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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

I'm headed off the grid to the cottage, so this week's post is a little early. Full standings and updates when I return. Thanks for your patience!

WEEK 10

Winnipeg @ Montreal (Thursday, August 24)
Winnipeg put its division on notice with a convincing win over Edmonton. Montreal has looked stronger as of late, but a true Western contender will dominate its Eastern road trips. Is Winnipeg there yet?

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, August 25)
Saskatchewan is looking to break their lose-one-win-one streak, and coming off a bye week, Kevin Glenn's aching bones will be nicely rested. Unfortunately for them, they're playing Edmonton.

B.C. @ Ottawa (Saturday, August 26)
Ottawa finally booked win #2 and finally has a positive point differential. Still a pretty lousy record, though. They have a tough road ahead, but perhaps it starts with a B.C. team that's gone a little cold lately.

Toronto @ Calgary (Sunday, August 28)
Toronto never seems to do too well in Calgary. This is likely because Calgary is very good, and Toronto is \_(ツ)_/.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:39 AM on August 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

JPR's picks were emailed to me:

Win 4
Ott 5
Cal 5
Mont 4

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:35 PM on August 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Edmonton by 12
Ottawa by 12
Calgary by 12
Montreal by 5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:34 PM on August 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Ottawa loses another game by a single score as Edmonton stays perfect. Montreal's D keeps the Argos out of the end zone. Hamilton loses again, and holy crap, Kevin Glenn looks like his 2012 self as the Riders destroy the Lions.

EDM @ OTTTOR @ MTLWPG @ HAMBC @ SSK
ResultEdmonton by 7Montreal by 12Winnipeg by 27Saskatchewan by 33
Margin of Error5 to 98 to 1619 to 3523 to 43

Not much movement this week. argoal nearly gives up first place but is rescued by Saskatchewan.

SpoFiteEDM @ OTTSTOR @ MTLSWPG @ HAMSBC @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
argoal Montreal Saskatchewan 232
ic23b Montreal Winnipeg23 331
Reever Montreal Winnipeg 230
jjzucalEdmonton Montreal Winnipeg19 430
JPREdmonton Montreal Winnipeg 328
jagsnumberoneEdmonton Montreal Winnipeg 328
cixelsydEdmonton Montreal9Winnipeg 428
Howard_TEdmonton8Montreal Winnipeg 426
DrJohnEvansEdmonton Montreal Winnipeg19 425
rcade Montreal9Winnipeg 323
tahoemojEdmonton6Montreal Winnipeg24 523
tommytrump Saskatchewan 119
bender 7Montreal Winnipeg 319

Three clear favourites and one big ol' WTF.

WEEK 9

Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 17)
Winnipeg's on a nice little run, with three wins in a row. But Edmonton hasn't lost yet, and it's real tough to bet against that streak.

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Friday, August 18)
I sound like a broken record: Ottawa is a hard-luck 1-6, but has only given up 15 points more than they've scored. That said, a trip to Hamilton is usually good for what ails you.

Calgary @ B.C. (Friday, August 18)
The Lions are trying to carve out position in the busy West, but giving up 41 points to Kevin Glenn is not a confidence builder. Meanwhile, the Stamps continue to be good.

Montreal @ Toronto (Saturday, August 19)
Your guess is as good as mine!

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:08 PM on August 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 12
Montreal by 3
Winnipeg by 19
B.C. by 19

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:13 AM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Copying and pasting from the last four years: Argos lose both the game and Ray to injury. Ottawa's snakebitten again, losing by 3 as time expires. Edmonton remains undefeated, which means Hamilton remains winless. Out west, Travis Lulay beats Kevin Glenn handily in the Battle of 2012.

CGY @ TORWPG @ OTTHAM @ EDMSSK @ BC
ResultCalgary by 17Winnipeg by 3Edmonton by 5B.C. by 15
Margin of Error12 to 222 to 44 to 711 to 20

A nice six-point week for Reever to move into a tie for second, only two points behind the leader.

SpoFiteCGY @ TORSWPG @ OTTSHAM @ EDMSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
argoalCalgary 3Edmonton B.C. 430
ic23bCalgary 3Edmonton B.C.12528
ReeverCalgary12Winnipeg4Edmonton B.C. 628
jjzucal 3Edmonton B.C. 326
JPRCalgary Edmonton B.C. 325
jagsnumberoneCalgary20 3Edmonton B.C. 525
cixelsydCalgary Winnipeg Edmonton B.C. 424
Howard_TCalgary18Winnipeg Edmonton B.C.14622
DrJohnEvansCalgary19 Edmonton B.C.12521
rcadeCalgary Edmonton B.C. 320
tommytrump Edmonton 118
tahoemojCalgary17 Edmonton B.C. 518
bender Edmonton 116

[insert witty description of week here]

WEEK 8

Edmonton @ Ottawa (Thursday, August 10)
Tough-luck Ottawa is 1-5 with five close losses. Hosting Edmonton isn't much of an opportunity to change course, either.

Toronto @ Montreal (Friday, August 11)
Eight weeks in and this is the first meeting for these storied rivals. Which is probably for the best, because neither of them have been lighting the world on fire.

Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 12)
Speaking of tough luck, Winnipeg is a respectable 4-2 but stuck in fourth place. Sure, Hamilton seems like an easy target, but this week they fired their defensive coordinator, which should really fire up their last-place-and-not-even-close... uh.... offence. (Okay, so their D is last place too, but it's at least a little close. Also, this is a really long game preview, but I really like talking about how bad Hamilton is.)

B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, August 13)
Out of all the Grey Cups I've seen in person, Kevin Glenn has started a full two-thirds of them.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:33 AM on August 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Calgary by 19
Ottawa by 6
Edmonton by 19
B.C. by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:00 AM on August 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Drama in the Peg as Montreal squanders a 12-point lead with two minutes to go. B.C. hangs tough in Edmonton, but it's the home side that pulls away for the win. Kevin Glenn fulfils the prophecies, while Hamilton... uh... loses.

MTL @ WPGBC @ EDMTOR @ SSKHAM @ CGY
ResultWinnipeg by 1Edmonton by 11Saskatchewan by 11Calgary by 59
Margin of Error1 to 18 to 148 to 1441 to 77

Points are back to normal, but argoal's widened his lead to three points.

SpoFiteCGY @ WPGSOTT @ SSKSHAM @ EDMSMTL @ TORSPointsTotal Points
argoalWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 326
ic23bWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 323
jjzucalWinnipeg Edmonton10 Calgary 423
JPR Calgary 122
ReeverWinnipeg Saskatchewan Calgary 322
cixelsydWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 320
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 320
rcade Saskatchewan Calgary 217
tommytrumpWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 317
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Calgary 216
Howard_TWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 316
benderWinnipeg Saskatchewan Calgary 315
tahoemoj Calgary 113

This week, we come dangerously close to using math.

WEEK 7

Calgary @ Toronto (Thursday, August 3)
Trend: Toronto is 3-0 against the East and 0-3 against the West. That is not ideal when playing Calgary.

Winnipeg @ Ottawa (Friday, August 4)
Ottawa's gotta be due, right? They're 1-4-1 but haven't lost any game by more than five points.

Hamilton @ Edmonton (Friday, August 4)
Trend: Edmonton is undefeated! Hamilton is winless! So naturally Hamilton will win this game by 21 points.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Saturday, August 5)
I'm going to start calculating Saskatchewan's odds based on the number of games Kevin Glenn played for the opposing team. Glenn played 18 games for the Lions in 2014, so I give B.C. 8-1 odds this week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:54 PM on August 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 9
B.C. by 3
Toronto by 12
Calgary by 19

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:16 PM on July 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Comebacks all over! Ottawa comes out strong and holds off a late Montreal surge for the win. Hamilton finally puts some points on the board, but their defence lets them down late as Edmonton completes the comeback. The Esks weren't the only team with an 18-point fourth: after giving up 21 in the third, the Lions shock the Bombers with their own big comeback. Calgary wallops the Riders in the only blowout of the week, and Toronto fights off a feisty Redblacks offence to seal the deal with a time-expiring field goal winner.

MTL @ OTTEDM @ HAMWPG @ BCSSK @ CGYOTT @ TOR
ResultOttawa by 5Edmonton by 3B.C. by 3Calgary by 17Toronto by 3
Margin of Error4 to 72 to 42 to 412 to 222 to 4

I know we had an extra game last week, but holy points, Batman! Eight spreads nailed, including three—count 'em, THREE—by argoal to jump into first with points to spare.

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSEDM @ HAMSWPG @ BCSSSK @ CGYSOTT @ TORSPointsTotal Points
argoalOttawa5Edmonton B.C.3 Calgary Toronto31123
JPROttawa Edmonton4B.C.4Calgary Toronto3921
ic23bOttawa4Edmonton4B.C. Calgary14Toronto31020
jjzucalOttawa6Edmonton Calgary13Toronto 619
ReeverOttawa Edmonton3B.C. Calgary Toronto 719
cixelsydOttawa7Edmonton 3Calgary Toronto 617
jagsnumberoneOttawa5 Edmonton Calgary14Toronto 717
rcade Edmonton B.C. Calgary17Toronto 615
tommytrumpOttawa B.C. Calgary Toronto 414
DrJohnEvansOttawa Edmonton B.C. Calgary16 514
Howard_T Edmonton B.C. Calgary Toronto 413
bender B.C. Toronto 212
tahoemoj Edmonton Calgary14Toronto 412

This week's narratives nearly wrote themselves, but I still had to step in at the last minute.

WEEK 6

Montreal @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 27)
Battle of the mushy middle! I guess Montreal is a win out of first, but I'm not buying what they're selling just yet.

B.C. @ Edmonton (Friday, July 28)
Battle for the division! League's best offence versus the league's best defence - and neither ranking is particularly close.

Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 29)
This game is also happening! Toronto may be good now? But Saskatchewan is probably still bad. But I never feel comfortable when Kevin Glenn starts against the Argos.

Hamilton @ Calgary (Sunday, July 29)
League's worst offence on the road against a very very good team! Things don't seem to be getting much easier for Hamilton.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:42 AM on July 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Ottawa by 12
Edmonton by 19
B.C. by 6
Calgary by 16
Ottawa by 2

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:01 PM on July 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Toronto comes out strong but fades in the home stretch as Winnipeg hands them a million dollar loss. A big fourth quarter puts Montreal over the top in a Calgary upset. A nailbiter out west, but Ottawa can't quite seal the deal and Edmonton takes it home. Closer to home, Hamilton loses again.

TOR @ WPGCGY @ WPGOTT @ EDMBC @ HAM
ResultWinnipeg by 8Montreal by 7Edmonton by 2B.C. by 15
Margin of Error6 to 105 to 91 to 311 to 20

Another tough week for points, but jjzucal nabs three to leapfrog into first. Honourable mention for Reever whose 5 points lands him square in the logjam for second.

SpoFiteTOR @ WPGSCGY @ WPGSOTT @ EDMSBC @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
jjzucal Edmonton B.C.14313
argoal Edmonton B.C. 212
JPRWinnipeg Edmonton3B.C. 412
ReeverWinnipeg7 Edmonton3B.C. 512
cixelsyd Edmonton B.C.17311
tommytrumpWinnipeg B.C. 210
jagsnumberone Edmonton3 210
ic23b Edmonton B.C. 210
benderWinnipeg Montreal Edmonton B.C. 410
Howard_T Edmonton B.C. 29
rcadeWinnipeg7 B.C. 39
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg6 B.C. 39
tahoemoj B.C.1228

It's a no-bye week, and Ottawa draws the short straw.

WEEK 5

Montreal @ Ottawa (Wednesday, July 19)
Montreal's been a pleasant surprise, but Ottawa's three tough-luck losses means they're still looking for their first win. I'll take Ottawa's regression over Montreal's.

Edmonton @ Hamilton (Thursday, July 20)
Hamilton's three losses have been anything but tough luck: they're getting smoked. Edmonton's at the top of their division with a perfect 3-0 record, but all their victories have been tight. Still, you gotta take the Esks until Hamilton proves they can play.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Friday, July 21)
The Lions have looked great to open the season - but their depth may be tested. Do you believe in the second coming of Travis Lulay?

Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Saturday, July 22)
When I'm making these predictions, I look at all the numbers, take injuries into consideration, and weight recent performance more heavily. Then I remember that Kevin Glenn is starting for the Riders and I give up trying to predict anything.

Ottawa @ Toronto (Monday, July 24)
Redblacks take two! Toronto has surprisingly played better than their 2-2 record would suggest. Maybe they're due for an old-fashioned Argo bounce?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:01 PM on July 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Winnipeg by 6
Calgary by 19
Ottawa by 6
B.C. by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:39 AM on July 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

No wonder today's flights to Winnipeg were so cheap.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:55 PM on July 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

B.C. leans on their ground game to notch a solid win in Montreal, while Calgary's big second half ensures they remain undefeated. Speaking of big second halves, Toronto needed one after scoring only a rouge in the first, and boy did they get it. Out west, that Kevin Glenn magic has the Riders sitting pretty.

BC @ MTLCGY @ WPGTOR @ OTTHAM @ SSK
ResultB.C. by 7Calgary by 19Toronto by 1Saskatchewan by 17
Margin of Error5 to 913 to 251 to 112 to 22

A low-scoring week, but jjzucal notches three to move into a tie for first.

SpoFiteBC @ MTLSCGY @ WPGSTOR @ OTTSHAM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
argoalB.C. 110
jjzucal Toronto Saskatchewan13310
JPR 08
tommytrump Toronto 18
jagsnumberoneB.C. Calgary 28
ic23bB.C. Calgary Saskatchewan 38
cixelsydB.C.7 Saskatchewan 48
Reever Saskatchewan 17
Howard_TB.C. Saskatchewan 27
tahoemoj Saskatchewan 16
rcade Calgary Saskatchewan 26
benderB.C. Saskatchewan1936
DrJohnEvansB.C. Calgary Saskatchewan 36

Three weeks of football in the books, and our narratives are finally beginning to sprout.

WEEK 4

Toronto @ Winnipeg (Wednesday, July 13)
Here are two teams looking to establish a 2017 identity - this could be an opportunity for a big statement game. On the other hand, mosquitoes.

Calgary @ Montreal (Friday, July 14)
Montreal's showing signs of coming out of their multiyear funk, but Calgary's still coasting on last year's excellence. Odds are Calgary makes it to 4-0.

Ottawa @ Edmonton (Friday, July 14)
A tale of two Pythagoreans: Edmonton is 2-0 and +7. Ottawa is 0-2-1 and -5. Maybe this week starts to restore order for these teams.

B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 15)
It's early, but holy cow has Hamilton's offence been uninspiring. They'll need to be far better to beat the Lions.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:29 PM on July 12

What football will look like in the future

I think it's serial - and not finished yet.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:43 PM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

B.C. by 12
Calgary by 9
Ottawa by 9
Saskatchewan by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:52 PM on July 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

All the cattle in Cowtown will need to find a new home, as the Stamps won a good ol' fashioned barnburner against the Redblacks. Toronto can't quite keep it together for a whole game, and coughs up eighteen points in the fourth quarter in a tough loss to the Lions. Montreal cruises out to an early lead, but Edmonton piles on for the comeback and the win. The Roughriders storm back to force overtime, but it's Justin Medlock and the Bombers who come away with the win.

OTT @ CGYBC @ TORMTL @ EDMWPG @ SSK
ResultCalgary by 4B.C. by 13Edmonton by 4Winnipeg by 3
Margin of Error3 to 59 to 173 to 52 to 4

Familiar names at the top: JPR scores seven points to leap into contention, but argoal nails the Winnipeg spread to grab first place.

SpoFiteOTT @ CGYSBC @ TORSMTL @ EDMSWPG @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
argoalCalgary3 Edmonton Winnipeg 3 69
JPRCalgary3 Edmonton 4 Winnipeg478
tommytrumpCalgary Edmonton Winnipeg 37
jjzucalCalgary2 Edmonton 37
jagsnumberoneCalgary Edmonton 336
ReeverCalgary Edmonton Winnipeg246
Howard_T Edmonton Winnipeg 25
ic23bCalgary Edmonton 335
tahoemojCalgary Edmonton Winnipeg245
rcadeCalgary 14
cixelsydCalgary Edmonton Winnipeg 34
benderCalgary Edmonton 23
DrJohnEvans B.C. Edmonton Winnipeg 33

Continuing a grand CFL tradition, the third week of the season is the one that follows the second.

WEEK 3

B.C. @ Montreal (Thursday, July 6)
B.C./Montreal is better than their 1-1 record would suggest, while B.C./Montreal has been overachieving. So this is a toss-up. (But probably pick the Lions.)

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 7)
That first-week tie is going to mess me up every time I look at the standings. Anyway, if Winnipeg is serious about contending, an early win over Calgary certainly won't hurt.

Toronto @ Ottawa (Saturday, July 8)
So far my notes on Toronto's 2017 have been: Not bad anymore Still bad? A visit to old friend Trevor Harris and the Redblacks is an excellent opportunity to further clarify what exactly to expect from the new-look Argos.

Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 8)
Saskatchewan is 0-2 but is only -4 in points differential. Something's gotta give.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:22 PM on July 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 7
B.C. by 3
Edmonton by 14
Winnipeg by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:06 PM on June 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

A tight back-and-forth affair in Montreal ends badly for Saskatchewan as they miss a potential game-winning time-expiring field goal. Edmonton holds off the B.C. comeback to grab a narrow road win. Toronto plays its best game in four years to thump the Ti-Cats. And in what is destined to become an annual tradition, Calgary and Ottawa tie.

SSK @ MTLCGY @ OTTEDM @ BCHAM @ TOR
ResultMontreal by 1TieEdmonton by 3Toronto by 17
Margin of Error1 to 102 to 412 to 22

Tight spreads and a tie make it a tough week for points, but a nod to tommytrump and rcade for the 3-point nail.

SpoFiteSSK @ MTLSCGY @ OTTSEDM @ BCSHAM @ TORSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpMontreal Toronto 17 44
jjzucalMontreal Edmonton Toronto 13 44
jagsnumberoneMontreal Edmonton 17 33
Howard_TMontreal Edmonton Toronto 33
argoalMontreal 3Toronto 33
rcade Edmonton3 33
ic23bMontreal Edmonton 22
ReeverMontreal 3 22
bender Toronto 11
cixelsyd Edmonton 11
tahoemojMontreal 11
JPR 3 11
DrJohnEvans 00

This year's Canada Day has been cancelled due to rain. But the CFL plays on!

WEEK 2

Ottawa @ Calgary (Thursday, June 29)
As Ottawa heads west to complete the home-and-home, only one question is on everybody's minds: will they tie again?

B.C. @ Toronto (Friday, June 30)
Armed with his new receiving corps, Ricky Ray threw for a career-high 506 years at a gusty BMO Field last week. He must be itching to let loose indoors at B.C. Place.

Montreal @ Edmonton (Friday, June 30)
Edmonton's good now, right? [checks notes, finds only drawings of igloos] Let's call this one a toss-up.

Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 1)
Fulfilling an annual tradition, I just said out loud, "Oh, so that's where Kevin Glenn ended up." As always, it will end in tears.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:51 PM on June 27

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

On edit after reading all of the previews--is it only 2016 in Canada? Is that a metric system thing?

Yikes, I pulled all those from CFL.ca's "recent news" feed.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:32 AM on June 23

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Saskatchewan by 7
Ottawa by 3
B.C. by 11
Hhhhamilton by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:03 AM on June 22

The 13th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

It's a Canadian tradition: every June, we celebrate the reappearance of the sun by drop-kicking a frozen pig through the last remaining pair of icicles. Then we go back inside to watch football until there's more than 6 hours of sunlight each day (July 27 through August 8). We kill time by picking winners and spreads for each game. Why not join us?

THE SEASON - When we do it

The season kicks off this Thursday night and runs for 20 weeks through the summer. There are generally four games per week, mostly running from Thursday to Sunday.

If you're in Canada, you'll find the games on TSN. If you're in the States or elsewhere, there's usually a pretty dependable ESPN and SiriusXM schedule, but it does not appear to have been released yet. Stay tuned!

THE RULES - How we do it

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

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

What's the Margin of Error?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any questions?

THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start

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

All times are EDT.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) @ Montreal Alouettes (Preview) - Thursday, June 22, 7:30pm

Calgary Stampeders (Preview) @ Ottawa Redblacks (Preview) - Friday, June 22, 4:00pm

Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 24, 10:00pm

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Toronto Argonauts (Preview) - Sunday, June 25, 4:00pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:04 PM on June 16

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

SpoFi has given me the ability to quickly and correctly type "Saskatchewan" every single time. 10,000 hours etc. etc.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:37 PM on January 29

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

Woohoo!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:05 PM on January 25

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

What a glorious mess of a game. 72 points, 852 passing yards, seven turnovers, four and a half quarters. Severe underdog Ottawa scores first, class-of-the-league Calgary matches, but Ottawa responds to slowly carve out a nice lead. They hang onto it until the last minute of the game, when a Calgary field goal ties everything up, setting up Burris v. Mitchell in overtime. Burris scores and the Ottawa D blanks Mitchell, sending Ottawa to their first Grey Cup victory of the modern era.

CGY @ OTTMVP BonusO/U Bonus
ResultOttawa by 6BurrisOver
Margin of Error4 to 8

How about this? bender picks the underdog and roars by everybody with four points to grab the championship. Congrats bender!

And congrats as well to cixelsyd who averaged just 1.33333333 points per week. Tough to beat!

SpoFiteCGY @ OTTSMVPO/UPointsTotal Points
benderOttawa8BurrisOver411
argoal 08
Howard_T 08
JPR Over17
tommytrumpOttawa BurrisOver37
ic23b 07
rcade 07
DrJohnEvansOttawa Burris 27
jagsnumberone Over16
Reever Over16
MrFrisby 05
cixelsyd 14

Thanks again to everyone for playing. See y'all in June!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:11 PM on December 01

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Ottawa by 3
Burris
Under
350

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:23 PM on November 26

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

As a child growing up in the Ottawa Valley, I remember regular snowfalls up to my neck — and that was the scene at TD Place. Amidst punishing gusts and a metric tonne of snow, Henry Burris finds his old touch and puts the Redblacks up big early. But Edmonton grinds away and comes within five points with three minutes to play — only to be stymied by a slippery Ottawa ground game. The Redblacks punch in one for good measure and punch their ticket to Toronto.

The West final was a lot less exciting: Lions got beat.

EDM @ OTTBC @ CGYOWC BonusDWC Bonus
ResultOttawa by 12Calgary by 27MitchellCalgary
Margin of Error8 to 1619 to 35

Howard_T racks up five points and we've got a tie heading into the big game.

SpoFiteEDM @ OTTSBC @ CGYSOWC BonusDWC BonusPointsTotal Points
argoal Calgary MitchellCalgary38
Howard_TOttawa11Calgary MitchellCalgary58
ic23b Calgary MitchellCalgary37
benderOttawa15Calgary Calgary47
rcadeOttawa Calgary MitchellCalgary47
JPR Calgary MitchellCalgary36
Reever Calgary 15
DrJohnEvans Calgary Mitchell 25
MrFrisby Calgary Mitchell 25
jagsnumberoneOttawa Calgary MitchellCalgary45
tommytrumpOttawa Calgary 24
cixelsyd Calgary 13

Here we go!

THE 104th GREY CUP

Calgary Stampeders (15-2-1) @ Ottawa Redblacks (8-9-1) (Sunday, November 27)

Calgary's putting together one of the best seasons in recent memory: they've outscored everybody, they've outdefenced everybody, and they've piled up an awful lot of wins doing it. They easily handled a strong B.C. team in the division final. So yeah, they're the favourite. BUT: Ottawa defeated a tough Western division opponent in their final, and the ageless Henry Burris got in done in tough conditions. Does Smiling Hank have one last miracle left in him?

CFL.ca Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.

Over/Under

The points-scored O/U for the Grey Cup is currently set at 54.5. Will the total points scored be over or under that total?

Tiebreaker

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

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

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:29 AM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Edmonton by 7
Calgary by 10
B-L M
Edmonton

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:17 PM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

On a breezy day in Hamilton, Edmonton keeps the ball on the ground and builds up a healthy 18-3 lead going into halftime. But the Ti-Cats pull out all the stops in the second half, and tie the game with four minutes to go until a Zach Collaros interception deep in Hamilton territory gives the game, and the win, right back to the Eskimos.

Under the dome in Vancouver, the Blue Bombers stay true to their name and light up the skies with big throws, building up to a twelve-point lead early in the fourth quarter. But the Lions respond on the ground, and it's Jonathon Jenning's legs that finally give them the lead with a minute remaining. Winnipeg gains some ground but not enough, and a 61-yard field goal attempt falls short to send the Lions to Calgary.

In bonus-land, Justin Medlock piles on 13 points in a losing cause, while we fall four points short of the over/under line.

EDM @ HAMWPG @ BCKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultEdmonton by 3B.C. by 1MedlockUnder
Margin of Error2 to 41 to 1

A solid five points put argoal on top, while the nice-guy ghost point keeps jags from registering a shutout.

SpoFiteEDM @ HAMSWPG @ BCSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
argoalEdmonton2B.C. MedlockUnder55
ic23bEdmonton3 Medlock 44
ReeverEdmonton B.C. MedlockUnder44
benderEdmonton3 33
DrJohnEvansEdmonton B.C. Medlock 33
Howard_TEdmonton B.C. Medlock 33
JPREdmonton B.C. Under33
MrFrisbyEdmonton MedlockUnder33
rcadeEdmonton B.C. Under33
cixelsydEdmonton Medlock 22
tommytrumpEdmonton B.C. 22
jagsnumberone 3 11

The forecast for this weekend: snow in Ottawa, cowboy hats in Calgary.

DIVISION FINALS

Edmonton Eskimos (10-8) @ Ottawa Redblacks (8-9-1) (Sunday, November 20, 1:00pm ET)

Ottawa returns to the Eastern Final with Henry Burris another year older, but Trevor Harris's young arm ready to go behind him. But they're in tough against a battle-hardened Edmonton squad. It'll come down to Mike Reilly: knocked out of last week's semi, he insists he's starting, but if he's not on his game, the Esks offence will resemble the Franklin Expedition.

CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview

B.C. Lions (12-6) @ Calgary Stampeders (15-2-1) (Sunday, November 20, 4:30pm ET)

B.C. has had a very good season, capped off with a resilient come-from-behind win. In another season they might've been hosting this division final. But Calgary has been utterly dominant, and it's their game until they give it away.

CFL.ca Western Final Preview

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

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

2016 Passing Stats

Defence Wins Championships Bonus
On a breezy day in Hamilton, Edmonton keeps the ball on the ground and builds up a healthy 18-3 lead going into halftime. But the Ti-Cats pull out all the stops in the second half, and tie the game with four minutes to go — until a Zach Collaros interception deep in Hamilton territory gives the game, and the win, right back to the Eskimos.

Under the dome in Vancouver, the Blue Bombers stay true to their name and light up the skies with big throws, building up to a twelve-point lead early in the fourth quarter. But the Lions respond on the ground, and it's Jonathon Jenning's legs that finally give them the lead with a minute remaining. Winnipeg gains some ground but not enough, and a 61-yard field goal attempt falls short to send the Lions to Calgary.

In bonus-land, Justin Medlock piles on 13 points in a losing cause, while we fall four points short of the over/under line.

EDM @ HAMWPG @ BCKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultEdmonton by 3B.C. by 1MedlockUnder
Margin of Error2 to 41 to 1

A solid five points put argoal on top, while the nice-guy ghost point keeps jags from registering a shutout.

SpoFiteEDM @ HAMSWPG @ BCSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
argoalEdmonton2B.C. MedlockUnder55
ic23bEdmonton3 Medlock 44
ReeverEdmonton B.C. MedlockUnder44
benderEdmonton3 33
DrJohnEvansEdmonton B.C. Medlock 33
Howard_TEdmonton B.C. Medlock 33
JPREdmonton B.C. Under33
MrFrisbyEdmonton MedlockUnder33
rcadeEdmonton B.C. Under33
cixelsydEdmonton Medlock 22
tommytrumpEdmonton B.C. 22
jagsnumberone 3 11

The forecast for this weekend: snow in Ottawa, cowboy hats in Calgary.

DIVISION FINALS

Edmonton Eskimos (10-8) @ Ottawa Redblacks (8-9-1) (Sunday, November 20, 1:00pm ET)

Ottawa returns to the Eastern Final with Henry Burris another year older, but Trevor Harris's young arm ready to go behind him. But they're in tough against a battle-hardened Edmonton squad. It'll come down to Mike Reilly: knocked out of last week's semi, he insists he's starting, but if he's not on his game, the Esks offence will resemble the Franklin Expedition.

CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview »

B.C. Lions (12-6) @ Calgary Stampeders (15-2-1) (Sunday, November 20, 4:30pm ET)

B.C. has had a very good season, capped off with a resilient come-from-behind win. In another season they might've been hosting this division final. But Calgary has been utterly dominant, and it's their game until they give it away.

CFL.ca Western Final Preview »

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

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

2016 Passing Stats »

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

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

2016 Defensive Status »

Example pick: Edmonton by 21, Calgary by 14, Harris, Edmonton.

Good luck!

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

2016 Defensive Status

Example pick: Edmonton by 21, Calgary by 14, Harris, Edmonton.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:32 AM on November 17

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semi-Finals Edition

111.5 points is not all that huge a number. It works out to about 28 points per team

A lot of people share your opinion (myself included). But these four teams scored an average of 29 points/game this season, and allowed an average of 25 points/game. So even one good defensive game could put us in under territory.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:48 PM on November 11

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton by 10
B.C. by 7
Meeeeeeeeeedlock
Nice weather in Hamilton this weekend - could be a bit breezy - let's say over.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:33 AM on November 10

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semi-Finals Edition

Even in the darkest of times, when humanity's plight seemed utterly hopeless, and the suffocating blanket of despair was closing in on us all... Canadian football played on.

Edmonton Eskimos (10-8) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-11) (Sunday, November 13, 1:00pm ET)

Let's get this out of the way: the East division has been just plain awful this year. If Edmonton was in the East they would've won the division with points to spare. Despite being the crossover team, they've got to be the favourites. However: Hamilton's defence matches up, and young Zach Collaros is still capable of pulling off a big game. Just in case you wanted to make it interesting.

CFL.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7) @ B.C. Lions (12-6) (Sunday, November 15, 4:30pm ET)

Winnipeg's much-vaunted offseason makeover has not gone entirely according to plan in the tough West division. They stabilized over the course of the season, but kept bumping up against a team that was just a little bit better at every turn: the B.C. Lions. They've got the edge in just about every category, plus a tough home field advantage. That said, head-to-head, Winnipeg was 2-0 against B.C. this season - including a Week 17 win in Vancouver.

CFL.ca Western Semi-Final Preview

Swayze Waters is out of the league and didn't survive the NFL cuts, but this picture is still the greatest thing I've ever seen, so I'm keeping it.

Swayze Waters Memorial 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.

2016 Kicking Stats

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 111.5. 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 10:37 PM on November 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

jags, you and rcade are the only members of the 80-point club. No flukes there.

Of course, we were picking 9 fewer games from 2007-2013 due to a variable number of teams in Ottawa. But still!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:30 AM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Winnipeg takes advantages of Ottawa's backups and nails down third place with a win. A bunch of players you've never heard of play each other in Hamilton, and Montreal ends up winning. Edmonton finishes strong with 41 points against the Argos, and B.C. scores 41 of their own to take down the Riders.

WPG @ OTTMTL @ HAMTOR @ EDMSSK @ BC
ResultWinnipeg by 13Montreal by 7Edmonton by 24B.C. by 23
Margin of Error9 to 175 to 917 to 3116 to 30

rcade finishes strong with a five-point week, and a thirteen-point gap between him and second place. He becomes only the second SpoFite to crack 80 points in the Pick 'Em. Congrats, rcade!

At the other end, bender fought off numerous challenges to claim the Costanza with four points to spare. Congrats to bender!

SpoFiteWPG @ TORSHAM @ OTTSCGY @ BCSSSK @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
rcadeWinnipeg2 7Edmonton B.C. 580
ic23b Edmonton B.C.19367
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Montreal8Edmonton B.C. 566
tahoemojWinnipeg16 Edmonton24 B.C.16766
cixelsydWinnipeg Edmonton24 B.C. 564
argoalWinnipeg Montreal B.C. 361
JPRWinnipeg Edmonton B.C. 360
tommytrumpWinnipeg Montreal6Edmonton B.C.16660
MrFrisbyWinnipeg Edmonton B.C. 358
ReeverWinnipeg Edmonton B.C. 355
Howard_TWinnipeg12 Edmonton18B.C. 355
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Edmonton B.C.20453
bender Edmonton18B.C. 349

Thanks to everyone for playing along! Stay tuned for the CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, coming soon to a SpoFi post near you!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 PM on November 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Winnipeg by 21
Montreal by 8
Edmonton by 14
B.C. by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:17 AM on November 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Edmonton holds off a fourth-quarter surge from the Ti-Cats to stay in the race. Ottawa helps them out by keeping the Bombers at ten wins, and - oh yeah - clinches the East Division in the process. Saskatchewan returns to business as usual, only managing six points in a loss to the Lions. Calgary, with the division secured, rests Bo-Levi Mitchell and suffers their first loss since Week 1.

EDM @ HAMOTT @ WPGBC @ SSKCGY @ MTL
ResultEdmonton by 3Ottawa by 13B.C. by 18Montreal by 9
Margin of Error2 to 49 to 1713 to 236 to 12

It's down to bender and jags for the Costanza, and it's going to take a great week from bender to wrestle the trophy away from him.

SpoFiteEDM @ HAMSOTT @ WPGSBC @ SSKSCGY @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
rcadeEdmonton 3 B.C. 475
ic23b B.C.17 264
DrJohnEvansEdmonton B.C.14 361
tahoemoj 13B.C. 259
cixelsydEdmonton B.C. 259
argoalEdmonton 3 B.C. 458
JPREdmonton 3 B.C. 457
MrFrisbyEdmonton Ottawa11B.C.18 655
tommytrump 054
Reever 3Ottawa B.C. 352
Howard_T Ottawa B.C.17 350
jagsnumber 3 B.C. 249
benderEdmonton Ottawa 246

Last week of the season and I've got the CFL Tiebreaker Rules open in a browser tab. The way it should be.

WEEK 20

Winnipeg @ Ottawa (Friday, November 4)
Ottawa's clinched, so look for their starters to get some rest. Meanwhile, Winnipeg still has a shot to grab a home playoff game, but they need to win - preferably by a bunch - to do it.

Montreal @ Hamilton (Saturday, November 5)
Hamilton's in and Montreal's out, so I'm sure some kids will get a chance to deal with the howling November winds at the former Ivor Wynne.

Toronto @ Edmonton (Saturday, November 5)
Edmonton's got the crossover, but could still move up with a win, plus a Winnipeg loss. Meanwhile, the Argos... welp.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Sunday, November 5)
This one could go either way. If Winnipeg lose on Friday, B.C. clinches the home playoff spot. If Winnipeg wins, B.C. will be fighting off the challenge. Might want to hold your pick until Saturday.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:14 PM on November 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Edmonton by 10
Winnipeg by 7
B.C. by 14
Calgary by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:41 PM on October 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Hamilton comes up big in Ottawa, surging to tie in the fourth quarter and winning in OT. Despite Ricky Ray's return, Calgary just plain beat the Argos. Edmonton falls behind early and can't catch up as the Lions win a key playoff position game. And like we all drew it up back in June, Vernon Adams Jr. leads the Montreal Alouettes to victory.

HAM @ OTTTOR @ CGYMTL @ SSKEDM @ BC
ResultHamilton by 3Calgary by 18Montreal by 5B.C. by 7
Margin of Error2 to 413 to 234 to 75 to 9

Tough week for points, but bender's Virginia quarter is making things interesting, as both jags and Howard_T pull to within three points of the Costanza.

SpoFiteHAM @ OTTSTOR @ CGYSMTL @ SSKSEDM @ BCSPointsTotal Points
rcade Calgary 171
ic23b Calgary 162
DrJohnEvansHamilton 3 Calgary21 7658
tahoemoj Calgary 157
cixelsyd Calgary20 257
tommytrump Calgary B.C.6354
argoal 3Calgary15 354
JPR 3Calgary14 353
MrFrisby Calgary 149
Reever Calgary 149
jagsnumberone 047
Howard_T Calgary 147
benderHamilton Calgary B.C. 344

Some nice healthy inter-division play to help bulk up our point totals this week. That's very nice of the schedule-makers.

WEEK 19

Edmonton @ Hamilton (Friday, October 28)
Two teams desparate to move up in the standings. Hamilton needs a win to get into first, and Edmonton needs to win out if they don't want to cross over (or maybe they want to? we covered that last week). But Edmonton's probably better, so there's that.

Ottawa @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 29)
Two teams hanging on for dear life: Winnipeg is barely hanging onto a home playoff spot, while Ottawa is just a point ahead of the Ti-Cats for first place. Winnipeg's the better team, but maybe desperation wins out.

B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 29)
Saskatchewan was on a nice little tear there for a while, but they lost a tough one to Montreal last week, and let's face it: B.C. is in the playoffs and the Riders aren't.

Calgary @ Montreal (Sunday, October 30)
If I was the Montreal Alouettes, I'd offer to forfeit the game if the Stamps bought the first round at Dieu du Ciel. This is one of the reasons why I'm not the Montreal Alouettes.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:58 PM on October 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Don't worry ic23b, your sober picks were in time for kickoff!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:25 PM on October 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 21
Saskatchewan by 8
Edmonton by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:01 AM on October 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Ottawa hangs on to win a tight one against the Ti-Cats to expand their division lead. Winnipeg comes up big to win late in B.C., sliding into second place in the West. Toronto hits a new low as visiting Saskatchewan pounds them into the dust, while Calgary outlasts the Als to breeze to a 13th straight win.

OTT @ HAMWPG @ BCSSK @ TORMTL @ CGY
ResultOttawa by 1Winnipeg by 3Saskatchewan by 18Calgary by 14
Margin of Error1 to 12 to 413 to 2310 to 18

All the action's at the bottom: bender puts up 3 points but the competition is pulling away.

SpoFiteOTT @ HAMSWPG @ BCSSSK @ TORSMTL @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
rcade Saskatchewan Calgary17370
ic23bOttawa Winnipeg Saskatchewan Calgary 461
tahoemoj Saskatchewan Calgary 256
cixelsyd Calgary17255
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg 3 Saskatchewan Calgary 552
tommytrump Calgary 151
argoal 3 Saskatchewan Calgary16451
JPR 3 Calgary 250
MrFrisby Saskatchewan Calgary14448
Reever Saskatchewan Calgary14448
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan Calgary17347
Howard_T Calgary17246
benderOttawa Saskatchewan13 341


This time last year we were talking about a east-to-west crossover. Ah, the innocence of 2015.

WEEK 18

Hamilton @ Ottawa (Friday, October 21)
I'm not one to overuse the term "must-win game", but this one counts: it's Hamilton's last shot at the division title and the much-needed first-round bye. If Ottawa wins, Hamilton's likely looking at hosting a tough Western opponent.

Toronto @ Calgary (Friday, October 21)
Calgary's won 13 straight, and Toronto just lost. To Saskatchewan. At home. I'm not sure what else you need to know.

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 22)
By my math Saskatchewan has been eliminated from any sort of playoff spot, but they're on some sort of roll, and Montreal hasn't been putting up much of a fight lately.

Edmonton @ B.C. (Saturday, October 22)
Tough times in Vancouver: B.C. has lost three of their last four to fall in the standings, while Edmonton's been threatening to gain ground. An Eskimo win this week does just that, and would drop the Lions into the crossover spot. Although to be honest, wouldn't you rather go through the East?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:57 PM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

What happened to the bats?

We all asked that question in April.

And May.

And September.

And these past six days.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:46 AM on October 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

UPDATE: turns out the Winnipeg @ B.C. game is tonight, not tomorrow. We regret the error.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:25 AM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Hamilton by 7
Winnipeg by 3
Saskatchewan by 8
Calgary by 28

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:24 AM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Saskatchewan chases Trevor Harris and then holds off Henry Burris's comeback, taking down Ottawa in OT. Winnipeg holds off the B.C. comeback to move into a virtual tie for second in the West. The Albertan teams travel east and lay waste: Edmonton shuts down Montreal, while Calgary dominates Toronto.

SSK @ OTTBC @ WPGEDM @ MTLCGY @ TOR
ResultSaskatchewan by 2Winnipeg by 2Edmonton by 20Calgary by 28
Margin of Error1 to 31 to 314 to 2620 to 36

rcade's lead has expanded to 10 points and is all but uncatchable. At the other end, bender's notched three points over the past three weeks to drop into contention for the Costanza.

SpoFiteSSK @ OTTSBC @ WPGSEDM @ MTLSCGY @ TORSPointsTotal Points
rcade Winnipeg3Edmonton Calgary 467
ic23b Winnipeg3Edmonton Calgary21557
tahoemoj Winnipeg Edmonton Calgary 354
cixelsydSaskatchewan Winnipeg3Edmonton14Calgary21753
tommytrump Winnipeg Edmonton16Calgary25 550
JPR Winnipeg3Edmonton Calgary 448
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Edmonton21Calgary 447
argoal Winnipeg3Edmonton Calgary 547
MrFrisby Calgary24244
jagsnumberone Winnipeg Edmonton Calgary21444
Howard_T Winnipeg Edmonton16Calgary 444
ReeverSaskatchewan3 Edmonton Calgary 444
bender Calgary 138

The East is terrible. There. I said it.

WEEK 17

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Friday, October 14)
In a game of you-take-it-I-got-it, both Ottawa and Hamilton have lost their last two games. The next two games (a home-and-home) will be pivotal for the division title.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Saturday, October 15)
These teams are very evenly matched, and last week's 2-point difference proves it. The rematch will be a coin flip: B.C. traditionally gets a home edge, but Winnipeg is 5-2 on the road this year.

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, October 15)
This was billed as "Guaranteed Win Night" just a few weeks ago. But Saskatchewan has won three in a row, and Toronto is in shambles.

Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, October 15)
Calgary has not lost in a million years, and I don't think Montreal's up to stopping the streak.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:08 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

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EDM @ WPGCGY @ HAMOTT @ BCTOR @ MTL
ResultEdmonton by 14Calgary by 19B.C. by 7Montreal by 27
Margin of Error10 to 1813 to 255 to 919 to 35

SpoFiteEDM @ WPGSCGY @ HAMSOTT @ BCSTOR @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
rcade Calgary13B.C. 7 Montreal 663
ic23b Calgary14 Montreal 352
tahoemojEdmonton Calgary17 351
cixelsyd Calgary B.C. 246
tommytrump Calgary B.C. 245
JPR Calgary B.C. Montreal 344
DrJohnEvans Calgary14B.C. 343
argoal Calgary B.C.5Montreal 442
MrFrisbyEdmonton10Calgary21 7 542
jagsnumberone Calgary14 240
Howard_T Calgary B.C.9 340
ReeverEdmonton Calgary B.C. 7 Montreal 640
bender 037

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:53 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

My computer is fixed, and in even better news, it was covered under a recall/repair program. Hooray! Here are the Week 15 standings:

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:53 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Ottawa by 10
Winnipeg by 8
Edmonton by 21
Calgary by 11

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:03 PM on October 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Technical difficulties (my computer broke) have prevented me from updating the standings, so I have no idea how many points you have. But my faithful repair shop should have me back in play by next week. Thanks for bearing with me!

This week it's the most hallowed of international traditions: Canadian Thanksgiving. You should absolutely take Monday off work for beers and football double headers. Refer your boss to me if any questions.

WEEK 16

Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Friday, October 7)
Ottawa's hanging on to their first-place standing by the slimmest of margins. Saskatchewan may be 3-10, but they've won twice in a row - and hey, they're only 2-3 against the East.

B.C. @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 8)
A critical game for playoff positioning. Winnipeg's lost a couple of tough ones, but B.C. hasn't exactly been putting much distance between the two teams. A Bomber win and we've got a second-place tie.

Edmonton @ Montreal (Monday, October 10)
Edmonton's cruising in the crossover spot, making themselves at home in the East. By halftime in this one the Esks will be rearranging the furniture.

Calgary @ Toronto (Monday, October 10)
Toronto is in the middle of a panicked shakeup to try to rescue the season. Will it help against Calgary? Almost certainly not.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:47 PM on October 06

Blue Jays Beat Orioles, Advance to Face Rangers

I was in the stadium and can confirm: it was nuts.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:40 PM on October 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Winnipeg by 6
Calgary by 14
B.C. by 10
Toronto by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:16 PM on September 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Toronto's QB woes continue, as neither pivot can do much in a thorough loss to Ottawa. A couple of late field goals pushes Edmonton over the top. Despite a huge fourth quarter, Winnipeg can't complete the comeback, as Calgary boots a time-expiring field goal to win it. And holy cow! Saskatchewan wins AGAIN.

TOR @ OTTBC @ EDMWPG @ CGYHAM @ SSK
ResultOttawa by 17Edmonton by 4Calgary by 2Saskatchewan by 2
Margin of Error12 to 223 to 51 to 31 to 3

Tough week for points, but a big nod to argoal, who nails his second Saskatchewan win in as many weeks.

SpoFiteTOR @ OTTSBC @ EDMSWPG @ CGYSHAM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
rcadeOttawa Calgary 257
ic23bOttawa Calgary 249
tahoemojOttawa Calgary 248
cixelsyd Calgary 144
tommytrump 17 Calgary Sasktchewan 343
JPROttawa Calgary3 341
DrJohnEvansOttawa Calgary 240
jagsnumberoneOttawa Calgary 238
argoal Calgary3Saskatchewan 2 538
Howard_T 037
MrFrisby Calgary3 237
bender Edmonton Calgary 237
ReeverOttawa Calgary 234

Six weeks left to play, meaning that it might just be time to pick some underdogs and go for the big points. Although if Saskatchewan keeps winning, who knows what will happen?

WEEK 15

Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Friday, September 30)
I'm calling this the Leg Up Bowl: both these teams have a playoff spot, but Edmonton's looking to get out of the crossover, and Winnipeg's looking to grab a home playoff date. Whose leg is bigger? That I don't know.

Calgary @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 1)
Hamilton isn't a bad team, but they just lost a heartbreaker in Saskatchewan, and Calgary has won eleven games in a row. Smart money's on the streak.

Ottawa @ B.C. (Saturday, October 1)
Ottawa has a winning record (barely) and is in the division lead (barely), but if they want to be taken seriously as a contender, putting in a good show in Vancouver would be a good start.

Toronto @ Montreal (Sunday, October 2)
The rebuild is on in Montreal, while Toronto's still in the hunt. Toronto doesn't have many teams below them in the standings, but so far they've been able to handle the few who are.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:49 PM on September 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Ottawa by 11
B.C. by 7
Calgary by 14
Hamilton by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:11 AM on September 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Montreal puts up a good fight but can't seal the deal as Hamilton wins a close one. Not so close out in Winnipeg as the Bombers pound the Argos, nor in Calgary as Ottawa gets stamped out. But some good drama out in Regina, as Saskatchewan completes the big fourth-quarter comeback, and then in OT, the unthinkable: the Roughriders WIN.

MTL @ HAMTOR @ WPGOTT @ CGYEDM @ SSK
ResultHamilton by 3Winnipeg by 17Calgary by 25Saskatchewan by 3
Margin of Error2 to 412 to 2218 to 332 to 4

rcade keeps pace at the top, but the big story is at the bottom. argoal nails the Saskatchewan win to jump out of last place, putting the Costanza up for grabs again.

SpoFiteMTL @ HAMSTOR @ WPGSOTT @ CGYSEDM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
rcade Winnipeg Calgary 3355
ic23bHamilton Winnipeg Calgary 347
tahoemojHamilton Winnipeg Calgary 346
cixelsydHamilton Winnipeg Calgary 343
tommytrump Saskatchewan 140
DrJohnEvansHamilton Winnipeg Calgary 338
JPRHamilton4Winnipeg Calgary 438
Howard_THamilton Winnipeg Calgary 337
jagsnumberone Winnipeg Calgary 236
MrFrisbyHamilton Winnipeg Calgary 335
benderHamilton Winnipeg19Calgary 435
argoalHamilton Calgary Saskatchewan 3533
ReeverHamilton 132

What's that yeasty smell wafting around the corner? That's right, you're smelling playoffs. They're closer, and more fragrant, than you think.

WEEK 14

Toronto @ Ottawa (Friday, September 23)
This could be a pivotal game for playoff positioning. Ottawa was riding high but has stumbled as of late. Toronto can't quite seem to get it together, but are still in the mix. An Argo win could re-ignite hopes for a home playoff date at BMO.

B.C. @ Edmonton (Friday, September 23)
B.C. has won three in a row and looks primed to host the division semi. But Edmonton has desperation on their side: another loss and they may just be out of it entirely.

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, September 24)
Some midseason trades have put Winnipeg in a much better position to play in the West. They looked great against the Argos last week. But here's some top-secret insider info: the Stampeders are probably better than the Argos.

Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 24)
Hamilton, with a 6-6 record, is enjoying life at the top of a terrible division. Chances are they'll plump up their record with a win this week. But fall is coming out west, and who knows what will happen when the Regina winds start to howl?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:48 PM on September 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Hamilton by 14
Winnipeg by 10
Calgary by 7
Edmonton by 11

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:45 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Willy and Glenn will both be holding clipboards in this one

Glenn's team is 56-12 all-time against Willy's team when neither plays.

(Also I'm giving LeFevour until the second quarter to get yanked.)

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:43 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Montreal puts up a fight, but B.C. prevails at home. Saskatchewan loses another close one, this time in Winnipeg. Calgary holds off the Esks, while Toronto overcomes adversity (and another injury to Ricky Ray) to notch a big win over the Ti-Cats.

MTL @ BCSSK @ WPGCGY @ EDMHAM @ TOR
ResultB.C. by 11Winnipeg by 7Calgary by 6Toronto by 12
Margin of Error8 to 145 to 94 to 88 to 16

Another week, another 8-point edge for rcade. All y'all in the second-place bunch are running out of time.

SpoFiteMTL @ BCSSSK @ WPGSCGY @ EDMSHAM @ TORSPointsTotal Points
rcadeB.C.10Winnipeg6Calgary 552
ic23bB.C.9Winnipeg Calgary 444
tahoemojB.C.14Winnipeg Calgary 443
cixelsydB.C.10Winnipeg Calgary 440
tommytrumpB.C. Winnipeg9 339
DrJohnEvansB.C.11Winnipeg Calgary6 735
JPRB.C. Winnipeg Calgary 334
Howard_TB.C.12Winnipeg7 Calgary 634
jagsnumberoneB.C.14Winnipeg7 6 634
MrFrisbyB.C. Winnipeg Calgary 332
bender Winnipeg8 231
ReeverB.C. Winnipeg8Calgary 12531
argoalB.C.10Winnipeg 328

It's another week, right after the last one!

WEEK 13

Montreal @ Hamilton (Friday, September 16)
The rebuild is underway in Montreal, with the Alouettes shipping out Kevin Glenn to the Blue Bombers. Meanwhile, Hamilton is smarting from a tough loss last week and will be looking to get back into the race for first.

Toronto @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 17)
Speaking of Kevin Glenn! Drew Willy will face his former team right off the bat, which will make for some interesting television narratives, I'm sure. But the real story is that the Argos are 0-436 against Kevin Glenn. Or at least that's what it feels like.

Ottawa @ Calgary (Saturday, September 17)
Technically, this is a match-up of first place teams. Calgary is 9-1-1 and +120. Ottawa is 5-4-1 and +7. So, there's that.

Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 18)
Edmonton's in tough, but a win in Saskatchewan and we can start talking crossover. Meanwhile, will the Riders fall short of their 3-15 record from last year?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:42 AM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Hold the phone! Ricky Ray may have a punctured lung? Dang, son.

Hat tip to argoal for the notice.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:26 PM on September 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

B.C. by 11
Winnipeg by 21
Calgary by 6
Hamilton by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:28 PM on September 08