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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Ottawa by 10
Hamilton by 1
Edmonton by 8
B.C. by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:24 AM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

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.

ResultCalgary by 2Edmonton by 6Toronto by 9Saskatchewan by 12
Margin of Error1 to 34 to 86 to 128 to 16

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.

SpoFiteCGY @ WPGSBC @ EDMSTOR @ OTTSMTL @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneCalgary Edmonton 12354
argoalCalgary Edmonton Toronto 349
JPRCalgary3Edmonton4 446
tahoemjCalgary Edmonton Toronto8 444
benderCalgary Edmonton6 Saskatchewan 542
cixelsydCalgary Edmonton 240
rcadeCalgary Edmonton 240
ReeverCalgary Edmonton7 339
ic23bCalgary Edmonton 237
tommytrumpCalgary Edmonton Toronto 337
rumple Edmonton5 Saskatchewan11435
goddamCalgary Edmonton8 334
jjzucalCalgary Edmonton 12330
DrJohnEvans Edmonton 129
owlhouseCalgary Edmonton Toronto7 428
Ying Yang Mafia 6 126

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?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:13 AM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

(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

Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Edmonton by 21
Ottawa by 7
Montreal by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:05 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

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.

ResultCalgary by 12Edmonton by 7Ottawa by 3Montreal by 21
Margin of Error8 to 165 to 92 to 415 to 27

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.

SpoFiteBC @ CGYSEDM @ HAMSOTT @ SSKSWPG @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneCalgary Ottawa Montreal 351
argoalCalgary8 Ottawa Montreal 446
JPRCalgary 7Ottawa3 Montreal 642
tahoemjCalgary16 Ottawa Montreal 440
cixelsydCalgary10 Ottawa 338
rcadeCalgary9 7Ottawa3 Montreal 738
bender Edmonton5 237
ReeverCalgary Montreal 236
ic23bCalgary14 Ottawa Montreal 435
tommytrumpCalgary Ottawa Montreal 334
goddam Edmonton 131
rumpleCalgary Montreal 231
DrJohnEvans Ottawa 128
jjzucalCalgary 3Montreal 327
Ying Yang Mafia Ottawa Montreal 225
owlhouse Edmonton Ottawa 224

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:46 AM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

B.C. by 7
Hamilton by 21
Ottawa by 7
Winnipeg by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:30 AM on September 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

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.

ResultHamilton by 8Winnipeg by 15Edmonton by 11Ottawa by 13
Margin of Error6 to 1011 to 208 to 149 to 17

Folks, do we have ourselves a race here? argoal nails the Hamilton win for a five-point week, shaving jags' lead down to six.

SpoFiteHAM @ TORSSSK @ WPGSCGY @ EDMSOTT @ BCSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneHamilton Winnipeg Edmonton 348
argoalHamilton8 Edmonton Ottawa 542
tahoemjHamilton 136
JPRHamilton10Winnipeg Edmonton 436
bender Winnipeg14Edmonton 335
cixelsydHamilton Edmonton Ottawa 335
ReeverHamilton Winnipeg Ottawa 334
ic23bHamilton 131
rcadeHamilton Ottawa10331
tommytrump Winnipeg Edmonton Ottawa15431
goddamHamilton Ottawa9330
rumple Edmonton Ottawa11329
DrJohnEvansHamilton Winnipeg 227
jjzucal Winnipeg12Edmonton9 424
Ying Yang Mafia Winnipeg 123
owlhouse Winnipeg15Edmonton 422

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:11 AM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Hamilton by 21
Winnipeg by 3
Calgary by 18
BC by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:32 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

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.

ResultB.C. by 9Saskatchewan by 18Hamilton by 30Calgary by 9
Margin of Error6 to 1213 to 2321 to 396 to 12

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!

SpoFiteBC @ MTLSWPG @ SSKSTOR @ HAMSEDM @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Hamilton Calgary 245
argoal Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 337
tahoemj Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary9 535
benderB.C.8Saskatchewan 332
cixelsyd Hamilton Calgary10332
JPR Hamilton Calgary 232
ReeverB.C.7Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary8631
ic23b 030
rcade Calgary8228
goddam Hamilton Calgary 227
tommytrump Calgary 127
rumple Calgary 126
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan Hamilton21Calgary 425
Ying Yang Mafia Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 322
jjzucal Hamilton 120
owlhouseB.C.7 218
Howard_T 013

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?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:34 PM on September 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

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.

ResultMontreal by 3Edmonton by 23Calgary by 28Ottawa by 22
Margin of Error2 to 416 to 3020 to 3615 to 29

A rare goose egg for jags as argoal closes to 9 points out does that count as drama?

jagsnumberone 043
argoalMontreal Edmonton Calgary 334
JPR Ottawa 130
tahoemj Ottawa 130
ic23b Edmonton Calgary Ottawa 330
benderMontreal Edmonton 229
cixelsyd Edmonton Ottawa 229
rcade Edmonton Calgary Ottawa 326
tommytrumpMontreal Calgary Ottawa 326
goddam Calgary 125
Reever Calgary 125
rumple Edmonton Ottawa17325
DrJohnEvans Calgary 121
jjzucal Edmonton 119
Ying Yang Mafia Ottawa20219
owlhouseMontreal Edmonton 216
Howard_T 013

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?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:36 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hamilton by 21
Toronto by 8
Calgary by 11
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:22 PM on August 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

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.

ResultMontreal by 10Hamilton by 29Calgary by 3Toronto by 6
Margin of Error7 to 1320 to 382 to 44 to 8

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.

SpoFiteMTL @ BCSHAM @ EDMSCGY @ SSKSOTT @ TORSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneMontreal Hamilton Calgary Toronto 443
argoal Hamilton Calgary Toronto 331
JPR Hamilton Calgary Toronto 329
tahoemj Hamilton Calgary Toronto7429
ic23b Hamilton Calgary Toronto 327
benderMontreal8Hamilton Calgary Toronto 527
cixelsydMontreal Hamilton Calgary Toronto8527
goddamMontreal Hamilton 224
Reever Hamilton Calgary Toronto7424
rcade 023
tommytrump Calgary Toronto8323
rumple Calgary Toronto 222
DrJohnEvans Hamilton Toronto 220
jjzucal 018
Ying Yang Mafia Hamilton Calgary Toronto 317
owlhouse Toronto 114
Howard_T 013

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:01 AM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Reever did an excellent job with the sum-ups and previews, so let's move right on to the results for last week.

ResultEdmonton by 3Toronto by 7Hamilton by 30Calgary by 45
Margin of Error2 to 45 to 921 to 3932 to 59

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!

SpoFiteEDM @ MTLSTOR @ WPGSBC @ HAMSOTT @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneEdmonton3 Toronto Hamilton21Calgary 739
argoalEdmonton2Toronto Hamilton Calgary 528
JPR 3Toronto Hamilton Calgary 426
tahoemjEdmonton Toronto6Hamilton 425
ic23bEdmonton Toronto6Hamilton Calgary 524
rcade Toronto Calgary 223
benderEdmonton2Toronto 322
goddamEdmonton4 Hamilton 322
cixelsydEdmonton Toronto Hamilton Calgary 422
rumple Calgary 120
Reever Toronto8Hamilton 320
tommytrumpEdmonton Toronto Hamilton Calgary 420
DrJohnEvansEdmonton Hamilton Calgary 318
jjzucalEdmonton Toronto Hamilton 318
Ying Yang MafiaEdmonton Calgary 214
Howard_T 013
owlhouseEdmonton Toronto9 313

Good luck! With the picks you already made, that is.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:37 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 7
Winnipeg by 10
Hamilton by 8
Calgary by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:18 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

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.

ResultB.C. by 3Ottawa by 3Toronto by 4Hamilton by 30
Margin of Error2 to 42 to 43 to 521 to 39

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.

SpoFiteEDM @ BCSMTL @ OTTSSSK @ TORSWPG @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Ottawa4Toronto Hamilton 432
argoal Toronto Hamilton 223
JPR Ottawa3Toronto3Hamilton 622
tahoemj Toronto Hamilton 221
rcade Ottawa4Toronto Hamilton 421
bender Toronto 119
rumple Toronto Hamilton 219
goddam Toronto Hamilton 219
ic23b Toronto Hamilton 219
cixelsyd 018
Reever Ottawa3 Toronto4 Hamilton 717
tommytrumpB.C. Ottawa Toronto Hamilton 416
DrJohnEvans Toronto Hamilton 215
jjzucal Ottawa Toronto4 415
Howard_TB.C. Toronto4 Hamilton 213
Ying Yang Mafia Toronto Hamilton 212
owlhouse Ottawa Toronto 210

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.)

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:52 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Toronto by 12
Hamilton by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:46 PM on August 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

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.

ResultWinnipeg by 10Edmonton by 25Calgary by 3Hamilton by 16
Margin of Error7 to 1318 to 332 to 411 to 21

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.)

SpoFiteBC @ WPGSSSK @ EDMSMTL @ CGYSTOR @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Edmonton Calgary3Hamilton 528
argoalWinnipeg Edmonton 3Hamilton 421
tahoemj Edmonton Calgary3Hamilton 519
benderWinnipeg Edmonton 3Hamilton15518
cixelsyd Edmonton Calgary3Hamilton 518
rcadeWinnipeg8 Hamilton 317
rumple Edmonton29 Hamilton 317
goddamWinnipeg9Edmonton18 417
ic23b Edmonton Calgary3 417
JPR Edmonton 3Hamilton 316
DrJohnEvans Edmonton Calgary Hamilton 313
tommytrumpWinnipeg Edmonton 212
jjzucal Edmonton 3 211
Reever Edmonton Calgary 210
Ying Yang MafiaWinnipeg10 Edmonton 410
Howard_T Edmonton Hamilton 28
owlhouse Edmonton21 28

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:13 PM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Thanks rcade! The sacrifice is appreciated.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:49 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

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.

ResultOttawa by 3Toronto by 3Edmonton by 29Hamilton by 10
Margin of Error2 to 42 to 420 to 387 to 13

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.

SpoFiteCGY @ OTTSTOR @ BCSWPG @ EDMSHAM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone 3Toronto4Edmonton Hamilton9623
argoal Toronto2 Hamilton 317
tahomj Edmonton 114
rcade Hamilton 114
rumple Edmonton 114
bender Hamilton 113
goddam Edmonton 113
cixelsyd Toronto Hamilton 213
JPRCalgary 3Edmonton Hamilton 413
ic23bOttawa3 Edmonton Hamilton 513
DrJohnEvans Hamilton 110
tommytrump Toronto Edmonton Hamilton 310
jjzucal Toronto Edmonton Hamilton 39
Reever 08
Howard_T 39
owlhouse Edmonton 16
Ying Yang Mafia Edmonton Hamilton 16

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.


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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:51 PM on July 27

Jose Bautista calls out Colin Cowherd for insipid remarks about Dominican ballplayers

Just going to leave this here.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on July 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 21
B.C. by 7
Winnipeg by 4
Hamilton by 2

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:00 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Hamilton comes up short in a defensive battle in Montreal, while Edmonton puts together a big fourth quarter to take down Ottawa at home. Things are a little closer out west: B.C. holds off a late 'Rider comeback, while Calgary completes the comeback with a one-point victory against Winnipeg.

ResultMontreal by 4Edmonton by 11B.C. by 3Calgary by 1
Margin of Error3 to 58 to 142 to 41 to 1

jags' streak of picking winners come to a close, but he still gets points in every game to rack up a healthy six enough to pull away from the pack and pad a three-point lead.

SpoFiteHAM @ MTLSEDM @ OTTSBC @ SSKSWPG @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone 4Edmonton10B.C.2Calgary 617
argoal Edmonton9 Calgary 314
tahoemj 4Edmonton 213
rcadeMontreal Edmonton8B.C. Calgary 513
rumpleMontreal5Edmonton B.C.4Calgary 213
benderMontreal Edmonton Calgary 312
goddamMontreal4Edmonton12 3 612
cixelsyd Edmonton10 Calgary 311
DrJohnEvans Edmonton12 Calgary 39
JPRMontreal2 3Calgary 49
ic23b Edmonton Calgary 28
Reever Edmonton10 3Calgary 48
tommytrump Calgary 17
Howard_T 06
jjzucal Calgary 56
owlhouseMontreal Edmonton 25
Ying Yang Mafia Edmonton 3 24

With one-fifth of the season behind us, we finally have enough data to start constructing accurate narratives. Of course, I'll probably still make up most of this.


Calgary @ Ottawa (Friday, July 24)
Two teams headed in opposite directions: Calgary's won two in a row and looks comfortable atop the West, while Ottawa's lost two straight and is having a tough time looking cohesive. Big money is on Calgary, but those in search of excitement may want to take the underdog.

Toronto @ BC (Friday, July 24)
This one's a bit more even: two 2-1 teams who have maybe given up a few more points than they'd like, but have good results to show for it. Vancouver is a tough place for visiting teams, but if Toronto has good luck out west, it won't be the first time.

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Saturday, July 25)
After a rough start, Edmonton has started to find its footing, while Winnipeg is probably lucky to be 2-2 that's not a great setup for anyone heading into Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton gets the edge here until proven otherwise.

Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, July 26)
Remember a couple years back, when Saskatchewan started the season 5-0? They're one good Zach Collaros start away from starting this year 0-5. Ouch.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:08 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

We'll miss you, Howard_T, but sounds like a great cause. Have an excellent time!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:47 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 8
Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 4
Calgary by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:20 PM on July 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Life is tougher for the East this week. Ottawa's dream of an undefeated season comes to an abrupt halt in Edmonton.
Winnipeg hangs on to scratch out a win against Montreal. B.C. needs a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Riders,
and Calgary holds off an Argo comeback to win at home.

ResultEdmonton by 29Winnipeg by 2B.C. by 3Calgary by 5
Margin of Error20 to 381 to 32 to 44 to 7

jags and tahoe grab four points each to stay in first - but they have company! argoal nails his second spread in as many weeks to join the first-place tie.

SpoFiteOTT @ EDMSMTL @ WPGSSSK @ BCSTOR @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 411
tahoemjEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 411
argoalEdmonton Winnipeg2 3Calgary 611
benderEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. 39
cixelsydEdmonton 3Calgary 38
rcadeEdmonton B.C. Calgary 38
rumple Winnipeg B.C. 27
Howard_T 06
goddam B.C.4 26
ic23bEdmonton 3 26
tommytrumpEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 46
DrJohnEvansEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 46
JPR 3 15
jjzucal Winnipeg Calgary 25
Reever 04
owlhouseEdmonton B.C. 23
Ying Yang Mafia B.C. 12

Nothing like a couple of early-season home-and-homes to really get the grudges rolling.


Hamilton @ Montreal (Thursday, July 16)
The Ti-Cats, fresh off a bye, roll into Montreal, fresh off hoping that Rakeem Cato can do the job. After a sparkling 3-TD debut, Cato was held off the board last week, but kept his team in the game with 317 yards thrown. Montreal hopes he can keep that up, because there's noone else to play.

Edmonton @ Ottawa (Friday, July 17)
There's no sugar-coating it: Ottawa was flat-out embarrassed in Edmonton last week. But most of the damage was done early in the game - the second half was almost respectable. Ottawa hopes to build off that heading into the second half of the home-and-home.

B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Friday, July 17)
Here's the definition of tough luck: Saskatchewan is 0-3, but only -9 in season points differential. With the home winds on their side this week, they're looking for some lucky breaks to start going their way.

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, July 18)
Here's an early battle of division leaders, and nearly the only two teams who still have their preferred starting quarterbacks. Calgary's been the legacy favourite for a while now, but this could be a statement game for Winnipeg as they try to finish off their rebuild.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 AM on July 15

The Ashes. Explained.

Enjoyed this. Thanks!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:49 PM on July 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 9
Winnipeg by 5
B.C. by 10
Calgary by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:51 AM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

How about that East Division? Hamilton spanks Winnipeg, Montreal easily handles Calgary, Ottawa makes it look easy against B.C., and Toronto bends-but-doesn't-break its way to a double OT win in Saskatchewan.

ResultHamilton by 26Montreal by 18Ottawa by 11Toronto by 2
Margin of Error18 to 3413 to 238 to 141 to 3

jags and tahoe both get points in every game, jumping into a tie for first.

SpoFiteHAM @ WPGSCGY @ MTLSBC @ OTTSTOR @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneHamilton Montreal Ottawa Toronto 47
tahoemjHamilton Montreal Ottawa8Toronto 57
bender Montreal16 26
Howard_THamilton Montreal Toronto 36
cixelsydHamilton Toronto 25
rumple Montreal Toronto 25
rcadeHamilton Ottawa Toronto 35
argoalHamilton Toronto245
goddam Montreal Toronto 24
Reever Toronto324
JPRHamilton Toronto 24
ic23bHamilton Toronto334
jjzucalHamilton Toronto333
tommytrump Toronto 12
DrJohnEvans Toronto 12
owlhouse 01
Ying Yang Mafia 01

Some short but sweet streaks will get stress-tested in Week 3. Say that three times fast!


Ottawa @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 9)
Everyone who thought Ottawa would be 2-0 to start the season, raise your hands. Now everybody who thinks Edmonton can contend without a healthy Mike Reilly at QB, raise your hands. Something's gotta give here.

Montreal @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 10)
The story with these 1-1 teams is their two young quarterbacks with rising star power: Drew Willy for Winnipeg and Jonathan Crompton Dan LeFevour Rakeem Cato? Who the heck is Rakeem Cato? And he threw three touchdowns against Calgary last week? I got nothing.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Friday, July 10)
Who thought this would be an early battle of the basement? It's early, but both teams need their D to step up in order to notch the first W.

Toronto @ Calgary (Monday, July 13)
Toronto continues their Magical Mystery Pam Am Games Road Trip with a stop in Calgary, who just got flat-out embarrassed last week. But the big question is: do you believe in Trevor Harris?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:40 PM on July 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Winnipeg by 5
Calgary by 9
B.C. by 21
Toronto by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:52 PM on July 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Holy upsets, Batman! Montreal suffers two QB injuries in-game, and Ottawa takes advantage with the comeback win. Calgary needs a time-expiring field goal to come from behind to send Hamilton packing. Edmonton can't get it done in their backyard, losing both the game and QB Mike Reilly as Toronto prevails. And Winnipeg walzes into Regina and wins! (Oh, and Saskatchewan loses star QB Darian Durant for the year. That's bad, right?)

ResultOttawa by 4Calgary by 1Toronto by 15Winnipeg by 4
Margin of Error3 to 51 to 111 to 203 to 5

Three upsets make points tough to come by, but bender's lucky coin leads the way with four points.

bender Calgary Toronto18Winnipeg 44
cixelsyd Calgary Winnipeg333
rumple Calgary Winnipeg533
Howard_T Calgary Winnipeg533
jagsnumberone 1Toronto Winnipeg 33
goddam Calgary 422
Reever Calgary Toronto 22
rcade Calgary Winnipeg 22
tahoemj Calgary Toronto 22
JPR Calgary 422
ic23b Calgary 11
owlhouse Calgary 11
tommytrump Calgary 11
DrJohnEvans Calgary 11
Ying Yang Mafia Toronto 11
argoal Calgary 11
jjzucal 00

Week Two: everyone moves one spot to their left, except for Edmonton which heads home to lick its wounds.


Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 2)
After three years with no playoff appearances, Winnipeg may just be on the verge of contending again, but they'll have to string together a couple in a row before we believe it. Coming off a tough last-minute loss, Hamilton is hoping that the rebuild in the 'Peg isn't quite finished yet.

Calgary @ Montreal (Friday, July 3)
Here are two 0-1 teams which everyone expected to be 1-0. Calgary's the stronger team, but Montreal's no slouch, and they should have QB Jonathan Crompton back after suffering a shoulder bruise last week, which should at least make things interesting.

B.C. @ Ottawa (Saturday, July 4)
The last time Travis Lulay visited Ottawa, he shredded his shoulder and ended his season. I'm no expert, but he's probably hoping for a slightly better outcome now. On the other sideline, do you believe in the Redblacks' sophomore streak?

Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, July 5)
Toronto hopes that the Trevor Harris Magic continues for another week. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan looks to rebound after a nasty loss last week - with 834-year-old Kevin Glenn taking the snaps.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:53 PM on June 29

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 14
Calgary by 21
Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:56 PM on June 23

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

Kings and queens, prime ministers, Arctic ice; all these things come and go with the ages. But Canadian football is forever. Well, except in Ottawa, where it's a bit intermittent. And in the States... well, let's not dwell too much on that. In any case, we honour this eternal tradition in two ways: one, making sure we put back the "u" in "honour" when autocorrect takes it away, and two, picking the outcome of every game on the CFL schedule.

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 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 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:

  • 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

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.

Ottawa Redblacks (Preview) @ Montreal Alouettes (Preview) - Thursday, June 25, 7:30pm

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Friday, June 26, 9:00pm

Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) "@" Toronto Argonauts (Preview) - Saturday, June 27, 5:00pm - NOTE: GAME NOT ACTUALLY IN TORONTO BUT IN NORTHERN ALBERTA I KNOW WTF

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) - Saturday, June 27, 8:00pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:41 PM on June 22

NFL Moves PAT Kicks Back to 15-Yard Line

The CFL made a similar rule change earlier this year, pushing back points-after by 20 yards. But what's interesting (and to grum's point) is that they've pushed UP two-point conversions by two yards. The goal was to reduce the single-point success rate and encourage more two-point conversions.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:54 PM on May 19

The gym on the Titanic, and other early 19th century ocean liners.

Fun! Thanks for the link.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:32 PM on March 22

Is Charlie Brown the Worst Manager Ever?

This is great.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:08 AM on March 04

New MLB Commissioner: We May Ban Defensive Shifts

Dave Cameron did a pretty good job of summarizing the entire Internet's reaction to this: shifts aren't to blame for the drop in offence.

The primary culprit is the strike zone's out-of-control growth.

It's incredibly frustrating that new rules are being spitballed, when all the solutions to the game's problems already exist in the rulebook. Call the zone correctly, enforce the 12-second pitch rule without any stupid clocks, and you're golden.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:42 PM on January 27

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Calgary jumps out to a big early lead, but Hamilton throws up a late first-half TD to make things interesting. Calgary then busts out the Rich Stubler bend-but-don't-break defence, stifling Hamilton in the red zone as they kick 3 field goals to make it close. With the fourth-quarter clock at 1:12 and ticking down, Calgary punts to Brandon Banks, who runs a spectacular 90 yards for the go-ahead touchdown—which is heartbreakingly called back on an illegal block. Calgary makes the most of it and hangs on for the Grey Cup win.

HAM @ CGYMVP BonusO/U Bonus
ResultCalgary by 4MitchellUnder
Margin of Error3 to 5

Points were tough to come by, but ic23b capitalizes on his early lead, and only needs two points to take the crown, no tiebreaker needed. Congratulations!

And in the other corner, with back-to-back Costanzas to his name, it's bender! Well (?) done.

SpoFiteHAM @ CGYSMVPO/UPointsTotal Points
ic23bCalgary Mitchell 29
Howard_TCalgary Mitchell 28
DrJohnEvansCalgary Mitchell 28
cixelsydCalgary 18
JPRCalgary4 Mitchell 48
ReeverCalgary 17
argoalCalgary Mitchell 27
owlhouseCalgary MitchellUnder37
goddamCalgary Mitchell 26
tommytrump 04
grum@workCalgary 13
bender Under11

Thanks again to each and every one of you for playing along. See y'all in June!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:27 PM on December 03

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 18
590 yards

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:36 PM on November 28

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Also! Want to watch the game? Here's how.

In short: TSN in Canada, ESPN2 in the States, streaming on TSN GO.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:43 PM on November 27

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Big second quarters from the home teams put both games out of reach early. Hamilton rides its special teams to a convincing win over Montreal, and Calgary rides the arm of Bo Levi Mitchell, who throws for 4 TDs to send the Esks packing.

In bonus action, the aforementioned Bo Levi edges Jonathan Crompton for the yardage crown, while Edmonton's three sacks carry the day (if not the win).

ResultHamilton by 16Calgary by 25MitchellEdmonton
Margin of Error11 to 2118 to 33

The on-field games may have been blowouts, but here in the Pick 'Em we're all about keeping it close. A tie for first, and a three-way tie for third. Nothing's been settled yet!

SpoFiteMTL @ HAMSEDM @ CGYSOWC BonusDWC BonusPointsTotal Points
cixelsydHamilton13Calgary 37
ic23bHamilton Calgary Mitchell 37
DrJohnEvansHamilton Calgary Mitchell 36
Howard_THamilton17Calgary18 46
ReeverHamilton11Calgary MitchellEdmonton56
argoalHamilton 15
goddam Edmonton14
owlhouse Edmonton14
JPRHamilton Calgary 24
tommytrumpHamilton17Calgary 14
rcade 03
grum@work Calgary 12
bender 00

And here we go!


Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-9) @ Calgary Stampeders (15-3) (Sunday, November 30)

I could talk about a lot of things in previewing this game. I could talk about Calgary's deep offence or Hamilton's tough defence. I could talk about Calgary's sterling record in a tough division despite suffering through serious injuries, or Hamilton battling back from a tough start to just barely make the playoffs. But for me, this game comes down to one thing: two great young quarterbacks, Bo Levi Mitchell and Zach Collaros, getting a chance to ply their trade indoors, in the biggest game of the year. Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.


The points-scored O/U for the Grey Cup is currently set at 52.5. 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: Hamilton by 21, Cornish, Under, 500.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:41 PM on November 27

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Hamilton by 10 and hoping I'm wrong
Calgary by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:31 AM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

So much for Western dominance: Montreal piles on the points to send B.C. packing. Things are a bit tighter in Edmonton, but despite not scoring an offensive touchdown, the Esks find an early lead and never look back.

Special teams wins the day in Edmonton, as 12 of the Eskimos' 18 points come off the boot of Hugh O'Neill. And despite Saskatchewan's attempts to keep scoring low, Montreal's blowout ensure that we hit the over - although only by 5 points!

BC @ MTLSSK @ EDMKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultMontreal by 33Edmonton by 8O'NeillOver
Margin of Error23 to 436 to 10

Some familiar faces in familiar positions here: argoal, cixelsyd... bender.

SpoFiteBC @ MTLSSSK @ EDMSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
cixelsydMontreal Edmonton9 Over44
ic23bMontreal Edmonton O'NeillOver44
argoalMontreal Edmonton8 44
DrJohnEvansMontreal Edmonton7 33
goddamMontreal Edmonton Over33
owlhouseMontreal Edmonton Over33
rcadeMontreal Edmonton Over33
Howard_TMontreal Edmonton 22
JPRMontreal Edmonton 22
grum@workMontreal 11
tommytrumpMontreal 11
ReeverMontreal 11
bender 00

It's all going according to form as we move on to the:


Montreal Alouettes (9-9) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-9) (Sunday, November 23)

Here's an even match-up if ever there was one. With the season series tied, and Hamilton breaking the tie on point differential, these two teams have been neck and neck for the past three months. It'll come down to Hamilton's energetic young QB Zach Collaros against Montreal's strong defence. But Hamilton's defence is not so shoddy either, allowing only one point more than Montreal's this season. And on the other hand, Montreal just dropped seven touchdowns in their semi. So this would be a good opportunity to borrow bender's flipping coin. Eastern Final Preview »

Edmonton Eskimos (12-6) @ Calgary Stampeders (15-3) (Sunday, November 23)

Just like they drew it up: the best offence in the league against the stingiest defence in the league. Calgary will bring QB Bo Levi Mitchell and RB Jon Cornish against the Eskimos' strong and healthy d-line. When healthy, Calgary's been the class of the West for the entire year, but we are in November now, and weather can have a huge impact on offense. Keep an eye on that forecast. Western Final Preview »

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardage on Sunday.

2014 Passing Stats »

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the team whose defence will register the most sacks on Sunday.

Example pick: Montreal by 21, Edmonton by 14, Crompton, Calgary.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:11 PM on November 19

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 7
Edmonton by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:01 AM on November 13

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

B.C. Lions (9-9) @ Montreal Alouettes (9-9) (Sunday, November 16)

All season long it's been a story of two divisions, so what better way to kick things off than a crossover? In what was supposed to be a lost year for the Lions, Kevin Glenn has done just enough in what could very well be his last kick at the can. Some key early wins in the West, combined with a bunch of points against the East have given them just enough to make the playoffs. But they're not exactly underdogs against this strange Montreal team, which was 1-7 at midseason, and has put together an incredibly unlikely string of victories at the hands of rookie CFLer Jonathan Crompton. So I have a feeling this one will come down to defence. Eastern Semi-Final Preview »

Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) @ Edmonton Eskimos (12-6) (Sunday, November 16)

Two ambitious teams held back by injuries: Saskatchewan, your defending Grey Cup champions, were off to a hot start and looking to repeat, until they lost star QB Damien Durant at midseason and were forced to bring Kerry Joseph out of retirement. It's been a tough slog for them since, and they come into the playoffs having lost five of their last six games. Edmonton's rising star QB Mike Reilly has kept them in the picture all season long; with a few more breaks, they easily could've taken the division lead. But speaking of breaks, that same Reilly suffered a broken foot bone two weeks ago, and is highly questionable for this game. Western Semi-Final Preview »

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.

2014 Kicking Stats »

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 90.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?

Example pick: Montreal by 21, Saskatchewan by 14, Whyte, Over.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 AM on November 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Toronto digs deep and gets the win, but it's all for naught as Hamilton cruises to victory over Montreal, securing the division title for the Ti-Cats and eliminating the Argos. Out west, B.C. comes up short in a must-win against Calgary, relegating them to crossover status. And in one final bid to generate typos in the 2014 regular season, Saskatchewan wins.

ResultToronto by 18Calgary by 17Hamilton by 14Saskatchewan by 7
Margin of Error13 to 2312 to 2210 to 185 to 9

Well, how 'bout this: argoal hangs onto first, but cixelsyd notches a solid five points to join him, and becomes the Pick 'Em's first repeat winner to boot! How appropriate that in this, the weirdest season of seasons, we conclude with a tie. Congratulations argoal and cixelsyd!

In Constanza land, bender opened the season with a perfect 0-for-12 and never looked back, spending a solid 13 weeks in last place. A well-earned Costanza for the hardest-working nickel in the land. Congratulations, bender!

SpoFiteOTT @ TORSCGY @ BCSMTL @ HAMSEDM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
argoalToronto Saskatchewan 274
cixelsydToronto Calgary Hamilton10 7574
JPR Calgary Hamilton 273
Howard_T Calgary Hamilton11Saskatchewan 470
rcadeToronto Hamilton Saskatchewan 368
Reever Calgary Hamilton 267
ic23bToronto18 Hamilton Saskatchewan 563
goddam Saskatchewan 162
owlhouse 061
DrJohnEvansToronto Hamilton10Saskatchewan 461
tommytrumpToronto Calgary Hamilton16Saskatchewan 561
benderToronto Saskatchewan 252

Thanks to everyone for playing along, and for being a part of one of SportsFilter's most hallowed summer traditions. We here at CFL Pick 'Em Headquarters just couldn't do it without ya.

And of course, stay tuned for the playoff pick 'em!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:21 AM on November 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20

Toronto by 8
B.C. by 12
Hamilton by 10
Saskatchewan by 18

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:22 PM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20

Hamilton overcomes a slow start to beat Ottawa and keep their playoff hopes alive. Winnipeg digs deep for a big win against visiting Calgary. Edmonton accepts the challenge and hands B.C. a beatdown to clinch a home playoff date, while Toronto comes up short in Montreal, and find themselves on the outside looking in.

ResultHamilton by 9Winnipeg by 5Edmonton by 34Montreal by 3
Margin of Error6 to 124 to 724 to 442 to 4

Heading into the final week, argoal maintains his lead. But! JPR is within one, and cixelsyd is within three. Can argoal hang on?

SpoFiteHAM @ OTTSWPG @ CGYSBC @ EDMSTOR @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
argoalHamilton11 Edmonton 372
JPRHamilton Edmonton Montreal4471
cixelsydHamilton7Winnipeg Edmonton Montreal 569
Howard_THamilton8 Montreal 366
rcade Edmonton Montreal 265
ReeverHamilton Edmonton Montreal 365
owlhouse 9 Edmonton Montreal 361
goddamHamilton Winnipeg 5 Montreal2661
ic23bHamilton Montreal4358
DrJohnEvansHamilton10 Edmonton Montreal 457
tommytrump 056
benderHamilton10Winnipeg Montreal 450


Final week! Everything is up for grabs. Except of course for the first two spots in the West.

Ottawa @ Toronto (Friday, November 7)
So here's the deal: Toronto needs to win. That, combined with a Hamilton loss, will get them into the playoffs. BUT Ricky Ray is out with a concussion, and the Argos have been anything but consistent. Can they pull it off?

Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, November 7)
Calgary's got the division title wrapped up and could use some rest. B.C., meanwhile, needs a win to avoid crossing over to the East. Although perhaps that route would be preferable. What would Kevin Glenn do?

Montreal @ Hamilton (Saturday, November 8)
The equation is simple: win and you're in. Lose, and you're not in, unless it's Montreal who loses, in which case both of these teams make the playoffs anyway. BUT if Hamilton wins by more than seven, they claim the division title and a first-round bye. Okay, maybe it's not so simple.

Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, November 8)
Saskatchewan's in the same boat as the Lions. Win and stay in the West, lose and cross over to the East. Edmonton, on the other hand, has locked up a home playoff date, and you can be sure they'll be resting their regulars.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:52 PM on November 05

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