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Location: Trawna
Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: July 31, 2015

DrJohnEvans has posted 235 links and 1726 comments to SportsFilter and 138 links and 1250 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

of DrJohnEvans: scholar, gentleman, SpoFite

In a nutshell
The teams
The platform
The commendations
Great moments in sports journalism

Hot Chat update: Thinking about integrating directly with Twitter. In the meantime, I'm on there, if that's your sort of thing.

In a nutshell

Go Jays. Go Sens. Go Furious George GOAT. Go rouge.

(Lose Leafs Lose.)

In our hearts forever: Andy Peters vs. Rob Ray. Okay, so it turns out that you can't watch that video anymore. Damn. In its place, I present to you Aaron Downey vs Brad Norton—the fight that changed the NHL forever.

Sara Orlesky is cute, but Patricia Boal is always in the right place at the right time.

The teams

Coming real soon.

The platform

There are certain inalienable truths in sports, at least according to me.

  1. "Intangibles" do not exist in any meaningful form. If a player brings something "intangible" to his team, that should be reflected in either his individual stats or the team's stats. If not, then his "intangibles" have no value and are not worth discussing.

  2. The NHL's regular season standings will remain inherently unfair until all games are worth the same number of points.

  3. The pitch-out is the best play ever conceived in any sport.

  4. You are not a unique snowflake: everybody here is a fan of a team. Referring to said team in the first-person possessive does nothing to strengthen your argument or make you stand out. Indeed, a comment beginning with "My Brewers" taints the comment's value by informing me that you're arguing through the blue-and-gold-tinted glasses of a Brewers fan, and not objectively as a sports fan. Be proud, but be reasonable.

  5. Winning breeds relaxation, losing breeds frustration. It is infinitely easier to get along with your teammates when you're winning lots of games. Let's stop gazing at .600 teams and talking about how they're all bosom buddies. (Feel free to do the same with .400 teams, though.)

The commendations

"... an integral part of the Sportsfilter.com experience." — NoMich

"DrJohnEvans … should be reading medicine articles if [he is] really a doctor and stop complaining so much." — LROD

"DrJohnEvans [is] only the median if you give extra weight in the direction of users who have posted more than one comment." — mexican

"... DrJohnEvans is now my new friend." — Kleptophoria!

"Where's DrJohnEvans with a cool scoring table when you need him?" — The_Black_Hand

Great moments in sports journalism

Like most discriminating SpoFites, I'm really picky about the commentators and analysts that I have to watch and listen to. Fortunately, there are a few shining stars which pop up on my television. Included with your basic Rogers Cable package up here is a scrappy small-market sports channel, The Score. Their programming's centred around their near-constant highlight/update reels. They're my favourite in terms of sports news and entertainment: they just have fun with the stuff.

Tell it like it is

Sunday afternoons feature The Score on the NFL, which keeps track of the millions of games going on at once. December 19, they were doing their usual mid-afternoon round-up. The game was Minnesota at Detroit:

[highlight reel running]

"Minnesota gets one late in the fourth quarter to go up by seven, but it doesn't matter, because Detroit marches right back to score the major with eight seconds left in the game."

[boxscore screen comes up]

"It's still 28-27 as we're just waiting for the extra point, I'm just watching it now... and THEY MUFFED THE SNAP! They muffed the snap! Amazing. Amazing. Eight seconds left, the touchdown, and they muffed the snap. Okay, hang on, we gotta get you this picture. Amazing. Amazing."

[highlight comes up]

"Okay, here is it. This JUST HAPPENED, folks. Detroit scores to nearly tie it up, and they muff the snap. Amazing. Amazing. Man. Lions suck."

I love good sports journalism.

How to call a Tampa Bay home run

From MLB highlights on The Score Tonight, Summer 2006:
TIM: Fifth inning, Johnny Gomes at the dish. Now he's a model, if you know what I mean, 'cause he does his little thing on the catwalk.

SID: On the catwalk?

TIM: On the catwalk, yeah.

SID: He does his little thing on the catwalk?

TIM: That's correct.

Recent Links

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.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:51 PM on July 27 - 23 comments

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.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:08 PM on July 21 - 21 comments

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.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:20 AM on July 15 - 21 comments

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.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:39 PM on July 07 - 18 comments

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.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 03:53 PM on June 29 - 20 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Thanks rcade! The sacrifice is appreciated.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:49 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

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.

ResultOttawa by 3Toronto by 3Edmonton by 29Hamilton by 10
Margin of Error2 to 42 to 420 to 387 to 13

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.

SpoFiteCGY @ OTTSTOR @ BCSWPG @ EDMSHAM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone 3Toronto4Edmonton Hamilton9623
argoal Toronto2 Hamilton 317
tahomj Edmonton 114
rcade Hamilton 114
rumple Edmonton 114
bender Hamilton 113
goddam Edmonton 113
cixelsyd Toronto Hamilton 213
JPRCalgary 3Edmonton Hamilton 413
ic23bOttawa3 Edmonton Hamilton 513
DrJohnEvans Hamilton 110
tommytrump Toronto Edmonton Hamilton 310
jjzucal Toronto Edmonton Hamilton 39
Reever 08
Howard_T 39
owlhouse Edmonton 16
Ying Yang Mafia Edmonton Hamilton 16

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:51 PM on July 27

Jose Bautista calls out Colin Cowherd for insipid remarks about Dominican ballplayers

Just going to leave this here.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on July 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 21
B.C. by 7
Winnipeg by 4
Hamilton by 2

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:00 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

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.

ResultMontreal by 4Edmonton by 11B.C. by 3Calgary by 1
Margin of Error3 to 58 to 142 to 41 to 1

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.

SpoFiteHAM @ MTLSEDM @ OTTSBC @ SSKSWPG @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone 4Edmonton10B.C.2Calgary 617
argoal Edmonton9 Calgary 314
tahoemj 4Edmonton 213
rcadeMontreal Edmonton8B.C. Calgary 513
rumpleMontreal5Edmonton B.C.4Calgary 213
benderMontreal Edmonton Calgary 312
goddamMontreal4Edmonton12 3 612
cixelsyd Edmonton10 Calgary 311
DrJohnEvans Edmonton12 Calgary 39
JPRMontreal2 3Calgary 49
ic23b Edmonton Calgary 28
Reever Edmonton10 3Calgary 48
tommytrump Calgary 17
Howard_T 06
jjzucal Calgary 56
owlhouseMontreal Edmonton 25
Ying Yang Mafia Edmonton 3 24

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:08 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 8
Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 4
Calgary by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:20 PM on July 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

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.

ResultEdmonton by 29Winnipeg by 2B.C. by 3Calgary by 5
Margin of Error20 to 381 to 32 to 44 to 7

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.

SpoFiteOTT @ EDMSMTL @ WPGSSSK @ BCSTOR @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 411
tahoemjEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 411
argoalEdmonton Winnipeg2 3Calgary 611
benderEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. 39
cixelsydEdmonton 3Calgary 38
rcadeEdmonton B.C. Calgary 38
rumple Winnipeg B.C. 27
Howard_T 06
goddam B.C.4 26
ic23bEdmonton 3 26
tommytrumpEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 46
DrJohnEvansEdmonton Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 46
JPR 3 15
jjzucal Winnipeg Calgary 25
Reever 04
owlhouseEdmonton B.C. 23
Ying Yang Mafia B.C. 12

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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 AM on July 15

The Ashes. Explained.

Enjoyed this. Thanks!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:49 PM on July 10