Don't worry rcade, this week is just a scheduled bye and not a team contraction — this time.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on July 30
I'm following jags' picks until proven otherwise.
B.C. by 9
Edmonton by 8
Calgary by 11
Hamilton by 7 (Collaros heartbreaker go-ahead TD)
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:37 AM on July 29
It's "win now" (being this year or next)
I think the "or next" part of that is key. The Jays had a limited window for their excellent offense, and not enough pitching. Regular folks like you and me figured that they needed to add pitching before their offensive window ran out. But AA looked at the high-end pitching market and decided that it was easier to extend the window for the offense.
So now they still need pitching, but the increase in offense means they can be more reasonable in acquiring pitching. And they've made themselves more competitive in 2016-17, while punting their aging-shortstop problem down the road.
So basically they don't have to sell the farm and go for broke in 2015. I think it's a smart deal.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:54 PM on July 28
Thanks rcade! The sacrifice is appreciated.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:49 AM on July 28
Jays acquire Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins, in exchange for Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco.
Dave Cameron approves.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 AM on July 28
Not to be a stickler but my point total should be 23 now (not 17). I may need those points in a couple of weeks/lol.
Another copy/paste error! Sorry about that. Your total is correct in my spreadsheet, it just didn't make it into the table. Although it did make it into the weekly summary so hopefully that's worth something.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 AM on July 28
A sophomore stunner in Ottawa as the Redblacks top the visiting Stampeders in overtime. Toronto spots B.C. a 21-point lead before coming all the way back to win in the last minute. In Edmonton, Winnipeg gets a first-quarter field goal, and then apparently they just got on the bus and went home. Saskatchewan puts up a fight at home, but comes apart in the fourth quarter to open the season 0-5.
Stop me if you've heard this one before: it's another six-point week for jags, which gives him a very comfortable lead indeed. In fact, since going pointless in the first game of the season, he's earned a point in every single game since. That could very well be a CFL Pick 'Em record! Feel free to take several dozen hours to go back ten years and verify that.
Simcoe Day is once again upon us, meaning it's time for the traditional holiday weekend activities, such as playing football on Mondays, sitting in cottage country traffic, and hoping your A/C holds out.
B.C. @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 30)
Here's a coupla teams in some disarray. B.C. had a win in the bag before letting it all slip away, while Winnipeg got flat-out embarrassed, so they've both slid down the standings. The winner this week gets a head start on the climb back up.
Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, July 31)
Both these teams lost their starting QBs to injury in Week One. Now Edmonton's in first place, and Saskatchewan's still looking for their first win. It's all about depth. Take the streak until proven otherwise.
Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, August 1)
Speaking of depth, do you believe in Rakeem Cato? He's been piling up the yards, while the much-vaunted Bo Levi Mitchell threw but one touchdown in last week's Calgary loss. The Stamps are still the better team, but this one may be closer than Vegas wants it to be.
Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, August 3)
It's a Pan Am reunion tour: Hamilton finally relinquishes control of its spruced-up home, while Toronto is forced to be vagabonds for one more week. But at 3-1 and with one of the best offences in the league, the Argos will take it.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:51 PM on July 27
Just going to leave this here.
.@JoeyBats19 on Dominican kids choosing btwn bball & school is way more informative than anything Cowherd has to say http://t.co/PpWg7geaa6 Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) July 24, 2015
.@JoeyBats19 on Dominican kids choosing btwn bball & school is way more informative than anything Cowherd has to say http://t.co/PpWg7geaa6
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on July 27
Calgary by 21
B.C. by 7
Winnipeg by 4
Hamilton by 2
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:00 PM on July 23
Sorry about that, rumple! That was a copy/paste error. You scored 6 points - the total of 13 is correct.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:00 PM on July 22
Hamilton comes up short in a defensive battle in Montreal, while Edmonton puts together a big fourth quarter to take down Ottawa at home. Things are a little closer out west: B.C. holds off a late 'Rider comeback, while Calgary completes the comeback with a one-point victory against Winnipeg.
jags' streak of picking winners come to a close, but he still gets points in every game to rack up a healthy six enough to pull away from the pack and pad a three-point lead.
With one-fifth of the season behind us, we finally have enough data to start constructing accurate narratives. Of course, I'll probably still make up most of this.
Calgary @ Ottawa (Friday, July 24)
Two teams headed in opposite directions: Calgary's won two in a row and looks comfortable atop the West, while Ottawa's lost two straight and is having a tough time looking cohesive. Big money is on Calgary, but those in search of excitement may want to take the underdog.
Toronto @ BC (Friday, July 24)
This one's a bit more even: two 2-1 teams who have maybe given up a few more points than they'd like, but have good results to show for it. Vancouver is a tough place for visiting teams, but if Toronto has good luck out west, it won't be the first time.
Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Saturday, July 25)
After a rough start, Edmonton has started to find its footing, while Winnipeg is probably lucky to be 2-2 that's not a great setup for anyone heading into Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton gets the edge here until proven otherwise.
Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, July 26)
Remember a couple years back, when Saskatchewan started the season 5-0? They're one good Zach Collaros start away from starting this year 0-5. Ouch.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:08 PM on July 21
We'll miss you, Howard_T, but sounds like a great cause. Have an excellent time!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:47 PM on July 21
Hamilton by 8
Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 4
Calgary by 10
posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:20 PM on July 15
Life is tougher for the East this week. Ottawa's dream of an undefeated season comes to an abrupt halt in Edmonton.
Winnipeg hangs on to scratch out a win against Montreal. B.C. needs a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Riders,
and Calgary holds off an Argo comeback to win at home.
jags and tahoe grab four points each to stay in first - but they have company! argoal nails his second spread in as many weeks to join the first-place tie.
Nothing like a couple of early-season home-and-homes to really get the grudges rolling.
Hamilton @ Montreal (Thursday, July 16)
The Ti-Cats, fresh off a bye, roll into Montreal, fresh off hoping that Rakeem Cato can do the job. After a sparkling 3-TD debut, Cato was held off the board last week, but kept his team in the game with 317 yards thrown. Montreal hopes he can keep that up, because there's noone else to play.
Edmonton @ Ottawa (Friday, July 17)
There's no sugar-coating it: Ottawa was flat-out embarrassed in Edmonton last week. But most of the damage was done early in the game - the second half was almost respectable. Ottawa hopes to build off that heading into the second half of the home-and-home.
B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Friday, July 17)
Here's the definition of tough luck: Saskatchewan is 0-3, but only -9 in season points differential. With the home winds on their side this week, they're looking for some lucky breaks to start going their way.
Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, July 18)
Here's an early battle of division leaders, and nearly the only two teams who still have their preferred starting quarterbacks. Calgary's been the legacy favourite for a while now, but this could be a statement game for Winnipeg as they try to finish off their rebuild.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 AM on July 15
Enjoyed this. Thanks!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:49 PM on July 10
Edmonton by 9
Winnipeg by 5
B.C. by 10
Calgary by 9
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:51 AM on July 09
How about that East Division? Hamilton spanks Winnipeg, Montreal easily handles Calgary, Ottawa makes it look easy against B.C., and Toronto bends-but-doesn't-break its way to a double OT win in Saskatchewan.
jags and tahoe both get points in every game, jumping into a tie for first.
Some short but sweet streaks will get stress-tested in Week 3. Say that three times fast!
Ottawa @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 9)
Everyone who thought Ottawa would be 2-0 to start the season, raise your hands. Now everybody who thinks Edmonton can contend without a healthy Mike Reilly at QB, raise your hands. Something's gotta give here.
Montreal @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 10)
The story with these 1-1 teams is their two young quarterbacks with rising star power: Drew Willy for Winnipeg and Jonathan Crompton Dan LeFevour Rakeem Cato? Who the heck is Rakeem Cato? And he threw three touchdowns against Calgary last week? I got nothing.
Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Friday, July 10)
Who thought this would be an early battle of the basement? It's early, but both teams need their D to step up in order to notch the first W.
Toronto @ Calgary (Monday, July 13)
Toronto continues their Magical Mystery Pam Am Games Road Trip with a stop in Calgary, who just got flat-out embarrassed last week. But the big question is: do you believe in Trevor Harris?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:40 PM on July 07
Winnipeg by 5
Calgary by 9
B.C. by 21
Toronto by 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:52 PM on July 01
Holy upsets, Batman! Montreal suffers two QB injuries in-game, and Ottawa takes advantage with the comeback win. Calgary needs a time-expiring field goal to come from behind to send Hamilton packing. Edmonton can't get it done in their backyard, losing both the game and QB Mike Reilly as Toronto prevails. And Winnipeg walzes into Regina and wins! (Oh, and Saskatchewan loses star QB Darian Durant for the year. That's bad, right?)
Three upsets make points tough to come by, but bender's lucky coin leads the way with four points.
Week Two: everyone moves one spot to their left, except for Edmonton which heads home to lick its wounds.
Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 2)
After three years with no playoff appearances, Winnipeg may just be on the verge of contending again, but they'll have to string together a couple in a row before we believe it. Coming off a tough last-minute loss, Hamilton is hoping that the rebuild in the 'Peg isn't quite finished yet.
Calgary @ Montreal (Friday, July 3)
Here are two 0-1 teams which everyone expected to be 1-0. Calgary's the stronger team, but Montreal's no slouch, and they should have QB Jonathan Crompton back after suffering a shoulder bruise last week, which should at least make things interesting.
B.C. @ Ottawa (Saturday, July 4)
The last time Travis Lulay visited Ottawa, he shredded his shoulder and ended his season. I'm no expert, but he's probably hoping for a slightly better outcome now. On the other sideline, do you believe in the Redblacks' sophomore streak?
Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, July 5)
Toronto hopes that the Trevor Harris Magic continues for another week. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan looks to rebound after a nasty loss last week - with 834-year-old Kevin Glenn taking the snaps.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:53 PM on June 29
Montreal by 14
Calgary by 21
Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 3
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:56 PM on June 23
THE PICK 'EM - What we do
Kings and queens, prime ministers, Arctic ice; all these things come and go with the ages. But Canadian football is forever. Well, except in Ottawa, where it's a bit intermittent. And in the States... well, let's not dwell too much on that. In any case, we honour this eternal tradition in two ways: one, making sure we put back the "u" in "honour" when autocorrect takes it away, and two, picking the outcome of every game on the CFL schedule.
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, 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 SiriusXM on the satellite radio dial (which is a two-way switch with one of the options crossed out).
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.
Ottawa Redblacks (Preview) @ Montreal Alouettes (Preview) - Thursday, June 25, 7:30pm
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Friday, June 26, 9:00pm
Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) "@" Toronto Argonauts (Preview) - Saturday, June 27, 5:00pm - NOTE: GAME NOT ACTUALLY IN TORONTO BUT IN NORTHERN ALBERTA I KNOW WTF
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) - Saturday, June 27, 8:00pm
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:41 PM on June 22
The CFL made a similar rule change earlier this year, pushing back points-after by 20 yards. But what's interesting (and to grum's point) is that they've pushed UP two-point conversions by two yards. The goal was to reduce the single-point success rate and encourage more two-point conversions.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:54 PM on May 19
Fun! Thanks for the link.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:32 PM on March 22
This is great.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:08 AM on March 04
Dave Cameron did a pretty good job of summarizing the entire Internet's reaction to this: shifts aren't to blame for the drop in offence.
The primary culprit is the strike zone's out-of-control growth.
It's incredibly frustrating that new rules are being spitballed, when all the solutions to the game's problems already exist in the rulebook. Call the zone correctly, enforce the 12-second pitch rule without any stupid clocks, and you're golden.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:42 PM on January 27
Calgary jumps out to a big early lead, but Hamilton throws up a late first-half TD to make things interesting. Calgary then busts out the Rich Stubler bend-but-don't-break defence, stifling Hamilton in the red zone as they kick 3 field goals to make it close. With the fourth-quarter clock at 1:12 and ticking down, Calgary punts to Brandon Banks, who runs a spectacular 90 yards for the go-ahead touchdown—which is heartbreakingly called back on an illegal block. Calgary makes the most of it and hangs on for the Grey Cup win.
Points were tough to come by, but ic23b capitalizes on his early lead, and only needs two points to take the crown, no tiebreaker needed. Congratulations!
And in the other corner, with back-to-back Costanzas to his name, it's bender! Well (?) done.
Thanks again to each and every one of you for playing along. See y'all in June!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:27 PM on December 03
Calgary by 18
posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:36 PM on November 28
Also! Want to watch the game? Here's how.
In short: TSN in Canada, ESPN2 in the States, streaming on TSN GO.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:43 PM on November 27
Big second quarters from the home teams put both games out of reach early. Hamilton rides its special teams to a convincing win over Montreal, and Calgary rides the arm of Bo Levi Mitchell, who throws for 4 TDs to send the Esks packing.
In bonus action, the aforementioned Bo Levi edges Jonathan Crompton for the yardage crown, while Edmonton's three sacks carry the day (if not the win).
The on-field games may have been blowouts, but here in the Pick 'Em we're all about keeping it close. A tie for first, and a three-way tie for third. Nothing's been settled yet!
And here we go!
THE 102nd GREY CUP
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-9) @ Calgary Stampeders (15-3) (Sunday, November 30)
I could talk about a lot of things in previewing this game. I could talk about Calgary's deep offence or Hamilton's tough defence. I could talk about Calgary's sterling record in a tough division despite suffering through serious injuries, or Hamilton battling back from a tough start to just barely make the playoffs. But for me, this game comes down to one thing: two great young quarterbacks, Bo Levi Mitchell and Zach Collaros, getting a chance to ply their trade indoors, in the biggest game of the year.
CFL.ca Grey Cup Preview »
Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.
The points-scored O/U for the Grey Cup is currently set at 52.5. Will the total points scored be over or under that total?
Pick the total yardage thrown by all quarterbacks in the Grey Cup. This is worth no points and will be used only in case of a tie.
Example pick: Hamilton by 21, Cornish, Under, 500.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:41 PM on November 27
Hamilton by 10 and hoping I'm wrong
Calgary by 14
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:31 AM on November 23
So much for Western dominance: Montreal piles on the points to send B.C. packing. Things are a bit tighter in Edmonton, but despite not scoring an offensive touchdown, the Esks find an early lead and never look back.
Special teams wins the day in Edmonton, as 12 of the Eskimos' 18 points come off the boot of Hugh O'Neill. And despite Saskatchewan's attempts to keep scoring low, Montreal's blowout ensure that we hit the over - although only by 5 points!
Some familiar faces in familiar positions here: argoal, cixelsyd... bender.
It's all going according to form as we move on to the:
Montreal Alouettes (9-9) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-9) (Sunday, November 23)
Here's an even match-up if ever there was one. With the season series tied, and Hamilton breaking the tie on point differential, these two teams have been neck and neck for the past three months. It'll come down to Hamilton's energetic young QB Zach Collaros against Montreal's strong defence. But Hamilton's defence is not so shoddy either, allowing only one point more than Montreal's this season. And on the other hand, Montreal just dropped seven touchdowns in their semi. So this would be a good opportunity to borrow bender's flipping coin.
CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview »
Edmonton Eskimos (12-6) @ Calgary Stampeders (15-3) (Sunday, November 23)
Just like they drew it up: the best offence in the league against the stingiest defence in the league. Calgary will bring QB Bo Levi Mitchell and RB Jon Cornish against the Eskimos' strong and healthy d-line. When healthy, Calgary's been the class of the West for the entire year, but we are in November now, and weather can have a huge impact on offense. Keep an eye on that forecast.
CFL.ca Western Final Preview »
Offence Wins Championships Bonus
Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardage on Sunday.
2014 Passing Stats »
Defence Wins Championships Bonus
Pick the team whose defence will register the most sacks on Sunday.
Example pick: Montreal by 21, Edmonton by 14, Crompton, Calgary.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:11 PM on November 19
Montreal by 7
Edmonton by 7
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:01 AM on November 13
B.C. Lions (9-9) @ Montreal Alouettes (9-9) (Sunday, November 16)
All season long it's been a story of two divisions, so what better way to kick things off than a crossover? In what was supposed to be a lost year for the Lions, Kevin Glenn has done just enough in what could very well be his last kick at the can. Some key early wins in the West, combined with a bunch of points against the East have given them just enough to make the playoffs. But they're not exactly underdogs against this strange Montreal team, which was 1-7 at midseason, and has put together an incredibly unlikely string of victories at the hands of rookie CFLer Jonathan Crompton. So I have a feeling this one will come down to defence.
CFL.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview »
Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) @ Edmonton Eskimos (12-6) (Sunday, November 16)
Two ambitious teams held back by injuries: Saskatchewan, your defending Grey Cup champions, were off to a hot start and looking to repeat, until they lost star QB Damien Durant at midseason and were forced to bring Kerry Joseph out of retirement. It's been a tough slog for them since, and they come into the playoffs having lost five of their last six games. Edmonton's rising star QB Mike Reilly has kept them in the picture all season long; with a few more breaks, they easily could've taken the division lead. But speaking of breaks, that same Reilly suffered a broken foot bone two weeks ago, and is highly questionable for this game.
CFL.ca Western Semi-Final Preview »
Swayze Waters River Salmon Bonus
Pick the kicker who will score the most points this weekend. That includes place-kick field goals, drop-kick field goals, PATs, singles, and fake field goals thrown for touchdowns.
2014 Kicking Stats »
Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus
The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 90.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?
Example pick: Montreal by 21, Saskatchewan by 14, Whyte, Over.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 AM on November 13
Toronto digs deep and gets the win, but it's all for naught as Hamilton cruises to victory over Montreal, securing the division title for the Ti-Cats and eliminating the Argos. Out west, B.C. comes up short in a must-win against Calgary, relegating them to crossover status. And in one final bid to generate typos in the 2014 regular season, Saskatchewan wins.
Well, how 'bout this: argoal hangs onto first, but cixelsyd notches a solid five points to join him, and becomes the Pick 'Em's first repeat winner to boot! How appropriate that in this, the weirdest season of seasons, we conclude with a tie. Congratulations argoal and cixelsyd!
In Constanza land, bender opened the season with a perfect 0-for-12 and never looked back, spending a solid 13 weeks in last place. A well-earned Costanza for the hardest-working nickel in the land. Congratulations, bender!
Thanks to everyone for playing along, and for being a part of one of SportsFilter's most hallowed summer traditions. We here at CFL Pick 'Em Headquarters just couldn't do it without ya.
And of course, stay tuned for the playoff pick 'em!
posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:21 AM on November 11
Toronto by 8
B.C. by 12
Hamilton by 10
Saskatchewan by 18
posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:22 PM on November 06
Hamilton overcomes a slow start to beat Ottawa and keep their playoff hopes alive. Winnipeg digs deep for a big win against visiting Calgary. Edmonton accepts the challenge and hands B.C. a beatdown to clinch a home playoff date, while Toronto comes up short in Montreal, and find themselves on the outside looking in.
Heading into the final week, argoal maintains his lead. But! JPR is within one, and cixelsyd is within three. Can argoal hang on?
Final week! Everything is up for grabs. Except of course for the first two spots in the West.
Ottawa @ Toronto (Friday, November 7)
So here's the deal: Toronto needs to win. That, combined with a Hamilton loss, will get them into the playoffs. BUT Ricky Ray is out with a concussion, and the Argos have been anything but consistent. Can they pull it off?
Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, November 7)
Calgary's got the division title wrapped up and could use some rest. B.C., meanwhile, needs a win to avoid crossing over to the East. Although perhaps that route would be preferable. What would Kevin Glenn do?
Montreal @ Hamilton (Saturday, November 8)
The equation is simple: win and you're in. Lose, and you're not in, unless it's Montreal who loses, in which case both of these teams make the playoffs anyway. BUT if Hamilton wins by more than seven, they claim the division title and a first-round bye. Okay, maybe it's not so simple.
Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, November 8)
Saskatchewan's in the same boat as the Lions. Win and stay in the West, lose and cross over to the East. Edmonton, on the other hand, has locked up a home playoff date, and you can be sure they'll be resting their regulars.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:52 PM on November 05
Hamilton by 10
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 5
Montreal... by .... 8
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:46 AM on October 30
Also, I wonder what happened in the parallel universe where Ned Yost doesn't bunt the runner over. Bumgarner was struggling with location against those first few batters, and giving up an out there seemed to make it easier for him to get out of the inning.
On edit, what rcade said.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:19 AM on October 30
dfleming is correct. The "most effective" rule only applies if the lead is gained during the starter's short outing as per 10.17(b), or if the technical relief pitcher or record is deemed ineffective:
10.17(c) The official scorer shall not credit as the winning pitcher a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when at least one succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain its lead. In such a case, the official scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher the succeeding relief pitcher who was most effective, in the judgment of the official scorer.
Regardless - what a performance by Bumgarner. Something for the ages.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:16 AM on October 30
Ottawa makes some noise on an emotional night, but Montreal hangs on for the win. Kerry Joseph and Bo Levi Mitchell suit up for an old-fashioned shootout in which Calgary prevails. Toronto gives up an early lead, but comes back in the end to send Hamilton's fans home in tears. Winnipeg hangs tough, but a strong fourth quarter from the Lions catapaults B.C. into the playoffs.
JPR has a strong week but misses on the Toronto win, which could be costly: argoal hits the Toronto margin to pull ahead by two points.
Here's a count of teams that have clinched a playoff berth, by division. West: four, East: zero. Should be an interesting couple of weeks.
Hamilton @ Ottawa (Friday, October 31)
After a tough loss in Toronto, Hamilton needs to win both of their last two games in order to secure a playoff berth. Fortunately for them, playing Ottawa is a good way to start a winning streak.
Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, November 1)
Winnipeg's lost eight in a row and is looking for answers for 2015. Calgary's cruising with the division wrapped up and a four-game win streak to boot. Maybe TiVo this one and fast-forward through it later.
B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, November 1)
This is interesting: if my math is right, B.C. is still in the mix for a home playoff game. But they need to win this game by at least seven points to keep that dream alive. It's young upstart Mike Reilly against wiley veteran Kevin Glenn. Should be fun!
Toronto @ Montreal (Sunday, November 2)
More jostling for position: a Toronto win would move them into a tie with Montreal for first place. But the vivid memories of an uninspired Argos loss at the hands of the Alouettes two weeks ago haven't faded, and a Montreal win this week would seal the division race in their favour.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:21 AM on October 29
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
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