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CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Ottawa by 3
Ellingson (subject to change)

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:19 PM on November 27

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Some barns got burned this weekend! With perfect weather at both ends of the country, the QBs took advantage and piled up the points. Hamilton plays catch-up to Ottawa the entire game, managing to tie in with under 90 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But a miracle Burris toss on 2nd and 25 leads to a 93-yard touchdown and the game.

Out West, Mike Reilly straight outguns Bo-Levi Mitchell, as Edmonton pumps in five touchdowns to book their ticket to Winnipeg.

ResultOttawa by 7Edmonton by 14MitchellHamilton
Margin of Error5 to 910 to 18

Points are scarce as both bonuses go to the losing teams, but that's why you hedge your bets. argoal adds another point to his lead and is going to be tough to beat.

SpoFiteHAM @ OTTSCGY @ EDMSOWC BonusDWC BonusPointsTotal Points
argoalOttawa8Edmonton 37
ic23bOttawa6 25
tahoemojOttawa Edmonton 25
tommytrumpOttawa 14
rumple Edmonton17 24
jjzucalOttawa Edmonton 24
rcadeOttawa Edmonton 24
owlhouseOttawa Edmonton18 34
jagsnumberoneOttawa Edmonton Hamilton34
Ying Yang Mafia 03
bender 03
DrJohnEvansOttawa MitchellHamilton33
cixelsydOttawa Edmonton 23

Here's one reason (the only reason?) to go to Winnipeg in November:


Ottawa Redblacks (12-6) @ Edmonton Eskimos (14-4) (Sunday, November 30)

This is the matchup that nobody saw coming. Edmonton was a favourite until the fourth quarter of Week One, when QB Mike Reilly blew out his knee. The backups put together a decent enough 6-3 record in his absence, but the division looked lost to Calgary — until Reilly's return. Nine straight wins later, here they are, facing the upstart Redblacks with a wily veteran in Henry Burris. He may be forty years old, but he's proven that he can still find the end zone. Sunday's forecast is a pleasant -3 degrees Celsius with no hint of snow, so let's sit back and enjoy what should be a good ol' fashioned shootout.

Of course, now that I've written that, the final score is sure to be 16-9. Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.


The points-scored O/U for the Grey Cup is currently set at 50.5. Will the total points scored be over or under that total?


Pick the total yardage thrown by all quarterbacks in the Grey Cup. This is worth no points and will be used only in case of a tie.

Example pick: Ottawa by 21, Ellingson, Over, 500.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:28 PM on November 26

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 14
Calgary by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:20 PM on November 19

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

The Argos and Ti-Cats play a tight game to the end, but a fatal Argo trip and the big boot of Justin Medlock sends the Ti-Cats to the Eastern final. Out west, Calgary clamps down hard on the Lions, holding them to three field goals while notching a handy 35 points.

A windy day in the Hammer means Medlock takes the kicking crown, and despite Calgary's best efforts to score 100 all on their own, we come in under the O/U.

TOR @ HAMBC @ CGYKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultHamilton by 3Calgary by 26MedlockUnder
Margin of Error2 to 418 to 34

argoal finally gets his breakthrough, although he needs a score reset to do it! A healthy four points puts him in sole possession of first place.

SpoFiteTOR @ HAMSBC @ CGYSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
argoal 3Calgary MedlockUnder44
ic23b Calgary MedlockUnder33
Ying Yang Mafia Calgary18 Under33
tommytrump Calgary18 Under33
tahoemoj Calgary MedlockUnder33
benderHamilton4 Medlock 33
rumpleHamilton Under22
jjzucal Calgary Under22
rcade Calgary Under22
owlhouse Calgary 11
jagsnumberone Calgary 11
cixelsyd Calgary 11

Cold enough for ya? Just wait 'til we get to the:


Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) @ Ottawa Redblacks (12-6) (Sunday, November 22, 1:00pm ET)

Just like they drew it up: the Redblacks host the Eastern Final in just their second year of existence, and are the favourites to win. Henry Burris leads the league in passing yards by over a kilometer, and Ottawa easily handled the Ti-Cats in the last two weeks of the regular season. But no guarantees: last week Hamilton showed that it can make points happen with its team of backup QBs, and they still have the best defence in the division. Eastern Final Preview

Calgary Stampeders (14-4) @ Edmonton Eskimos (14-4) (Sunday, November 22, 4:30pm ET)

Calgary's got revenge on their minds: they sat atop the West Division for most of the season, at least until Edmonton got QB Mike Reilly back and rattled off eight wins to finish the season. But for timing, these two teams have been pretty evenly matched. The snow should hold off, so look for some big throws on what should be a clear, sunny, bitterly cold Edmonton day. Western Final Preview

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

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

2015 Passing Stats

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

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

2015 Sacks Status

Example pick: Hamilton by 21, Calgary by 14, Masoli, Edmonton.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:26 PM on November 19

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Toronto Argonauts (10-8) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) (Sunday, November 15, 1:00pm ET)

Somehow it always seems to come down to these two teams (although in a nine-team league, maybe not so much of a surprise). The Ti-Cats are 3-0 against the Argos this year. BUT: each of those games came earlier in the year, with Zach Collaros at QB for Hamilton and Ricky Ray on the sidelines for Toronto. Now Collaros is out for the season, and Ricky Ray is back and looking just about like the Hall of Famer that he is. How much is a quarterback worth? Eastern Semi-Final Preview

B.C. Lions (7-11) @ Calgary Stampeders (14-4) (Sunday, November 15, 4:30pm ET)

On paper, this is a mismatch. Calgary was just edged out for the division title, and was easily the second-best team in the league this season. B.C. was lucky to fend off a crossover challenge and just barely snuck into the playoffs. But anything can happen in one-game elimination. And even better: half a foot of snow is scheduld to drop on Calgary this Sunday. Western Semi-Final Preview

Yes, I'm re-using last year's bonus names. But intentionally! Just look at that fish!

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.

2015 Kicking Stats

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 100.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?

Example pick: Hamilton by 21, B.C. by 14, Leone, Over.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:03 PM on November 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

tahoemoj, nine years and I never noticed the second "o" until now! Honest mistake.

And congratulations! I'll look for your 20-point week next year when your sleep-deprived brain turns you into a CFL prognostication genius.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:32 AM on November 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Toronto grabs the win over Winnipeg in the final Argos game at the SkyDome. Ottawa hangs forty-four points on the Ti-Cats to take the East in style. Calgary rides a strong second half to beat the Lions in Vancouver, and Saskatchewan finishes strong by beating the Alouettes in Montreal.

ResultToronto by 10Ottawa by 16Calgary by 21Saskatchewan by 6
Margin of Error7 to 1311 to 2115 to 274 to 8

argoal's 76 points would have been enough to win the CFL Pick 'Em in any other year, but not this year. jagsnumberone's 83 points shatter all available records (2004 and 2005 are still a bit fuzzy) and he walks away a most deserving champion. He moved into first place in Week 2, took sole posession in Week 4, and never looked back. Congrats, jags!

At the other end, owlhouse comes within a Ricky Foley hair of losing his grip on last place, but manages an 0-fer in the last two games to hang on to the Costanza. Well done owlhouse!

SpoFiteWPG @ TORSHAM @ OTTSCGY @ BCSSSK @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneToronto Ottawa Calgary Saskatchewan 483
argoalToronto Ottawa Calgary Saskatchewan6676
JPRToronto Ottawa Calgary 373
tahoemj 064
cixelsydToronto11Ottawa 363
tommytrumpToronto Ottawa17Calgary Saskatchewan 563
rcadeToronto7Ottawa13 Saskatchewan 562
ReeverToronto Ottawa Calgary 359
benderToronto Ottawa Calgary Saskatchewan5556
DrJohnEvansToronto Ottawa17 Saskatchewan7556
ic23bToronto12 16 355
rumple 051
jjzucalToronto7 Saskatchewan 350
goddamToronto 6248
Ying Yang MafiaToronto7 244
owlhouseToronto12Ottawa 343

Thanks to everyone for playing along! Keep an eye out for the CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, coming soon to a SpoFi post near you!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:03 PM on November 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Toronto by 4
Ottawa by 17
B.C. by 12
Saskatchewan by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:39 PM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Not that it makes a big difference, but I had another point (I had the margin as 3 for the Toronto-BC game).

If you picked the losing team, you only get the single point if you picked the spread exactly - margins don't count in that case.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:32 AM on November 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

B.C. holds off the Argo comeback to grab a playoff spot despite a messy 7-10 record. Calgary rides roughshod over the Riders, but it's too little too late as they must settle for second in the division. Hamilton looks lost without Zach Collaros, as Ottawa needs only twelve points for the win. And Montreal can't quite get it done in Edmonton, losing out on a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history.

ResultB.C. by 2Calgary by 23Ottawa by 6Edmonton by 18
Margin of Error1 to 316 to 304 to 813 to 23

jags has all but clinched, barring a miracle ten-point week from the second-placers, who have their own race to worry about. JPR has snuck up and tied argoal again. Who will prevail?

SpoFiteBC @ TORSSSK @ CGYSOTT @ HAMSMTL @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Calgary Edmonton17379
argoalB.C.3Calgary Edmonton 470
JPRB.C.3Calgary Ottawa Edmonton 570
tahoemjB.C. Calgary Edmonton13464
cixelsydB.C. Calgary17Ottawa Edmonton 560
tommytrump Calgary16Ottawa 6 Edmonton16758
rcadeB.C. Calgary Ottawa7 457
Reever Calgary 6Edmonton 356
ic23bB.C. Calgary20 Edmonton14552
bender Calgary Ottawa 251
rumpleB.C. Edmonton17351
DrJohnEvansB.C. Calgary30 Edmonton21551
jjzucal Calgary17 Edmonton13447
goddam Calgary 6 246
Ying Yang Mafia Calgary24Ottawa5Edmonton 542
owlhouse Calgary Ottawa Edmonton 340

The last week's games in a football season tend to be either Incredibly Meaningful or Completely Meaningless. This week we've got a bit of both.


Winnipeg @ Toronto (Friday, November 6)
Winnipeg's out and Toronto is in. But Toronto's been on a tough slide lately and will certainly want to pick up momentum before hitting the postseason road.

Hamilton @ Ottawa (Saturday, November 7)
This game has All The Meaning: the East Division title, and its accompanying first-round bye, are at stake. If my math is right, Hamilton needs to win by at least six points. But having lost two straight and having scored a mere 19 points in those losses - it won't be easy.

Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, November 7)
Both of these teams have their playoff matchup set: against each other. That's right, next week B.C. travels to Calgary in the West semi-final. So what plays do you run when you're facing your playoff opponent? Probably not very good ones.

Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Sunday, November 8)
And we round the season out with a battle of the basements. If you've been holding off all year on picking Saskatchewan to win, maybe now's your chance.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:52 PM on November 03

Grantland is dead

Thanks to Ken Tremendous for the quote.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:19 PM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

B.C. by 10
Calgary by 30
Hamilton by 7
Edmonton by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:45 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Three big upsets this week: Montreal shocks Toronto, B.C. stuns Hamilton, and Ottawa dispatches Winnipeg. Even Saskatchewan opens up a first-quarter lead on Edmonton, but the Esks restore order in the universe by completing the comeback.

ResultMontreal by 32B.C. by 27Ottawa by 7Edmonton by 11
Margin of Error22 to 4219 to 355 to 98 to 14

The race for second heats up as argoal nails the Edmonton game to jump back into the lead... for second place. Meanwhile, Ying Yang Mafia is making a serious challenge to owlhouse's Costanza hopes.

SpoFiteMTL @ TORSHAM @ BCSOTT @ WPGSEDM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Ottawa Edmonton13376
argoal Ottawa Edmonton11466
JPR Ottawa Edmonton 265
tahoemj B.C. 7Edmonton 360
cixelsyd Edmonton 155
rcade Edmonton10253
Reever B.C. Edmonton10353
tommytrumpMontreal 151
bender Ottawa 149
rumpleMontreal B.C. Ottawa Edmonton 448
ic23b Ottawa Edmonton 247
DrJohnEvans Edmonton14246
goddam B.C. Edmonton 244
jjzucal Ottawa7 Edmonton 443
Ying Yang Mafia Edmonton 137
owlhouse B.C. Edmonton10337

Two weeks left and nearly everything is still up for grabs. Please complete and submit Grabbing Form 432-B to formally apply for grabs.


B.C. @ Toronto (Friday, October 30)
B.C. is fending off a crossover challenge from the Als, and Toronto is still in the running for the division. But maybe this is less about motivation and more about who's playing well.

Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Saturday, October 31)
Calgary's still reeling from losing their division lead, and they'll need to win out to get back on top. A Guaranteed Win Night against the 'Riders is a good start.

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Sunday, November 1)
Scheduling quirk! These two teams have played since the pre-season, and they finish things off with a home-and-home. Even better: they're tied in the standings. If one team sweeps the two games, they get the division title. If they split, they risk the Argos sneaking in and snatching it away.

Montreal @ Edmonton (Sunday, November 1)
If Montreal wants to keep their crossover hopes alive, they need to keep winning. But "keep winning" has been Edmonton's mantra for the last seven weeks.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:28 PM on October 29

GM Alex Anthopolous leaving Blue Jays after rejecting extension.

I think there are two schools of thought: either Toronto is a conventional baseball market, or it isn't.

If conventional, then AA's approach was too unbalanced, too aggressive, too risky. You need to normalize and build stability.

If unconventional, that means free agent signings are tough and budgets tight. You need to be creative: rely on good drafts and aggressive trades.

Can't help thinking that AA's years under JP disproved the conventional market theory for him. I guess we'll find out if he was right.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:17 PM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Relegation zone. If I finish with the Costanza, does this mean I'm playing in the Ontario regional league next year?

You'll be making picks for the Hamilton Hurricanes.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:57 AM on October 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 20
Hamilton by 3
Winnipeg by 8
Edmonton by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:08 PM on October 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

My points were 5 this week, not 2. It looks like the total is correct, though.

The curses of copy/paste. You are correct. 5 points for 51 total.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:01 PM on October 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Ottawa holds off a late Winnipeg surge to clich their first playoff berth in franchise history. Calgary gets off to a strong start and doesn't look back, beating Toronto in Hamilton. They needed overtime to do it, but Edmonton gets the win over B.C., just barely hanging onto their first-place spot. And Hamilton manages to keep Montreal out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, cruising to a twelve-point victory.

ResultOttawa by 3Calgary by 12Edmonton by 3Hamilton by 12
Margin of Error2 to 48 to 162 to 48 to 16

jags nails the Ottawa spread en route to a seven-point week and an all-but-guaranteed victory. argoal also nails the Ottawa spread, but it's not enough to prevent JPR from moving into sole possession of second place.

SpoFiteWPG @ OTTSCGY @ TORSBC @ EDMSHAM @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneOttawa3Calgary Edmonton Hamilton13773
JPROttawa4Calgary Edmonton4Hamilton 663
argoalOttawa3Calgary Edmonton 562
tahoemjOttawa Edmonton Hamilton 357
cixelsyd 3Calgary10Edmonton Hamilton9654
rcadeOttawa Calgary 3Hamilton10251
Reever 3 Edmonton Hamilton 350
tommytrumpOttawa Calgary11Edmonton Hamilton11650
benderOttawa Calgary 248
ic23bOttawa Calgary Edmonton4Hamilton 545
rumpleOttawa Calgary11Edmonton Hamilton 544
DrJohnEvansOttawa Calgary12Edmonton Hamilton 644
goddam Edmonton Hamilton13342
jjzucalOttawa Edmonton Hamilton 339
Ying Yang MafiaOttawa Calgary Edmonton4 436
owlhouseOttawa Edmonton 234

It's down to the wire: with three weeks left to play, we have three clinches in the east and two in the west, with a possible east-to-west crossover still in play.


Montreal @ Toronto (Friday, October 23)
Toronto's in the playoffs, but they've been having a tough time with their "home on the road" games, and Ottawa's coming up fast in their review mirror. But Montreal's on a tough four-game slide and has been playing some pretty rough ball. An opportunity for Toronto to reverse the momentum?

Hamilton @ B.C. (Friday, October 23)
These two teams appear to be headed in opposite directions: Hamilton is sitting on top of the East and has won two straight, while B.C. is struggling to hang onto a playoff spot, having lost two straight. On the other hand, B.C.'s losses have been very close, and Hamilton's still learning about life without Zach Collaros.

Ottawa @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 24)
Speaking of close losses, Winnipeg's still smarting from a three-point loss in the opener of the home-and home. They'd better be motivated to equalize this week or they'll fall out of the playoff race altogether.

Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 24)
In other news, Saskatchewan is still playing football games.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:07 PM on October 22

New York Mets Back in the World Series

The downside to the sweep is that there is no baseball today.

You know, I used to hate the postseason off-days. I always thought postseason baseball should be played on the schedule as the regular season. I never liked the thought of teams being able to use a three/four-man rotation and a three-man bullpen.

But that was before the Jays made the playoffs. After a crazy ALDS and five games through the ALCS, I'm exhausted. I need to rest up for Game 6. Very thankful for the off-day.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:16 AM on October 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Sorry this is so late! I meant to get it up this weekend but Air Canada had other ideas.

ResultToronto by 3Hamilton by 15Edmonton by 4Winnipeg by 3Toronto by 8
Margin of Error2 to 411 to 203 to 52 to 46 to 10

jags scores a strong seven points to grab a solid seven-point lead.

jagsnumberoneToronto Hamilton Edmonton3Winnipeg Toronto7766
argoal Hamilton 4 Toronto8557
JPRToronto3Hamilton 3 557
tahoemjToronto3Hamilton Toronto8754
cixelsyd Hamilton 4Winnipeg Toronto 448
ReeverToronto Hamilton Toronto 347
rcade Hamilton 146
bender Hamilton18 246
tommytrumpToronto Hamilton11Edmonton 444
ic23b Hamilton 140
rumple Hamilton17 239
goddam Hamilton18 Winnipeg 339
DrJohnEvans Hamilton14 Winnipeg Toronto3638
jjzucal Hamilton Edmonton Toronto 336
owlhouse Edmonton 132
Ying Yang Mafia Hamilton12 Winnipeg 332

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:48 PM on October 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Ottawa by 7
Calgary by 12
Edmonton by 8
Hamilton by 18

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:18 AM on October 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Ottawa runs up the points but the Argos pull off a one-handed comeback for the win. Hamilton rides a big first half to a comfortable victory over the Riders. Edmonton digs in deep to stifle the powerful Calgary offence and grab that tie atop the division. Winnipeg heads into Vancouver, and leaves with a big comeback win. And hey! Toronto wins in Montreal to go 2-0 on the week and grab a share of the division.

I'm still in travel mode so the standings will be a little late again this week. Sorry for the delay!


Four weeks left and four playoff spots still up for grabs. Who wants one?

Winnipeg @ Ottawa (Friday, October 16)
Ottawa's gunning to get back to a home playoff game, while Winnipeg's just gunning to get back into the playoffs. Both these teams seem to only end up in tight games, so watch your spread this week.

Calgary @ Toronto (Saturday, October 17)
Calgary just lost their first-place spot to Edmonton, while Toronto's strong week has pushed them into second place. Momentum is a factor - but is environment? Toronto will play yet another home game on the road this week.

B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 17)
B.C.'s neck and neck with Winnipeg for the last playoff spot in the West, while Edmonton's on some kinda streak. You know what I say about streaks. At least I hope you do, because I forgot to write it down.

Hamilton @ Montreal (Sunday, October 18)
Hamilton's offence has returned to earth somewhat over the past couple of weeks, but Montreal's has fallen off the map. I fear the confines of Stade Molson will be not too friendly for the home side this week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:28 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Huge thanks to Reever for taking care of the reviews and previews, and sorry to be so late with the standings. I'm in Italy, and the time difference means that last Tuesday's game doesn't start here until tonight.

ResultOttawa by 22Calgary by 3Edmonton by 1B.C. by 26
Margin of Error15 to 292 to 41 to 118 to 34

Three players nail the Calgary spread. One is JPR, who moves into a tie for second, and another is jags, who extends his lead to seven points.

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSCGY @ HAMSEDM @ WPGSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneOttawa Calgary3 B.C. 559
argoalOttawa Edmonton B.C. 352
JPROttawa Calgary3 Edmonton B.C. 652
tahoemjOttawa Edmonton B.C. 347
rcadeOttawa Calgary4Edmonton B.C. 545
bender Calgary Edmonton 244
cixelsydOttawa Calgary4Edmonton 444
ReeverOttawa Calgary3 Edmonton 544
tommytrump Calgary Edmonton B.C. 340
ic23bOttawa B.C. 239
rumple Edmonton B.C. 237
goddamOttawa15 236
jjzucalOttawa Edmonton B.C. 333
DrJohnEvansOttawa Edmonton B.C. 332
owlhouse Calgary Edmonton B.C. 331
Ying Yang MafiaOttawa Edmonton B.C. 329

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:19 PM on October 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Tuesday games? WTF?

Hamilton by 14
Calgary by 6
Winnipeg by 12
Toronto by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:49 AM on October 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:24 AM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Winnipeg makes it close, but Calgary hangs on for the win - and a good thing too for them, since Edmonton won too. Toronto gets it done in Ottawa, while Montreal stumbles in Saskatchewan, as the Riders nab their second win of the season.

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

The contenders at the top remain in lockstep, but a four-point week for owlhouse means we have a new Costanza leader. Costanza follower? We need to clarify the verbiage on this.

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

This week features battles of the best and battles of the basements, all with alliterative implications for pre-playoff pushes.


Montreal @ Ottawa (Thursday, October 1)
Who wants it more? Ottawa needs a win to move back into home-playoff-game territory, while Montreal needs a win to hang onto a crossover spot. Not exactly a battle of dynasties, but still decent drama for the bottom of the East.

Calgary @ Hamilton (Friday, October 2)
Speaking of dynasties, here's your marquee match of the week: the two division leaders duke it out. Calgary's got the better record, but statisically Hamilton's got better numbers on both sides of the ball - and has been solid at home. Total coin toss for me here.

Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 3)
Poor Edmonton: they've reeled off three wins in a row but still can't seem to catch Calgary. They'll just have to keep winning. To thicken the plot, they'll be facing off against their ex-QB, Matt Nichols, who I'm sure would love to gain some ground at the expense of his old team.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Saturday, October 3)
All you daredevils who picked Saskatchewan to win last week, well done! Who wants to make it two in a row?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:13 AM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

(who are these Winnioeg guys anyhow?)

Pretty sure that's my first typo in eleven years. Feel free to confirm.

Ottawa by 4 <-- Canadian cold lead pipe lock

Turns out, Canadian lead pipes don't freeze until October 1st.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:30 PM on September 28

Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices

Yes, please keep quiet about the clinching. It's a very low-key thing. Nobody wants to jinx anything. Particularly the players.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:21 PM on September 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Edmonton by 21
Ottawa by 7
Montreal by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:05 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

In Calgary, the Stamps ride to a comfortable victory over the visiting Lions, while Edmonton shocks the Ti-Cat faithful in Hamilton. Ottawa hits a last-second field goal to beat the Riders in Regina, while Montreal digs deep and beats the new-look Bombers.

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

Another week, another extra point for argoal as he moves to within five points of jags. But as YYM pointed out, the real race here is for the Costanza.

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

Calgary and Edmonton are duking it out in the West, while the entire Eastern division is still in play for the first-round bye.


Calgary @ Winnioeg (Friday, September 25)
Winnipeg looked like they might be on a roll there, but got shocked in Montreal last week. Will they be the appetizer to Calgary's playoff buffet? (Note to self: delete this metaphor before posting.)

B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 26)
Both of these teams have their eye on the prize: Edmonton is trying to catch Calgary for the division lead, while B.C. is just trying to grab sole possession of the third playoff spot. But fortune favours the streaky, and the Esks have won two straight, while the Lions have lost two.

Toronto @ Ottawa (Saturday, September 26)
Ummmm hey guys does your standings page say that Ottawa's in second place? Yeah, mine too. Must be a bug. I'll report it to the webmaster. (Also, Toronto's lost three in a row? Yikes. Any recent Ricky Ray sightings?)

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 27)
Two last place teams duke it out. But hey, if the season ended today, we'd see a rare crossover from East to West. Montreal's still got a heck of a lot for which to play.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:46 AM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:30 AM on September 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Home-and-home results: Hamilton takes advantage of Toronto's miscues to sweep, Winnipeg stages the comeback to split, and Edmonton rides Mike Reilly's arm to a split. And hey! Ottawa makes a healthy statement in Vancouver.

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

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

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

Eight weeks to go and the playoff jostling begins in earnest. Only candidates with a postsecondary degree in jostling will be accepted.


B.C. @ Calgary (Friday, September 18)
Here are two teams looking in their rear-view mirror: Calgary's stumbled and their division lead is down to two points, while B.C.'s tied with surging Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the division. Who's more desperate?

Edmonton @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 19)
Mike Reilly's back and Edmonton's got their eye on the prize. But a strong offense will only get you halfway there against Hamilton.

Ottawa @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, September 19)
The Who'd-a-Thunk-It Bowl: Ottawa on a two-win streak to jump into second place, Saskatchewan with one win on the season. What's your pick: momentum or legacy?

Winnipeg @ Montreal (Sunday, September 20)
And here are the two teams trying to get back in the race. Winnipeg's riding a new QB while Montreal's still trying to figure it out. Tough to pick against the hot hand in this one.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:11 AM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:32 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Montreal stumbles and falls at home as the Lions come away with the win. Toronto falls down early and can't muster a comeback in Hamilton. In a tight defensive battle, Calgary holds Edmonton to just seven points. And in their tenth game of the season, Saskatchewan finally WINS.

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

argoal continues to chip away at jags' lead, now down to a mere eight points and there are nine weeks left in the season. I'm biting my nails, folks!

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

It's the traditional week-after-Labour-Day-home-and-home-grudge-rematch, in which most parts of Canada experience a severe hyphen shortage.


Hamilton @ Toronto (Friday, September 11)
Toronto got flat-out spanked last week, and has dropped two in a row to fall out of first place. They're in tough again this week, but with Ricky Ray rumours swirling around the practice field, who knows what will happen?

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 12)
Look who's streaking now: Saskatchewan, frehs off their first win, is only four points behind the Bombers. Winnipeg's lost four in a row will Matt Nichols be the answer?

Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 12)
Speaking of four-point gaps, Calgary has won five in a row to grab a strong first-place lead. That can get upgraded to "commanding" with another win over the Eskimoes. But is that Mike Reilly I see, shaking off the injury rust?

Ottawa @ B.C. (Sunday, September 13)
Hold up. It's after Labour Day, and Ottawa has a winning record? Who's writing this script?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:34 PM on September 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Canoe teams, owlhouse.

Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 10
Hamilton by 21
Calgary by 30

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:33 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Montreal hangs on to stun the Hamilton faithful as the Ti-Cats' winning streak comes to a close. Toronto can't quite get it going in Edmonton, while Winnipeg just can't get anything going at home. And in Ottawa, the Roughriders' hard-luck season continues, and it wasn't even close.

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

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

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

The Labour Day Classics line up nicely this year between division contenders. Also, Saskatchewan plays this week, much to the chagrin of Saskatchewanians.


BC @ Montreal (Thursday, September 3)
The Fair-to-Middling Bowl: Montreal is in last place, but that's only four points away from first in the East. Meanwhile, B.C. is just trying to hang on to a playoff spot.

Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 6)
Times are tough in Winnipeg: they've lost three in a row and are a long way down in the division standings. But they've added to their QB depth by picking up Matt Nichols, and hey! They play Saskatchewan this week.

Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, September 7)
This Labour Day Classic has some teeth to it: the winner gets first place in the division. Hamilton's been the better team by point differential, but Toronto's got... well... um, Ricky Ray might be close to returning? That's something!

Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 7)
The other rivalry game is nearly as close: an Edmonton win will move them into a first-place tie with Calgary. But who the heck will they start at quarterback?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:36 PM on September 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:22 PM on August 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

A big fourth quarter help the Alouettes stun the home side as the Lions lose in Vancouver. Hamilton continues their torrid play with a third straight blowout win. Calgary holds off a late Rider rally to send Saskatchewan to their eighth straight loss, while Toronto does much the same, pushing back a fourth-quarter Redblack surge.

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

With jags in cruise control twelve points ahead, the drama is now in the second-place race. argoal holds a two-point lead, but five players are within five points.

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

Who's going to be brave enough to pick Saskatchewan this week? Or any week, for that matter?


Montreal @ Hamilton (Thursday, August 27) Montreal's been better then their record indicates so far. But Hamilton has just been crazy good these past few games, so I'm not betting big on an upset here.

Toronto @ Edmonton (Friday, August 28) Battle of the backup quarterbacks! I have no idea how Edmonton has strung together five wins this year. Then again, I have no idea how Toronto has notched six, and I'm a season ticket holder. Give Edmonton a very slight home edge.

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Saturday, August 29) It's a Week 4 rematch: way back when, Winnipeg lost a one-point heartbreaker to Calgary. If Winnipeg wants to contend for the division, they need to be on the right side of that coin flip this time.

Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Sunday, August 30) The 2015 Saskatchewan Roughrider calendar had August 30 marked as "Guaranteed Win Night". But with Ottawa 3-5 and the Riders winless, an erratum may need to be issued.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:01 AM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

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

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

Not that I should have botheredit's the same ol' story. jags nails the Edmonton win and hits the Hamilton margin to score seven points and extend his lead to ELEVEN. Holy cow!

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

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:37 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Just getting a white-background comment out of the way so I can have green for my tables. This is a good life hack, kids.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:35 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Thanks to Reever for getting the post up while I was on vacation! I'll try to get the updated standings posted tonight.

B.C. by 10
Hamilton by 8
Saskatchewan by 7
Toronto by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:25 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:18 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

The Lions stumble out of the gate, but find their footing in the second half, beating Edmonton and drowning the world in "Lions Roar Back" headlines. And speaking of comebacks, how about them Redblacks? Henry Burris gives them the edge as they take down visiting Montreal. In Toronto, a sloppy first half nearly does in the Argos, but a late surge gives them back the win. No such drama in Hamilton, where Winnipeg just plain sucked and they lose Drew Willy to injury.

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

jags scores a meagre four points this week, but argoal makes a last-minute change in his Ottawa game and the gamble doesn't pay off. It's a NINE-point lead for jags.

Down the board, tight games lead to lots of spreads nailed. A solid well-done to Reever for nailing both the Ottawa and Toronto wins.

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

At least Saskatchewan can't lose this week! Ha ha! Scheduling jokes are always hilarious.


Edmonton @ Montreal (Thursday, August 13)
The Esks took it on the chin last week, but they've still got the best defence in the league by far. That's going to make life tough for the young offensive side in Montreal.

Toronto @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 14)
Toronto hits the road again, but may be visiting Winnipeg at just the right time. The mosquitos are dying out, the snow won't arrive for a week or so, and Drew Willy may be hurt. Watch the ticker for updates.

B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 15)
Speaking of timing, the Lions may not have it. They've won only close games: all three of their wins were by three points. Hamilton, on the other hand, seems to have found their groove and has started piling up the points.

Ottawa @ Calgary (Sunday, August 15)
Who would've guess? Both these teams are 4-2 and with very similar points scored/against. But how much magic can be left in Henry Burris's fingers? (Don't answer that.)

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:52 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Toronto by 12
Hamilton by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:46 PM on August 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Winnipeg gets off to a slow start, but gears up in the second half to put the Lions away. The Great Saskatchewan Third-String Experiment registers a dismal failure as Edmonton runs roughshod over the Riders. Calgary falls behind early, but pulls off the comeback against Montreal, while Toronto's comeback bid falls juuuust a bit short in the Hammer.

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

jags fails to register a point in the B.C.-Winnipeg game, bringing his consecutive-games point streak to a close — but he nails the Calgary game to grab five points and extend his already-big lead. Hoo boy!

Also! Four players nailed the Calgary win, which may very well be some sort of record, in case anyone case to go back 11 years to confirm. (What this Pick 'Em needs is an intern.)

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

Simcoe Day is once again upon us, meaning it's time for the traditional holiday weekend activities, such as playing football on Mondays, sitting in cottage country traffic, and hoping your A/C holds out.


Edmonton @ B.C. (Thursday, August 6)
The Lions have lost a coupla tough games in a row, and this week doesn't get any easier for them: the 4-1 Eskimoes come to town, bringing their league-best defence and four-game winning streak with them. But B.C. Place has historically been unkind to visitors: maybe the Lions cover the spread.

Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, August 7)
Pythagoras suggests that Montreal isn't fully deserving of their 2-3 fourth-place position, nor is Ottawa solidly situated in second place. The Redlacks have shown some spunk this year, but they've still given up too many points, and I think that may start to haunt them soon.

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, August 8)
The Argos finally return home, with a not-at-all-bad-we'll-take-it 3-2 record on their long, strange voyage through western Canada. And what better way to celebrate the homecoming than hosting the hapless, flailing Roughriders?

Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Sunday, August 9)
Remember back when Winnipeg was in the East Division, and this was a bitter rivalry? Those were the days. Also, if you're flying to Winnipeg from the GTA, you get better prices if you fly from Hamilton. As for this game, I got nothing.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:13 PM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Don't worry rcade, this week is just a scheduled bye and not a team contraction — this time.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

I'm following jags' picks until proven otherwise.

B.C. by 9
Edmonton by 8
Calgary by 11
Hamilton by 7 (Collaros heartbreaker go-ahead TD)

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:37 AM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's "win now" (being this year or next)

I think the "or next" part of that is key. The Jays had a limited window for their excellent offense, and not enough pitching. Regular folks like you and me figured that they needed to add pitching before their offensive window ran out. But AA looked at the high-end pitching market and decided that it was easier to extend the window for the offense.

So now they still need pitching, but the increase in offense means they can be more reasonable in acquiring pitching. And they've made themselves more competitive in 2016-17, while punting their aging-shortstop problem down the road.

So basically they don't have to sell the farm and go for broke in 2015. I think it's a smart deal.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:54 PM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Thanks rcade! The sacrifice is appreciated.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:49 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Jays acquire Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins, in exchange for Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco.

Dave Cameron approves.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 AM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Not to be a stickler but my point total should be 23 now (not 17). I may need those points in a couple of weeks/lol.

Another copy/paste error! Sorry about that. Your total is correct in my spreadsheet, it just didn't make it into the table. Although it did make it into the weekly summary so hopefully that's worth something.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 AM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

A sophomore stunner in Ottawa as the Redblacks top the visiting Stampeders in overtime. Toronto spots B.C. a 21-point lead before coming all the way back to win in the last minute. In Edmonton, Winnipeg gets a first-quarter field goal, and then apparently they just got on the bus and went home. Saskatchewan puts up a fight at home, but comes apart in the fourth quarter to open the season 0-5.

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

Stop me if you've heard this one before: it's another six-point week for jags, which gives him a very comfortable lead indeed. In fact, since going pointless in the first game of the season, he's earned a point in every single game since. That could very well be a CFL Pick 'Em record! Feel free to take several dozen hours to go back ten years and verify that.

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

Simcoe Day is once again upon us, meaning it's time for the traditional holiday weekend activities, such as playing football on Mondays, sitting in cottage country traffic, and hoping your A/C holds out.


B.C. @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 30)
Here's a coupla teams in some disarray. B.C. had a win in the bag before letting it all slip away, while Winnipeg got flat-out embarrassed, so they've both slid down the standings. The winner this week gets a head start on the climb back up.

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, July 31)
Both these teams lost their starting QBs to injury in Week One. Now Edmonton's in first place, and Saskatchewan's still looking for their first win. It's all about depth. Take the streak until proven otherwise.

Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, August 1)
Speaking of depth, do you believe in Rakeem Cato? He's been piling up the yards, while the much-vaunted Bo Levi Mitchell threw but one touchdown in last week's Calgary loss. The Stamps are still the better team, but this one may be closer than Vegas wants it to be.

Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, August 3)
It's a Pan Am reunion tour: Hamilton finally relinquishes control of its spruced-up home, while Toronto is forced to be vagabonds for one more week. But at 3-1 and with one of the best offences in the league, the Argos will take it.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:51 PM on July 27

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

Just going to leave this here.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on July 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:00 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Sorry about that, rumple! That was a copy/paste error. You scored 6 points - the total of 13 is correct.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:00 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:08 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:47 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:20 PM on July 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 AM on July 15

The Ashes. Explained.

Enjoyed this. Thanks!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:49 PM on July 10