepsake. If I do put it on my car and you are only here because you Googled "OKIRAQI," click here to find out.
Chris Trovillo recently received a Dirty Hippies mug from the Dead Ball Foul Store. Each franchise in the DBFA with a quality, hi-resolution logo has a section in the DBFA storefront. Show your pride by purchasing your own team or league gear at www.cafepress.com/theDBFA
The season is over, and it's time to consider draft choices for next year. Here is the order for the 2013 draft:
- Cliburn: Arrogant Americans
- Jessen: DominationStation
- Cobb: Dogs of War
- Morgan: Whackers
- Leal: Norman Nobodys
- Schmidt: Dead Again
- Pyle: Lucky Enuf
- Finch: Stafford Infection
- Bruesch: SoonerJack
- Duffy: Hangovers
- Henderson: Darc Narcs
- Rogers: Ammo Dogs
- Trovillo: Dirty Hippies
- Baldwin: Reapers
For the second consecutive year, the DBFA's Trophy of Versailles was won by the OklahomIraqis League champion. This year, the Arrogant Americans won World War III by scoring 184.35 points, more than the Man's Game League's ThroatPunchers and the Norse League of Tyr's Franchise & Son.
The Harrington Trophy and the Trophy of Versailles will reside in Norman until another champion is crowned.
Arrogant Americans (11-4) 216.50
DominationStation (9-7) 142.25
Arrogant Americans pummeled DominationStation 216.50 - 142.25 while also putting up the highest point total in the league (regular season + playoffs). The monstrous 74.25-point playoff win was the fifth-largest margin of victory for all matchups this season. Arrogant Americans has put a nice string together and has now won three straight. This makes it two in a row for Arrogant Americans against DominationStation. Their last matchup was a 137.45 - 97.00 win in Week 2.
Arrogant Americans Smooth Moves
With 15.00 points, Justin Tucker had the highest score for a K in the league this week.
Peyton Manning put up 32.95 points, which was the fourth-highest score in the league this week.
The Chicago Bears Defense ranked 10th in the league in scoring with 26.00 points.
Arrogant Americans had 9 of their 11 starters exceed their projected points.
Jeremy Maclin ranked fifth in the league in scoring among WRs this week with 25.60 points.
DominationStation Regret Tracker
Had a chance to start Kyle Rudolph, who outdid his scoring projection of 6.25 points by scoring 12.90 points.
With 20.30 points against a projected 25.80, Robert Griffin III did not meet his projection for the third straight game.
Arian Foster did not meet his 20.33 projected points and has now underperformed versus projections for four straight weeks. He also scored a season-low 2.90 points.
In the midst of a season-low in scoring, BenJarvus Green-Ellis also did not meet his projected points (2.40 points scored versus 8.67 projected) for the ninth time this season.
6 of the starters on DominationStation scored less than their projected points.
If Arrogant Americans played DominationStation every week, they would be 8-7 this season.
Besides DominationStation, Arrogant Americans would have defeated six other teams this week.
If they played the same schedule as DominationStation, Arrogant Americans would be 8-5.
Arrogant Americans would be 125-62 if they played every team every week.
Besides Arrogant Americans, DominationStation would have been defeated by four other teams this week.
Had they played each other last week, Arrogant Americans would have lost to DominationStation 208.80 - 142.05.
DominationStation would be 9-4 if they played the same schedule as Arrogant Americans.
DominationStation would be 123-71 if they played every team every week.
Four of the seven losses for DominationStation this season have come when their opponent scores higher than their season average.
Three of the starters for Arrogant Americans scored higher than the leading scorer for DominationStation.
With 216.50 points, Arrogant Americans had the highest score of any team in the league this season.
With the win, Arrogant Americans has a three-game win streak, currently the longest in the league.
The 74.25-point margin of victory was the largest in the league this week and fifth-biggest in the league this season.
DominationStation saw their four-game win streak come to an end.
In the loss, Dennis Pitta scored 9.60 points against a projected 7.26 and has now overachieved in three straight games.
Arrogant Americans won in a blowout. They are now 2-2 in blowouts matchups this season.
The Arrogant Americans will next represent the OklahomIraqis League in the World War against the winners of the MGL and Norse.