Winnipeg by 10
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 17
Saskatchewan by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:50 PM on August 22
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.
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.
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on August 20
> No pun in ten did.
I enjoyed that.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 AM on August 17
Adam "Twenty-Five True Outcomes" Dunn. Love it.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:54 AM on August 14
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
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.
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.
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?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on August 10
Calgary by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:36 PM on August 09
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!
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!
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:04 AM on August 04
Winnipeg by 10
Montreal by 8
Calgary by 2
Saskatchewan by 21
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:46 AM on July 31
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.
Tough week for points with upsets in Edmonton and B.C., but JPR scrapes out four points to move into a tie for first.
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 AM on July 30
No worries ic23b, I just take the last valid one posted!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:01 AM on July 30
Edmonton by 8
B.C. by 7
Hamilton by 3
Saskatchewan by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:30 PM on July 23
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.
Howard_T picks the Ottawa win to claim sole possession of first place, and hey! bender scored some points.
It's early, but some key matchups this week could determine momentum as we hit the quarter-pole of the season.
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:44 PM on July 20
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
Winnipeg by 5
Toronto by 9
Calgary by 12
B.C. by 3
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:55 AM on July 16
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.
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!
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.
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:51 AM on July 14
Winnipeg by 3
Edmonton by 14
Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 2
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:37 AM on July 11
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.
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?
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:21 AM on July 09
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
Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 4
Edmonton by 11
Sackskatchewan by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 AM on July 03
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.
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.
The second week generally offers a chance to relax and catch one's breath after—HEY LOOKIT THAT IT'S AN EXPANSION TEAM!!!
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:25 PM on July 02
Just saw that, tommytrump. Here's the schedule for July:
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:52 PM on June 27
Not many points handed out last night, I guess.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:31 PM on June 27
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
Toronto by 14
Calgary by 16
Edmonton by 3
Saskatchewan by 9
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 AM on June 26
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:
What's the Margin of Error?
It's a window around the spread that's defined as
spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)
spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)
So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:
So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:
THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start
In lieu of attempting to sum up each team's status in a single sentence, for this opening week I'm just linking to season preview pages for each of 'em.
All times are EDT.
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:36 AM on June 25
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
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.
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!
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
Saskatchewan by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:20 PM on November 24
Oh right, the too many men penalty. That was classic.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:22 AM on November 21
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.
YYM misses one game but hits both bonus questions to jump into first place.
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
Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup game.
The points-scored O/U is currently set at 53.5. Will the number of points scored be over or under that mark?
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:48 PM on November 20
Toronto by 8
Saskatchewan by 10
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 PM on November 13
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.
Milo kicks a solid seventeen points to easily take the bonus and make the difference in the standings.
The favourites win out the semis, and ride into town as the underdogs.
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 PM on November 13
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
Hamilton by 10
Saskatchewan by 11
Big ol' under
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:55 PM on November 09
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:51 PM on November 07
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.
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!
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
Home teams ahoy!
Toronto by 12
B.C. by 10
Winnipeg by 14
Saskatchewan by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:14 PM on October 31
Clinches all around! Ricky Ray has the game of the year, throwing for 500 yards to clinch the division title for Toronto. B.C. does what it says on the tin against Edmonton. Hamilton completes the comeback against Montreal to clinch second place and a home playoff date, while Calgary finishes on the right end of a back-and-forth to clinch the West division and relegate Saskatchewan to second place.
cixelsyd digs deep and scratches out five points to extend his lead to the same margin. Does YYM have a miracle in store?
It's the last week of the season, and all playoff matchups are set. Get ready for a bunch of 65-49 finals.
Montreal @ Toronto (Friday, November 1)
Toronto's going to be resting Ricky Ray, Chad Owens, and a host of regulars, and Montreal will likely do the same. But I'll take Zach Collaros over Tanner Marsh in the Bowl of Awesome Names any day.
Calgary @ B.C. (Friday, November 1)
Rumour has it that Calgary isn't even making the trip to Vancouver—they've just shipped a few boxes of stuffed teddy bears wearing red shirts.
Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Saturday, November 2)
In what might be the most meaningful game this week, Winnipeg is playing for jobs next year, at home. If you haven't picked Winnipeg yet this year, now's your chance.
Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, November 2)
The only winner in this game will be YOU, because you're smart enough not to go to Taylor Field in November.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:10 PM on October 30
Toronto by 7
B.C. by 17
Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 6
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:43 PM on October 23
Also, an update on the surprisingly complete U.S. Broadcast Schedule: looks like NBC Sports is carrying the Toronto game, and ESPN3 has the others. If you can't bear to wait for next week's posts.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:31 AM on October 23
The favourites rule the weekend. Calgary gets it done in Edmonton to all but clinch. Despite struggles from Ricky Ray, Toronto scrapes out a win in Winnipeg to mathematically eliminate the Bombers. Saskatchewan puts on a strong show when it counts to consign the Lions to third place, while Hamilton can't come through when it counts, losing in Montreal to dim their division hopes.
Ying Yang Mafia follows up on his seven points last week with five this week, including two spreads nailed, presenting a fresh challenge to cixelsyd.
Nothing but divisional play from here on, which means there are about eight hundred possible outcomes for the season.
Winnipeg @ Toronto (Thursday, October 24)
Toronto needs another win to clinch the division, and Winnipeg would seem to be an easy target. But that's what we thought last week, and the Argos were lucky to escape with a win.
Edmonton @ B.C. (Friday, October 25)
Welcome to the First Meaningless Bowl of 2013! Edmonton is long eliminated, and B.C. is stuck in third place. If you have a cousin who once played football somewhere for somebody, chances are they'll suit up for this game.
Montreal @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 26)
Here's where the intrigue lies. Hamilton needs to win out to have a chance at winning the division. But a Montreal win pushes them down into third place. Hamilton's been the stronger team, but are they falling apart when they can least afford to?
Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Saturday, October 26)
And here's the highlight of the weekend: Saskatchewan needs to win out in order to keep their division title hopes alive. A Calgary win seals the division for the Stamps. Saskatchewan's three-game win streak versus Calgary's four-gamer. Should be fun!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:27 AM on October 23
Calgary by 14
Toronto by 9
Saskatchewan by 3
Hamilton by 18
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:18 PM on October 18
Calgary reasserts their dominance by taking care of business at home, putting B.C. safely out of the race for the division title. Saskatchewan hangs in there, albeit a little less comfortably than they would've liked. Winnipeg figures if they can't win clean, they might as well win messy. while Hamilton is determined to make the last couple of weeks very interesting in Toronto.
Ying Yang Mafia nails two spreads to present a fresh challenge to cixelsyd. At the other end, we've got a three-way tie in the Costanza race.
Three weeks to go, and boy howdy do we have ourselves some leeeeegit races.
Calgary @ Edmonton (Friday, October 18)
Despite their hot streak, Calgary's fate isn't in their own hands yet. A win against rebuilding Edmonton helps, but they'd still need a Saskatchewan loss to clinch the division.
Toronto @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 19)
Reeling from back-to-back losses to Hamilton, the Argos are quickly burning through that lead they spent the summer padding. Is a trip to Winnipeg just what the doctor ordered?
B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 19)
Ladder wars: if Saskatchewan wins, they still have a shot at the division title and the first round bye. If they lose, they could end up visiting B.C. for that first round playoff game.
Hamilton @ Montreal (Sunday, October 20)
Montreal is still in striking distance of a home playoff game, and they're hosting the team they need to beat to get there. But Hamilton's also the hottest team in the east, and Montreal just lost to freaking Winnipeg.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:03 AM on October 17
Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 17
Montreal by 21
Toronto by 10
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:15 AM on October 11
Well, let's see. The average points per week is 2.5, so let's say cixelsyd ends up with 63 points at the end, which means you'd need 64 to beat him. That's 25 points, which is three 6-points week and one 7-point week. Not impossible, but yes, highly unlikely.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:14 AM on October 11
Toronto's magic streak comes to an end as the Ti-Cats keep their division hopes alive. Saskatchewan guts out a tough win in B.C. to climb back into second place. Montreal staves off crossover fears with a big win in Edmonton, and Calgary pads their lead with a win over Winnipeg.
cixelsyd's lead widens to six points, and with four weeks left, that's starting to look pretty insurmountable.
Canadian Thanksgiving traditionally marks the final stretch of the CFL season, as teams quickly find out which players can and can't resist the temptation of poutine turkey.
B.C. @ Calgary (Friday, October 11)
Calgary's been the superior team in the west, but B.C. has the desparation of a team seeking a playoff edge. Then again, Calgary actually has a quarterback.
Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 12)
Speaking of desparation, Saskatchewan still has a slim chance at the division title and Edmonton's playing out the string. I know where my money is on this one.
Winnipeg @ Montreal (Monday, October 14)
Well, look at this: Montreal's been on a little tear. And Winnipeg's probably not going to put much of a stop to that.
Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, October 14)
Here we go again: Toronto missed a golden opportunity to all but clinch the division last week, but here they get a second kick at the can. And we're getting awfully close to Ricky Ray's return...
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:27 PM on October 09
Toronto by 10
B.C. by 5
Montreal by 17
Calgary by 24
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:41 PM on October 03
B.C. surprises even me at how thoroughly they dominated the Bombers. Calgary does likewise, putting the home team to shame in Guelphilton. Toronto finishes off the best road trip in league history, going 4-4 with four fourth-quarter comeback victories. Back east, Montreal grinds out a much-needed defensive win against the free-falling 'Riders.
cixelsyd keeps pace with the pack, while MrFrisby nails the Montreal spread to jump into contention for second place.
Every single game this week has an impact on the playoff race! (Note that this is not entirely unusual in an eight-team league.)
Hamilton @ Toronto (Friday, October 4)
Despite Toronto's hot streak, the Ti-Cats could theoretically catch them for the division lead, but that makes this week's game a must-win for them. If they lose, Guelph may see its first CFL playoff game in approximately 600 years.
Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Friday, October 4)
Speaking of catching, if Saskatchewan still wants a playoff home game, they're going to have to stop their four-game losing streak. In British Columbia. That's not a task for the faint of heart.
Montreal @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 5)
Montreal's season could go either way. A few wins and they're got a home playoff date. A few losses and they're eliminated via crossover to these very same Edmonton Eskimoes. A win this week takes a crossover off the table, and that's a start.
Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, October 5)
Will Winnipeg win another game this year? Probably not.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on October 03
B.C. by 21
Calgary by 7
Toronto by 11
Saskatchewan by 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:10 AM on September 27
Edmonton narrowly avoids embarrassment by completing the comeback and downing the Bombers. Montreal is not so lucky, losing a wild one to Hamilton out east. Toronto gets it done in Cowtown to run their road record to a league-best 5-1. But the big stunner comes in Regina, as B.C. nails a game-winning field goal with time expiring to push the Riders into third place.
Five spreads nailed in one week? That's a new record. Props to ic23b for a very healthy seven-point week to jump into the middle of the pack.
Vegas bookies are offering excellent odds on snow flurries in at least one of this week's games.
B.C. @ Winnipeg (Friday, September 27)
B.C.'s not entirely sure who their quarterback is, but that hasn't stopped them from winning two in a row. Winnipeg isn't sure who anybody is anymore.
Calgary @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 28)
Calgary's still in first, but not by much, and Hamilton's still trying to lock up that home playoff date. Could be a promising grudge match.
Toronto @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 28)
According to their Pythagorean record, Edmonton should really have a couple more wins to their name. But you can only play Winnipeg so many times in a season.
Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Sunday, September 29)
Two once-proud franchises: one struggling to make it back into the discussion for a home playoff date, one strugging to not fall victim to a crossover. Welcome to the Pity Bowl!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:56 PM on September 26
Edmonton by 8
Hamilton by 4
Calgary by 10
B.C. by 5
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:44 PM on September 20
Hamilton hangs tough out west but can't seal the deal in Calgary. Winnipeg starts up another losing streak in Edmonton. Toronto pulls off another comeback on the road, stunning the Rider faithful. On the other hand, though, Montreal can't repeat their road magic against the Lions.
Three spreads nailed this week, with cixelsyd's five points finally giving him some breathing room in the race.
If past trends hold, Week 13 will be unlucky for roughly half the teams playing.
Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Friday, September 20)
The league rarely makes in-season schedule changes, but we all agree that it's easier if these two teams just play each other for the rest of the year.
Montreal @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 21)
Speaking of scheduling quirks, these two teams open their season series this week. Looks like these three games will be key in deciding a home playoff date.
Toronto @ Calgary (Saturday, September 21)
Toronto's win over the Roughriders last week helped Calgary leapfrog them into first place, so you'd think Calgary owes Toronto a favour. Right?
B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 22)
Remember when Saskatchewan was 5-0 and looked like they couldn't lose? A loss to a hungry Lions squad this week will have them staring into the third-place abyss.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:33 PM on September 19
Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 8
B.C. by 2
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:56 PM on September 13
Calgary handles the 'Skmoes to sweep their home-and-home, but that's the only sweep. Hamilton breaks the seal, Toronto finds their groove, and—wait—this can't be right. Winnipeg WON?!
Weird week for points with some underdog wins. tommytrump nets a nice five points to jump into a tie for second.
I nearly forgot to write something here. Good thing I remembered!
Hamilton @ Calgary (Friday, September 13)
Lookit this! Hamilton's in second place and a win out of first. But lookit that! Calgary's finally closed the gap and tied for first in the west. Who's your money on?
Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 14)
Well, at least one losing streak will get broken this week, as these two basement-dwellers fight it out for—wait, Winnipeg WON last week?!
Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, September 14)
It's a battle of the division leaders (and a possible Grey Cup preview?). Saskatchewan looks to rebound from a tough loss last week, while Toronto aims to keep afloat on the ol' river injury.
Montreal @ B.C. (Sunday, September 15)
Rookie QB Tanner Marsh has certainly had his moments, not least of which was leading a comeback victory over the Lions three weeks ago. But B.C. Place is a tough place to have special moments when you're a visiting rookie
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:04 PM on September 12
Hamilton makes it close but B.C. holds on for the win at home. Winnipeg finally scores some points, but lets in a whole bunch more in Saskatchewan. Edmonton makes a game of it but can't complete the comeback in Calgary, while what Montreal and Toronto played could barely be called a game.
cixelsyd keeps pace with Reever to maintain a one-point lead. argoal nets a very nice seven points to jump back into the pack.
Traditionally, schedulemakers had to work Labour Day but got the following weekend off. That's how we ended up with the annual post-Labour-Day home-and-home!
Calgary @ Edmonton (Friday, September 6)
Edmonton's seven-game losing streak is nearly not as bad as it looks: that's four straight games they've lost by no more than three points. And playing your provincial rival at home isn't a bad place to stop a streak.
B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 7)
Hamilton actually looked pretty decent last week, but B.C. always plays well on the road, and getting distracted by the bright lights of Guelph is, shall we say, a low risk.
Toronto @ Montreal (Sunday, September 8)
Both teams played terribly last week. Look for maybe one of them to not do quite so horribly this week. Please?
Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Sunday, September 8)
Winnipeg's seven-game losing streak, on the other hand, has been every bit as bad as it looks.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:13 PM on September 04
B.C. by 10
Saskatchewan by 9
Edmonton by 6
Montreal by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:14 AM on August 29
Montreal continues their turnaround by nailing a time-expiring, game-winning field goal to beat the Lions. Toronto loses both the game and Ricky Ray to the Stamps. The Ti-Cats continue to feast on the Bombers, and the Riders hold tight against a late Eskimo surge.
Competition is fierce at the bottom: if the season ended today, we've have an unprecedented five-way tie for the Costanza.
It's Labour Day Weekend! Enjoy Canadian traditions such as closed liquor stores, strangely scheduled football games, and the Great Vowel Hunt.
Hamilton @ B.C. (Friday, August 30)
Hamilton has been fattening up on Blue Bomber sandwiches, but Lions are much tougher meal to make.
Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 1)
Winnipeg has lost six straight and is badly in need of a break. Saskatchewan is a terrible place to look for one.
Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 2)
Another loser of six straight, Edmonton has lost two consecutive games by three points. That means they're close, right? Guys? Guys?
Montreal @ Toronto (Tuesday, September 3)
Tuesdayriffic! Montreal has been climbing out of their hole and Toronto is hurting. But you've gotta face your division demons sometime.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:35 PM on August 28
B.C. by 10
Toronto by 11
Hamilton by 12
Saskatchewan by 3
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:58 PM on August 21
UPDATE: Anthony Calvillo is out with a concussion and will miss Thursday's game. Yikes.
In related news, an old ultimate buddy of mine published a children's book. Here's a video of Anthony Calvillo reading it.
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