Enjoyed this greatly. Thanks.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:42 PM on March 15
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.
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.
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
Grrr. That should read 35-22. Sorry. It was a long night.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:05 AM on November 26
Here goes nothin'.
Toronto by 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:46 PM on November 25
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.
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.
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
Pick the player who will be the MVP of the Grey Cup.
The Over/Under is set at 54.5. Will the total number of points scored be over or under that mark?
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.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:22 PM on November 22
Montreal by 3
B.C. by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:33 AM on November 18
DJE put himself above me even though we have the same number of points.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:06 PM on November 15
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.
JPR and tommytrump both nail the Calgary spread to take an early lead.
No upsets here. It's number two versus number one in both divisions.
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
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
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:14 AM on November 15
Edmonton by 7
Calgary (lead changes) by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:10 AM on November 11
Relevant! Current weather forecasts for Sunday:
Calgary: Sunny with highs of 2, lows of minus freaking 16.
Toronto: INDOORS, suckers!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:11 PM on November 07
Edmonton Eskimos (7-11) @ Toronto Argonauts (9-9) (Sunday, November 11)
The crossover rule is designed to reward a stronger division: if the fourth-place team in one division has a better record than the third-place team in the other, the fourth-place team crosses over and takes that playoff spot. So just how evenly matched are these teams? Edmonton has questions at quarterback; Toronto has questions everywhere else. Does home field advantage (and possible Grey Cup home field) give the Argos an edge over these Eskimos far from home?
TSN.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview
Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-10) @ Calgary Stampeders (12-6) (Sunday, November 11)
Here's a more traditional playoff matchup: home favourite versus visiting underdog. To make things worse, the 'Riders come in on a four-game losing streak, while the Stamps have won four straight. Your only question: do you go for the spread, or the upset?
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 fakes.
2012 Kicking Stats
Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus
The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 101.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?
Example pick: Edmonton by 21, Calgary by 14, Prefontaine, Over.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:07 PM on November 07
Toronto's backups win a wild one to eliminate Hamilton for good. Calgary's backups do the same to relegate Edmonton to the crossover, which means Saskatchewan stays in the West regardless of their loss in B.C.. Also, Montreal played Winnipeg I guess.
No upsets at the top as bender finishes off his victory lap with a solid three-point week. Congratulations to bender and his nickel!
Controversy at the bottom! andiemgarcia finishes with the lowest absolute point total, but she only made 60% of her picks. Extrapolating her points over a full slate of picks puts her in the 62 point range, so I must declare her ineligible for the Costanza.
That leaves a three-way tie between MrFrisby, argoal, and Reever, each with 41 points. However! MrFrisby missed two picks this season, which means he projects to a respectable 42 points.
That leaves the Costanza as a tie between two players who did not miss a single pick all season. Congratulations, Reever and argoal! I'll have to dig up the trophy graphic for you to proudly display on your profiles.
(My Costanza Tiebreaker Projections are available for vetting.)
Thanks for another great year! Stay tuned for the playoff pick 'em!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:19 AM on November 05
Hamilton by 11
Edmonton by 14
Montreal by 8
Saskatchewan by 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:13 AM on October 31
Also, we do have at least one Perfect Costanza in SpoFi Pick 'Em history. It was Folkways in the 2006 CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:06 AM on October 30
No, littleLebowski only jumped in for the last round, which makes him ineligible for the Costanza. Same for NerfballPro.
Which leaves Ying Yang Mafia as the Costanza winner. Congratulations!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:02 AM on October 30
Our Pick 'Em closely resembled the actual Series: short, sweet, and not much offence.
Sandoval takes home the MVP, and also happens to take the only intentional walk in the Series.
Ufez is the only player to score multiple points, but holden's lead is big enough to hold him off. Congratulations, holden!
Thanks to everyone for playing. See y'all in March for the 3rd Quadrennial WBC Pick 'Em!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:17 PM on October 29
With the division clinched, B.C. all but licks the stamp in a mailed-in loss in Calgary. Hamilton finally puts the Bombers out of their misery. Toronto shows some initiative and wins in Regina to clinch a home playoff date. And Montreal keeps us guessing by preventing Edmonton form clinching.
tommy narrows the lead, but bender is still four points up. Will it be enough?
This is it! Last chance for big money! And by big money, I mean no money.
Hamilton @ Toronto (Thursday, November 1)
Hamilton needs to win to stay in contention. Toronto's home and cool, but it honestly seems like their regulars could use a few more reps.
Calgary @ Edmonton (Friday, November 2)
A win and Edmonton's in, so desperation's on their side. Will Calgary put up much of a fight?
Montreal @ Winnipeg (Saturday, November 3)
Montreal can relax after wrapping up the division title. Winnipeg can relax for less fortunate reasons. Look for the young 'uns playing for 2013 jobs.
Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Saturday, November 3)
This is interesting. Saskatchewan's guaranteed a playoff spot, but a loss this week puts them at risk to be the crossover team. On the other hand, maybe the East road is easier than the West. So I basically have no idea.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:05 PM on October 29
It's a bit more difficult to estimate this year; reporting dates will be earlier for some due to the 2013 WBC. But I did ballpark it on Twitter last night before this thread was posted.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:11 AM on October 29
Howard_T, thanks for that. It's so easy to gloss over the sheer workload of pro athletes (and the sheer dedication one must have to be one), it's nice to be reminded.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:14 PM on October 28
Calgary by 7
Hamilton by 4
Saskatchewan by 9
Edmonton by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 AM on October 25
Winnipeg pulls a fast one to prevent the Argos from climbing the playoff rungs. B.C. holds court at home to clinch the division. Montreal gets the job done on the road in Regina, and Calgary hangs on in the snow to clinch a home playoff date.
bender keeps pace with a five-point lead, but YYM logs a big seven-point week to jump into the top three.
It's time to separate the league into two new divisions: clinched and unclinched. Make your picks accordingly.
B.C. @ Calgary (Friday, October 26)
Send in the scrubs! Both B.C. and Calgary have clinched first and second respectively. Tough to imagine the starters getting too many reps, so who knows how this one turns out.
Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 27)
Well, this is embarrassing. Either one of these teams needs to win out (and hope that Edmonton loses out) in order to avoid a crossover elimination. Should be a feisty battle.
Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 27)
Saskatchewan has clinched a playoff berth, but needs another win to avoid having to travel out East. Meanwhile, Toronto can't be as bad as they've looked the past three weeks. Can they?
Edmonton @ Montreal (Saturday, October 28)
Montreal is sitting pretty as division champion and Edmonton is clawing their way into the playoffs. You do the math.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:31 PM on October 24
Of course, the NLCS had to go a full seven games to make this a tight turnaround once again.
Everybody swung and missed on all the bonus questions. I can understand Doug Fister and Barry Zito not being the favourites for the ERA crown, but for the bonus question named after Moneyball, how did nobody guess Marco Scutaro and his Oaklandtastic .533 OBP?
As always, please double-check your picks and points.
Detroit Tigers (88-74) vs San Francisco Giants (94-68) - begins October 24, 8:00pm ET
Pick the winner of the series, and the number of games which said victory would require.
THE MVP PICK
Pick the MVP of the World Series.
THE MWAR* PICK
Pick the total number of intentional walks which will be issued in the series.
Pick the average game duration, rounded to the nearest minute. This is worth no points, and will be used only in the event of a tiebreaker.
Total points available: 4 (2 Series + 1 MVP + 1 MWAR)
* Manager Wins Above Replacement
posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:46 PM on October 23
B.C. by 14
Saskatchewan by 4
Calgary by 26
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:43 PM on October 19
I dunno. I think that whole "AHL players count against the cap" clause is a showstopper for the players, and reasonably so.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:45 AM on October 17
Just a note that the standings table for the MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em is now posted in the LCS thread.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:49 AM on October 16
B.C. pads their lead by taking care of business in Hamilton, and Calgary keeps pace by doing the same in Winnipeg. Edmonton makes things interesting with a win over Saskatchewan, and Montreal clinches a playoff berth with a win in Toronto.
Just as we thought bender couldn't be caught, tommytrump puts together a nice six-point week to narrow the gap just a bit.
The playoff picture starts to come into focus as we have a couple of games which are, if not must-win, at least must-not-lose.
Winnipeg @ Toronto (Friday, October 19)
If Toronto has any hope of challenging for the division title, it has to start with a win against a tough-luck opponent. But do they have the aforementioned hope?
Edmonton @ B.C. (Friday, October 19)
B.C. probably has a couple more competitive weeks in them until they clinch the division. Edmonton's still charging for that last playoff spot, though.
Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 20)
Montreal travels west where Saskatchewan is still in the mix for a home playoff game. Do the Alouettes start taking their foot off the gas pedal?
Hamilton @ Calgary (Saturday, October 20)
Um, wow. Hamilton needs to find at least two more wins this season, or they'll be the victims of a crossover. Calgary is not the best place to go to find wins.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:47 AM on October 16
Here, at long last, is the standings table. Thanks so much for your patience.
In the Molina bonus, all teams combined to go 17/24 in stolen cases for a 70.8% percentage.
The Showalter bonus lived up to its name as the AL clobbered the NL in blown saves, 5-2.
As always, please double-check your picks and points.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:11 PM on October 15
I'm still working on the results table, but in the meantime here are the picking opportunities for the LCS:
AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Detroit Tigers (88-74) vs New York Yankees (95-67) - begins October 13, 8:00pm
NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
St Louis Cardinals (88-74) vs San Francisco Giants (94-68) - begins October 14, 8:00pm
Pick the winner of each series, and the number of games which said victory would require.
THE JUSTIN VERLANDER IS OKAY I GUESS BONUS PICK
Pick the two pitchers, one from each league, who will have the lowest ERA in his respective Series. Minimum 6 IP.
THE MONEYBALL FOREVER BONUS PICK
Pick the player that will have the highest OBP in either Series.
Total points available: 7 (4 LCS + 2 Verlander Bonus + 1 Moneyball Bonus)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:27 AM on October 13
B.C. by 12
Calgary by 7
Saskatchewan by 10
Montreal by 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:28 PM on October 11
But yeah, that was pretty impressive.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:00 AM on October 11
Edmonton keeps the crossover in play by beating Hamilton at home. B.C. hangs onto the division lead and clinches a playoff spot with a win over Calgary. Winnipeg shocks everyone with a rare win in Montreal, while Toronto turns in a turkey in their Thanksgiving Day game against the Riders.
Ladies and gentlemen, bender is on a roll. He nails his second game in as many weeks to take a commanding eight-point lead.
With four weeks left to play, very little has been decided.
B.C. @ Hamilton (Friday, October 12)
B.C. has to be the favourite going in, but who's more desperate? The sitting-pretty Lions, or the crossover-risk Ti-Cats?
Calgary @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 13)
Calgary should also be the favourite as they're still in the hunt for the division lead. But the Bombers have been turning a few heads lately.
Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 13)
Realistically, this is Edmonton's last chance to secure a west division playoff berth. And Saskatchewan's still pushing for a home playoff date of their own.
Montreal @ Toronto (Sunday, October 14)
Both teams are coming off bad losses, and neither have looked very consistent this year. But if Toronto wins, they'll win the potential tiebreaker should they finish the season tied.. and that is not entirely unrealistic.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:49 PM on October 10
grum@work: Accepted! Happy Thanksgiving!
ursus_comiter: Accepted! It was your pick that flagged the mistake for me, after all.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:34 PM on October 09
Darvish beats out Medlen by a third of an inning to grab the pitching bonus. In Triple Crown land, it's Nate McClouth and David Ross with 2 RsBI each.
CORRECTING MY OWN MISTAKE
In my haste to get the post up, I screwed up the Molina Bonus instructions. It should NOT be CS / SB. That is just silly. It should in fact be:
Stolen Bases / Stolen Base Attempts
Stolen Bases / Stolen Base Attempts
or SB / (SB + CS) if you prefer. Sorry about that!
SB / (SB + CS)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:39 PM on October 06
Detroit in 4
Baltimore in 5
San Francisco in 4
Washington in 4
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:57 PM on October 06
In the previous thread, I have game picks for:
If you are not on that list and should be, please point me to where you picked. Thanks!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:48 PM on October 06
I'm still working on the results table and will post it as soon as it's done. In the meantime, I present:
THE LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES
Detroit Tigers (88-74) vs Oakland Athletics (94-68) - begins October 6, 6:00pm
Baltimore Orioles (93-69) vs New York Yankees (95-67) - begins October 7, 6:00pm
Cincinnati Reds (97-65) vs San Francisco Giants (94-68) - begins October 6, 9:30pm
St Louis Cardinals (88-74) vs Washington Nationals (98-64) - begins October 7, 3:00pm
THE YADIER MOLINA MAGIC BONUS PICK
Pick the stolen base success ratio (CS / SB) for all players in the LDS, rounded to the nearest 5%. Example: 80%.
THE BUCK SHOWALTER MAGIC BULLPEN BONUS PICK
Pick the league, AL or NL, that will amass the greatest number of blown saves in their LDS.
Total points available: 10 (8 LDS + 1 Molina Bonus + 1 Buck Bonus)
Given the short turnaround, I will allow bonus picks to submitted up until the beginning of Monday's games. I've picked bonus questions which use stats that can be a little more volatile in small sample sizes, so it should still be a fair challenge.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:44 PM on October 06
Update! Baltimore has announced their starter:
@JeffWilson_FWST Orioles to start lefty Joe Saunders on Friday. He's 0-6 with a 9.38 ERA in his career at #Rangers Ballpark.
Ooh- one last question: is the run differential separate from the winning team? I.e., if in my picks below, Baltimore wins by 4, do I get 1 point?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:26 PM on October 04
Atlanta by 3
Baltimore by 1
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:19 PM on October 04
And just a reminder that we'll have a very short turnaround between the WC game and the beginning of the ALDS. I'll get the second pick 'em post up Saturday morning, but if you won't be around this weekend, you're more than welcome to make some if/then picks in advance.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:59 PM on October 04
THE BUD SELIG MEMORIAL WILD CARD PLAY-IN GAME
St Louis Cardinals (88-74) at Atlanta Braves (94-68) - Friday, October 5, 5:00pm
Baltimore Orioles (93-69) at Texas Rangers (93-69) - Friday, October 5, 8:30pm
Pick the winner of each game, and the number of runs by which they will win.
THE BONUS PICK
Pick the pitcher who will pitch the most innings in the play-in game.
THE LET'S TRIPLE CROWN LIKE IT'S 1967 BONUS PICK
Pick the player who will bat the most runs in. You know, RBIs. Ties are fine.
Total points available: 6 (4 play-in + 1 Bonus + 1 Triple Crown)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:54 PM on October 04
Well, how 'bout that? Hamilton stands up to the big boys and beats Montreal at home. Calgary brings the Eskimos back down to earth. Toronto gets the job done in the 'Peg, while B.C. cools down the Lions.
And how 'bout this? bender nails the Hamilton win to take a commanding lead.
Bring in the harvest, because it's time for Canadian Thanksgiving football! For beginners, the primary difference is that American Thanksgiving has four courses while Canadian has only three. Also, the giblets can be in motion before the snap.
Hamilton @ Edmonton (Friday, October 5)
Here's a key playoff battle. There's a lot of season left, but if Edmonton can hold off the Ti-Cats, they find themselves in prime crossover position.
Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, October 6)
And look at this! A Calgary win moves them into a tie for first place. Is the shine coming off the Lions?
Winnipeg @ Montreal (Monday, October 8)
Montreal may look just a bit vulnerable, but remember that they place Winnipeg twice more this season.
Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Monday, October 8)
Just another game between two teams tryin' to scrape by and move on up.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:11 PM on October 02
Montreal by 14
Calgary by 8
Toronto by 11
B.C. by 2
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:46 AM on September 28
Winnipeg rights the ship with a win against the Ti-Cats. B.C. notches the comeback in Edmonton. Finally, in a couple of key divisional battles, Montreal and Saskatchewan hold their ground at home.
Tough week for points, but bender hits the Saskatchewan margin to regain his lead.
It's another divisional grudge week as the league scheduler does his darndest to jump-start the title races.
Montreal @ Hamilton (Friday, September 28)
Hamilton is flailing after a hot start, and can even see Winnipeg (!!) in their rear view mirror. The Alouettes, meanwhile, has shown once again that the road to the playoffs goes through Montreal. This could get ugly.
Edmonton @ Calgary (Friday, September 28)
After B.C., the rest of the West is up for grabs. Calgary has a big chance here to make life difficult for the Eskimos.
Toronto @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 29)
A win! A win! Winnipeg notched a win! But can they do it again? Toronto's playoff hopes desperately hope not.
B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, September 29)
Three wins in a row for B.C. -- is it too early for them to start coasting? (Probably.)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:43 PM on September 26
Hamilton by 18
B.C. by 22
Montreal by 5
Saskatchewan by 1
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:15 PM on September 20
with apologies to Brett Lawrie
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:29 PM on September 18
Winnipeg's offensive struggles return as they manage only three points in Calgary, and Edmonton doesn't look much better in Hamilton. Toronto makes a game of it but falls just short in B.C., and Saskatchewan can't come back from the early deficit in Montreal.
bender's sole reign is no more: tommytrump notches three points to move back into a first-place tie.
We're well over the halfway bump. Time to gear down for the home stretch.
Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Friday, September 21)
The Tiger-Cats need to start piling up more points if they hope to catch the rest of the East. Fortunately, Winnipeg is a good place to do just that.
B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 22)
Edmonton has looked absolutely terrible for the past few weeks, but are still tied for the last playoff spot. Is a turnaround in their future? Not if Kerry Joseph sees any more minutes, is my guess.
Toronto @ Montreal (Saturday, September 23)
Toronto walked into Montreal earlier this season and came away with a win. Can they do it again? If so, they'll be sitting pretty for at least a home playoff date.
Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 23)
Calgary's on a nice little run, but playing EDM-EDM-WPG will never hurt your win streak. Saskatchewan might just be tougher stuff.
Calgary by 11
Hamilton by 6
B.C. by 9
Montreal by 4
posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:00 PM on September 13
Sweeps abound! Calgary edges out another win over Edmonton, while Toronto runs its way to a win against the Ti-Cats. Saskatchewan beats Winnipeg again, although in slightly more dramatic fashion. B.C. is the only team to exact some revenge against the Alouettes.
Big push this week, but bender gets the Calgary win and hits the Toronto margin to carve out a little lead.
Feeling fuzzy today? Got a bit of a headache? You're probably suffering from a Labour Day hangover. But worry not: you are not suffering alone.
Winnipeg @ Calgary (Friday, September 14)
Winnipeg is in a rut, and Calgary is never an easy place to play. No need to guess who the favourites are here.
Edmonton @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 15)
Two teams fighting their way through a tough Labour Day haze. Edmonton still has their sights on a home playoff date, though.
Toronto @ B.C. (Saturday, September 15)
Two in a row for Toronto, with some actual offence on top of that! But let's see you do it in B.C., son.
Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Sunday, September 16)
Montreal has given up more points than they've scored? Is that right? What sort of alternate reality are we living in?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:43 PM on September 11
Edmonton by 10
Ham... Ha... H... Toronto by 8
B.C. by 7
Saskatchewan by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:02 AM on September 06
apoch writes in via Twitter to say he'll go with the same picks as last week:
BC by 4
Winnipeg by 5
Hamilton by 10
Edmonton by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:48 PM on September 05
Hm, not sure about that table colour. I'm experimenting with new colours, given the move from the Locker Room over to the new page. Will try something different next week.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:09 PM on September 05
This was not your run-of-the-mill Labour Day weekend. Montreal stops B.C.'s four-game win streak to notch one of their own. Toronto stuns the Ti-Cat faithful with 22 fourth-quarter points. Edmonton's own comeback attempt falls just short in Cowtown. And out in Saskatchewan, the Roughriders put an end to their losing streak in fine style: by handing Winnipeg its first shutout in 43 years.
Entertaining games don't always translate to points on the board. Just ask apoch. Or Reever.
Last week was so fun, we decided to do it again. That's right, it's the second half of the Labour Day Home-and-Home Grudge Match Spectacular!
Calgary @ Edmonton (Friday, September 7)
Edmonton wants to regain both its momentum and its hold on second place. With a one-point comeback loss last week, I'd make this rematch a coin toss.
Hamilton @ Toronto (Saturday, September 8)
Hamilton nearly rode their special teams to a win. Toronto's offence finally came to life, but only in the fourth quarter. Whoever finds consistency first wins the rematch.
Montreal @ B.C. (Saturday, September 8)
Clash of the titans, part two! Will B.C. return the favour at home and put an end to Montreal's winning streak?
Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Sunday, September 9)
If Winnipeg scores a point, it will be a moral victory.
Special shout-out to faithful CFL Pick 'Em player Reever, who's getting married during the CGY-EDM game. I mean, on Friday. I don't think the ceremony's at the game itself. Congratulations!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:08 PM on September 05
B.C. by 3
Winnipeg by 7
Hamilton by 10
Calgary by 22
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:35 PM on August 30
Tight games all around: Montreal edges Hamilton by a safety. B.C. hangs on over Winnipeg by a field goal. Calgary gets it done by a touchdown. Only Edmonton wins by two scores with a nine-point win in Toronto.
Four points from bender and three from apoch mean that we're back to a three-way tie for first.
Here we are at the Labour Day Classic once again! Get out your coveralls and put down your hammers.
B.C. @ Montreal (Friday, August 31)
It only took ten weeks, but we finally have a tilt between division leaders which looks like the real deal. Montreal puts their 3-game winning streak up against B.C.'s 4-gamer.
Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 2)
Annnnd we have a true battle of the basement. Saskatchewan's free fall continues with five straight losses. Are even the Blue Bombers licking their chops?
Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, September 3)
The mushy middle gets to fight it out in the last LDC from old Ivor Wynne. Sentiment will carry the day, which is good because these two offences sure won't.
Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 3)
These two teams are also playing.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:49 PM on August 28
Montreal by 14
B.C. by 5
Calgary by 8
Edmonton by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:49 AM on August 21
Montreal salts away a nice character-builder in Edmonton, and Toronto does the same in Calgary. Winnipeg holds their ground against Hamilton, while B.C. does the same against the Bombers.
Another week, another leader. tommytrump nails the B.C. spread for a neat five points and sole possession of first place.
It's the last week before the vaguely critical Labour Day showdowns, which means almost as much in the standings as this Pick 'Em.
Hamilton @ Montreal (Thursday, August 23)
This is a little more familiar. Hamilton has a losing record and Montreal is tied for first. Has regression to the mean set in already, or is there another surprise around the corner?
B.C. @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 24)
Winnipeg is struggling to get out of the basement, while B.C. looks to fend off any challengers to the division lead. Winter is coming in the 'Peg, but I'd still put my money on the Lions.
Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, August 25)
It's a true battle of the basement, but Saskatchewan's four-game losing streak since starting 3-0 gives this basement a nasty funk.
Edmonton @ Toronto (Monday, August 27)
It's the world premiere of the Revenge of Ricky Ray, Part XVIII. Get your tickets now!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 PM on August 20
Tonight I drank an Augusta Ale to celebrate.
Not really. It's just what I happened to have in the fridge.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:22 PM on August 20
Calgary rides a big fourth quarter to a comeback in Hamilton, and Edmonton stands its ground at home.
No more ties! bender nails the Calgary spread to jump out in front.
Back to a full slate of games this week, with all the grudge therein.
Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 16)
Hamilton's been their usual inconsistent self this year, but Winnipeg has just been plain awful. Take the points, and hide them somewhere safe.
Montreal @ Edmonton (Friday, August 17)
Is Edmonton creaking back to life? Will Commonwealth Stadium infuse them with energy? Can Stephen Jyles really beat Anthony Calvillo? I'm still not convinced.
Toronto @ Calgary (Saturday, August 18)
Toronto's gone six consecutive quarters without a touchdown, and Calgary leads the league in points scored. This could be a tough one.
Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Sunday, August 19)
Saskatchewan is last in the West. If they were in the East, they would be tied for first. You do the math.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:40 AM on August 11
Saskatchewan by 10
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:59 PM on August 10
Montreal gets back on the wagon with a win in Winnipeg, while Toronto can't get anything going against the Lions.
JPR and tommytrump score a very impressive four points each to move into a four-way (!) tie for first place.
One more miniature bye week, one more chance to expand the first-place tie.
Calgary @ Hamilton (Thursday, August 9)
Last-place versus first place. Except that they're within a game of each other. And Calgary's point differential is +1 while Hamilton's is -5. What's going on here?
Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, August 10)
Two evenly-matched teams trying to move out of a tie for second and into a tie for first. Saskatchewan has looked stronger, but Edmonton's at home, so let's call this a good-bye coin toss. (Get it? Good-bye? Good bye? For the bye week? Anybody?)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:19 PM on August 07
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