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CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Hamilton by 10
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 5
Montreal... by .... 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:46 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Also, I wonder what happened in the parallel universe where Ned Yost doesn't bunt the runner over. Bumgarner was struggling with location against those first few batters, and giving up an out there seemed to make it easier for him to get out of the inning.

On edit, what rcade said.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:19 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

dfleming is correct. The "most effective" rule only applies if the lead is gained during the starter's short outing as per 10.17(b), or if the technical relief pitcher or record is deemed ineffective:

10.17(c) The official scorer shall not credit as the winning pitcher a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when at least one succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain its lead. In such a case, the official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher the succeeding relief pitcher who was most effective, in the judgment of the official scorer.

Regardless - what a performance by Bumgarner. Something for the ages.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:16 AM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Ottawa makes some noise on an emotional night, but Montreal hangs on for the win. Kerry Joseph and Bo Levi Mitchell suit up for an old-fashioned shootout in which Calgary prevails. Toronto gives up an early lead, but comes back in the end to send Hamilton's fans home in tears. Winnipeg hangs tough, but a strong fourth quarter from the Lions catapaults B.C. into the playoffs.

MTL @ OTTSSK @ CGYHAM @ TORBC @ WPG
ResultMontreal by 6Calgary by 13Toronto by 2B.C. by 5
Margin of Error4 to 89 to 171 to 34 to 7

JPR has a strong week but misses on the Toronto win, which could be costly: argoal hits the Toronto margin to pull ahead by two points.

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSSSK @ CGYSHAM @ TORSBC @ WPGSPointsTotal Points
argoalMontreal Calgary9Toronto3B.C. 669
JPRMontreal7Calgary B.C.4567
cixelsydMontreal Calgary B.C.7464
Howard_TMontreal7Calgary Toronto B.C. 563
rcadeMontreal Calgary13 Toronto B.C. 663
ReeverMontreal8 B.C.7462
owlhouseMontreal Toronto B.C. 358
tommytrumpMontreal Calgary16Toronto B.C. 556
goddamMontreal Toronto B.C. 355
ic23bMontreal Calgary B.C. 355
DrJohnEvansMontreal Calgary B.C. 353
benderMontreal B.C. 246

WEEK 19

Here's a count of teams that have clinched a playoff berth, by division. West: four, East: zero. Should be an interesting couple of weeks.

Hamilton @ Ottawa (Friday, October 31)
After a tough loss in Toronto, Hamilton needs to win both of their last two games in order to secure a playoff berth. Fortunately for them, playing Ottawa is a good way to start a winning streak.

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, November 1)
Winnipeg's lost eight in a row and is looking for answers for 2015. Calgary's cruising with the division wrapped up and a four-game win streak to boot. Maybe TiVo this one and fast-forward through it later.

B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, November 1)
This is interesting: if my math is right, B.C. is still in the mix for a home playoff game. But they need to win this game by at least seven points to keep that dream alive. It's young upstart Mike Reilly against wiley veteran Kevin Glenn. Should be fun!

Toronto @ Montreal (Sunday, November 2)
More jostling for position: a Toronto win would move them into a tie with Montreal for first place. But the vivid memories of an uninspired Argos loss at the hands of the Alouettes two weeks ago haven't faded, and a Montreal win this week would seal the division race in their favour.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:21 AM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

Montreal by 10
Calgary by 8
Hamilton by 7
B.C. by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 AM on October 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

It was messy, but Hamilton wins ugly against Ottawa to stay in a tie for first. Also ugly: Toronto's offence, which can't find the end zone all night as they drop the game, and first place, to Montreal. Calgary survives a late scare to clinch the division with a win over Winnipeg, while Edmonton's sittin' pretty in second with a win over Saskatchewan.

OTT @ HAMMTL @ TORCGY @ WPGEDM @ SSK
ResultHamilton by 10Montreal by 8Calgary by 10Edmonton by 5
Margin of Error7 to 136 to 107 to 134 to 7

It's tooth and nail for the top two: JPR nails the Hamilton game to threaten, but argoal hits three margins to keep pace and stay on top.

SpoFiteOTT @ HAMSMTL @ TORSCGY @ WPGSEDM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
argoalHamilton13 Calgary12Edmonton6663
JPRHamilton10 Calgary Edmonton7662
cixelsydHamilton10 Calgary Edmonton 560
Howard_THamilton Calgary9Edmonton 458
ReeverHamilton Montreal Calgary10Edmonton 658
rcadeHamilton 8Calgary12Edmonton6657
owlhouse Calgary Edmonton 255
goddamHamilton Montreal Calgary 352
ic23bHamilton 8Calgary Edmonton 452
tommytrumpHamilton Calgary Edmonton 351
DrJohnEvansHamilton Calgary10Edmonton 550
benderHamilton 144

WEEK 18

Some interesting playoff scenarios shaping up. If you're in the East, replace "interesting" with "horrifying" as a crossover looms.

Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, October 24)
Nobody is more surprised than Montreal to find themselves tied for first, and with a short trip down the 417, they could take another step towards securing that first round bye. Ottawa's toast, of course, but beware the youth? Maybe?

Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Friday, October 24)
How the mighty have fallen. With Winnipeg's loss, Saskatchewan has clinched a playoff berth, but will an out-of-retirement Kerry Joseph carry them far in November? For that matter, can he even win a single game against a resting Calgary squad? I guess we'll find out this week.

Hamilton @ Toronto (Saturday, October 25)
Ouch: Toronto's fallen off the pace for the East division lead, and find themselves potential crossover victims. But Hamilton's the team they're chasing, and they shocked the Ti-Cats a couple weeks back. That said, Toronto's been lucky if not good, and if they want to stay alive they'll need to switch that up a bit.

B.C. @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 25)
Winnipeg extends their losing streak to seven in a row. If they make it eight, B.C.'s got themselves a playoff berth.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:56 AM on October 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

Hamilton by 21
Toronto by 12
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:14 PM on October 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

In Toronto, the Argos barely show up for most of the game, heading into the 3-minute warning down 13 points. But Ricky Ray and Chad Owens connect for a massive comeback to shock the Ti-Cats and preserve Toronto's share of first place.

Elsewhere in Vancouver, Montreal, and Edmonton, the Redblacks, Roughriders, and Bombers had the exact same plan, but forgot about the comeback.

HAM @ TOROTT @ BCSSK @ MTLWPG @ EDM
ResultToronto by 1B.C. by 38Montreal by 31Edmonton by 32
Margin of Error1 to 127 to 4922 to 4022 to 42

Mostly a push this week, but argoal and JPR differed on the Hamilton-Toronto game, leaving argoal alone in first place - but just barely.

SpoFiteHAM @ TORSOTT @ BCSSSK @ MTLSWPG @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
argoalToronto B.C. Montreal Edmonton 457
JPR B.C. Montreal Edmonton 356
cixelsydToronto B.C. Edmonton 355
Howard_T B.C. Montreal Edmonton 354
owlhouseToronto B.C. Edmonton 353
ReeverToronto B.C. Montreal Edmonton 452
rcadeToronto B.C. Montreal Edmonton 451
goddamToronto B.C. Montreal Edmonton 449
tommytrumpToronto B.C. Edmonton 348
ic23b B.C. Montreal Edmonton24448
DrJohnEvans B.C. Edmonton 245
benderToronto1 343

WEEK 17

Into the home stretch with something to play for: with four games remaining, nobody has been mathmatically eliminated yet, and it's all divisional play from this point on.

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Friday, October 17)
Wait, even Ottawa's not eliminated yet? It's true! Although they will be with a loss, or a Toronto win. But they're going up against a decent Hamilton team that's coming off a crushing loss and looking to get back in the saddle, so maybe this ain't the Redblacks' year.

Montreal @ Toronto (Saturday, October 18)
Battle for first! Montreal, Toronto, and Hamilton are in a three-way tie for first. But Toronto has an actual quarterback, while Montreal has... a lovely stadium and a decent ground game. Montreal's had a nice comeback run, but I don't think they have the fuel to sustain it.

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 18)
Oh, Winnipeg. Remember July? Yeah, me too. But you've lost six in a row now, and Calgary's coming to town. The Stamps can clinch the division with a win, while likely eliminating the Bombers from contention.

Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, October 19)
Here's the money game of the week. It's pretty much down to these two to host the division semi-final, and guess what? They play each other twice before the season's out. The Riders have fallen on tough times in the post-Durant era, while Edmonton's clawed its way into second place. Edmonton's got the edge until Saskatchewan can find its offence again, but should be a fun one regardless.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:38 AM on October 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Hamilton by 8
B.C. by 10
Saskatchewan by 7
Edmonton by 16

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 AM on October 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

More shocking East division dominance! Ottawa spanks Winnipeg, Toronto edges Edmonton, and Hamilton comes back against the Lions. Meanwhile out West, Calgary rides away with a win to clinch a playoff spot and extend their division lead to three games.

WPG @ OTTCGY @ SSKEDM @ TORBC @ HAM
ResultOttawa by 22Calgary by 7Toronto by 1Hamilton by 2
Margin of Error15 to 295 to 91 to 11 to 3

We're all over the place this week. But JPR and argoal are at least headed in the right direction: twin five-point weeks jump them into a tie for first.

SpoFiteWPG @ OTTSCGY @ SSKSEDM @ TORSBC @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
JPR Calgary7 Hamilton3553
argoalOttawa Calgary8Toronto Hamilton 553
cixelsydOttawa Calgary Toronto Hamilton 452
Howard_TOttawa Calgary Hamilton 351
owlhouse 050
Reever Calgary7Toronto Hamilton 548
rcade 047
goddamOttawa 145
tommytrumpOttawa16Calgary Toronto 445
ic23bOttawa Calgary Hamilton 344
DrJohnEvans 043
benderOttawa Hamilton 240
Ying Yang Mafia 028

WEEK 16

Heading into Thanksgiving weekend, every single East Division team has a winning streak. Just like we all predicted back in August, right?

Hamilton @ Toronto (Friday, October 10)
It's the revenge of Zach Collaros: cut loose by the Argos, he's found a niche with Hamilton and is making things interesting. With Hamilton leading the division by a game, this is a key game for Toronto heading into the home stretch.

Ottawa @ B.C. (Saturday, October 11)
All of a sudden, Ottawa has a win, and B.C. has lost three in a row. What universe is this? Still: Vancouver is Vancouver and that turf is tough on visitors.

Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Monday, October 13)
I don't even know what to think anymore. Saskatchewan had a chance to grab the division but lost it when Durant went down. Meanwhile Montreal has strung together a couple of wins and is very much in the mix for a home playoff game. What do you think: is Jonathan Crompton the man to bring glory back to Montreal?

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Monday, October 13)
Edmonton pretty much has to win out if they have any hope of unseating Calgary for the division. But if that's your plan, hosting a struggling Winnipeg team isn't a bad way to start.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:39 PM on October 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Edmonton by 8 B.C. by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:48 PM on October 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Defence rules the day! Montreal hangs tough in Ottawa, while Edmonton bags an impressive shutout against Saskatchewan. Hamilton hangs on tight to beat Winnipeg, and Calgary's defence help 'em get their mojo back against the Lions.

MTL @ OTTSSK @ EDMHAM @ WPGBC @ CGY
ResultMontreal by 8Edmonton by 24Hamilton by 5Calgary by 14
Margin of Error6 to 1017 to 314 to 710 to 18

The tie is broken! owlhouse notches four points to jump into sole posession of first place. And is that a four-way tie for second place I see?

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSSSK @ EDMSHAM @ WPGSBC @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
owlhouseMontreal7Edmonton Calgary 450
Howard_T Edmonton 14248
JPRMontreal7Edmonton Hamilton Calgary 548
argoalMontreal Edmonton Hamilton6Calgary 548
cixelsydMontreal9Edmonton Hamilton7Calgary10748
rcadeMontreal Edmonton Calgary14547
goddamMontreal6 Hamilton 344
DrJohnEvansMontreal7 243
Reever Edmonton Hamilton7 343
tommytrump Edmonton Hamilton 241
ic23b Hamilton Calgary18341
bender Edmonton Hamilton Calgary13438
Ying Yang Mafia 028

WEEK 15

Insert snappy week description here.

Winnipeg @ Ottawa (Friday, October 3)
Finally, we get a true battle of the basement! Expansion Ottawa has lost nine straight, but has looked better lately. Winnipeg started strong but have fallen flat, losing four straight. Who's worse?

Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Friday, October 3)
The two Western thoroughbreds, both without their startign QBs. Calgary's up by two wins with five weeks to play, but between now and season's end, they play Saskatchewan twice. They can all but clinch by winning this week, but that's no easy task in Regina.

Edmonton @ Toronto (Saturday, October 4)
Is there life in Toronto? A win in B.C., followed by a much-needed bye to rest the wounded, followed by an Edmonton team that's been inconsistent. But part of that inconsistency involved shutting out Saskatchewan last week, so Ricky Ray's gotta be on his guard.

B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 4)
Verrry interesting. You'd think that B.C. should get the edge, but the Lions are coming off a couple of tough losses, and a resurgent Hamilton's undefeated in their new digs. Hmmm.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:45 PM on October 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 3
Winnipeg by 9
B.C. by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:01 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

Toronto surprises everyone with a rare win in Vancouver, while Hamilton comes from behind to beat the Esks. Montreal shocks the bookies with a big win over Calgary, and even Ottawa makes it close against Saskatchewan.

TOR @ BCEDM @ HAMCGY @ MTLOTT @ SSK
ResultToronto by 17Hamilton by 2Montreal by 16Saskatchewan by 3
Margin of Error12 to 221 to 311 to 212 to 4

Tough week for points given the surprises on the scoreboard, but argoal puts together a nice four-point week to move into a tie for third.

SpoFiteTOR @ BCSEDM @ HAMSCGY @ MTLSOTT @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
Howard_T Saskatchewan 146
owlhouse Saskatchewan 146
JPR Saskatchewan 143
argoalToronto Hamilton3 Saskatchewan 443
rcade Hamilton Saskatchewan 242
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan 141
goddam Hamilton Saskatchewan 241
cixelsydToronto Saskatchewan 241
ReeverToronto Saskatchewan 240
tommytrumpToronto Hamilton Saskatchewan 339
ic23b Hamilton Saskatchewan 238
bender Hamilton2 334
Ying Yang Mafia Hamilton3 Saskatchewan 328

WEEK 14

Back to divisional play this week, so maybe the world will make a little more sense.

Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, September 26)
Who would've thought this game could be intriguing? A resurgent Montreal could move into first with a win, and even Ottawa is looking competitive these days.

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, September 26)
The West just got close again. Steady Edmonton can tie the Riders for second with a win, but Saskatchewan can tie for first if they can steal two points at Commonwealth.

Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 27)
Two teams going in opposite directions: Winnipeg has lost their early-season shine and three in a row to boot, while Hamilton's won two in a row to get to the top of the East. Is there enough time in the season for another change in fortune?

B.C. @ Calgary (Saturday, September 27)
Calgary looked like world beaters with Mitchell at the helm, but so far Drew Tate hasn't been able to keep that momentum in place. Are they vulnerable? The visiting Lions will be a good test.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:56 PM on September 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Edmonton by 9
Calgary by 11
Saskatchewan by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:24 PM on September 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Montreal hangs in there, but Edmonton pulls away with a strong fourth quarter to seal the deal. Calgary goes down early but breaks all sorts of records in a huge comeback against the Argos. B.C. stifles the Bomber offence at home, while Saskatchewan just can't get anything done in Hamilton.

MTL @ EDMTOR @ CGYWPG @ BCSSK @ HAM
ResultEdmonton by 17Calgary by 7B.C. by 17Hamilton by 25
Margin of Error12 to 225 to 912 to 2218 to 33

The tie at the top persists! Some movement in the ranks makes things interesting. We have eight players within six points of first.

SpoFiteMTL @ EDMSTOR @ CGYSWPG @ BCSSSK @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TEdmonton14Calgary B.C. 445
owlhouseEdmonton16Calgary B.C. 445
JPREdmonton Calgary B.C. 342
DrJohnEvansEdmonton17Calgary B.C. 540
rcadeEdmonton16Calgary B.C.12 540
goddamEdmonton Calgary 239
argoalEdmonton Calgary9B.C. 439
cixelsydEdmonton17Calgary 439
ReeverEdmonton12Calgary8 438
tommytrumpEdmonton B.C. Hamilton 336
ic23bEdmonton14Calgary B.C. 436
bender Calgary 131
Ying Yang Mafia 025

WEEK 13

All interdivisional games this week. Who dares to pick the underdog?

Toronto @ B.C. (Friday, September 19)
Life just doesn't get easier for the Argos. After a Calgary collapse, they move on to a battle in B.C. Place. The Lions have won two straight and have their eye on second place.

Edmonton @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 20)
This one could be interesting. Edmonton is the obvious favourite, but have revealed flaws in their game. Hamilton's the underdog, but are undefeated in their new stadium.

Calgary @ Montreal (Sunday, September 21)
Calgary's on a nice little roll but lost QB Bo Levi Mitchell to an ankle injury last week. Can Drew Tate carry on the momentum in Montreal?

Ottawa @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 21)
Just got humiliated in Hamilton? What salve could be better than hosting Ottawa?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:56 PM on September 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Edmonton by 17
Calgary by 21
B.C. by 8
Saskatchewan by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:22 PM on September 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

In Ottawa, B.C. prevails in a sopping wet defensive battle. Edmonton makes a game of it but can't quite keep pace with Calgary's firepower. Montreal digs deep and pulls off the massive comeback against Hamilton, while Saskatchewan keeps on rolling in Winnipeg.

BC @ OTTCGY @ EDMHAM @ MTLSSK @ WPG
ResultB.C. by 2Calgary by 7Montreal by 7Saskatchewan by 6
Margin of Error1 to 35 to 95 to 94 to 8

owlhouse notches five points to move back into a tie for first, while goddam's impressive eight-point week leapfrogs her into contention.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSCGY @ OTTSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TB.C. Calgary6 341
owlhouseB.C. 7Montreal9Saskatchewan 541
JPRB.C. Saskatchewan4339
goddamB.C. Calgary7Montreal5Saskatchewan8837
argoalB.C. 135
cixelsydB.C. 7Montreal 335
DrJohnEvansB.C. Montreal 7 Saskatchewan 535
rcade Montreal8Saskatchewan 335
ReeverB.C. 134
tommytrumpB.C. Saskatchewan 233
ic23bB.C. Calgary Montreal Saskatchewan 6 632
benderB.C. Saskatchewan 230
Ying Yang MafiaB.C. Saskatchewan 225

WEEK 12

No guaranteed points this week as Ottawa takes the bye. But still a few East-West games for funsies!

Montreal @ Edmonton (Friday, September 12)
Opposite streaks: Edmonton finds themselves stuck in the middle after losing two straight to Calgary, while Montreal's won two in a row to tie for first. But the Esks still have a lot more pedigree this season than the upstart Alouettes.

Toronto @ Calgary (Saturday, September 13)
Two more streaks: Toronto's lost three and Calgary's won five. If you're ranking good places to break out of a streak, McMahon Stadium won't be high on that list. Especially in the snow.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Saturday, September 13)
Poor Winnipeg: a thoroughly respectable season has landed them in the basement. But B.C. lives on the first floor, so if the Bombers want to move up, now's their chance.

Saskatchewan @ Hamilton (Sunday, September 14)
Well, Saskatchewan has won seven straight and shows few signs of slowing down. But hey, Hamilton has a shiny new stadium!

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:25 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

B.C. by 14
Edmonton by 3
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:22 PM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

Home teams prevail! Montreal gets it done against the Redblacks, and Saskatchewan does the same, edging the Bombers with a big fourth quarter. Hamilton hangs on for a win against the Argos, while Calgary makes it look easy against the Esks.

OTT @ MTLWPG @ SSKTOR @ HAMEDM @ CGY
ResultMontreal by 20Saskatchewan by 5Hamilton by 1Calgary by 15
Margin of Error14 to 264 to 71 to 111 to 20

Howard_T breaks the tie and adds some padding with a solid four-point week.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSCGY @ OTTSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TMontreal Saskatchewan Calgary16438
JPR Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 336
owlhouseMontreal Saskatchewan 236
argoalMontreal Saskatchewan6 Calgary 434
ReeverMontreal Saskatchewan Calgary 333
cixelsydMontreal Saskatchewan7 332
rcadeMontreal Calgary11332
tommytrump Saskatchewan Calgary 231
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan Calgary 230
goddamMontreal Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 429
benderMontreal Hamilton 228
ic23b Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 326
Ying Yang MafiaMontreal Saskatchewan 223

WEEK 11

A nine-team league means only two Labour Day home-and-homes this week, but they're both doozies.

B.C. @ Ottawa (Friday, September 5)
A well-rested B.C. team against a struggling Ottawa team that's lost six straight. I know who I'm picking.

Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 6)
Edmonton seriously fumbled their chance to take the division lead last week. It's early for must-win games, but another loss against Calgary would put the red-hot Stamps up four points in the division race.

Hamilton @ Montreal (Sunday, September 7)
Both these teams finally bagged their second win of the season last week. The team that's the first to three will pull into a tie for first. Yes, the East has been that bad this year.

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Sunday, September 7)
Welcome to the horse race that is the West division. A seventh straight win for Saskatchewan could put them in a tie for first. A redemption win for Winnipeg could move them from a crossover spot to second place. Saskatchewan's been riding their defence all season, but this will be their first trip to the new turf in the 'Peg.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:30 AM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

owlhouse, the only connection I managed to make was the Toronto-Hamilton one. Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge standing in for the Burlington Skyway?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:36 PM on September 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Ottawa by 7 Saskatchewan by 2 Toronto by 12 Calgary by 5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:52 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Montreal puts up a good fight, but suffers a fourth-quarter fade in Winnipeg, and Toronto suffers much the same fate in Edmonton. Calgary rides roughshod over the former Rough Riders. And in the most competitive (and only intra-divisional) game, Saskatchewan just edges B.C. in Vancouver to get the upper hand in their division race.

MTL @ WPGTOR @ EDMCGY @ OTTSSK @ BC
ResultWinnipeg by 8Edmonton by 14Calgary by 25Saskatchewan by 4
Margin of Error6 to 1010 to 1818 to 333 to 5

Out to prove that word count matters, Howard_T and owlhouse both have big weeks to jump into a tie for first. Howard_T nails two spreads for a monster eight points, while owlhouse hits three margins for six. Reever also nails the Winnipeg spread to climb into contention.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSCGY @ OTTSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TWinnipeg8Edmonton14Calgary 4834
owlhouseWinnipeg10Edmonton12Calgary21 634
JPRWinnipeg6Edmonton Calgary 433
argoalWinnipeg Calgary 230
ReeverWinnipeg8Edmonton Calgary 4430
cixelsydWinnipeg7Edmonton10Calgary 529
rcade Calgary Saskatchewan 229
tommytrump Calgary23Saskatchewan 329
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg10Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan 528
benderWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 326
goddam Edmonton Calgary18 325
ic23b Edmonton Calgary26 323
Ying Yang Mafia 021

WEEK 10

Yessir, it's the formal halfway point of the season: the Labour Day Classic! Black tie only please.

Ottawa @ Montreal (Friday, August 29)
Yikeswhich team is in worse shape? Ottawa's lost five in a row, Montreal six. Good thing they're getting this game over with first.

Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, August 31)
Speaking of five in a row, that's how many Saskatchewan's won. And yet they're still tied for third with Winnipeg. The loser of this game will find themselves four points, and three teams, back of first.

Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, September 1)
Hamilton finally gets their new stadium, AND a game against a divisional opponent! Unfortunately for them, it's Toronto coming to town.

Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 1)
The marquee game of the week. Both teams are 7-1, tied for first, and on a three-game winning streak. Winner takes all! ...until they play again next week, of course.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 PM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Winnipeg by 10
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 17
Saskatchewan by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:50 PM on August 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Do you like fumbles? Then you would've loved the 10-8 turnover fest in Ottawa. Do you like big receptions and touchdowns? Then Calgary's 30-20 win over Hamilton might be more your speed. Take the average of the two and you get Saskatchewan's 16-11 win over Montreal. Double it and you see Toronto going 1-1 on the week, winning against Winnipeg but coming up short against the Lions.

WPG @ TOREDM @ OTTCGY @ HAMMTL @ SSLBC @ TOR
ResultToronto by 17Edmonton by 2Calgary by 10Saskatchewan by 5B.C. by 16
Margin of Error12 to 221 to 37 to 134 to 711 to 21

More movement in the ranks this week, as JPR hangs onto the top spot but just barely. More is almost certain to come, with nine other players within 6 points of first.

SpoFiteWPG @ TORSEDM @ OTTSCGY @ HAMSMTL @ SSKSBC @ TORSPointsTotal Points
JPRToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan2B.C. 629
argoalToronto Edmonton Calgary10Saskatchewan B.C. 728
owlhouseToronto12Edmonton Calgary7 528
rcadeToronto Edmonton Calgary2Saskatchewan B.C. 627
Howard_T Edmonton Calgary9Saskatchewan 426
tommytrumpToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan 426
cixelsyd Edmonton Calgary10Saskatchewan B.C. 624
ReeverToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan B.C. 524
benderToronto17Edmonton Calgary B.C. 623
DrJohnEvansToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan B.C. 523
goddamToronto Edmonton Calgary13Saskatchewan B.C. 622
Ying Yang MafiaToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan B.C. 521
ic23bToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan B.C. 520

WEEK 9

Back to a normal four games this week, so you'll need to find something else to do with your Tuesday night.

Montreal @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 22)
If Montreal is going to win their second game, a suddenly struggling Winnipeg team is a good place to start. But that's a big ifmaybe Montreal is the Bombers' stepping stone back into contention.

Toronto @ Edmonton (Saturday, August 23)
Edmonton has been hot, and it's tough to bet against a West team right now. But there have been signs of Edmonton overperforming, and Toronto had flashes of excellence in its games last week.

Calgary @ Ottawa (Sunday, August 24)
A third game in a row against the likes of Hamilton and Ottawa means that Calgary is probably going to pad its division lead. Although maybe a second look against the same team so soon will yield unexpected results? But probably not.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Sunday, August 24)
Here's an intriguing early battle for playoff positioning. Both these teams are tied for last place AND just one win out of first. B.C. has won three straight and the 'Riders four, so it's a collision of momentum this Sunday.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

> No pun in ten did.

I enjoyed that.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 AM on August 17

Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns

Adam "Twenty-Five True Outcomes" Dunn. Love it.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:54 AM on August 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Toronto by 9
Edmonton by 12
Calgary by 5
Saskatchewan by 21
B.C. by 8... although I might change this pick on Wednesday.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:40 PM on August 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Saskatchewan rides a big fourth quarter to a big win in Winnipeg. Edmonton grabs a big first-half lead in Montreal and doesn't look back. Hamilton makes a game of it, but B.C. hangs on for the win at home, while Calgary pours cold water all over Henry Burris's return.

SSK @ WPGEDM @ MTLHAM @ BCOTT @ CGY
ResultSaskatchewan by 6Edmonton by 10B.C. by 7Calgary by 21
Margin of Error4 to 87 to 135 to 915 to 27

Finally! Points points points! No fewer than FIVE games nailed this week, with each of us averaging over five points. So this was definitely the wrong week to forget to make your picks... oops.

Anyway, it's getting crowded at the top now. Big weeks from JPR and owlhouse leapfrog them over Howard_T into first place, and eight other players are within five points of first.

SpoFiteSSK @ WPGSEDM @ MTLSHAM @ BCSOTT @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
JPRSaskatchewan Edmonton10B.C. Calgary 623
owlhouseSaskatchewan7Edmonton B.C. Calgary21723
Howard_T Edmonton B.C. Calgary22422
tommytrumpSaskatchewan Edmonton B.C.6Calgary23622
argoalSaskatchewan Edmonton12B.C.7Calgary 721
rcade Edmonton B.C.7Calgary15621
Reever Edmonton13B.C.5Calgary 519
cixelsyd Edmonton B.C. Calgary27418
DrJohnEvans Calgary 118
benderSaskatchewan6Edmonton8 Calgary18217
goddam Edmonton13B.C.8Calgary18616
Ying Yang MafiaSaskatchewan8Edmonton B.C. Calgary 516
ic23bSaskatchewan Edmonton B.C. Calgary 415

WEEK 8

Ah yes, the quirk of a nine-team league: we have a FIVE-GAME WEEK this week. That's right, the Argos play twice.

Winnipeg @ Toronto (Tuesday, August 12)
Some of the shine might be coming off Winnipeg after their hot start. Pythagorus suggests that they've overperformed, and Toronto has underperformed. But until that translates into wins and losses on the field, Winnipeg is still the stronger team.

Edmonton @ Ottawa (Friday, August 15)
Ottawa continues to muddle through the toughest part of their schedule this year, facing yet another first-place West division foe. Ouch.

Calgary @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 16)
Speaking of ouch, more stadium renovation delays mean that Hamilton is relegated to Guelph until September. First-place Calgary probably doesn't mind, though.

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, August 16)
Tough times in Montreal, as transitioning out of the Anthony Calvillo era has been harder than anyone expected. And things don't get easier when you're visiting Saskatchewan. Flatter, maybe. But not easier.

B.C. @ Toronto (Sunday, August 17)
Despite the differences in won-loss records, these two teams appear to match up pretty evenly. B.C.'s got the travel fatigue but Toronto has the doubleheader fatigue. Coin flip, or does B.C. grab an easy victory from a tired Toronto team?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on August 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Oooops.

Calgary by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:36 PM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Feast and famine this week: Winnipeg and B.C. both notch single-point victories, with more late-game Willy heroics for Winnipeg and Kevin Glenn gettin' 'er done for the Lions. Meanwhile over in the Ottawa River Watershed, blowout losses for the home faithful as Saskatchewan runs up the score in Ottawa, and Toronto keeps the Als down in Montreal.

Actually all the road teams won this week. Crazy!

WPG @ HAMTOR @ MTLBC @ CGYSSK @ OTT
ResultWinnipeg by 1Toronto by 26B.C. by 1Saskatchewan by 24
Margin of Error1 to 118 to 341 to 117 to 31

Another tough week for points. This year, as a group, we're averaging a full five points fewer than last year. And that doesn't adjust for the two-game bye week last year!

SpoFiteWPG @ HAMSTOR @ MTLSBC @ CGYSSSK @ OTTSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan 318
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Saskatchewan21317
JPRWinnipeg Saskatchewan 217
owlhouseWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan21416
tommytrumpWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan23216
rcade Saskatchewan 115
argoalWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan 314
cixelsydWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan 314
ReeverWinnipeg Saskatchewan 214
ic23bWinnipeg Saskatchewan17311
Ying Yang MafiaWinnipeg Saskatchewan 211
benderWinnipeg Toronto B.C. Saskatchewan 410
goddam 010

WEEK 7

Some heavy cross-division play this week, which, given the divisional imbalance so far, can only end in tears.

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 7)
Schedulers, rejoice! The two hottest teams in the league meet up this week. Saskatchewan is aiming to jump ahead in the standings, while Winnipeg looks to protect its division lead and prove that the early season success was no fluke.

Edmonton @ Montreal (Friday, August 8)
Things don't get much easier for Montreal. After putting up a measly five points last week, they now have the host the second-stingiest team in the league. Edmonton's D has given up an average of only 14 points per game, and they'll be well rested coming off their bye.

Hamilton @ B.C. (Friday, August 8)
Hamilton's not nearly as bad as their 1-4 records makes them look, and B.C.'s been anything but consistent. But have I mentioned how tough a stadium B.C. Place is for visitors?

Ottawa @ Calgary (Saturday, August 9)
Henry Burris returns to the scene of the crime: he spent 60% of the SpoFi Pick 'Em as the star QB for the Stamps. But his fledgling Redblacks will need all of that mojo, and more, to make it happen in Calgary.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:04 AM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Winnipeg by 10
Montreal by 8
Calgary by 2
Saskatchewan by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:46 AM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Calgary rides into Edmonton, grabs an early lead, and ends up on top in a wild one. Winnipeg shocks the Lions faithful with an impressive defensive performance. Ottawa finds that it's tough to win in Guelph as the Ti-Cats take care of business, while Toronto reaffirms that it's near impossible to win in Regina.

CGY @ EDMWPG @ BCOTT @ HAMTOR @ SSK
ResultCalgary by 4Winnipeg by 17Hamilton by 10Saskatchewan by 28
Margin of Error3 to 512 to 227 to 1320 to 36

Tough week for points with upsets in Edmonton and B.C., but JPR scrapes out four points to move into a tie for first.

SpoFiteCGY @ EDMSWPG @ BCSOTT @ HAMSTOR @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
Howard_T Hamilton Saskatchewan 215
JPR Winnipeg Hamilton7Saskatchewan 415
DrJohnEvans Hamilton Saskatchewan 214
rcade Hamilton7Saskatchewan 314
owlhouse Saskatchewan 112
ReeverCalgary Saskatchewan 212
tommytrump Saskatchewan 112
argoalCalgary3 211
cixelsyd Saskatchewan 111
goddam Saskatchewan 110
Ying Yang Mafia Saskatchewan 19
ic23b 17Hamilton Saskatchewan 38
benderCalgary Hamilton Saskatchewan 36

WEEK 6

Strange season so far. One undefeated team remains in the west, while every team in the east has just a single win. Who knew that Winnipeg was propping up the east for so long?

Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Thursday, July 31)
Hamilton finally notches their first win, only to have powerhouse Winnipeg arrive on their doorstep. Hamilton is the underdog at home, but the east has to win sometime against the west, doesn't it?

Toronto @ Montreal (Friday, August 1)
This legendary matchup of old is a bit creaky this year, with both teams off to tough starts. The good news here is that at least one team will notch their second win. Unless, of course, they tie.

B.C. @ Calgary (Friday, August 1)
The Lions have shown more spark this year than their 2-3 record indicates, but Calgary's earned every bit of their 4-0 record. Going to be tough for B.C. to beat the streak on the road.

Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Saturday, August 2)
After two disappointing losses, the 'Riders roared out of their bye with a statement win last week. But they have yet to put two good games together, so a visit to Ottawa (where the Redblacks are historically undefeated) will be a good test.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 AM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

No worries ic23b, I just take the last valid one posted!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:01 AM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Edmonton by 8
B.C. by 7
Hamilton by 3
Saskatchewan by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:30 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

In the battle of undefeateds, Edmonton comes away with a convincing victory. Plenty of sacks and drama in Ottawa's thrilling come-from-behind victory in their home opener. Defence also rules the day in Calgary, as the Stamps squeak by Hamilton, but defence was a bit more one-sided in B.C. as the Lions run the Als out of town.

EDM @ WPGTOR @ OTTHAM @ CGYMTL @ BC
ResultEdmonton by 23Ottawa by 1Calgary by 3B.C. by 36
Margin of Error16 to 301 to 12 to 425 to 47

Howard_T picks the Ottawa win to claim sole possession of first place, and hey! bender scored some points.

SpoFiteWPG @ MTLSOTT @ EDMSCGY @ TORSBC @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
Howard_T Ottawa Calgary B.C. 313
DrJohnEvans Calgary B.C. 212
JPREdmonton Ottawa Calgary B.C. 411
owlhouseEdmonton Calgary B.C. 311
rcade Calgary B.C. 211
tommytrumpEdmonton17 Calgary B.C. 411
cixelsydEdmonton Calgary 210
Reever Calgary B.C. 210
argoal Ottawa Calgary B.C. 39
goddam Calgary B.C. 29
Ying Yang MafiaEdmonton Calgary B.C. 38
ic23bEdmonton Calgary B.C. 35
benderEdmonton Ottawa B.C. 33

It's early, but some key matchups this week could determine momentum as we hit the quarter-pole of the season.

WEEK 5

Calgary @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 24)
Edmonton faces another undefeated team for the second week in a row. A Calgary win would topple Edmonton from first place. It's early, but these are the two best teams so far.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Friday, July 25)
Battle for third place! B.C.'s on a roll while Winnipeg stumbled last weekwas it an aberration for the Bombers, or a trend?

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 26)
Ottawa's first win is in the books and they're looking to make it two. Hamilton's fresh off a bye, but still looking for their first win, and still stuck in Guelph to boot.

Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 26)
After a tough loss in Ottawa last week, Toronto's looking to rediscover some of the magic they found last time they played Saskatchewan. But the Argos' injuries are mounting, and Regina is not kind to visitors.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:44 PM on July 20

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

There's a lot of noise around what's appropriate given the score and situation and unwritten rules and stuff like that (much of which is legit — a two-run lead? come on!)

But I think it comes down to this: a defensive shift is an extra effort to get you out, so you're absolutely within your rights to make an extra effort to get on base.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:02 AM on July 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Winnipeg by 5
Toronto by 9
Calgary by 12
B.C. by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:55 AM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

The fun continues! Winnipeg notches a third-down last-minute TD to shock Montreal. Edmonton finds their offence just in time to beat Ottawa. Toronto doesn't find any offence at all as they're soundly beaten by the Stamps, and B.C. holds the Riders scoreless for three quarters to let down the Regina faithful.

WPG @ MTLOTT @ EDMCGY @ TORBC @ SSK
ResultWinnipeg by 1Edmonton by 16Calgary by 19B.C. by 13
Margin of Error1 to 111 to 2113 to 259 to 17

All jammed up. A tie at the top, and seven other players within 3 points of first. Sounds like the east division.

And in exciting numismatics news, bender's coin's streak is now at 0-for-12!

SpoFiteWPG @ MTLSOTT @ EDMSCGY @ TORSBC @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
Howard_T Edmonton12Calgary13 410
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Edmonton14Calgary 410
rcade Edmonton 19
cixelsydWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 38
owlhouse Edmonton18 28
ReeverWinnipeg Edmonton 1338
goddamWinnipeg Edmonton 27
JPR Edmonton 17
tommytrumpWinnipeg Edmonton17 37
argoal Edmonton 16
Ying Yang Mafia Edmonton17 25
ic23bWinnipeg Edmonton 22
bender 00

Hamilton's bye week couldn't come at a better time. They'll rest Zach Collaros while the rest of the league vies for early position.

WEEK 4

Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 17)
Who would've picked these teams to both open the season 3-0? Unlike bender's coin streak, one of those records will be blemished this week. Unless anyone's got the guts to pick the tie.

Toronto @ Ottawa (Friday, July 18)
Toronto's been cold-hot-cold so far, so a trip to the expansion Redblacks might be just what they need. But does that underestimate the intangibles of a franchise's first home opener?

Hamilton @ Calgary (Saturday, July 18)
Things are not happy in Tigertown. Stadium delays, an injured starting QB, and now a trip to face the undefeated Stampeders.

Montreal @ B.C. (Saturday, July 19)
B.C. looked rough when visiting Montreal two weeks ago, but maybe that was just due to too much Schwartz's. Both these teams are better than their records, but B.C. Place is notiriously tough on visitors.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:51 AM on July 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Winnipeg by 3
Edmonton by 14
Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 2

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:37 AM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

The expansion Redblacks make a go of it in their first game, but a big fourth quarter puts Winnipeg back in the driver's seat. Montreal gets their act together at home, beating the visiting Lions. In a wild and sloppy back-and-forth game, Hamilton loses both the game and their starting QB, and holy cow! Toronto lays a big ol' beating on the visiting Riders.

OTT @ WPGBC @ MTLHAM @ EDMSSK @ TOR
ResultWinnipeg by 8Montreal by 15Edmonton by 4Toronto by 33
Margin of Error6 to 1011 to 203 to 523 to 43

rcade nets a tidy five-point week to move into first, while Howard_T nails the Winnipeg game to jump into contention.

Also worthy of note is bender: his flipping coin has gone a solid 0-for-8 so far this year. How long can the streak continue?

SpoFiteOTT @ WPGSBC @ MTLSHAM @ EDMSSSK @ TORSPointsTotal Points
rcadeWinnipeg7 Edmonton3Toronto 58
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Edmonton 26
Howard_TWinnipeg8 Toronto 46
JPRWinnipeg9 Edmonton 36
owlhouseWinnipeg Montreal12Edmonton 46
argoalWinnipeg6 Edmonton 35
cixelsydWinnipeg10 Edmonton 35
goddamWinnipeg Montreal Edmonton 35
ReeverWinnipeg Edmonton 25
tommytrump 8Montreal 24
Ying Yang MafiaWinnipeg Montreal Edmonton 33
bender 00

Hamilton's bye week couldn't come at a better time. They'll rest Zach Collaros while the rest of the league vies for early position.

WEEK 3

Winnipeg @ Montreal (Friday, July 11)
Winnipeg takes their surprising 2-0 record on the road, visiting a Montreal team that isn't quite sure what to make of itself yet.

Ottawa @ Edmonton (Friday, July 11)
Out west, Edmonton's 2-0 record has been a little harder earned as they regress positively in 2014. The expansion Redblacks are in for a tough one.

Calgary @ Toronto (Saturday, July 12)
Bo Levi takes his game to the big city! Last year's division winners, both eliminated in the division finals, look to restablish themselves early in 2014. Call this a coin flip.

B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 12)
An intriguing divisional matchup: Saskatchewan tries to figure out what went wrong last week, while B.C. tries to figure out if Kevin Glenn has an expiry date. Give the Riders the edge at home.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:21 AM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

And yes, YYM, there are nine teams again. That means that one team gets a bye each week, so no more mid-season half-weeks.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 AM on July 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 4
Edmonton by 11
Sackskatchewan by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 AM on July 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Winnipeg rides the big early lead to stun the visiting Argos. The new-look Alouettes just can't get anything going in Calgary. Edmonton comes from behind to quiet the home fans in B.C., and Saskatchewan takes care of business with the visiting Ti-Cats.

TOR @ WPGMTL @ CGYEDM @ BCHAM @ SSK
ResultWinnipeg by 24Calgary by 21Edmonton by 7Saskatchewan by 21
Margin of Error17 to 3115 to 275 to 915 to 27

If you picked the underdog Eskimos, or pretty much any team in that game to win by 7, you've got a good chance at breaking the top 4 this week.

SpoFiteTOR @ WPGSMTL @ CGYSEDM @ BCSHAM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans Calgary2Edmonton Saskatchewan 44
JPR Calgary 7Saskatchewan 33
rcade Calgary 7Saskatchewan 33
Reever Calgary 7Saskatchewan 33
argoal Calgary Saskatchewan 22
cixelsyd Calgary 7 22
goddam Calgary Saskatchewan 22
Howard_T Calgary Saskatchewan 22
owlhouse Edmonton Saskatchewan 22
tommytrump Calgary Saskatchewan 22
bender 00
Ying Yang Mafia 00

The second week generally offers a chance to relax and catch one's breath after—HEY LOOKIT THAT IT'S AN EXPANSION TEAM!!!

WEEK 2

Ottawa @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 3)
That's right, this year the CFL welcomes the city of Ottawa back to the fold with the Redblacks. They'll play their first game against the newly-confident Blue Bombers, fresh off a thrashing of the Argos.

B.C. @ Montreal (Friday, July 4)
Two former heavyweights, both smarting from tough first-week losses. Montreal looks to gain some traction at home, while B.C. looks to get a lead and actually hang onto it.

Hamilton @ Edmonton (Friday, July 4)
Hamilon continues their west coast road trip with a stop in Edmonton. The TiCats may have overperformed their pythagorean record last year, while the Esks may have underperformed—are we due for some more regression this week?

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, July 5)
Speaking of underperforming, Toronto had better figure out what went wrong last week, and fast, because a Very Good Team is coming to town.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:25 PM on July 02

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Just saw that, tommytrump. Here's the schedule for July:

ESPN Broadcast Information
Regular Season
DateTimeAwayHomeESPN Network
Saturday, June 283:00pm ETMontrealCalgaryESPN2, WatchESPN
Saturday, July 53:00pm ETSaskatchewanTorontoESPN2, WatchESPN
Friday, July 1110:00pm ETOttawaEdmontonESPNNEWS, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 178:30pm ETEdmontonWinnipegESPN2, WatchESPN
Friday, July 1810:00pm ETHamiltonCalgaryESPN2, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 249:00pm ETCalgaryEdmontonESPN2, WatchESPN
Satuday, July 2610:00pm ETTorontoSaskatchewanESPN2, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 317:00pm ETWinnipegHamiltonESPN, WatchESPN

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:52 PM on June 27

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Not many points handed out last night, I guess.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:31 PM on June 27

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

cixelsyd, not sure about the Sirius channel. That's very weird. Googling has not produced much either.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 AM on June 26

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Toronto by 14
Calgary by 16
Edmonton by 3
Saskatchewan by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 AM on June 26

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

Four hundred years ago, Jacques Cartier accientally sat down on his son's soccer ball, squishing it into a now-familiar oblong shape. "Putain ce football!" he cried, drop-kicking it into oblivion. And Canada's national summer pastime starting with F was born.

We honour his memory each summer by picking the outcome of each and every one of the 7,235 CFL games. And now you can too!

THE SEASON - When we do it

The season kicks off this Friday night holy crap, TOMORROW 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 occasional game is available on the NFL Network, and in the past all games appeared on ESPN3, but they don't seem to have released a confirmed broadcast sked yet. And if you're somewhere else, you'll have to resort to Sirius on the satellite radio dial.

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:

  • Picked the winner? You get 1 point.
  • Picked the winner, and a spread within the Margin of Error? You get 2 points.
  • Picked the winner, and you nailed the spread right on? You get 3 points.
  • Didn't pick the winner, but nailed the spread right on? You get 1 point.

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)

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:

Actual Spread Margin Starts at Margin Ends at
111
435
759
11814
201426

So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:

OutcomeYour score
Toronto by 202 points (winner + spread within MoE)
Toronto by 101 point (winner only)
Toronto by 153 points (winner + nailed spread)
Hamilton by 151 point (nailed spread only)
Hamilton by 430 points (and deservedly so)

Any questions?

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.

Toronto Argonauts (Preview) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) - Thursday, June 26, 8:30pm

Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Saturday, June 28, 3:00pm

Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 28, 6:00pm

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) - Sunday, June 29, 7:00pm

NEW TEAM ALERT! The capital returns to the fold, as the Ottawa Redblacks get a first-week bye this week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:36 AM on June 25

Expanded Replay Makes Debut in Baseball

It was a bit disheartening to see the gaming of the challenge system so quickly on display in yesterday's games, stuff like "turning the ump".

I'm all for replay but I think an NHL-style fifth-umpire system would be better for everyone.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:34 PM on April 01

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Well, Hamilton put up some points, but in the end they were just plain overwhelmed by the Prairie boys. Saskatchewan has a record-setting 24 points in the second quarter to make it all but inevitable, aided largely by Kory Sheets' MVP-calibre 197 yards on the ground.

HAM @ SSKMVP BonusO/UTiebreaker
ResultSaskatchewan by 22SheetsOver37.6
Margin of Error15 to 29

Three-way tie at the top so we go to tiebreaker, and it's a familiar name ending up on top. cixelsyd has a perfect week AND hits the tiebreaker to sweep all 2013 SpoFi CFL Pick 'Ems. Double congratulations to cixelsyd!

At the other end, tommytrump's pick of Hamilton by 21 nets very few points indeed, resulting in a well-deserved Costanza. Congratulations!

SpoFiteHAM @ SSKSMVPO/UTiebreaker Diff.PointsTotal Points
cixelsydSaskatchewan17SheetsOver1.448
ic23bSaskatchewan21 Over3.438
Ying Yang MafiaSaskatchewan Over5.428
JPR Over4.416
DrJohnEvansSaskatchewan Sheets 5.926
bender Over4.315
goddamSaskatchewan Over4.425
ReeverSaskatchewan 10.414
argoalSaskatchewan 2.213
jjzucal Over6.413
tommytrump Over10.412

Thanks to all for a fantastic 2013, and we'll see you next June on the road to Vancouver!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:18 PM on November 27

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Saskatchewan by 14
Sheets
Under
43.5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:20 PM on November 24

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Oh right, the too many men penalty. That was classic.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:22 AM on November 21

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Toronto comes out strong, but falls apart in the second half as Hamilton books their trip to Regina. Meanwhile, the Team of Destiny runs roughshod over the Stamps, and the 'Riders get to play a Grey Cup at home.

In hot bonus action, Saskatchewan nets 536 yards of combined offence to lead the way. And there were exactly seven fumbles in the two division finals, so the unders squeak out a point.

HAM @ TORSSK @ CGYOWC BonusTurnovers Bonus
ResultHamilton by 12Saskatchewan by 22536Under
Margin of Error8 to 1615 to 29

YYM misses one game but hits both bonus questions to jump into first place.

SpoFiteHAM @ TORSSSK @ CGYSOWC BonusTurnoversPointsTotal Points
Ying Yang Mafia Saskatchewan SaskatchewanUnder36
ic23bHamilton 15
JPRHamilton Under35
benderHamilton Saskatchewan 24
cixelsydHamilton 14
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan 14
goddamHamilton Saskatchewan 23
Reever Saskatchewan 13
argoal Under12
jjzucal 02
tommytrump 01

Here we go!

THE 101st GREY CUP

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7) (Sunday, November 24)

Hamilton, kicked out of their home stadium and forced to wander in the wilderness, had a wildly inconsistent year, but have managed to pull it together at the right time to charge into the Grey Cup. Saskatchewan, on the other hand, set their sights on this game the moment it was awarded: Grey Cup games at home don't come around all too often, and you'd better be ready for 'em. With the exception of an injury-sparked slump in the September heat, Saskatchewan has been gunning hard for this all year.

TSN.ca Grey Cup Preview

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup game.

Over/Under

The points-scored O/U is currently set at 53.5. Will the number of points scored be over or under that mark?

Tiebreaker Bonus

Pick the average yardage for all punts in the Grey Cup game. This is a tiebreaker only and will not be worth any points. Remember, it's Saskatchewan in late November.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:48 PM on November 20

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Toronto by 8
Saskatchewan by 10
Toronto
Over

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 PM on November 13

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Montreal guts it out in the bitter Guelph winds, but Hamilton wins it in overtime to make it to the East final. B.C. comes on strong in Regina, but the Roughriders rides a strong fourth quarter to seal the deal.

MTL @ HAMBC @ SSKKicking TeethPosse
ResultHamilton by 3Saskatchewan by 4MiloUnder
Margin of Error2 to 43 to 5

Milo kicks a solid seventeen points to easily take the bonus and make the difference in the standings.

SpoFiteCGY @ EDMSTOR @ WPGSBC @ SSKHAM @ MTLPointsTotal Points
ic23bHamilton2Saskatchewan Milo 54
cixelsyd Saskatchewan3Milo 33
DrJohnEvansHamilton Saskatchewan Under33
JPRHamilton Saskatchewan Under33
Ying Yang MafiaHamilton Saskatchewan Milo 33
bender MiloUnder22
jjzucalHamilton Saskatchewan 22
Reever 3 4 22
argoal Under11
goddam Saskatchewan 11
tommytrump Saskatchewan 11

The favourites win out the semis, and ride into town as the underdogs.

DIVISION FINALS

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) @ Toronto Argonauts (11-7) (Sunday, November 10)

Lookit this! Henry Burris and Ricky Ray, so long the faces of the Battle of Alberta, are now representing in the Battle of Ontario. Ray's solid year was interrupted by injury, but returned to put up career highs in his last game of the season. Burris led the league in passing yardage, but seemed to struggle in last week's semi. The Argos have lost star RB Chad Kackert to ankle surgery, but Jerious Norwood is ready to fill in once again. Make no mistake: under the closed SkyDome, this one will be all about the offence.

TSN.ca Eastern Final Preview

Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7) @ Calgary Stampeders (14-4) (Sunday, November 10)

Both these teams feature league-leading running backs: Kory Sheets for the 'Riders and Jon Cornish for the Stamps. And given that the forecast calls for fog (?) and a high of -14 Celsius (!), they'll get plenty of work in. As for the passing game: veteran Kevin Glenn is trying to finally get over the Grey Cup hump, while it may just be the legs and not arm of Darian Durant that take the 'Riders back home.

TSN.ca Western Final Preview

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the team whose offence will have the greatest combined yardage in Sunday's games.

Turnovers Kill Ya Bonus

Last week there were 7 fumbles in the semi-final games. Given the weather and the teams involved, I'm setting the over/under for this week at 7.5. Pick whether the total number of fumbles this Sunday will be OVER or UNDER that number. All fumbles count, regardless of who recovered the ball.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 PM on November 13

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

Five minutes into the third quarter and HAM boots a FG to make it 3-2. The over is not looking good today.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:46 PM on November 10

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

Hamilton by 10
Saskatchewan by 11
Luuuuuuuca Congi
Big ol' under

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:55 PM on November 09

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

Montreal Alouettes (8-10) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) (Sunday, November 10)

This is a surprisingly intriguing match-up: each of these two teams has had moments of brilliance followed by moments of horror. Montreal has suffered through season-changing injuries, but those injuries have also allowed young stars like QB Troy Smith to shine. Hamilton's veteran corps have struggled to maintain any sort of consistency, grinding out tough games one week and dropping easy matches the next. The record and home field (albeit in Guelph) give Hamilton the edge on paper, but I don't think anybody really knows what this Montreal team is capable of.

TSN.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview

B.C. Lions (11-7) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7) (Sunday, November 10)

This is the semi that's been destined to happen since bye week. Saskatchewan got off to a hot start and cooled down, B.C. tripped out of the gate but caught up. The Roughriders have been grooming themselves for a Grey Cup run this year, while the Lions have been working through patchwork lineups and quarterback controversies. Yet here they are, with matching records, meeting in the semi-final. Saskatchewan's got a clear edge with home field and RB Kory Sheets healthy again, but B.C. isn't going down without a fight.

TSN.ca Western Semi-Final Preview

Kick 'Em In The Teeth 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.

2013 Kicking Stats

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 105.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?

Example pick: Montreal by 21, B.C. by 14, McCallum, Over.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:51 PM on November 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Montreal's A-team scratches out a victory against Toronto's scrubs. Calgary fields some regulars but comes up short in Vancouver. Hamilton finally puts Winnipeg's season out of its misery, and Edmonton gets it done in Regina.

MTL @ TORCGY @ BCHAM @ WPGEDM @ SSK
ResultMontreal by 3B.C. by 19Hamilton by 30Edmonton by 4
Margin of Error2 to 413 to 2521 to 393 to 5

Ying Yang Mafia and argoal put up a valiant fight, but cixelsyd makes every one of his points count and hangs on for the victory. Congratulations, cixelsyd!

At the other end, jjzucal was hanging in there with the rest of us until the bottom dropped out a couple weeks ago for a well-deserved Costanza. Congratulations!

SpoFiteMTL @ TORSCGY @ BCSHAM @ WPGSEDM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
cixelsyd B.C. 167
Ying Yang Mafia B.C.19Hamilton 465
argoalMontreal3B.C. Edmonton3664
tommytrump B.C. Edmonton4462
MrFrisby Hamilton 159
Reever Edmonton 159
ic23b Hamilton Edmonton 258
benderMontreal3 Edmonton 456
DrJohnEvans B.C. 156
JPRMontreal B.C. Hamilton 356
goddam 3B.C. Hamilton 355
jjzucal B.C.17 251

Thanks for another fantastic year, folks. Semi-finals are next weekend, so stay tuned for the Playoff Pick 'Em!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:47 PM on November 04