Toronto by 4
Winnipeg by 18
Edmonton by 10
Calgary by 9
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:02 PM on June 23
Lets get it on for the new CFL braggin' rights.
And a game ball! See above.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:01 PM on June 23
Yes! There is a prize this year, courtesy of rcade and Sportsfilter!
2016 CFL Pick 'Em Prize: OFFICIAL CFL GAME BALL
Wilson has been the official game ball of the CFL since 1995. Hand crafted in Ada, Ohio the CFL game ball has an exclusive Wilson CFL pattern for top performance and double laces for added texture and control. Every CFL game ball is personally inspected by DrJohnEvans and must pass the same specifications as those used on the field.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:02 AM on June 21
THE PICK 'EM - What we do
Maybe you're a Canadian hockey fan. Or maybe you're a Pacers fan. Or maybe you live somewhere like Drufus, Newfoundland, and your rabbit ears pick up only Icelandic public-access television. Whatever the reason, you haven't seen a meaningful sports game in ages, which means that the CFL's 2016 season is ripe for your picking. Literally. We pick games. We pick each and every single professional Canadian football game that will be played, in Canada, on 110-yard-long fields, with 25-yard end zones*, from now until the end of time. So why not join us?
* Some restrictions apply. THANKS TFC.
THE SEASON - When we do it
The season kicks off this Thursday night and runs for 20 weeks through the summer. There are generally four games per week, mostly running from Thursday to Sunday.
If you're in Canada, you'll find the games on TSN. If you're in the States, the CFL has a long-term deal with some random network called ESPN. And if you're somewhere else, you'll have to resort to SiriusXM on the satellite radio dial (which is a two-way switch with one of the options crossed out).
THE RULES - How we do it
Here's how she works. You pick who you think will win, and by how much. You then get points based on the result:
What's the Margin of Error?
It's a window around the spread that's defined as
spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)
spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)
So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:
So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:
THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start
In lieu of attempting to sum up each team's status in a single sentence, for this opening week I'm just linking to season preview pages for each of 'em.
All times are EDT.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Toronto Argonauts (Preview) - Thursday, June 23, 7:30pm
Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) - Friday, June 24, 8:30pm
Ottawa Redblacks (Preview) @ Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) - Saturday, June 25, 7:00pm
Calgary Stampeders (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 25, 10:00pm
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 PM on June 20
Ottawa jumps out to a big lead in the first quarter, but Edmonton scratches and claws their way back over the next two. Both offences seemed primed to pop, but plummeted nearly as quickly as the mercury. In the end, Edmonton puts together a big fourth-quarter drive, including two pass interference calls (upheld on command centre review!), and punches the ball in to become your Grey Cup champions.
Everybody gets two points! Which means argoal takes the cake. Congratulations!
As for those of us who didn't get two points, cixelsyd made picks in every week and came away with only three points total. A well-deserved Costanza. Congratulations!
Thanks again to everyone for playing. See y'all in June!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:24 PM on December 04
Ottawa by 3
Ellingson (subject to change)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:19 PM on November 27
Some barns got burned this weekend! With perfect weather at both ends of the country, the QBs took advantage and piled up the points. Hamilton plays catch-up to Ottawa the entire game, managing to tie in with under 90 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But a miracle Burris toss on 2nd and 25 leads to a 93-yard touchdown and the game.
Out West, Mike Reilly straight outguns Bo-Levi Mitchell, as Edmonton pumps in five touchdowns to book their ticket to Winnipeg.
Points are scarce as both bonuses go to the losing teams, but that's why you hedge your bets. argoal adds another point to his lead and is going to be tough to beat.
Here's one reason (the only reason?) to go to Winnipeg in November:
THE 103rd GREY CUP
Ottawa Redblacks (12-6) @ Edmonton Eskimos (14-4) (Sunday, November 30)
This is the matchup that nobody saw coming. Edmonton was a favourite until the fourth quarter of Week One, when QB Mike Reilly blew out his knee. The backups put together a decent enough 6-3 record in his absence, but the division looked lost to Calgary — until Reilly's return. Nine straight wins later, here they are, facing the upstart Redblacks with a wily veteran in Henry Burris. He may be forty years old, but he's proven that he can still find the end zone. Sunday's forecast is a pleasant -3 degrees Celsius with no hint of snow, so let's sit back and enjoy what should be a good ol' fashioned shootout.
Of course, now that I've written that, the final score is sure to be 16-9.
CFL.ca Grey Cup Preview »
Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.
The points-scored O/U for the Grey Cup is currently set at 50.5. Will the total points scored be over or under that total?
Pick the total yardage thrown by all quarterbacks in the Grey Cup. This is worth no points and will be used only in case of a tie.
Example pick: Ottawa by 21, Ellingson, Over, 500.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:28 PM on November 26
Ottawa by 14
Calgary by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:20 PM on November 19
The Argos and Ti-Cats play a tight game to the end, but a fatal Argo trip and the big boot of Justin Medlock sends the Ti-Cats to the Eastern final. Out west, Calgary clamps down hard on the Lions, holding them to three field goals while notching a handy 35 points.
A windy day in the Hammer means Medlock takes the kicking crown, and despite Calgary's best efforts to score 100 all on their own, we come in under the O/U.
argoal finally gets his breakthrough, although he needs a score reset to do it! A healthy four points puts him in sole possession of first place.
Cold enough for ya? Just wait 'til we get to the:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) @ Ottawa Redblacks (12-6) (Sunday, November 22, 1:00pm ET)
Just like they drew it up: the Redblacks host the Eastern Final in just their second year of existence, and are the favourites to win. Henry Burris leads the league in passing yards by over a kilometer, and Ottawa easily handled the Ti-Cats in the last two weeks of the regular season. But no guarantees: last week Hamilton showed that it can make points happen with its team of backup QBs, and they still have the best defence in the division.
CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview
Calgary Stampeders (14-4) @ Edmonton Eskimos (14-4) (Sunday, November 22, 4:30pm ET)
Calgary's got revenge on their minds: they sat atop the West Division for most of the season, at least until Edmonton got QB Mike Reilly back and rattled off eight wins to finish the season. But for timing, these two teams have been pretty evenly matched. The snow should hold off, so look for some big throws on what should be a clear, sunny, bitterly cold Edmonton day.
CFL.ca Western Final Preview
Offence Wins Championships Bonus
Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardage on Sunday.
2015 Passing Stats
Defence Wins Championships Bonus
Pick the team whose defence will register the most sacks on Sunday.
2015 Sacks Status
Example pick: Hamilton by 21, Calgary by 14, Masoli, Edmonton.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:26 PM on November 19
Toronto Argonauts (10-8) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) (Sunday, November 15, 1:00pm ET)
Somehow it always seems to come down to these two teams (although in a nine-team league, maybe not so much of a surprise). The Ti-Cats are 3-0 against the Argos this year. BUT: each of those games came earlier in the year, with Zach Collaros at QB for Hamilton and Ricky Ray on the sidelines for Toronto. Now Collaros is out for the season, and Ricky Ray is back and looking just about like the Hall of Famer that he is. How much is a quarterback worth?
CFL.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview
B.C. Lions (7-11) @ Calgary Stampeders (14-4) (Sunday, November 15, 4:30pm ET)
On paper, this is a mismatch. Calgary was just edged out for the division title, and was easily the second-best team in the league this season. B.C. was lucky to fend off a crossover challenge and just barely snuck into the playoffs. But anything can happen in one-game elimination. And even better: half a foot of snow is scheduld to drop on Calgary this Sunday.
CFL.ca Western Semi-Final Preview
Yes, I'm re-using last year's bonus names. But intentionally! Just look at that fish!
Swayze Waters River Salmon Bonus
Pick the kicker who will score the most points this weekend. That includes place-kick field goals, drop-kick field goals, PATs, singles, and fake field goals thrown for touchdowns.
2015 Kicking Stats
Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus
The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 100.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?
Example pick: Hamilton by 21, B.C. by 14, Leone, Over.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:03 PM on November 11
tahoemoj, nine years and I never noticed the second "o" until now! Honest mistake.
And congratulations! I'll look for your 20-point week next year when your sleep-deprived brain turns you into a CFL prognostication genius.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:32 AM on November 10
Toronto grabs the win over Winnipeg in the final Argos game at the SkyDome. Ottawa hangs forty-four points on the Ti-Cats to take the East in style. Calgary rides a strong second half to beat the Lions in Vancouver, and Saskatchewan finishes strong by beating the Alouettes in Montreal.
argoal's 76 points would have been enough to win the CFL Pick 'Em in any other year, but not this year. jagsnumberone's 83 points shatter all available records (2004 and 2005 are still a bit fuzzy) and he walks away a most deserving champion. He moved into first place in Week 2, took sole posession in Week 4, and never looked back. Congrats, jags!
At the other end, owlhouse comes within a Ricky Foley hair of losing his grip on last place, but manages an 0-fer in the last two games to hang on to the Costanza. Well done owlhouse!
Thanks to everyone for playing along! Keep an eye out for the CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, coming soon to a SpoFi post near you!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:03 PM on November 09
Toronto by 4
Ottawa by 17
B.C. by 12
Saskatchewan by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:39 PM on November 06
Not that it makes a big difference, but I had another point (I had the margin as 3 for the Toronto-BC game).
If you picked the losing team, you only get the single point if you picked the spread exactly - margins don't count in that case.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:32 AM on November 05
B.C. holds off the Argo comeback to grab a playoff spot despite a messy 7-10 record. Calgary rides roughshod over the Riders, but it's too little too late as they must settle for second in the division. Hamilton looks lost without Zach Collaros, as Ottawa needs only twelve points for the win. And Montreal can't quite get it done in Edmonton, losing out on a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history.
jags has all but clinched, barring a miracle ten-point week from the second-placers, who have their own race to worry about. JPR has snuck up and tied argoal again. Who will prevail?
The last week's games in a football season tend to be either Incredibly Meaningful or Completely Meaningless. This week we've got a bit of both.
Winnipeg @ Toronto (Friday, November 6)
Winnipeg's out and Toronto is in. But Toronto's been on a tough slide lately and will certainly want to pick up momentum before hitting the postseason road.
Hamilton @ Ottawa (Saturday, November 7)
This game has All The Meaning: the East Division title, and its accompanying first-round bye, are at stake. If my math is right, Hamilton needs to win by at least six points. But having lost two straight and having scored a mere 19 points in those losses - it won't be easy.
Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, November 7)
Both of these teams have their playoff matchup set: against each other. That's right, next week B.C. travels to Calgary in the West semi-final. So what plays do you run when you're facing your playoff opponent? Probably not very good ones.
Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Sunday, November 8)
And we round the season out with a battle of the basements. If you've been holding off all year on picking Saskatchewan to win, maybe now's your chance.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:52 PM on November 03
Thanks to Ken Tremendous for the quote.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:19 PM on October 30
B.C. by 10
Calgary by 30
Hamilton by 7
Edmonton by 21
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:45 PM on October 29
Three big upsets this week: Montreal shocks Toronto, B.C. stuns Hamilton, and Ottawa dispatches Winnipeg. Even Saskatchewan opens up a first-quarter lead on Edmonton, but the Esks restore order in the universe by completing the comeback.
The race for second heats up as argoal nails the Edmonton game to jump back into the lead... for second place. Meanwhile, Ying Yang Mafia is making a serious challenge to owlhouse's Costanza hopes.
Two weeks left and nearly everything is still up for grabs. Please complete and submit Grabbing Form 432-B to formally apply for grabs.
B.C. @ Toronto (Friday, October 30)
B.C. is fending off a crossover challenge from the Als, and Toronto is still in the running for the division. But maybe this is less about motivation and more about who's playing well.
Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Saturday, October 31)
Calgary's still reeling from losing their division lead, and they'll need to win out to get back on top. A Guaranteed Win Night against the 'Riders is a good start.
Ottawa @ Hamilton (Sunday, November 1)
Scheduling quirk! These two teams have played since the pre-season, and they finish things off with a home-and-home. Even better: they're tied in the standings. If one team sweeps the two games, they get the division title. If they split, they risk the Argos sneaking in and snatching it away.
Montreal @ Edmonton (Sunday, November 1)
If Montreal wants to keep their crossover hopes alive, they need to keep winning. But "keep winning" has been Edmonton's mantra for the last seven weeks.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:28 PM on October 29
I think there are two schools of thought: either Toronto is a conventional baseball market, or it isn't.
If conventional, then AA's approach was too unbalanced, too aggressive, too risky. You need to normalize and build stability.
If unconventional, that means free agent signings are tough and budgets tight. You need to be creative: rely on good drafts and aggressive trades.
Can't help thinking that AA's years under JP disproved the conventional market theory for him. I guess we'll find out if he was right.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:17 PM on October 29
Relegation zone. If I finish with the Costanza, does this mean I'm playing in the Ontario regional league next year?
You'll be making picks for the Hamilton Hurricanes.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:57 AM on October 23
Toronto by 20
Hamilton by 3
Winnipeg by 8
Edmonton by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:08 PM on October 22
My points were 5 this week, not 2. It looks like the total is correct, though.
The curses of copy/paste. You are correct. 5 points for 51 total.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:01 PM on October 22
Ottawa holds off a late Winnipeg surge to clich their first playoff berth in franchise history. Calgary gets off to a strong start and doesn't look back, beating Toronto in Hamilton. They needed overtime to do it, but Edmonton gets the win over B.C., just barely hanging onto their first-place spot. And Hamilton manages to keep Montreal out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, cruising to a twelve-point victory.
jags nails the Ottawa spread en route to a seven-point week and an all-but-guaranteed victory. argoal also nails the Ottawa spread, but it's not enough to prevent JPR from moving into sole possession of second place.
It's down to the wire: with three weeks left to play, we have three clinches in the east and two in the west, with a possible east-to-west crossover still in play.
Montreal @ Toronto (Friday, October 23)
Toronto's in the playoffs, but they've been having a tough time with their "home on the road" games, and Ottawa's coming up fast in their review mirror. But Montreal's on a tough four-game slide and has been playing some pretty rough ball. An opportunity for Toronto to reverse the momentum?
Hamilton @ B.C. (Friday, October 23)
These two teams appear to be headed in opposite directions: Hamilton is sitting on top of the East and has won two straight, while B.C. is struggling to hang onto a playoff spot, having lost two straight. On the other hand, B.C.'s losses have been very close, and Hamilton's still learning about life without Zach Collaros.
Ottawa @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 24)
Speaking of close losses, Winnipeg's still smarting from a three-point loss in the opener of the home-and home. They'd better be motivated to equalize this week or they'll fall out of the playoff race altogether.
Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 24)
In other news, Saskatchewan is still playing football games.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:07 PM on October 22
The downside to the sweep is that there is no baseball today.
You know, I used to hate the postseason off-days. I always thought postseason baseball should be played on the schedule as the regular season. I never liked the thought of teams being able to use a three/four-man rotation and a three-man bullpen.
But that was before the Jays made the playoffs. After a crazy ALDS and five games through the ALCS, I'm exhausted. I need to rest up for Game 6. Very thankful for the off-day.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:16 AM on October 22
Sorry this is so late! I meant to get it up this weekend but Air Canada had other ideas.
jags scores a strong seven points to grab a solid seven-point lead.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:48 PM on October 19
Ottawa by 7
Calgary by 12
Edmonton by 8
Hamilton by 18
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:18 AM on October 15
Ottawa runs up the points but the Argos pull off a one-handed comeback for the win. Hamilton rides a big first half to a comfortable victory over the Riders. Edmonton digs in deep to stifle the powerful Calgary offence and grab that tie atop the division. Winnipeg heads into Vancouver, and leaves with a big comeback win. And hey! Toronto wins in Montreal to go 2-0 on the week and grab a share of the division.
I'm still in travel mode so the standings will be a little late again this week. Sorry for the delay!
Four weeks left and four playoff spots still up for grabs. Who wants one?
Winnipeg @ Ottawa (Friday, October 16)
Ottawa's gunning to get back to a home playoff game, while Winnipeg's just gunning to get back into the playoffs. Both these teams seem to only end up in tight games, so watch your spread this week.
Calgary @ Toronto (Saturday, October 17)
Calgary just lost their first-place spot to Edmonton, while Toronto's strong week has pushed them into second place. Momentum is a factor - but is environment? Toronto will play yet another home game on the road this week.
B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 17)
B.C.'s neck and neck with Winnipeg for the last playoff spot in the West, while Edmonton's on some kinda streak. You know what I say about streaks. At least I hope you do, because I forgot to write it down.
Hamilton @ Montreal (Sunday, October 18)
Hamilton's offence has returned to earth somewhat over the past couple of weeks, but Montreal's has fallen off the map. I fear the confines of Stade Molson will be not too friendly for the home side this week.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:28 PM on October 14
Huge thanks to Reever for taking care of the reviews and previews, and sorry to be so late with the standings. I'm in Italy, and the time difference means that last Tuesday's game doesn't start here until tonight.
Three players nail the Calgary spread. One is JPR, who moves into a tie for second, and another is jags, who extends his lead to seven points.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:19 PM on October 09
Tuesday games? WTF?
Hamilton by 14
Calgary by 6
Winnipeg by 12
Toronto by 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:49 AM on October 07
Ottawa by 10
Hamilton by 1
Edmonton by 8
B.C. by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:24 AM on September 30
Winnipeg makes it close, but Calgary hangs on for the win - and a good thing too for them, since Edmonton won too. Toronto gets it done in Ottawa, while Montreal stumbles in Saskatchewan, as the Riders nab their second win of the season.
The contenders at the top remain in lockstep, but a four-point week for owlhouse means we have a new Costanza leader. Costanza follower? We need to clarify the verbiage on this.
This week features battles of the best and battles of the basements, all with alliterative implications for pre-playoff pushes.
Montreal @ Ottawa (Thursday, October 1)
Who wants it more? Ottawa needs a win to move back into home-playoff-game territory, while Montreal needs a win to hang onto a crossover spot. Not exactly a battle of dynasties, but still decent drama for the bottom of the East.
Calgary @ Hamilton (Friday, October 2)
Speaking of dynasties, here's your marquee match of the week: the two division leaders duke it out. Calgary's got the better record, but statisically Hamilton's got better numbers on both sides of the ball - and has been solid at home. Total coin toss for me here.
Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 3)
Poor Edmonton: they've reeled off three wins in a row but still can't seem to catch Calgary. They'll just have to keep winning. To thicken the plot, they'll be facing off against their ex-QB, Matt Nichols, who I'm sure would love to gain some ground at the expense of his old team.
Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Saturday, October 3)
All you daredevils who picked Saskatchewan to win last week, well done! Who wants to make it two in a row?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:13 AM on September 30
(who are these Winnioeg guys anyhow?)
Pretty sure that's my first typo in eleven years. Feel free to confirm.
Ottawa by 4 <-- Canadian cold lead pipe lock
Turns out, Canadian lead pipes don't freeze until October 1st.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:30 PM on September 28
Yes, please keep quiet about the clinching. It's a very low-key thing. Nobody wants to jinx anything. Particularly the players.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:21 PM on September 28
Edmonton by 21
Ottawa by 7
Montreal by 10
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:05 PM on September 26
In Calgary, the Stamps ride to a comfortable victory over the visiting Lions, while Edmonton shocks the Ti-Cat faithful in Hamilton. Ottawa hits a last-second field goal to beat the Riders in Regina, while Montreal digs deep and beats the new-look Bombers.
Another week, another extra point for argoal as he moves to within five points of jags. But as YYM pointed out, the real race here is for the Costanza.
Calgary and Edmonton are duking it out in the West, while the entire Eastern division is still in play for the first-round bye.
Calgary @ Winnioeg (Friday, September 25)
Winnipeg looked like they might be on a roll there, but got shocked in Montreal last week. Will they be the appetizer to Calgary's playoff buffet? (Note to self: delete this metaphor before posting.)
B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 26)
Both of these teams have their eye on the prize: Edmonton is trying to catch Calgary for the division lead, while B.C. is just trying to grab sole possession of the third playoff spot. But fortune favours the streaky, and the Esks have won two straight, while the Lions have lost two.
Toronto @ Ottawa (Saturday, September 26)
Ummmm hey guys does your standings page say that Ottawa's in second place? Yeah, mine too. Must be a bug. I'll report it to the webmaster. (Also, Toronto's lost three in a row? Yikes. Any recent Ricky Ray sightings?)
Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 27)
Two last place teams duke it out. But hey, if the season ended today, we'd see a rare crossover from East to West. Montreal's still got a heck of a lot for which to play.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:46 AM on September 23
B.C. by 7
Hamilton by 21
Ottawa by 7
Winnipeg by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:30 AM on September 16
Home-and-home results: Hamilton takes advantage of Toronto's miscues to sweep, Winnipeg stages the comeback to split, and Edmonton rides Mike Reilly's arm to a split. And hey! Ottawa makes a healthy statement in Vancouver.
Folks, do we have ourselves a race here? argoal nails the Hamilton win for a five-point week, shaving jags' lead down to six.
Eight weeks to go and the playoff jostling begins in earnest. Only candidates with a postsecondary degree in jostling will be accepted.
B.C. @ Calgary (Friday, September 18)
Here are two teams looking in their rear-view mirror: Calgary's stumbled and their division lead is down to two points, while B.C.'s tied with surging Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the division. Who's more desperate?
Edmonton @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 19)
Mike Reilly's back and Edmonton's got their eye on the prize. But a strong offense will only get you halfway there against Hamilton.
Ottawa @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, September 19)
The Who'd-a-Thunk-It Bowl: Ottawa on a two-win streak to jump into second place, Saskatchewan with one win on the season. What's your pick: momentum or legacy?
Winnipeg @ Montreal (Sunday, September 20)
And here are the two teams trying to get back in the race. Winnipeg's riding a new QB while Montreal's still trying to figure it out. Tough to pick against the hot hand in this one.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:11 AM on September 15
Hamilton by 21
Winnipeg by 3
Calgary by 18
BC by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:32 PM on September 11
Montreal stumbles and falls at home as the Lions come away with the win. Toronto falls down early and can't muster a comeback in Hamilton. In a tight defensive battle, Calgary holds Edmonton to just seven points. And in their tenth game of the season, Saskatchewan finally WINS.
argoal continues to chip away at jags' lead, now down to a mere eight points and there are nine weeks left in the season. I'm biting my nails, folks!
It's the traditional week-after-Labour-Day-home-and-home-grudge-rematch, in which most parts of Canada experience a severe hyphen shortage.
Hamilton @ Toronto (Friday, September 11)
Toronto got flat-out spanked last week, and has dropped two in a row to fall out of first place. They're in tough again this week, but with Ricky Ray rumours swirling around the practice field, who knows what will happen?
Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 12)
Look who's streaking now: Saskatchewan, frehs off their first win, is only four points behind the Bombers. Winnipeg's lost four in a row will Matt Nichols be the answer?
Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 12)
Speaking of four-point gaps, Calgary has won five in a row to grab a strong first-place lead. That can get upgraded to "commanding" with another win over the Eskimoes. But is that Mike Reilly I see, shaking off the injury rust?
Ottawa @ B.C. (Sunday, September 13)
Hold up. It's after Labour Day, and Ottawa has a winning record? Who's writing this script?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:34 PM on September 09
Canoe teams, owlhouse.
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 10
Hamilton by 21
Calgary by 30
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:33 PM on September 02
Montreal hangs on to stun the Hamilton faithful as the Ti-Cats' winning streak comes to a close. Toronto can't quite get it going in Edmonton, while Winnipeg just can't get anything going at home. And in Ottawa, the Roughriders' hard-luck season continues, and it wasn't even close.
A rare goose egg for jags as argoal closes to 9 points out does that count as drama?
The Labour Day Classics line up nicely this year between division contenders. Also, Saskatchewan plays this week, much to the chagrin of Saskatchewanians.
BC @ Montreal (Thursday, September 3)
The Fair-to-Middling Bowl: Montreal is in last place, but that's only four points away from first in the East. Meanwhile, B.C. is just trying to hang on to a playoff spot.
Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 6)
Times are tough in Winnipeg: they've lost three in a row and are a long way down in the division standings. But they've added to their QB depth by picking up Matt Nichols, and hey! They play Saskatchewan this week.
Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, September 7)
This Labour Day Classic has some teeth to it: the winner gets first place in the division. Hamilton's been the better team by point differential, but Toronto's got... well... um, Ricky Ray might be close to returning? That's something!
Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 7)
The other rivalry game is nearly as close: an Edmonton win will move them into a first-place tie with Calgary. But who the heck will they start at quarterback?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:36 PM on September 02
Hamilton by 21
Toronto by 8
Calgary by 11
Saskatchewan by 3
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:22 PM on August 27
A big fourth quarter help the Alouettes stun the home side as the Lions lose in Vancouver. Hamilton continues their torrid play with a third straight blowout win. Calgary holds off a late Rider rally to send Saskatchewan to their eighth straight loss, while Toronto does much the same, pushing back a fourth-quarter Redblack surge.
With jags in cruise control twelve points ahead, the drama is now in the second-place race. argoal holds a two-point lead, but five players are within five points.
Who's going to be brave enough to pick Saskatchewan this week? Or any week, for that matter?
Montreal @ Hamilton (Thursday, August 27)
Montreal's been better then their record indicates so far. But Hamilton has just been crazy good these past few games, so I'm not betting big on an upset here.
Toronto @ Edmonton (Friday, August 28)
Battle of the backup quarterbacks! I have no idea how Edmonton has strung together five wins this year. Then again, I have no idea how Toronto has notched six, and I'm a season ticket holder. Give Edmonton a very slight home edge.
Calgary @ Winnipeg (Saturday, August 29)
It's a Week 4 rematch: way back when, Winnipeg lost a one-point heartbreaker to Calgary. If Winnipeg wants to contend for the division, they need to be on the right side of that coin flip this time.
Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Sunday, August 30)
The 2015 Saskatchewan Roughrider calendar had August 30 marked as "Guaranteed Win Night". But with Ottawa 3-5 and the Riders winless, an erratum may need to be issued.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:01 AM on August 26
Reever did an excellent job with the sum-ups and previews, so let's move right on to the results for last week.
Not that I should have botheredit's the same ol' story. jags nails the Edmonton win and hits the Hamilton margin to score seven points and extend his lead to ELEVEN. Holy cow!
Good luck! With the picks you already made, that is.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:37 PM on August 20
Just getting a white-background comment out of the way so I can have green for my tables. This is a good life hack, kids.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:35 PM on August 20
Thanks to Reever for getting the post up while I was on vacation! I'll try to get the updated standings posted tonight.
B.C. by 10
Hamilton by 8
Saskatchewan by 7
Toronto by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:25 PM on August 20
Edmonton by 7
Winnipeg by 10
Hamilton by 8
Calgary by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:18 AM on August 11
The Lions stumble out of the gate, but find their footing in the second half, beating Edmonton and drowning the world in "Lions Roar Back" headlines. And speaking of comebacks, how about them Redblacks? Henry Burris gives them the edge as they take down visiting Montreal. In Toronto, a sloppy first half nearly does in the Argos, but a late surge gives them back the win. No such drama in Hamilton, where Winnipeg just plain sucked and they lose Drew Willy to injury.
jags scores a meagre four points this week, but argoal makes a last-minute change in his Ottawa game and the gamble doesn't pay off. It's a NINE-point lead for jags.
Down the board, tight games lead to lots of spreads nailed. A solid well-done to Reever for nailing both the Ottawa and Toronto wins.
At least Saskatchewan can't lose this week! Ha ha! Scheduling jokes are always hilarious.
Edmonton @ Montreal (Thursday, August 13)
The Esks took it on the chin last week, but they've still got the best defence in the league by far. That's going to make life tough for the young offensive side in Montreal.
Toronto @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 14)
Toronto hits the road again, but may be visiting Winnipeg at just the right time. The mosquitos are dying out, the snow won't arrive for a week or so, and Drew Willy may be hurt. Watch the ticker for updates.
B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 15)
Speaking of timing, the Lions may not have it. They've won only close games: all three of their wins were by three points. Hamilton, on the other hand, seems to have found their groove and has started piling up the points.
Ottawa @ Calgary (Sunday, August 15)
Who would've guess? Both these teams are 4-2 and with very similar points scored/against. But how much magic can be left in Henry Burris's fingers? (Don't answer that.)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:52 AM on August 11
Toronto by 12
Hamilton by 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:46 PM on August 07
Winnipeg gets off to a slow start, but gears up in the second half to put the Lions away. The Great Saskatchewan Third-String Experiment registers a dismal failure as Edmonton runs roughshod over the Riders. Calgary falls behind early, but pulls off the comeback against Montreal, while Toronto's comeback bid falls juuuust a bit short in the Hammer.
jags fails to register a point in the B.C.-Winnipeg game, bringing his consecutive-games point streak to a close — but he nails the Calgary game to grab five points and extend his already-big lead. Hoo boy!
Also! Four players nailed the Calgary win, which may very well be some sort of record, in case anyone case to go back 11 years to confirm. (What this Pick 'Em needs is an intern.)
Simcoe Day is once again upon us, meaning it's time for the traditional holiday weekend activities, such as playing football on Mondays, sitting in cottage country traffic, and hoping your A/C holds out.
Edmonton @ B.C. (Thursday, August 6)
The Lions have lost a coupla tough games in a row, and this week doesn't get any easier for them: the 4-1 Eskimoes come to town, bringing their league-best defence and four-game winning streak with them. But B.C. Place has historically been unkind to visitors: maybe the Lions cover the spread.
Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, August 7)
Pythagoras suggests that Montreal isn't fully deserving of their 2-3 fourth-place position, nor is Ottawa solidly situated in second place. The Redlacks have shown some spunk this year, but they've still given up too many points, and I think that may start to haunt them soon.
Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, August 8)
The Argos finally return home, with a not-at-all-bad-we'll-take-it 3-2 record on their long, strange voyage through western Canada. And what better way to celebrate the homecoming than hosting the hapless, flailing Roughriders?
Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Sunday, August 9)
Remember back when Winnipeg was in the East Division, and this was a bitter rivalry? Those were the days. Also, if you're flying to Winnipeg from the GTA, you get better prices if you fly from Hamilton. As for this game, I got nothing.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:13 PM on August 04
Don't worry rcade, this week is just a scheduled bye and not a team contraction — this time.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on July 30
I'm following jags' picks until proven otherwise.
B.C. by 9
Edmonton by 8
Calgary by 11
Hamilton by 7 (Collaros heartbreaker go-ahead TD)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:37 AM on July 29
It's "win now" (being this year or next)
I think the "or next" part of that is key. The Jays had a limited window for their excellent offense, and not enough pitching. Regular folks like you and me figured that they needed to add pitching before their offensive window ran out. But AA looked at the high-end pitching market and decided that it was easier to extend the window for the offense.
So now they still need pitching, but the increase in offense means they can be more reasonable in acquiring pitching. And they've made themselves more competitive in 2016-17, while punting their aging-shortstop problem down the road.
So basically they don't have to sell the farm and go for broke in 2015. I think it's a smart deal.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:54 PM on July 28
Thanks rcade! The sacrifice is appreciated.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:49 AM on July 28
Jays acquire Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins, in exchange for Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco.
Dave Cameron approves.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 AM on July 28
Not to be a stickler but my point total should be 23 now (not 17). I may need those points in a couple of weeks/lol.
Another copy/paste error! Sorry about that. Your total is correct in my spreadsheet, it just didn't make it into the table. Although it did make it into the weekly summary so hopefully that's worth something.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 AM on July 28
A sophomore stunner in Ottawa as the Redblacks top the visiting Stampeders in overtime. Toronto spots B.C. a 21-point lead before coming all the way back to win in the last minute. In Edmonton, Winnipeg gets a first-quarter field goal, and then apparently they just got on the bus and went home. Saskatchewan puts up a fight at home, but comes apart in the fourth quarter to open the season 0-5.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: it's another six-point week for jags, which gives him a very comfortable lead indeed. In fact, since going pointless in the first game of the season, he's earned a point in every single game since. That could very well be a CFL Pick 'Em record! Feel free to take several dozen hours to go back ten years and verify that.
B.C. @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 30)
Here's a coupla teams in some disarray. B.C. had a win in the bag before letting it all slip away, while Winnipeg got flat-out embarrassed, so they've both slid down the standings. The winner this week gets a head start on the climb back up.
Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, July 31)
Both these teams lost their starting QBs to injury in Week One. Now Edmonton's in first place, and Saskatchewan's still looking for their first win. It's all about depth. Take the streak until proven otherwise.
Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, August 1)
Speaking of depth, do you believe in Rakeem Cato? He's been piling up the yards, while the much-vaunted Bo Levi Mitchell threw but one touchdown in last week's Calgary loss. The Stamps are still the better team, but this one may be closer than Vegas wants it to be.
Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, August 3)
It's a Pan Am reunion tour: Hamilton finally relinquishes control of its spruced-up home, while Toronto is forced to be vagabonds for one more week. But at 3-1 and with one of the best offences in the league, the Argos will take it.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:51 PM on July 27
Just going to leave this here.
.@JoeyBats19 on Dominican kids choosing btwn bball & school is way more informative than anything Cowherd has to say http://t.co/PpWg7geaa6 Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) July 24, 2015
.@JoeyBats19 on Dominican kids choosing btwn bball & school is way more informative than anything Cowherd has to say http://t.co/PpWg7geaa6
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on July 27
Calgary by 21
B.C. by 7
Winnipeg by 4
Hamilton by 2
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:00 PM on July 23
Sorry about that, rumple! That was a copy/paste error. You scored 6 points - the total of 13 is correct.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:00 PM on July 22
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