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Expanded Replay Makes Debut in Baseball

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

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:34 PM on April 01

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:18 PM on November 27

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Saskatchewan by 14
Sheets
Under
43.5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:20 PM on November 24

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:22 AM on November 21

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

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

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

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

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

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

Here we go!

THE 101st GREY CUP

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

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

TSN.ca Grey Cup Preview

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup game.

Over/Under

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

Tiebreaker Bonus

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:48 PM on November 20

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Toronto by 8
Saskatchewan by 10
Toronto
Over

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 PM on November 13

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

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

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

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

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

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

DIVISION FINALS

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

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

TSN.ca Eastern Final Preview

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

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

TSN.ca Western Final Preview

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

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

Turnovers Kill Ya Bonus

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 PM on November 13

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:46 PM on November 10

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:55 PM on November 09

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

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

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

TSN.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview

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

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

TSN.ca Western Semi-Final Preview

Kick 'Em In The Teeth Bonus

Pick the kicker who will score the most points this weekend. That includes place-kick field goals, drop-kick field goals, PATs, singles, and fake field goals thrown for touchdowns.

2013 Kicking Stats

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:51 PM on November 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

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

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

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

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

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

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:47 PM on November 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

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.

WPG @ TOREDM @ BCMTL @ HAMSSK @ CGY
ResultToronto by 15B.C. by 14Hamilton by 3Calgary by 4
Margin of Error11 to 2010 to 182 to 43 to 5

cixelsyd digs deep and scratches out five points to extend his lead to the same margin. Does YYM have a miracle in store?

SpoFiteCGY @ EDMSTOR @ WPGSBC @ SSKSHAM @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydToronto13B.C.10 Calgary 566
Ying Yang MafiaToronto16B.C. Calgary 461
argoalToronto B.C. Hamilton3Calgary3758
MrFrisbyToronto11 Hamilton Calgary 458
ReeverToronto B.C. Hamilton 358
tommytrumpToronto13B.C.16 458
ic23bToronto14B.C.12 456
DrJohnEvansToronto B.C.17Hamilton3Calgary 755
JPR B.C. Hamilton Calgary3453
bender B.C.10Hamilton 352
goddamToronto B.C.12 352
jjzucal B.C.11Hamilton 349

It's the last week of the season, and all playoff matchups are set. Get ready for a bunch of 65-49 finals.

WEEK 19

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:10 PM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

Toronto by 7
B.C. by 17
Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:43 PM on October 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

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.

CGY @ EDMTOR @ WPGBC @ SSKHAM @ TOR
ResultCalgary by 14Toronto by 6Saskatchewan by 21Montreal by 31
Margin of Error10 to 184 to 815 to 2722 to 40

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.

SpoFiteCGY @ EDMSTOR @ WPGSBC @ SSKSHAM @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydCalgary Toronto Saskatchewan Montreal 461
Ying Yang MafiaCalgary14 1Saskatchewan 557
ReeverCalgary12Toronto5Saskatchewan 555
MrFrisbyCalgary18Toronto Saskatchewan 454
tommytrumpCalgary15Toronto Montreal 454
ic23bCalgary Toronto Saskatchewan 352
argoalCalgary12Toronto7 451
benderCalgary15 249
goddamCalgary14 6Saskatchewan Montreal 649
JPRCalgary Toronto Saskatchewan 349
DrJohnEvansCalgary14Toronto Saskatchewan 548
jjzucalCalgary Toronto Montreal 346

Nothing but divisional play from here on, which means there are about eight hundred possible outcomes for the season.

WEEK 18

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!

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:27 AM on October 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

Calgary by 14
Toronto by 9
Saskatchewan by 3
Hamilton by 18

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:18 PM on October 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

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.

BC @ CGYEDM @ SSKWPG @ MTLTOR @ HAM
ResultCalgary by 14Saskatchewan by 5Winnipeg by 7Hamilton by 6
Margin of Error10 to 184 to 75 to 94 to 8

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.

SpoFiteBC @ CGYSEDM @ SSKSWPG @ MTLSTOR @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydCalgary10Saskatchewan Hamilton 457
Ying Yang MafiaCalgary14Saskatchewan5 6752
MrFrisbyCalgary10Saskatchewan 350
ReeverCalgary12Saskatchewan 6450
tommytrumpCalgary17Saskatchewan 350
ic23bCalgary14Saskatchewan Hamilton 549
argoalCalgary Saskatchewan 247
bender Saskatchewan Winnipeg7 447
JPRCalgary Saskatchewan6 Hamilton 446
DrJohnEvansCalgary Saskatchewan 243
goddamCalgary16Saskatchewan Hamilton 443
jjzucalCalgary18Saskatchewan 7 443

Three weeks to go, and boy howdy do we have ourselves some leeeeegit races.

WEEK 17

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:03 AM on October 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 17
Montreal by 21
Toronto by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:15 AM on October 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

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.

HAM @ TORSSK @ BCMTL @ EDMWPG @ CGY
ResultHamilton by 14Saskatchewan by 14Montreal by 23Calgary by 27
Margin of Error10 to 1810 to 1816 to 3019 to 35

cixelsyd's lead widens to six points, and with four weeks left, that's starting to look pretty insurmountable.

SpoFiteHAM @ TORSSSK @ BCSMTL @ EDMSWPG @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
cixelsyd Montreal Calgary24353
MrFrisby Montreal Calgary24347
tommytrump Calgary21247
Reever Calgary 146
argoal Calgary19245
Ying Yang Mafia Montreal Calgary23345
ic23bToronto Montreal Calgary 344
bender 043
JPR Montreal Calgary 242
DrJohnEvans Montreal Calgary24341
goddam 3Saskatchewan Calgary3 539
jjzucal Montreal Calgary 239

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.

WEEK 16

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...

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:27 PM on October 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Toronto by 10
B.C. by 5
Montreal by 17
Calgary by 24

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:41 PM on October 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

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.

BC @ WPGCGY @ HAMTOR @ EDMSSK @ MTL
ResultB.C. by 36Calgary by 24Toronto by 12Montreal by 5
Margin of Error25 to 4717 to 318 to 164 to 7

cixelsyd keeps pace with the pack, while MrFrisby nails the Montreal spread to jump into contention for second place.

SpoFiteBC @ WPGSCGY @ HAMSTOR @ EDMSSSK @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydB.C. Toronto 250
ReeverB.C. Calgary 245
tommytrumpB.C. Calgary 245
MrFrisbyB.C. Toronto Montreal5544
argoalB.C. Calgary Toronto 343
benderB.C. Calgary 243
Ying Yang MafiaB.C. Toronto Montreal 342
ic23bB.C. Toronto 241
JPRB.C. Montreal 240
DrJohnEvansB.C. Calgary Toronto11 438
jjzucalB.C. 137
goddamB.C. Toronto Montreal 334

Every single game this week has an impact on the playoff race! (Note that this is not entirely unusual in an eight-team league.)

WEEK 15

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on October 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

B.C. by 21
Calgary by 7
Toronto by 11
Saskatchewan by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:10 AM on September 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

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.

EDM @ WPGMTL @ HAMTOR @ CGYBC @ SSK
ResultEdmonton by 8Hamilton by 2Toronto by 6B.C. by 2
Margin of Error6 to 101 to 34 to 81 to 3

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.

SpoFiteHAM @ CGYSWPG @ EDMSTOR @ SSKSMTL @ BCSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydEdmonton7Hamilton Toronto 448
ReeverEdmonton10Hamilton 343
tommytrumpEdmonton Hamilton 243
bender B.C.2341
argoalEdmonton Hamilton Toronto 340
ic23bEdmonton Hamilton3 6B.C.2739
MrFrisbyEdmonton B.C. 239
Ying Yang MafiaEdmonton10 Toronto6 539
JPREdmonton Hamilton 238
jjzucalEdmonton Hamilton Toronto B.C.2636
DrJohnEvansEdmonton8Hamilton B.C. 534
goddamEdmonton 131

Vegas bookies are offering excellent odds on snow flurries in at least one of this week's games.

WEEK 14

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!

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:56 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Edmonton by 8
Hamilton by 4
Calgary by 10
B.C. by 5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:44 PM on September 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

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.

HAM @ CGYWPG @ EDMTOR @ SSKMTL @ BC
ResultCalgary by 4Edmonton by 18Toronto by 2B.C. by 22
Margin of Error3 to 513 to 231 to 315 to 29

Three spreads nailed this week, with cixelsyd's five points finally giving him some breathing room in the race.

SpoFiteHAM @ CGYSWPG @ EDMSTOR @ SSKSMTL @ BCSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydCalgary4Edmonton B.C. 244
tommytrumpCalgary Edmonton B.C.16441
Reever 4Edmonton B.C. 340
benderCalgary4 Toronto B.C. 138
argoalCalgary3 B.C. 337
MrFrisbyCalgary Edmonton18 B.C. 537
JPRCalgary3Edmonton B.C. 436
Ying Yang Mafia Edmonton B.C. 234
ic23b Edmonton B.C. 232
goddamCalgary Edmonton B.C. 330
jjzucalCalgary Edmonton17 B.C. 430
DrJohnEvans Edmonton B.C. 229

If past trends hold, Week 13 will be unlucky for roughly half the teams playing.

WEEK 13

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:33 PM on September 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 8
B.C. by 2

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:56 PM on September 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

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?!

CGY @ EDMBC @ HAMTOR @ MTLSSK @ WPG
ResultCalgary by 10Hamilton by 8Toronto by 7Winnipeg by 12
Margin of Error7 to 136 to 105 to 98 to 16

Weird week for points with some underdog wins. tommytrump nets a nice five points to jump into a tie for second.

SpoFiteCGY @ EDMSBC @ HAMSTOR @ MTLSSSK @ WPGSPointsTotal Points
cixelsyd Hamilton 7 239
ReeverCalgary 137
tommytrumpCalgary11 8Toronto6 537
argoalCalgary Hamilton Toronto 12434
benderCalgary10 7 433
JPR Hamilton 132
MrFrisby 032
Ying Yang MafiaCalgary Hamilton6 332
ic23bCalgary7 230
DrJohnEvans 7 127
goddam 027
jjzucal 026

I nearly forgot to write something here. Good thing I remembered!

WEEK 12

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:04 PM on September 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

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.

HAM @ BCWPG @ SSKEDM @ CGYMTL @ TOR
ResultB.C. by 3Saskatchewan by 23Calgary by 3Montreal by 11
Margin of Error2 to 416 to 302 to 48 to 14

cixelsyd keeps pace with Reever to maintain a one-point lead. argoal nets a very nice seven points to jump back into the pack.

SpoFiteHAM @ BCSWPG @ SSKSEDM @ CGYSMTL @ TORSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydB.C. Saskatchewan27Calgary 437
ReeverB.C. Saskatchewan Calgary Montreal 436
MrFrisbyB.C. Saskatchewan Calgary Montreal 432
tommytrumpB.C. Saskatchewan19 Montreal 432
JPRB.C.4Saskatchewan Calgary Montreal 531
argoalB.C.3Saskatchewan Calgary4Montreal 730
bender Calgary2 11329
Ying Yang MafiaB.C. Saskatchewan Calgary Montreal12529
ic23bB.C. Saskatchewan24Calgary Montreal 528
goddamB.C. Saskatchewan Calgary Montreal 427
DrJohnEvansB.C. Saskatchewan Montreal 326
jjzucalB.C. Saskatchewan Calgary 326

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!

WEEK 11

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:13 PM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

B.C. by 10
Saskatchewan by 9
Edmonton by 6
Montreal by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:14 AM on August 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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.

BC @ MTLCGY @ TORWPG @ HAMSSK @ EDM
ResultMontreal by 1Calgary by 21Hamilton by 23Saskatchewan by 3
Margin of Error1 to 115 to 2716 to 302 to 4

Competition is fierce at the bottom: if the season ended today, we've have an unprecedented five-way tie for the Costanza.

SpoFiteBC @ MTLSCGY @ TORSWPG @ HAMSSSK @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
cixelsyd Hamilton17Saskatchewan 333
Reever Hamilton Saskatchewan 232
MrFrisby Hamilton18Saskatchewan 328
tommytrumpMontreal Calgary Hamilton Saskatchewan 428
benderMontreal Saskatchewan 226
JPR Calgary 3226
Ying Yang Mafia 024
argoal Hamilton 123
DrJohnEvans Hamilton Saskatchewan3423
goddam Hamilton Saskatchewan 223
ic23b Hamilton14Saskatchewan 323
jjzucal Saskatchewan 123

It's Labour Day Weekend! Enjoy Canadian traditions such as closed liquor stores, strangely scheduled football games, and the Great Vowel Hunt.

WEEK 10

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:35 PM on August 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

B.C. by 10
Toronto by 11
Hamilton by 12
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:58 PM on August 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

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.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:58 PM on August 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

So many games! Hamilton seems to find itself in Winnipeg. Montreal comes close, but gets no cigar in Saskatchewan. B.C. comes up big at home against the Stamps, while Toronto holds off a late surge by the Esks.

HAM @ WPGMTL @ SSKCGY @ BCEDM @ TOR
ResultHamilton by 19Saskatchewan by 3B.C. by 4Toronto by 3
Margin of Error13 to 252 to 43 to 52 to 4

Reever notches five solid points to pull into a tie for first place. How 'bout that?

SpoFiteHAM @ WPGSMTL @ SSKSCGY @ BCSEDM @ TORSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydHamilton Saskatchewan Toronto 330
ReeverHamilton13Saskatchewan 4Toronto 530
MrFrisby Saskatchewan B.C. Toronto 325
bender Saskatchewan 124
JPRHamilton Saskatchewan B.C.4Toronto 624
tommytrumpHamilton16Saskatchewan B.C. Toronto 524
Ying Yang Mafia Saskatchewan B.C. Toronto 324
argoalHamilton Saskatchewan Toronto 322
jjzucal Saskatchewan Toronto 222
goddam Saskatchewan B.C.4 421
ic23bHamilton Saskatchewan B.C.3Toronto 520
DrJohnEvans 019

It's the halfway point of the seasonwell, since the season is an odd number of weeks, the halfway point will be somewhere on Saturday morning. So there's that.

WEEK 9

B.C. @ Montreal (Thursday, August 22)
Two teams that got off to a tough start. Montreal looked better last week, but B.C. seemed to find its groove a few weeks ago. Give the Lions an edge, even on the road.

Calgary @ Toronto (Friday, August 23)
This matchup looks dead even: two 5-2 teams with matching Pythangorean records. Calgary may still be haunted by memories of their last visit to the 'Dome, though.

Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 24)
Somehow these two teams have played each other 46 times this year, and still only have four wins between them.

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Saturday, August 24)
Will you bet the streak? The Riders are the heavyweight, but Edmonton's gotta be due for some breaks, right?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:25 PM on August 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Calgary makes a nice little statment by ending the Riders' perfect run. And the last time the Argos won by 25 in Montreal, it was still called Dorchester Boulevard.

TOR @ MTLSSK @ CGY
ResultToronto by 25Calgary by 15
Margin of Error18 to 3311 to 20

Bye weeks are tough for points, but cixelsyd scratches out two to eke out a bit of a cushion.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSBC @ TORSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydToronto Calgary 227
ReeverToronto 125
bender Calgary11223
MrFrisbyToronto 122
Ying Yang Mafia 021
jjzucalToronto 120
argoalToronto 119
DrJohnEvans Calgary 119
tommytrump 019
JPRToronto 118
goddam 017
ic23bToronto 115

Back to a regular schedule this week, andwaitno Tuesday games?!

WEEK 8

Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 16)
Battle of the Basements have traditionally had a certain je ne sais quoi, but this year's East's basement has room enough for all of us.

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, August 17)
Montreal despearately needs to get some mojo back. But out of all the things they grow in Saskatchewan, mojo ain't one of them.

Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, August 17)
With all the talk of Riders and Stamps, nobody's noticed that the Lions are one win out of a tie for first. Calgary's hot but they'll need to watch their tail.

Edmonton @ Toronto (Sunday, August 18)
Speaking of surging teams, Toronto's eyeing a big fat two points as the rebuilding Eskimoes come to town. But east-to-west never maps cleanly, and Edmonton's not nearly as bad as their 1-5 record suggests.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:20 PM on August 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Calgary by 5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:10 PM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Well, how 'bout that! Hamilton holds off the Esks' last-minute charge for their first win since approximately 1996. But don't worry, the world didn't fall entirely off its axis, because Winnipeg still lost.

HAM @ EDMWPG @ B.C.
ResultHamilton by 1B.C. by 7
Margin of Error1 to 15 to 9

Reever and bender make a good job of slim pickings by nailing the B.C. spreadReever jumping ahead enough to make cixelsyd nervous.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSBC @ TORSPointsTotal Points
cixelsyd B.C. 125
ReeverHamilton B.C.7424
bender B.C.7321
MrFrisby B.C. 121
Ying Yang MafiaHamilton B.C. 221
jjzucal B.C. 119
tommytrumpHamilton B.C. 219
argoal B.C. 118
DrJohnEvans B.C. 118
goddam B.C. 117
JPR B.C. 117
ic23b 014

After this week, I think 'N Sync put it best when they sang "Bye bye, bye."

WEEK 7

Toronto @ Montreal (Thursday, August 8)
Montreal's looked surprisingly bad, and Toronto's looked surprisingly good. Yet Montreal is not as far behind the Argos as they would've liked, and le Stade Molson is always a tough win.

Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Friday, August 9)
This is Calgary's golden chance to hand the 'Riders their first loss and move into a tie for first place. But will they take it?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:32 PM on August 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Yeah, I take it back. That game looked pretty fun.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:47 AM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

NBC's game selection is off to a roaring start.

B.C. by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:07 PM on August 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Montreal nearly blows it again, but hangs on to finally get a win at home. Calgary does what they does in Winnipeg. Saskatchewan keeps the streak alive in Hamilguelph, and holy crap! Toronto should play on Tuesdays more often.

EDM @ MTLCGY @ WPGSSK @ HAMBC @ TOR
ResultMontreal by 5Calgary by 13Saskatchewan by 12Toronto by 26
Margin of Error4 to 79 to 178 to 1618 to 34

Big push this week as the favourites take three of four. cixelsyd shores up his lead with a nice six-point week.

SpoFiteEDM @ MTLSCGY @ WPGSSSK @ HAMSBC @ TORSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydMontreal7Calgary17Saskatchewan10 624
MrFrisbyMontreal Calgary17Saskatchewan 420
ReeverMontreal Calgary9Saskatchewan11 520
Ying Yang MafiaMontreal6Calgary14Saskatchewan Toronto 619
benderMontreal Calgary15Saskatchewan11Toronto 618
jjzucalMontreal Calgary12Saskatchewan16Toronto 618
argoalMontreal7Calgary Saskatchewan 417
DrJohnEvansMontreal Calgary11Saskatchewan14 517
tommytrumpMontreal6Calgary Saskatchewan 417
goddamMontreal Calgary14Saskatchewan 416
JPR Calgary Saskatchewan10 316
ic23bMontreal Calgary12Saskatchewan 414

It's the Civic Holiday long weekend, so it makes perfect sense to play only half the games.

WEEK 6

Hamilton @ Edmonton (Friday, August 2)
Finally, Edmonton heads home with a chance to actually win a game. Meanwhile, Hamilton hits the road convinced that this is their chance to end the drought.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Monday, August 5)
The Lions looked absolutely terrible in Toronto last week, but it's nothing that a few Simcoe Day beers can't fix. Oh yeah, and a visit from Winnipeg can't hurt.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:57 AM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Montreal by 8
Calgary by 11
Saskatchewan by 14
B.C. by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:49 PM on July 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Toronto gets it done in Winnipeg, but losing Ricky Ray and Chad Kackert to injury taints the W. Montreal blows a huge lead as their Cowtown quest for redemption fizzles. B.C. keeps on keepin' on against Edmonton. Meanwhile in Regina ouch!

TOR @ WPGMTL @ CGYEDM @ BCHAM @ SSK
ResultToronto by 16Calgary by 11B.C. by 10Saskatchewan by 37
Margin of Error11 to 218 to 147 to 1326 to 48

The favourites win out, so the spreads were key this week. cixelsyd and Reever both nail the B.C. win to lead the way with 6-point weeks.

SpoFiteTOR @ WPGSMTL @ CGYSEDM @ BCSHAM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydToronto Calgary B.C.10Saskatchewan 618
MrFrisby Calgary12B.C. Saskatchewan 416
ReeverToronto Calgary B.C.10Saskatchewan 615
argoalToronto Calgary B.C.13Saskatchewan 513
JPR Calgary B.C.8Saskatchewan 413
tommytrumpToronto B.C. Saskatchewan 313
Ying Yang Mafia B.C. Saskatchewan 213
bender Calgary12B.C. Saskatchewan 412
DrJohnEvansToronto11 B.C. Saskatchewan 412
goddam B.C.12Saskatchewan 312
jjzucalToronto Calgary B.C. Saskatchewan 412
ic23bToronto Calgary B.C. Saskatchewan 410

"But isn't the long weekend NEXT week?" you asked. The CFL gleefully replied, "Not in MY book!"

WEEK 5

Edmonton @ Montreal (Thursday, July 25)
Montreal has looked just awful the past three weeks, but hey! So has Edmonton! Given that the Als defence has been solid and the Esks' offence less so, I'll take home cooking for $100.

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 26)
Calgary has a tidy two-game win streak, a healthy point differential, and an eye on the west division lead. Winnipeg has... a players-only meeting. Yikes.

Saskatchewan @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 27)
League officials are scrambling for the record books to find out if any team in CFL history has ever engineered back-to-back shutouts against the same opponent.

B.C. @ Toronto (Tuesday, July 30)
B.C. has typically enjoyed its trips to Toronto, which is why the Argos are trying to throw them off by scheduling the game for the wrong day.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:54 AM on July 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Toronto by 11
Montreal by 5
B.C. by 19
Saskatchewan by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:43 PM on July 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Saskatchewan takes advantage of a fortuitous call to steal the momentum in Toronto. Calgary keeps Montreal on the defence, handing them their second straight loss at home. Hamilton finally scratches out a win at Guelph, while Edmonton... uhhh... gets a field goal.

SSK @ TORCGY @ MTLWPG @ HAMBC @ EDM
ResultSaskatchewan by 11Calgary by 8Hamilton by 5B.C. by 14
Margin of Error8 to 146 to 104 to 710 to 18

MrFrisby rockets into contention with an eight-point week, while some strong 5-point weeks down the rankings bring things closer together.

SpoFiteSSK @ TORSCGY @ MTLSWPG @ HAMSBC @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydSaskatchewan Calgary7Hamilton B.C. 512
MrFrisbySaskatchewan10Calgary8 5B.C.12812
Ying Yang Mafia 8Hamilton B.C. 311
tommytrump 11 Hamilton4B.C. 410
goddamSaskatchewan B.C.1039
JPRSaskatchewan Calgary Hamilton B.C. 49
ReeverSaskatchewan Hamilton 5 B.C. 59
argoal Hamilton B.C. 28
bender Calgary 18
DrJohnEvansSaskatchewan Hamilton B.C. 38
jjzucal Hamilton B.C.1138
ic23bSaskatchewan14Calgary6Hamilton 56
The_Black_Hand Hamilton5B.C.1255

If the playoffs started today, it wouldn't be so damn hot.

WEEK 4

Toronto @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 19)
Toronto finally gets a good match-up against a team it could dominate. On the other hand, so does Winnipeg.

Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, July 20)
All those of you who thought Montreal would lose its first two home games, raise your hand. Y'all probably own canoes in Calgary, too.

Edmonton @ B.C. (Saturday, July 20)
Things don't get any easier for the poor Eskimoes this week, and let's face it, they probably won't next week either.

Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, July 21)
Saskatchewan is still undefeated this season. If I were a betting man, I'd run a no-money CFL Pick 'Em, in which I would pick the Riders over Hamilton.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:51 PM on July 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Saskatchewan by 6
Montreal by 9
Hamilton by 14
B.C. by 25

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:05 PM on July 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Winnipeg discovers that the best way to beat Montreal at home is to not let them score. Toronto is kicking themselves for not trying the same strategy as they lose in B.C.. Saskatchewan makes an early statement about their thoughts on the west division, while Hamilton drops their "home" opener although in their defence, half their players got on the wrong GO bus and ended up in Pickering.

WPG @ MTLTOR @ BCCGY @ SSKEDM @ HAM
ResultWinnipeg by 8B.C. by 8Saskatchewan by 15Edmonton by 10
Margin of Error6 to 106 to 1011 to 207 to 13

bender has a strong five-point week to jump into contention, but YYM's fast start keeps him on top.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSHAM @ TORSBC @ CGYSSSK @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
Ying Yang Mafia B.C.2Saskatchewan 38
benderWinnipeg7B.C. Edmonton1357
cixelsyd Saskatchewan 1027
argoal B.C. 16
goddam B.C. Saskatchewan 26
tommytrump Saskatchewan16 26
DrJohnEvans B.C.9Saskatchewan 35
jjzucal Saskatchewan Edmonton 25
JPR B.C. 1025
owlhouse Saskatchewan Edmonton725
MrFrisby B.C. Saskatchewan 24
Reever 04
ic23b Saskatchewan 11

Two weeks is a random pattern. Three weeks is a narrative.

WEEK 3

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Thursday, July 11)
It's last year's champs versus this year's hosts. Saskatchewan seems to have taken a page from the Argos' "win the Grey Cup at home" playbook and have started the season on fire. Narrative!

Calgary @ Montreal (Friday, July 12)
Vive le baconateur! The other two teams of destiny look to shake off tough losses. Calgary in particular doesn't want to get into too much of a hole too early.

Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 13)
Winnipeg leaves their brand new stadium to visit... Guelph. Hamilton has a chance to redeem themselves by actually figuring out where their stadium is this week. (Yes, I plan on keeping this up all season.)

B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, July 13)
B.C. is still pretty good and I've never heard of Edmonton's quarterback before. Narrative?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:19 PM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Montreal by 12
B.C. by 9
Saskatchewan by 2
Hamilton by 17

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:54 AM on July 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Montreal completes the comeback to send the Winnipeg faithful home heartbroken. Toronto barely hangs on to end up on the right side of a see-saw battle. Calgary stomps B.C. early and often to coast to victory, and Saskatchewan comes out firing in a lopsided match.

MTL @ WPGHAM @ TORBC @ CGYSSK @ EDM
ResultMontreal by 5Toronto by 5Calgary by 12Saskatchewan by 21
Margin of Error4 to 74 to 78 to 1615 to 27

2013 opens up strong with a three-way tie at the top, and another four tied for fourth. Based on this exhaustive sample size, I predict the season will end in an eight-way tie.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSHAM @ TORSBC @ CGYSSSK @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
argoalMontreal7Toronto Calgary Saskatchewan 55
cixelsydMontreal Toronto7Calgary Saskatchewan 55
Ying Yang MafiaMontreal Toronto3 Saskatchewan 55
andiemgarciaMontreal Toronto Calgary Saskatchewan 44
goddamMontreal Toronto6Calgary 44
ReeverMontreal Toronto7 Saskatchewan 44
tommytrumpMontreal Toronto4 Saskatchewan 44
jjzucalMontreal Toronto Calgary 33
JPRMontreal Calgary Saskatchewan 33
bender Toronto Saskatchewan 22
DrJohnEvansMontreal Toronto 22
MrFrisy Toronto6 22
owlhouseMontreal Toronto 22

It's week 2, and time to hit the road for the second set of home openers.

WEEK 2

Winnipeg @ Montreal (Thursday, July 4)
Winnipeg faces a challenge in the second half of the home-and-home: nobody wants to open the season 0-2, but le Stade Molson is a tough place to scratch out a win.

Toronto @ B.C. (Thursday, July 4)
Toronto takes the fun plane out west, riding the high of a first-week win. But B.C. Place or whatever it's called now is also rude to visitors.

Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Friday, July 5)
With big wins for both these teams last week, I think it's safe to say that the winner of this game is guaranteed the division. Called it.

Edmonton @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 7)
Edmonton should be worried: falling flat in their first game, and now an all-expenses-paid trip to Guelph, Ontario? I know that strikes fear into MY heart.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:53 PM on July 03

The 9th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Well done! I have all this on file somewhere, but I'd have to crack open my old PC to find 2005 and 2004.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:32 PM on June 26

The 9th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 11
Toronto by 8
B.C. by 3
Edmonton by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:39 PM on June 25

The 9th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

Neither floods in the west nor mayoral crack scandals in the east shall stay the CFL prognosicator from his (or her, hi Andie!) swiftly appointed rounds! Except this new job of mine is a time suck so that's why this is up so late. But there's football happening, like, THIS WEEK, and what better way to take your mind off your mayor's IQ than picking the outcome of the weekly three-down bash?

THE SEASON - When we do it

The season kicks off this Friday night and runs for 19 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 XM or Sirius on the satellite radio dial.

THE RULES - How we do it

Here's how she works. You pick who you think will win, and by how much. You then get points based on the result:

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

What's the Margin of Error?

It's a window around the spread that's defined as

spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)

So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:

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

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

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

Any questions?

THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start

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

All times are EDT.

Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Winnipeg Blue Bomders (Preview) - Thursday, June 27, 9:00pm

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Toronto Argonauts (Preview) - Friday, June 28, 7:00pm

B.C. Lions (Preview) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Friday, June 28, 10:00pm

Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) @ Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) - Saturday, Jue 29, 3:30pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:06 PM on June 25

The Evolution of World Series Celebrations

Enjoyed this greatly. Thanks.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:42 PM on March 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition Final Standings

Just like they drew it up! Toronto's defence keeps Kevin Glenn and Jon Cornish in check, while Ricky Ray and Chad Kackert put enough points on the board to seal the deal in front of a racous home crowd. I know my throat is still sore, but that might just be the flu.

CGY @ TORMVPO/UTiebreaker
ResultToronto by 13KackertOver326
Margin of Error9 to 17

bender's random number generator gets the only correct MVP pick, but it's not enough to stop tommytrump taking home the (back) bacon. Congratulations tommytrump!

At the other end, jjzucal and ic23b only picked in the Grey Cup round, so it looks like your humble host takes home the Costanza.

SpoFiteCGY @ TORSMVPO/UPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpToronto Over210
andiemgarciaToronto11 Over39
cixelsyd Over17
benderToronto Kackert 26
argoalToronto 16
ReeverToronto Over26
FolkwaysToronto11 Over35
JPR 05
owlhouseToronto14 24
Ying Yang Mafia Over14
DrJohnEvansToronto Over23
jjzucalToronto Over22
ic23b Over11

Huge thanks to everyone for playing. Have a great winter, and we'll see you next June!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:17 PM on December 01

Just like they drew it up

Grrr. That should read 35-22. Sorry. It was a long night.

PS. Arrrrrrrgooooooooooooos!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:05 AM on November 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Here goes nothin'.

Toronto by 8
R-r-r-r-r-ray
Over
110

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:46 PM on November 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Double upsets! Toronto overcomes their own early mistakes with a big third quarter to salt away the Alouettes and lay claim to a rare home Grey Cup apperance. They'll be facing Calgary, who surprised everyone with a confident win in Vancouver.

TOR @ MTLCGY @ BCDomes BonusDWC Bonus
ResultToronto by 7Calgary by 5RayTOR/MTL/CGY
Margin of Error5 to 94 to 7

Two upsets mean a tough week for points. Add the fact that defensive stalwart B.C. registered zero sacks, and the bonuses may make the difference in the end.

SpoFiteTOR @ MTLSCGY @ BCSDomes BonusDWC BonusPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpToronto5 Ray 38
andiemgarciaToronto Ray 26
cixelsydToronto Ray 26
argoalToronto 5 Montreal35
JPR 05
bender Calgary Ray 24
Howard_T 04
Reever 04
Ying Yang Mafia Montreal13
Folkways Calgary12
owlhouse 7 12
DrJohnEvans 01

100th GREY CUP - Toronto, ON (Sunday, November 24)

Calgary Stampeders @ Toronto Argonauts

Like they drew it up: Toronto built their team to challenge for the Grey Cup at home, and here they are. Ricky Ray has rounded into form, the defence has established some consistency, and Chad Owens has managed to not fumble for at least a couple games now. They're playing as good as they've played in years, and it sure is the right time for it.

Overshadowed by the Lions all season, Calgary's quietly put together a very nice year. A league-leading defence and a hard-rushing Jon Cornish has made up for some quarterback inconsistency. But they won four games straight to close out the season, and Kevin Glenn has a chip on his shoulder, so they're peaking at just the right time too.

TSN.ca Grey Cup Preview

MVP Bonus

Pick the player who will be the MVP of the Grey Cup.

Over/Under Bonus

The Over/Under is set at 54.5. Will the total number of points scored be over or under that mark?

Tiebreaker

Pick the total number of kick return yards acquired in the game, by both teams. This is worth no points and will be used only in case of a tie.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:22 PM on November 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Montreal by 3
B.C. by 12
Lululululay
B.C.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:33 AM on November 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

DJE put himself above me even though we have the same number of points.

Alphabetical order!!!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:06 PM on November 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Drama at both ends of the country. Toronto bursts out with a record-setting 31-point second quarter to put Edmonton to bed, while Calgary ends up on the right side of the seesaw in a thrilling finish.

EDM @ TORSSK @ CGYKicking TeethLVPM Bonus
ResultToronto by 16Calgary by 6WatersOver
Margin of Error11 to 214 to 8

JPR and tommytrump both nail the Calgary spread to take an early lead.

SpoFiteEDM @ TORSSSK @ CGYSKicking TeethLVPM BonusPointsTotal Points
JPRToronto Calgary6Waters 55
tommytrumpToronto Calgary6Waters 55
andiemgarciaToronto Calgary WatersOver44
cixelsydToronto Calgary WatersOver44
Howard_TToronto12Calgary Over44
ReeverToronto Calgary7 Over44
argoalToronto Over22
benderToronto18 22
Ying Yang MafiaToronto Calgary 22
DrJohnEvans Calgary 11
Folkways Calgary 11
owlhouse Calgary 11

No upsets here. It's number two versus number one in both divisions.

DIVISION FINALS

Toronto Argonauts @ Montreal Alouettes (Sunday, November 18)

Toronto has snapped a years-long futility streak with first a home playoff game, and then a win to boot. They loaded up this year with an eye towards playing the 100th Grey Cup at home. But no amount of loading up can change the fact that the road to the Grey Cup goes through Montreal. Such it has been, such it will always be.

TSN.ca Eastern Final Preview

Calgary Stampeders @ B.C. Lions (Sunday, November 18)

Calgary's in similar situation: they're a good team with some nice pieces, but you can't help but shake the feeling that they'll be facing a great team. The Stamps may have a slight edge in defence, but B.C. gets the nod on special teams. In the end it may very well come down to the two young quarterbacks: the emerging Drew Tate versus the emerged Travis Lulay.

TSN.ca Western Final Preview

Domes Bonus

Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardarge. 2012 Passing Statistics

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the team who will have the most quarterback sacks. 2012 Sacks Statistics

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:14 AM on November 15