Montreal by 10
Calgary by 8
Hamilton by 7
B.C. by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 AM on October 23
It was messy, but Hamilton wins ugly against Ottawa to stay in a tie for first. Also ugly: Toronto's offence, which can't find the end zone all night as they drop the game, and first place, to Montreal. Calgary survives a late scare to clinch the division with a win over Winnipeg, while Edmonton's sittin' pretty in second with a win over Saskatchewan.
It's tooth and nail for the top two: JPR nails the Hamilton game to threaten, but argoal hits three margins to keep pace and stay on top.
Some interesting playoff scenarios shaping up. If you're in the East, replace "interesting" with "horrifying" as a crossover looms.
Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, October 24)
Nobody is more surprised than Montreal to find themselves tied for first, and with a short trip down the 417, they could take another step towards securing that first round bye. Ottawa's toast, of course, but beware the youth? Maybe?
Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Friday, October 24)
How the mighty have fallen. With Winnipeg's loss, Saskatchewan has clinched a playoff berth, but will an out-of-retirement Kerry Joseph carry them far in November? For that matter, can he even win a single game against a resting Calgary squad? I guess we'll find out this week.
Hamilton @ Toronto (Saturday, October 25)
Ouch: Toronto's fallen off the pace for the East division lead, and find themselves potential crossover victims. But Hamilton's the team they're chasing, and they shocked the Ti-Cats a couple weeks back. That said, Toronto's been lucky if not good, and if they want to stay alive they'll need to switch that up a bit.
B.C. @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 25)
Winnipeg extends their losing streak to seven in a row. If they make it eight, B.C.'s got themselves a playoff berth.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:56 AM on October 22
Hamilton by 21
Toronto by 12
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 9
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:14 PM on October 16
In Toronto, the Argos barely show up for most of the game, heading into the 3-minute warning down 13 points. But Ricky Ray and Chad Owens connect for a massive comeback to shock the Ti-Cats and preserve Toronto's share of first place.
Elsewhere in Vancouver, Montreal, and Edmonton, the Redblacks, Roughriders, and Bombers had the exact same plan, but forgot about the comeback.
Mostly a push this week, but argoal and JPR differed on the Hamilton-Toronto game, leaving argoal alone in first place - but just barely.
Into the home stretch with something to play for: with four games remaining, nobody has been mathmatically eliminated yet, and it's all divisional play from this point on.
Ottawa @ Hamilton (Friday, October 17)
Wait, even Ottawa's not eliminated yet? It's true! Although they will be with a loss, or a Toronto win. But they're going up against a decent Hamilton team that's coming off a crushing loss and looking to get back in the saddle, so maybe this ain't the Redblacks' year.
Montreal @ Toronto (Saturday, October 18)
Battle for first! Montreal, Toronto, and Hamilton are in a three-way tie for first. But Toronto has an actual quarterback, while Montreal has... a lovely stadium and a decent ground game. Montreal's had a nice comeback run, but I don't think they have the fuel to sustain it.
Calgary @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 18)
Oh, Winnipeg. Remember July? Yeah, me too. But you've lost six in a row now, and Calgary's coming to town. The Stamps can clinch the division with a win, while likely eliminating the Bombers from contention.
Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, October 19)
Here's the money game of the week. It's pretty much down to these two to host the division semi-final, and guess what? They play each other twice before the season's out. The Riders have fallen on tough times in the post-Durant era, while Edmonton's clawed its way into second place. Edmonton's got the edge until Saskatchewan can find its offence again, but should be a fun one regardless.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:38 AM on October 16
Hamilton by 8
B.C. by 10
Saskatchewan by 7
Edmonton by 16
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 AM on October 09
More shocking East division dominance! Ottawa spanks Winnipeg, Toronto edges Edmonton, and Hamilton comes back against the Lions. Meanwhile out West, Calgary rides away with a win to clinch a playoff spot and extend their division lead to three games.
We're all over the place this week. But JPR and argoal are at least headed in the right direction: twin five-point weeks jump them into a tie for first.
Heading into Thanksgiving weekend, every single East Division team has a winning streak. Just like we all predicted back in August, right?
Hamilton @ Toronto (Friday, October 10)
It's the revenge of Zach Collaros: cut loose by the Argos, he's found a niche with Hamilton and is making things interesting. With Hamilton leading the division by a game, this is a key game for Toronto heading into the home stretch.
Ottawa @ B.C. (Saturday, October 11)
All of a sudden, Ottawa has a win, and B.C. has lost three in a row. What universe is this? Still: Vancouver is Vancouver and that turf is tough on visitors.
Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Monday, October 13)
I don't even know what to think anymore. Saskatchewan had a chance to grab the division but lost it when Durant went down. Meanwhile Montreal has strung together a couple of wins and is very much in the mix for a home playoff game. What do you think: is Jonathan Crompton the man to bring glory back to Montreal?
Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Monday, October 13)
Edmonton pretty much has to win out if they have any hope of unseating Calgary for the division. But if that's your plan, hosting a struggling Winnipeg team isn't a bad way to start.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:39 PM on October 08
Edmonton by 8
B.C. by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:48 PM on October 04
Defence rules the day! Montreal hangs tough in Ottawa, while Edmonton bags an impressive shutout against Saskatchewan. Hamilton hangs on tight to beat Winnipeg, and Calgary's defence help 'em get their mojo back against the Lions.
The tie is broken! owlhouse notches four points to jump into sole posession of first place. And is that a four-way tie for second place I see?
Insert snappy week description here.
Winnipeg @ Ottawa (Friday, October 3)
Finally, we get a true battle of the basement! Expansion Ottawa has lost nine straight, but has looked better lately. Winnipeg started strong but have fallen flat, losing four straight. Who's worse?
Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Friday, October 3)
The two Western thoroughbreds, both without their startign QBs. Calgary's up by two wins with five weeks to play, but between now and season's end, they play Saskatchewan twice. They can all but clinch by winning this week, but that's no easy task in Regina.
Edmonton @ Toronto (Saturday, October 4)
Is there life in Toronto? A win in B.C., followed by a much-needed bye to rest the wounded, followed by an Edmonton team that's been inconsistent. But part of that inconsistency involved shutting out Saskatchewan last week, so Ricky Ray's gotta be on his guard.
B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 4)
Verrry interesting. You'd think that B.C. should get the edge, but the Lions are coming off a couple of tough losses, and a resurgent Hamilton's undefeated in their new digs. Hmmm.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:45 PM on October 01
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 3
Winnipeg by 9
B.C. by 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:01 PM on September 26
Toronto surprises everyone with a rare win in Vancouver, while Hamilton comes from behind to beat the Esks. Montreal shocks the bookies with a big win over Calgary, and even Ottawa makes it close against Saskatchewan.
Tough week for points given the surprises on the scoreboard, but argoal puts together a nice four-point week to move into a tie for third.
Back to divisional play this week, so maybe the world will make a little more sense.
Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, September 26)
Who would've thought this game could be intriguing? A resurgent Montreal could move into first with a win, and even Ottawa is looking competitive these days.
Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, September 26)
The West just got close again. Steady Edmonton can tie the Riders for second with a win, but Saskatchewan can tie for first if they can steal two points at Commonwealth.
Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 27)
Two teams going in opposite directions: Winnipeg has lost their early-season shine and three in a row to boot, while Hamilton's won two in a row to get to the top of the East. Is there enough time in the season for another change in fortune?
B.C. @ Calgary (Saturday, September 27)
Calgary looked like world beaters with Mitchell at the helm, but so far Drew Tate hasn't been able to keep that momentum in place. Are they vulnerable? The visiting Lions will be a good test.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:56 PM on September 25
Edmonton by 9
Calgary by 11
Saskatchewan by 21
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:24 PM on September 20
Montreal hangs in there, but Edmonton pulls away with a strong fourth quarter to seal the deal. Calgary goes down early but breaks all sorts of records in a huge comeback against the Argos. B.C. stifles the Bomber offence at home, while Saskatchewan just can't get anything done in Hamilton.
The tie at the top persists! Some movement in the ranks makes things interesting. We have eight players within six points of first.
All interdivisional games this week. Who dares to pick the underdog?
Toronto @ B.C. (Friday, September 19)
Life just doesn't get easier for the Argos. After a Calgary collapse, they move on to a battle in B.C. Place. The Lions have won two straight and have their eye on second place.
Edmonton @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 20)
This one could be interesting. Edmonton is the obvious favourite, but have revealed flaws in their game. Hamilton's the underdog, but are undefeated in their new stadium.
Calgary @ Montreal (Sunday, September 21)
Calgary's on a nice little roll but lost QB Bo Levi Mitchell to an ankle injury last week. Can Drew Tate carry on the momentum in Montreal?
Ottawa @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 21)
Just got humiliated in Hamilton? What salve could be better than hosting Ottawa?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:56 PM on September 16
Edmonton by 17
Calgary by 21
B.C. by 8
Saskatchewan by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:22 PM on September 12
In Ottawa, B.C. prevails in a sopping wet defensive battle. Edmonton makes a game of it but can't quite keep pace with Calgary's firepower. Montreal digs deep and pulls off the massive comeback against Hamilton, while Saskatchewan keeps on rolling in Winnipeg.
owlhouse notches five points to move back into a tie for first, while goddam's impressive eight-point week leapfrogs her into contention.
No guaranteed points this week as Ottawa takes the bye. But still a few East-West games for funsies!
Montreal @ Edmonton (Friday, September 12)
Opposite streaks: Edmonton finds themselves stuck in the middle after losing two straight to Calgary, while Montreal's won two in a row to tie for first. But the Esks still have a lot more pedigree this season than the upstart Alouettes.
Toronto @ Calgary (Saturday, September 13)
Two more streaks: Toronto's lost three and Calgary's won five. If you're ranking good places to break out of a streak, McMahon Stadium won't be high on that list. Especially in the snow.
Winnipeg @ B.C. (Saturday, September 13)
Poor Winnipeg: a thoroughly respectable season has landed them in the basement. But B.C. lives on the first floor, so if the Bombers want to move up, now's their chance.
Saskatchewan @ Hamilton (Sunday, September 14)
Well, Saskatchewan has won seven straight and shows few signs of slowing down. But hey, Hamilton has a shiny new stadium!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:25 PM on September 11
B.C. by 14
Edmonton by 3
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 10
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:22 PM on September 04
Home teams prevail! Montreal gets it done against the Redblacks, and Saskatchewan does the same, edging the Bombers with a big fourth quarter. Hamilton hangs on for a win against the Argos, while Calgary makes it look easy against the Esks.
Howard_T breaks the tie and adds some padding with a solid four-point week.
A nine-team league means only two Labour Day home-and-homes this week, but they're both doozies.
B.C. @ Ottawa (Friday, September 5)
A well-rested B.C. team against a struggling Ottawa team that's lost six straight. I know who I'm picking.
Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 6)
Edmonton seriously fumbled their chance to take the division lead last week. It's early for must-win games, but another loss against Calgary would put the red-hot Stamps up four points in the division race.
Hamilton @ Montreal (Sunday, September 7)
Both these teams finally bagged their second win of the season last week. The team that's the first to three will pull into a tie for first. Yes, the East has been that bad this year.
Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Sunday, September 7)
Welcome to the horse race that is the West division. A seventh straight win for Saskatchewan could put them in a tie for first. A redemption win for Winnipeg could move them from a crossover spot to second place. Saskatchewan's been riding their defence all season, but this will be their first trip to the new turf in the 'Peg.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:30 AM on September 04
owlhouse, the only connection I managed to make was the Toronto-Hamilton one. Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge standing in for the Burlington Skyway?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:36 PM on September 01
Ottawa by 7
Saskatchewan by 2
Toronto by 12
Calgary by 5
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:52 PM on August 26
Montreal puts up a good fight, but suffers a fourth-quarter fade in Winnipeg, and Toronto suffers much the same fate in Edmonton. Calgary rides roughshod over the former Rough Riders. And in the most competitive (and only intra-divisional) game, Saskatchewan just edges B.C. in Vancouver to get the upper hand in their division race.
Out to prove that word count matters, Howard_T and owlhouse both have big weeks to jump into a tie for first. Howard_T nails two spreads for a monster eight points, while owlhouse hits three margins for six. Reever also nails the Winnipeg spread to climb into contention.
Yessir, it's the formal halfway point of the season: the Labour Day Classic! Black tie only please.
Ottawa @ Montreal (Friday, August 29)
Yikeswhich team is in worse shape? Ottawa's lost five in a row, Montreal six. Good thing they're getting this game over with first.
Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, August 31)
Speaking of five in a row, that's how many Saskatchewan's won. And yet they're still tied for third with Winnipeg. The loser of this game will find themselves four points, and three teams, back of first.
Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, September 1)
Hamilton finally gets their new stadium, AND a game against a divisional opponent! Unfortunately for them, it's Toronto coming to town.
Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 1)
The marquee game of the week. Both teams are 7-1, tied for first, and on a three-game winning streak. Winner takes all! ...until they play again next week, of course.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 PM on August 25
Winnipeg by 10
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 17
Saskatchewan by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:50 PM on August 22
Do you like fumbles? Then you would've loved the 10-8 turnover fest in Ottawa. Do you like big receptions and touchdowns? Then Calgary's 30-20 win over Hamilton might be more your speed. Take the average of the two and you get Saskatchewan's 16-11 win over Montreal. Double it and you see Toronto going 1-1 on the week, winning against Winnipeg but coming up short against the Lions.
More movement in the ranks this week, as JPR hangs onto the top spot but just barely. More is almost certain to come, with nine other players within 6 points of first.
Back to a normal four games this week, so you'll need to find something else to do with your Tuesday night.
Montreal @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 22)
If Montreal is going to win their second game, a suddenly struggling Winnipeg team is a good place to start. But that's a big ifmaybe Montreal is the Bombers' stepping stone back into contention.
Toronto @ Edmonton (Saturday, August 23)
Edmonton has been hot, and it's tough to bet against a West team right now. But there have been signs of Edmonton overperforming, and Toronto had flashes of excellence in its games last week.
Calgary @ Ottawa (Sunday, August 24)
A third game in a row against the likes of Hamilton and Ottawa means that Calgary is probably going to pad its division lead. Although maybe a second look against the same team so soon will yield unexpected results? But probably not.
Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Sunday, August 24)
Here's an intriguing early battle for playoff positioning. Both these teams are tied for last place AND just one win out of first. B.C. has won three straight and the 'Riders four, so it's a collision of momentum this Sunday.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on August 20
> No pun in ten did.
I enjoyed that.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 AM on August 17
Adam "Twenty-Five True Outcomes" Dunn. Love it.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:54 AM on August 14
Toronto by 9
Edmonton by 12
Calgary by 5
Saskatchewan by 21
B.C. by 8... although I might change this pick on Wednesday.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:40 PM on August 10
Saskatchewan rides a big fourth quarter to a big win in Winnipeg. Edmonton grabs a big first-half lead in Montreal and doesn't look back. Hamilton makes a game of it, but B.C. hangs on for the win at home, while Calgary pours cold water all over Henry Burris's return.
Finally! Points points points! No fewer than FIVE games nailed this week, with each of us averaging over five points. So this was definitely the wrong week to forget to make your picks... oops.
Anyway, it's getting crowded at the top now. Big weeks from JPR and owlhouse leapfrog them over Howard_T into first place, and eight other players are within five points of first.
Ah yes, the quirk of a nine-team league: we have a FIVE-GAME WEEK this week. That's right, the Argos play twice.
Winnipeg @ Toronto (Tuesday, August 12)
Some of the shine might be coming off Winnipeg after their hot start. Pythagorus suggests that they've overperformed, and Toronto has underperformed. But until that translates into wins and losses on the field, Winnipeg is still the stronger team.
Edmonton @ Ottawa (Friday, August 15)
Ottawa continues to muddle through the toughest part of their schedule this year, facing yet another first-place West division foe. Ouch.
Calgary @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 16)
Speaking of ouch, more stadium renovation delays mean that Hamilton is relegated to Guelph until September. First-place Calgary probably doesn't mind, though.
Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, August 16)
Tough times in Montreal, as transitioning out of the Anthony Calvillo era has been harder than anyone expected. And things don't get easier when you're visiting Saskatchewan. Flatter, maybe. But not easier.
B.C. @ Toronto (Sunday, August 17)
Despite the differences in won-loss records, these two teams appear to match up pretty evenly. B.C.'s got the travel fatigue but Toronto has the doubleheader fatigue. Coin flip, or does B.C. grab an easy victory from a tired Toronto team?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on August 10
Calgary by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:36 PM on August 09
Feast and famine this week: Winnipeg and B.C. both notch single-point victories, with more late-game Willy heroics for Winnipeg and Kevin Glenn gettin' 'er done for the Lions. Meanwhile over in the Ottawa River Watershed, blowout losses for the home faithful as Saskatchewan runs up the score in Ottawa, and Toronto keeps the Als down in Montreal.
Actually all the road teams won this week. Crazy!
Another tough week for points. This year, as a group, we're averaging a full five points fewer than last year. And that doesn't adjust for the two-game bye week last year!
Some heavy cross-division play this week, which, given the divisional imbalance so far, can only end in tears.
Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 7)
Schedulers, rejoice! The two hottest teams in the league meet up this week. Saskatchewan is aiming to jump ahead in the standings, while Winnipeg looks to protect its division lead and prove that the early season success was no fluke.
Edmonton @ Montreal (Friday, August 8)
Things don't get much easier for Montreal. After putting up a measly five points last week, they now have the host the second-stingiest team in the league. Edmonton's D has given up an average of only 14 points per game, and they'll be well rested coming off their bye.
Hamilton @ B.C. (Friday, August 8)
Hamilton's not nearly as bad as their 1-4 records makes them look, and B.C.'s been anything but consistent. But have I mentioned how tough a stadium B.C. Place is for visitors?
Ottawa @ Calgary (Saturday, August 9)
Henry Burris returns to the scene of the crime: he spent 60% of the SpoFi Pick 'Em as the star QB for the Stamps. But his fledgling Redblacks will need all of that mojo, and more, to make it happen in Calgary.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:04 AM on August 04
Winnipeg by 10
Montreal by 8
Calgary by 2
Saskatchewan by 21
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:46 AM on July 31
Calgary rides into Edmonton, grabs an early lead, and ends up on top in a wild one. Winnipeg shocks the Lions faithful with an impressive defensive performance. Ottawa finds that it's tough to win in Guelph as the Ti-Cats take care of business, while Toronto reaffirms that it's near impossible to win in Regina.
Tough week for points with upsets in Edmonton and B.C., but JPR scrapes out four points to move into a tie for first.
Strange season so far. One undefeated team remains in the west, while every team in the east has just a single win. Who knew that Winnipeg was propping up the east for so long?
Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Thursday, July 31)
Hamilton finally notches their first win, only to have powerhouse Winnipeg arrive on their doorstep. Hamilton is the underdog at home, but the east has to win sometime against the west, doesn't it?
Toronto @ Montreal (Friday, August 1)
This legendary matchup of old is a bit creaky this year, with both teams off to tough starts. The good news here is that at least one team will notch their second win. Unless, of course, they tie.
B.C. @ Calgary (Friday, August 1)
The Lions have shown more spark this year than their 2-3 record indicates, but Calgary's earned every bit of their 4-0 record. Going to be tough for B.C. to beat the streak on the road.
Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Saturday, August 2)
After two disappointing losses, the 'Riders roared out of their bye with a statement win last week. But they have yet to put two good games together, so a visit to Ottawa (where the Redblacks are historically undefeated) will be a good test.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 AM on July 30
No worries ic23b, I just take the last valid one posted!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:01 AM on July 30
Edmonton by 8
B.C. by 7
Hamilton by 3
Saskatchewan by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:30 PM on July 23
In the battle of undefeateds, Edmonton comes away with a convincing victory. Plenty of sacks and drama in Ottawa's thrilling come-from-behind victory in their home opener. Defence also rules the day in Calgary, as the Stamps squeak by Hamilton, but defence was a bit more one-sided in B.C. as the Lions run the Als out of town.
Howard_T picks the Ottawa win to claim sole possession of first place, and hey! bender scored some points.
It's early, but some key matchups this week could determine momentum as we hit the quarter-pole of the season.
Calgary @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 24)
Edmonton faces another undefeated team for the second week in a row. A Calgary win would topple Edmonton from first place. It's early, but these are the two best teams so far.
Winnipeg @ B.C. (Friday, July 25)
Battle for third place! B.C.'s on a roll while Winnipeg stumbled last weekwas it an aberration for the Bombers, or a trend?
Ottawa @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 26)
Ottawa's first win is in the books and they're looking to make it two. Hamilton's fresh off a bye, but still looking for their first win, and still stuck in Guelph to boot.
Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 26)
After a tough loss in Ottawa last week, Toronto's looking to rediscover some of the magic they found last time they played Saskatchewan. But the Argos' injuries are mounting, and Regina is not kind to visitors.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:44 PM on July 20
There's a lot of noise around what's appropriate given the score and situation and unwritten rules and stuff like that (much of which is legit — a two-run lead? come on!)
But I think it comes down to this: a defensive shift is an extra effort to get you out, so you're absolutely within your rights to make an extra effort to get on base.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:02 AM on July 20
Winnipeg by 5
Toronto by 9
Calgary by 12
B.C. by 3
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:55 AM on July 16
The fun continues! Winnipeg notches a third-down last-minute TD to shock Montreal. Edmonton finds their offence just in time to beat Ottawa. Toronto doesn't find any offence at all as they're soundly beaten by the Stamps, and B.C. holds the Riders scoreless for three quarters to let down the Regina faithful.
All jammed up. A tie at the top, and seven other players within 3 points of first. Sounds like the east division.
And in exciting numismatics news, bender's coin's streak is now at 0-for-12!
Hamilton's bye week couldn't come at a better time. They'll rest Zach Collaros while the rest of the league vies for early position.
Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 17)
Who would've picked these teams to both open the season 3-0? Unlike bender's coin streak, one of those records will be blemished this week. Unless anyone's got the guts to pick the tie.
Toronto @ Ottawa (Friday, July 18)
Toronto's been cold-hot-cold so far, so a trip to the expansion Redblacks might be just what they need. But does that underestimate the intangibles of a franchise's first home opener?
Hamilton @ Calgary (Saturday, July 18)
Things are not happy in Tigertown. Stadium delays, an injured starting QB, and now a trip to face the undefeated Stampeders.
Montreal @ B.C. (Saturday, July 19)
B.C. looked rough when visiting Montreal two weeks ago, but maybe that was just due to too much Schwartz's. Both these teams are better than their records, but B.C. Place is notiriously tough on visitors.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:51 AM on July 14
Winnipeg by 3
Edmonton by 14
Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 2
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:37 AM on July 11
The expansion Redblacks make a go of it in their first game, but a big fourth quarter puts Winnipeg back in the driver's seat. Montreal gets their act together at home, beating the visiting Lions. In a wild and sloppy back-and-forth game, Hamilton loses both the game and their starting QB, and holy cow! Toronto lays a big ol' beating on the visiting Riders.
rcade nets a tidy five-point week to move into first, while Howard_T nails the Winnipeg game to jump into contention.
Also worthy of note is bender: his flipping coin has gone a solid 0-for-8 so far this year. How long can the streak continue?
Winnipeg @ Montreal (Friday, July 11)
Winnipeg takes their surprising 2-0 record on the road, visiting a Montreal team that isn't quite sure what to make of itself yet.
Ottawa @ Edmonton (Friday, July 11)
Out west, Edmonton's 2-0 record has been a little harder earned as they regress positively in 2014. The expansion Redblacks are in for a tough one.
Calgary @ Toronto (Saturday, July 12)
Bo Levi takes his game to the big city! Last year's division winners, both eliminated in the division finals, look to restablish themselves early in 2014. Call this a coin flip.
B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 12)
An intriguing divisional matchup: Saskatchewan tries to figure out what went wrong last week, while B.C. tries to figure out if Kevin Glenn has an expiry date. Give the Riders the edge at home.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:21 AM on July 09
And yes, YYM, there are nine teams again. That means that one team gets a bye each week, so no more mid-season half-weeks.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 AM on July 03
Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 4
Edmonton by 11
Sackskatchewan by 12
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 AM on July 03
Winnipeg rides the big early lead to stun the visiting Argos. The new-look Alouettes just can't get anything going in Calgary. Edmonton comes from behind to quiet the home fans in B.C., and Saskatchewan takes care of business with the visiting Ti-Cats.
If you picked the underdog Eskimos, or pretty much any team in that game to win by 7, you've got a good chance at breaking the top 4 this week.
The second week generally offers a chance to relax and catch one's breath after—HEY LOOKIT THAT IT'S AN EXPANSION TEAM!!!
Ottawa @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 3)
That's right, this year the CFL welcomes the city of Ottawa back to the fold with the Redblacks. They'll play their first game against the newly-confident Blue Bombers, fresh off a thrashing of the Argos.
B.C. @ Montreal (Friday, July 4)
Two former heavyweights, both smarting from tough first-week losses. Montreal looks to gain some traction at home, while B.C. looks to get a lead and actually hang onto it.
Hamilton @ Edmonton (Friday, July 4)
Hamilon continues their west coast road trip with a stop in Edmonton. The TiCats may have overperformed their pythagorean record last year, while the Esks may have underperformed—are we due for some more regression this week?
Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, July 5)
Speaking of underperforming, Toronto had better figure out what went wrong last week, and fast, because a Very Good Team is coming to town.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:25 PM on July 02
Just saw that, tommytrump. Here's the schedule for July:
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:52 PM on June 27
Not many points handed out last night, I guess.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:31 PM on June 27
cixelsyd, not sure about the Sirius channel. That's very weird. Googling has not produced much either.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 AM on June 26
Toronto by 14
Calgary by 16
Edmonton by 3
Saskatchewan by 9
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 AM on June 26
THE PICK 'EM - What we do
Four hundred years ago, Jacques Cartier accientally sat down on his son's soccer ball, squishing it into a now-familiar oblong shape. "Putain ce football!" he cried, drop-kicking it into oblivion. And Canada's national summer pastime starting with F was born.
We honour his memory each summer by picking the outcome of each and every one of the 7,235 CFL games. And now you can too!
THE SEASON - When we do it
The season kicks off this Friday night holy crap, TOMORROW and runs for 20 weeks through the summer. There are generally four games per week, mostly running from Thursday to Sunday.
If you're in Canada, you'll find the games on TSN. If you're in the States, the occasional game is available on the NFL Network, and in the past all games appeared on ESPN3, but they don't seem to have released a confirmed broadcast sked yet. And if you're somewhere else, you'll have to resort to Sirius on the satellite radio dial.
THE RULES - How we do it
Here's how she works. You pick who you think will win, and by how much. You then get points based on the result:
What's the Margin of Error?
It's a window around the spread that's defined as
spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)
spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)
So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:
So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:
THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start
In lieu of attempting to sum up each team's status in a single sentence, for this opening week I'm just linking to season preview pages for each of 'em.
All times are EDT.
Toronto Argonauts (Preview) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) - Thursday, June 26, 8:30pm
Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Saturday, June 28, 3:00pm
Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 28, 6:00pm
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) - Sunday, June 29, 7:00pm
NEW TEAM ALERT! The capital returns to the fold, as the Ottawa Redblacks get a first-week bye this week.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:36 AM on June 25
It was a bit disheartening to see the gaming of the challenge system so quickly on display in yesterday's games, stuff like "turning the ump".
I'm all for replay but I think an NHL-style fifth-umpire system would be better for everyone.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:34 PM on April 01
Well, Hamilton put up some points, but in the end they were just plain overwhelmed by the Prairie boys. Saskatchewan has a record-setting 24 points in the second quarter to make it all but inevitable, aided largely by Kory Sheets' MVP-calibre 197 yards on the ground.
Three-way tie at the top so we go to tiebreaker, and it's a familiar name ending up on top. cixelsyd has a perfect week AND hits the tiebreaker to sweep all 2013 SpoFi CFL Pick 'Ems. Double congratulations to cixelsyd!
At the other end, tommytrump's pick of Hamilton by 21 nets very few points indeed, resulting in a well-deserved Costanza. Congratulations!
Thanks to all for a fantastic 2013, and we'll see you next June on the road to Vancouver!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:18 PM on November 27
Saskatchewan by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:20 PM on November 24
Oh right, the too many men penalty. That was classic.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:22 AM on November 21
Toronto comes out strong, but falls apart in the second half as Hamilton books their trip to Regina. Meanwhile, the Team of Destiny runs roughshod over the Stamps, and the 'Riders get to play a Grey Cup at home.
In hot bonus action, Saskatchewan nets 536 yards of combined offence to lead the way. And there were exactly seven fumbles in the two division finals, so the unders squeak out a point.
YYM misses one game but hits both bonus questions to jump into first place.
Here we go!
THE 101st GREY CUP
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7) (Sunday, November 24)
Hamilton, kicked out of their home stadium and forced to wander in the wilderness, had a wildly inconsistent year, but have managed to pull it together at the right time to charge into the Grey Cup. Saskatchewan, on the other hand, set their sights on this game the moment it was awarded: Grey Cup games at home don't come around all too often, and you'd better be ready for 'em. With the exception of an injury-sparked slump in the September heat, Saskatchewan has been gunning hard for this all year.
TSN.ca Grey Cup Preview
Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup game.
The points-scored O/U is currently set at 53.5. Will the number of points scored be over or under that mark?
Pick the average yardage for all punts in the Grey Cup game. This is a tiebreaker only and will not be worth any points. Remember, it's Saskatchewan in late November.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:48 PM on November 20
Toronto by 8
Saskatchewan by 10
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 PM on November 13
Montreal guts it out in the bitter Guelph winds, but Hamilton wins it in overtime to make it to the East final. B.C. comes on strong in Regina, but the Roughriders rides a strong fourth quarter to seal the deal.
Milo kicks a solid seventeen points to easily take the bonus and make the difference in the standings.
The favourites win out the semis, and ride into town as the underdogs.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) @ Toronto Argonauts (11-7) (Sunday, November 10)
Lookit this! Henry Burris and Ricky Ray, so long the faces of the Battle of Alberta, are now representing in the Battle of Ontario. Ray's solid year was interrupted by injury, but returned to put up career highs in his last game of the season. Burris led the league in passing yardage, but seemed to struggle in last week's semi. The Argos have lost star RB Chad Kackert to ankle surgery, but Jerious Norwood is ready to fill in once again. Make no mistake: under the closed SkyDome, this one will be all about the offence.
TSN.ca Eastern Final Preview
Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7) @ Calgary Stampeders (14-4) (Sunday, November 10)
Both these teams feature league-leading running backs: Kory Sheets for the 'Riders and Jon Cornish for the Stamps. And given that the forecast calls for fog (?) and a high of -14 Celsius (!), they'll get plenty of work in. As for the passing game: veteran Kevin Glenn is trying to finally get over the Grey Cup hump, while it may just be the legs and not arm of Darian Durant that take the 'Riders back home.
TSN.ca Western Final Preview
Offence Wins Championships Bonus
Pick the team whose offence will have the greatest combined yardage in Sunday's games.
Turnovers Kill Ya Bonus
Last week there were 7 fumbles in the semi-final games. Given the weather and the teams involved, I'm setting the over/under for this week at 7.5. Pick whether the total number of fumbles this Sunday will be OVER or UNDER that number. All fumbles count, regardless of who recovered the ball.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 PM on November 13
Five minutes into the third quarter and HAM boots a FG to make it 3-2. The over is not looking good today.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:46 PM on November 10
Hamilton by 10
Saskatchewan by 11
Big ol' under
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:55 PM on November 09
Montreal Alouettes (8-10) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (10-8) (Sunday, November 10)
This is a surprisingly intriguing match-up: each of these two teams has had moments of brilliance followed by moments of horror. Montreal has suffered through season-changing injuries, but those injuries have also allowed young stars like QB Troy Smith to shine. Hamilton's veteran corps have struggled to maintain any sort of consistency, grinding out tough games one week and dropping easy matches the next. The record and home field (albeit in Guelph) give Hamilton the edge on paper, but I don't think anybody really knows what this Montreal team is capable of.
TSN.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview
B.C. Lions (11-7) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (11-7) (Sunday, November 10)
This is the semi that's been destined to happen since bye week. Saskatchewan got off to a hot start and cooled down, B.C. tripped out of the gate but caught up. The Roughriders have been grooming themselves for a Grey Cup run this year, while the Lions have been working through patchwork lineups and quarterback controversies. Yet here they are, with matching records, meeting in the semi-final. Saskatchewan's got a clear edge with home field and RB Kory Sheets healthy again, but B.C. isn't going down without a fight.
TSN.ca Western Semi-Final Preview
Kick 'Em In The Teeth Bonus
Pick the kicker who will score the most points this weekend. That includes place-kick field goals, drop-kick field goals, PATs, singles, and fake field goals thrown for touchdowns.
2013 Kicking Stats
Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus
The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 105.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?
Example pick: Montreal by 21, B.C. by 14, McCallum, Over.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:51 PM on November 07
Montreal's A-team scratches out a victory against Toronto's scrubs. Calgary fields some regulars but comes up short in Vancouver. Hamilton finally puts Winnipeg's season out of its misery, and Edmonton gets it done in Regina.
Ying Yang Mafia and argoal put up a valiant fight, but cixelsyd makes every one of his points count and hangs on for the victory. Congratulations, cixelsyd!
At the other end, jjzucal was hanging in there with the rest of us until the bottom dropped out a couple weeks ago for a well-deserved Costanza. Congratulations!
Thanks for another fantastic year, folks. Semi-finals are next weekend, so stay tuned for the Playoff Pick 'Em!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:47 PM on November 04
Home teams ahoy!
Toronto by 12
B.C. by 10
Winnipeg by 14
Saskatchewan by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:14 PM on October 31
Clinches all around! Ricky Ray has the game of the year, throwing for 500 yards to clinch the division title for Toronto. B.C. does what it says on the tin against Edmonton. Hamilton completes the comeback against Montreal to clinch second place and a home playoff date, while Calgary finishes on the right end of a back-and-forth to clinch the West division and relegate Saskatchewan to second place.
cixelsyd digs deep and scratches out five points to extend his lead to the same margin. Does YYM have a miracle in store?
It's the last week of the season, and all playoff matchups are set. Get ready for a bunch of 65-49 finals.
Montreal @ Toronto (Friday, November 1)
Toronto's going to be resting Ricky Ray, Chad Owens, and a host of regulars, and Montreal will likely do the same. But I'll take Zach Collaros over Tanner Marsh in the Bowl of Awesome Names any day.
Calgary @ B.C. (Friday, November 1)
Rumour has it that Calgary isn't even making the trip to Vancouver—they've just shipped a few boxes of stuffed teddy bears wearing red shirts.
Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Saturday, November 2)
In what might be the most meaningful game this week, Winnipeg is playing for jobs next year, at home. If you haven't picked Winnipeg yet this year, now's your chance.
Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, November 2)
The only winner in this game will be YOU, because you're smart enough not to go to Taylor Field in November.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:10 PM on October 30
Toronto by 7
B.C. by 17
Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 6
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:43 PM on October 23
Also, an update on the surprisingly complete U.S. Broadcast Schedule: looks like NBC Sports is carrying the Toronto game, and ESPN3 has the others. If you can't bear to wait for next week's posts.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:31 AM on October 23
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