CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Blowouts and nailbiters last week make big points tough to come by. That extra two points is the difference between hitting oil and hitting tundra. Roll your caribou-skin dice again and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: A tale of two leagues: the CFL has five teams who are either undefeated or winless. Our little pick 'em has eight players within three points of each other. If you're looking to beat the streak, do you take Edmonton, Winnipeg, or bender's coin? Grab your nickel and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: The roller coaster ride continues (literally, Edmonton's roller coasters just opened—ride 'em now before the permafrost advances again in August) as we have a new contestant in first place AND a remarkable streak of zero points. Tune your intrigue-o-meter and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Thrills and spills feature largely in Week 1. But no chills. Hey, I know it's Canada, but it's still only July. There'll be lots of chills 'round these parts in November, don't you worry. Put away your parka and make your picks inside.
The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: That's right, it's a big round numberversary! This will have been the tenth time we all decide to while away our Junes and Julys with the pickings of games football du Canada. It's three downs, 110 yards, and all the players whose names you learned last year have already been cut, but otherwise you have no excuse not to jump in and make your picks inside.
Preseason Fantasy Football League, Anyone?: This is an insane idea, but I'm floating it now to determine interest before I start writing any code. I'd like to run a preseason fantasy football league on SportsFilter, but I need at least 10 NFL-starved degenerates who can commit to playing by the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3. It would likely be a common pool league where players get a budget and assemble a team. Rules and scoring suggestions are welcome. If you're not watching until the bitter end of preseason games to see if the fourth-string Jacksonville quarterback completed a touchdown pass to an undrafted Atlanta wideout, I will have failed.
SportsFilter World Cup Confidence Pool Standings: The standings have been updated through last night's Chile/Australia game and all the entries in the contest are now visible. I'm still looking over the code for bugs, so double-check the math on your score.
Enter SportsFilter's World Cup 2014 Confidence Pool: We're running a confidence pool for the World Cup, a contest in which you give all 32 teams a point value from 32 to 1 and receive points each time they win or tie in the tournament. The first prize is an Adidas Brazuca Glider Soccer Ball.
World Cup 2015 Fantasy League is ON!: Pick your team and join in the fun.
Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest: The password is slamdunk and the entry deadline is Thursday at 1:00 am Eastern. Quicken Loans and Warren Buffett are holding a contest to award $1 billion to the person who picks the entire bracket perfectly, which has a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of happening.
SpoFi's 2014 Fantasy Baseball League is Active!: So begins my fourth year of running SpoFi's fantasy baseball league. Invites to previous players have been sent out. If you're interested in joining, you'll need to email me so I can send you a direct invite as Yahoo! fantasy no longer provides a way to post a URL and password to let new players join a league. Same thing if you've been playing and you haven't seen the invite in your inbox. We've got keepers this year, as was discussed in the league last season. Existing teams can pick up to three. They'll take the place of your first three draft positions, so new teams will have first pick at the free agents.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Saskatchewan wins big, which means it comes down to the wire in our standings. Hope you did your punting research before making your tiebreaker pick, because our winner sure did.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: Both road teams win the day in the division finals, and our match-up is set. Hamilton journeys to Regina to take on the watermelon-clad hordes of Rider Nation. You, on the other hand, have the option of staying inside and toasty warm this Sunday, so why not light a fire, find your fuzzy socks, and make your picks inside.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Finals Edition: It's all favourites, all the time. Saskatchewan and Hamilton advance to their respective finals. This week we have two great quarterbacks in a dome, and two great running backs in the snow. Layer up and make your picks inside.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition: It's the exact midpoint between Canadian Thanksgiving and Ron Lancaster Day, which mean it's time for playoff football! If you're still stinging over your Costanza-worthy performance in the regular season, or kicking yourself for not signing up back in June, kick no more: it's a clean slate and all are welcome. Grab your metresticks and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Furious activity in our standings as many of our contenders nail spreads in hopes of unseating cixelsyd. But were they successful?
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19: It's the last week of the season, and your last chance for glory. The league's playoff matchups are set, but our little rankings are far from final. Although to be honest, cixelsyd will have to have to have a pretty bad week to blow this one. Adjust your karma hat and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18: With two weeks left, the league still has five playoff spots in contention, so plenty is on the line for these last eight games. Which is a good thing, because we have a dark horse emerging from the pack to challenge cixelsyd. Flip your coin and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17: Three weeks to go and everything is up for grabs: the West division crown, the East division crown, and maybe even cixelsyd's Pick 'Em crown. Flex your grabbing fingers and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16: Four weeks left and cixelsyd has built himself a nice little lead. Then again, that's exactly what Saskatchewan was telling themselves eight weeks ago. Count your turkeys and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15: Home upsets! Road upsets! Winnipeg loses again! There's so much three-down drama, the leaves are turning red from stress. Grab your rakes and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Rounding the pole into the home stretch, we run smack dab into a big ol' pile of narrative context. Everybody knows who they are, who they're playing, and what they're playing for. Grab a bucket of enlightenment and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Thirteen! We're at the baker's dozen, which actually used to be a donut chain in Canada before Tim Hortons showed up and mauled it into oblivion. Double-double down and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Topsy-turvy results in the back end of the Labour Day home-and-home, as only Calgary pulls off the sweep. Everyone else is adjusting their watches as they fly cross-country into the final seven games of the season. Stretch your drives and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: It's the back half of the traditional Labour Day home-and-home, which means that if you forget to make your picks, I'll just re-use your picks from last week. Talk about a labour saving device! Put down your hammers and make your picks inside.
It's all fun and games until you don't cover the spread.: The NFL regular season starts this Thursday. Join the SpoFi Gamblers and test your football knowledge. Or you can just flip a coin, puck, manhole cover, or any other disc you have laying around.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: It's Labour Day, the traditional 52.63%-way point of the CFL season. Use this weekend wisely for meditation, self-reflection, and making your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9: Back to a full slate of games this week. Nice to have points again, eh? Especially for Reever, who grabs a share of the lead. Stretch your counting fingers and make your picks inside.
EPL Fantasy Football: Just a reminder since the league starts Saturday morning. If you were in the SpoFi league last season you're automatically re-entered once your team is setup.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8: Back to a full slate of games, which means it's time to win some points and figure out whether you've made your Grey Cup hotel reservations yet. (Hint: you haven't.) Call your travel agent and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7: It's the second bye week and first place is being challenged across the board: if your name is Toronto, Saskatchewan, or cixelsyd, you'd better hike up your socks and ready your defence. The rest of y'all should make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Lt. Gov. Simcoe may not have been thrilled with the overall performance of his teams from Upper Canada, but we know he definitely wouldn't have scheduled the bye week for his holiday weekend. Check your bank's hours and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Last week featured heartbreak, triumph, injury, and a rare shutout. This week features a game on Tuesday. How can you compare? Grab your slide rule and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: Narratives give way to weather reports as the east coast heat wave has stifled the offences of any team east of Minnedosa. The action shifts into the frigid west this week, so don your parkas and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Alright, that's enough warmup. This week's for REAL. We're gonna score some points, get on top, and finally figure out who the heck Edmonton has been starting at quarterback. Grab your playbook and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Here's your narrative for week one: there was drama! There was intrigue! Some of the teams won and some of the teams lost! Points were awarded! Get the scoop and make your picks inside.
The 9th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: Football in June, you say? But I've only just finished pushing the iceberg off Mama's front porch! How shall I ever clear enough room for twelve Saskatchewan farmboys to rumble 110 yards for a shot at a rouge? Worry not, dear friends: all you need is your trusty Internet connection and half a brain (0.487 brains CDN) to make your picks inside.
2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - Final Standings: That was a great Finals, even if it ended one game too soon. Final standings inside...
2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - Finals edition: When the NHL added six teams in 1967, it brought an end to the Original 6 era. No two Original 6 teams have faced each other in the Stanley Cup Finals since then...until now. Result after the conference finals and picks for the Finals inside...
2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - Conference Finals edition: There's still an outside shot at an Original Six matchup in the Finals. Results after round 2 inside...