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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.

CGY @ OTTTOR @ BCWPG @ EDMHAM @ SSK
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.

WEEK 6

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.

HAM @ MTLEDM @ OTTBC @ SSKWPG @ CGY
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.

WEEK 5

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.

OTT @ EDMMTL @ WPGSSK @ BCTOR @ CGY
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.

WEEK 4

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.

HAM @ WPGCGY @ MTLBC @ OTTTOR @ SSK
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!

WEEK 3

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?)

OTT @ MTLHAM @ CGYEDM @ TORWPG @ SSK
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.

SpoFiteOTT @ MTLSHAM @ CGYSEDM @ TORSWPG @ SSKSPointsTotal 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.

WEEK 2

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
111
435
759
11814
201426

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

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

Any questions?

THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start

In lieu of attempting to sum up each team's status in a single sentence, for this opening week I'm just linking to season preview pages for each of 'em.

All times are EDT.

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
Mitchell
Over
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).

MTL @ HAMEDM @ CGYOWC BonusDWC Bonus
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!

THE 102nd GREY CUP

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.

CFL.ca Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.

Over/Under

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?

Tiebreaker

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
Mitchell
Montreal

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:

DIVISION FINALS

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.

CFL.ca 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.

CFL.ca 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
Milo
Under

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.

CFL.ca 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.

CFL.ca 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.

OTT @ TORCGY @ BCMTL @ HAMEDM @ SSK
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.

HAM @ OTTWPG @ CGYBC @ EDMTOR @ MTL
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

WEEK 20

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

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

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

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

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

WEEK 19

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:21 AM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 AM on October 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

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

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

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

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

WEEK 18

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:56 AM on October 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:14 PM on October 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

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

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

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

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

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

WEEK 17

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:38 AM on October 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 AM on October 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

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

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

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

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

WEEK 16

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:39 PM on October 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Edmonton by 8 B.C. by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:48 PM on October 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

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

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

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

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

WEEK 15

Insert snappy week description here.

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:45 PM on October 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:01 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

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

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

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

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

WEEK 14

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:56 PM on September 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Edmonton by 9
Calgary by 11
Saskatchewan by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:24 PM on September 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

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

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

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

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

WEEK 13

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:56 PM on September 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:22 PM on September 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

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

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

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

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

WEEK 12

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:25 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:22 PM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

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

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

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

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

WEEK 11

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:30 AM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:36 PM on September 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:52 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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

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

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

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

WEEK 10

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 PM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:50 PM on August 22