The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: It's that time of year again, when Earth tilts its northern hemisphere towards the sun, allowing the majestic country of Canada just a tiny bit of sunlight and - dare we say it? - warmth. Emerging from our igloos, we locals are delighted to find that the tundra has thawed just enough to stick a goalpost in 'er. Find the nearest two-four, brush off Frank's beaverskin, and voila! Canadian football!
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Whoa, is it Friday already? I guess it's true what they say: a Winnipeg hangover lasts longer than any other. But hey, we had a pretty good game there eh? Ottawa puts up a good fight but Edmonton takes home the hardware. Details and final standings inside.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: Home field advantage wins again! Edmonton and Ottawa throw their way into the Grey Cup, and are rewarded with a trip to that place where no one has the advantage, ever: Winnipeg in late November. But the forecast is clear and only footballs should rain from the skies. Grab your souvenir umbrella, put on your coveralls, put down your umbrella because it's hard to put on coveralls one-handed, and make your picks inside.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition: Home field advantage works out in the semis, although the Argos could've made things more interesting by asking their secondary to fall down less. Not that I am bitter. But here we are in Ottawa and Edmonton, two places you should never go in November, unless there's a Grey Cup berth at stake. Untangle your earmuffs and make your picks inside.
CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition: Leaves are on the ground, snow is in the air, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are cleaning out their lockers. Yes sir, it's time for the CFL playoffs! It's a fresh start: whether you competed every week in the regular season or watched jealously from the sidelines, all are welcome to join in this three-week sprint to the Grey Cup. Grab your union suit and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: The final rouge has been kicked, the turf has been rolled up, and the dust has settled: jagsnumberone breaks scoring records and hearts on his way to winning the Pick 'Em in his rookie season. Final standings are inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty: Well, folks, I've got the CFL Tiebreaker Rules open in a background tab, which means it must be the final week of the season. But don't bother to change your calculator's batteries. Leave that mathy stuff to me, and just make your picks inside.
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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen: Two weeks left and the races are red-hot. Who will take second? Who will take the Costanza? Did anyone notice when Kevin Glenn got traded to the Alouettes? So many questions left to answer. Put on your thinking caps and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen: We're in the thick of the home stretch with three weeks left to play. Twelve games times three points means that anybody could win, provided they nail every single game remaining. (Except owlhouse. Sorry owlhouse.) Buy your baby a new pair of shoes and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen: Metric tonnes of Thanksgiving drama played out last week, from Tuesday kickoffs to holiday Monday pumpkin pie. I'm sure many of you scored points last week, but I haven't quite got around to that part of the gig yet. Do not adjust your set, but please do continue to make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen: Tight margins and underdog wins mean that points are hard to come by this week, but that doesn't mean we don't see movement in the standings. No, not at the top. Grab your bronzer and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen: If the playoffs started today... we'd all have a lot more time on our hands. Especially if we lived in Saskatchewan. But we've still got seven more weeks of tooth-and-nail battles for the Costanza, so sharpen your pencils and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen: Inevitably, Saskatchewan returns to its losing ways. But cheer up, fans of the underdog, for we may just have the beginnings of an actual race for first in our little Pick 'Em. Cross your fingers and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve: SASKATCHEWAN WON A GAME. Make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven: The in-season drama has been kind to the schedule-makers. This year's Labour Day Classics could turn over the top of the standings in both divisions. You can't buy that sort of drama at your dollar store's DVD discount bin. Put down your hammer and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten: Past the halfway point, the true stories are revealing themselves: there are good teams, there are bad teams, and then there's Saskatchewan. Oh, Saskatchewan. Cut your melon and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: When you run a CFL Pick 'Em for eleven years, you get really good at typing "Saskatchewan". I mean, REALLY good. But right now, my typing fingers are lost; they haven't once typed "Saskatchewan" in victory this year, as the Riders fall to 0-7 on the season. On the other hand, I'm getting really good at typing "jagsnumberone" as he continues to break all sorts of rookie records. Check for typos and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Remember that rain dance you did to stop the points from raining down on jagsnumberone? It didn't work. But there are many long weeks remaining in this CFL season, so everyone's still in the game. Give your hundred-and-ten percent and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six: It's another week chock-full of upsets, which means the regulars continue to struggle and the rookie continues to shine. jagsnumberone adds some padding to the first-pace lead, and may in fact have a record-breaking streak on the line heading into Simcoe Day. Flip your coins and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five: Close games all around make money for some and mud for others. The first-place tie is broken up in a big way, but say hello to the third-place logjam. Grab your cant hook and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four: The newcomers continue to hang on to first, but it's getting crowded at the top at the old-timers have started chipping away. I think we've found the narrative for this season, guys! Bury your ledes and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three: Every single East Division team comes away with a win, shocking anyone who has even glimpsed the CFL standings over the past few years. Which means that in our little pick 'em, the rookies are piling on and the vets are sinking. Grab your PFD and make your picks inside.
CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two: Another Pick 'Em season is underway, this time with a possible-record-but-I'm-too-lazy-to-look-it-up sixteen players! So it figures that the first week sees three upsets, which means that you probably didn't get many points. Shake it off and make your picks inside.
The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: It's late June, which means the temperature has just nudged above freezing in Edmonton, which means that the snowbank covering Frank's Sporting Supply And Live Bait Shop has melted JUST enough to dig out the front door, which means that FINALLY Jake Ireland can walk in, pick up a fresh crate of regulation footballs, charge them on his Tim Horton's double-double card, allowing us to FINALLY end this run-on sentence and get the CFL season underway. Take a breath and make your picks inside.