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Location: Trawna
Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: September 25, 2016

DrJohnEvans has posted 266 links and 1812 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 Fourteen: Maybe you're still wearing shorts, cranking the A/C, and making regular trips to the beach. But up here, us Canadians are already storing nuts and seeds in our cheeks for the imminent winter. Or maybe that's squirrels. Either way, the CFL playoffs are not too far away. Grab your nuts and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:48 PM on September 22 - 16 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen: We're into the home stretch and some bets are looking smarter than others. Calgary looks solid. rcade is in good shape. Ottawa... well, maybe don't open your wallets just yet. But it won't cost you a cent to make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:42 AM on September 15 - 14 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve: What a week! Some teams won, other teams lost. The Argos enjoyed losing so much they did it twice. Ouch. Lick your wounds and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:40 AM on September 08 - 15 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten: Every game was a blowout last week, which is no fun. Well, I guess it's fun for the winning team. And their fans. But won't someone spare a thought for the poor Pick 'Em players? Shed a single tear and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:03 PM on August 21 - 16 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: It's the dog days of August. That means it's hot (yes, even in Winnipeg) and everybody is injured. Even me. Ow! Book your physio and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:41 PM on August 17 - 14 comments

Recent Comments

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.

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.

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.


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.

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!


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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

B.C. guts out a close win over the Argosand so does Ottawa in Montreal, and Winnipeg in Saskatchewan. Less close is Calgary running roughshod over the Esks, and just plain heartbreaking is the Argos blowing a 20-point lead in Hamilton.

ResultB.C. by 3Ottawa by 5Winnipeg by 3Calgary by 21Hamilton by 13
Margin of Error2 to 44 to 72 to 415 to 279 to 17

At some point when I was on vacation, rcade jumped out to a huge lead. Can he be caught?

rcadeB.C.4Ottawa Winnipeg Calgary Hamilton9747
ic23bB.C.3Ottawa Winnipeg Calgary Hamilton16840
tahoemojB.C. Ottawa4Winnipeg Calgary Hamilton17739
cixelsydB.C. Ottawa Winnipeg Calgary17Hamilton9736
tommytrump Ottawa7Winnipeg Calgary Hamilton10636
JPRB.C. Ottawa Winnipeg Calgary Hamilton 531
benderB.C. Winnipeg Calgary19Hamilton 529
MrFrisbyB.C. Winnipeg Calgary Hamilton 429
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Calgary Hamilton10428
Howard_T Ottawa Winnipeg Hamilton11428
jagsnumberone Ottawa7Winnipeg Hamilton 428
ReeverB.C. Ottawa6Winnipeg Calgary Hamilton10726
argoalB.C. Ottawa Winnipeg4Calgary Hamilton 625

Back to a regular slate of four games this week, and no silly Wednesday/Monday shenanigans.


Montreal @ B.C. (Friday, September 9)
I've been away for a while. Is Montreal still bad? *checks* Yes. Yes, they are. But Kevin Glenn is making them seem a lot better than they are.

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 10)
Saskatchewan has at least been making things close over the past couple of weeks. Are they due for a big second win? Probably not, but could be a sexy pick if you're trying to make a big move.

Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 10)
Okay, so Calgary hasn't lost since Week 1. So now we're playing "Beat the streak". And probably Edmonton too.

Hamilton @ Toronto (Sunday, September 11)
Meanwhile, Toronto is in free fall. Their last win was in Week 6. Ricky Ray is back, which may be a glimmer of hope? But Father Time catches us all eventually. (Except Kevin Glenn.)

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:40 AM on September 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Better late than never - here are the standings heading into Week 11! Thanks to Reever for standing in.

ResultB.C. by 6Winnipeg by 14Edmonton by 8Calgary by 6
Margin of Error4 to 810 to 186 to 104 to 8

SpoFiteBC @ OTTSWPG @ MTLSSSK @ EDMSHAM @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
rcade Winnipeg Edmonton Calgary 6 540
ic23b Edmonton Calgary 232
tahoemoj Edmonton Calgary 6 432
tommytrump Winnipeg Edmonton Calgary7430
cixelsydB.C.4Winnipeg Edmonton Calgary 529
JPRB.C. Edmonton Calgary4426
MrFrisbyB.C. Winnipeg Edmonton Calgary 425
Howard_TB.C. Edmonton 224
benderB.C. Edmonton Calgary 324
jagsnumberoneB.C. Winnipeg12Edmonton 424
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg 14 Edmonton 424
argoal Edmonton 119
Reever Edmonton 119

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:32 PM on September 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 12
Calgary by 7
Hamilton by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:09 PM on September 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Ottawa by 10
Winnipeg by 14
Edmonton by 21
Hamilton by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:29 PM on August 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Blowouts across the board! Montreal stuns Ottawa, Calgary tramples B.C., Edmonton knocks around the Argos, and Hamilton just plain embarrasses Saskatchewan.

ResultMontreal by 24Calgary by 28Edmonton by 23Hamilton by 46
Margin of Error17 to 3120 to 3616 to 3032 to 60

Tough week for spreads! If you got three points, slap yourself on the back.

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSCGY @ BCSEDM @ TORSSSK @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
rcade Calgary Edmonton Hamilton 335
ic23b Edmonton Hamilton 230
tahoemoj Calgary Edmonton Hamilton 328
tommytrump Edmonton Hamilton 226
cixelsyd Edmonton Hamilton 224
Howard_T Calgary Edmonton 222
JPR Calgary Edmonton Hamilton 322
bender Edmonton 121
MrFrisby Calgary Hamilton 221
jagsnumberone Calgary Edmonton Hamilton 320
DrJohnEvans Edmonton17Hamilton 320
argoal Hamilton 118
Reever Edmonton Hamilton 218

"Who's going to be brave enough to pick Saskatchewan this week? Or any week, for that matter?"

... is what I wrote in Week 10 of the 2015 season, and it still applies.


B.C. @ Ottawa (Thursday, August 25)
Two would-be contenders coming off tough losses. Someone's gotta bounce back, and Trevor Harris is getting the start for the Redblacks.

Winnipeg @ Montreal (Friday, August 26)
Kevin Glenn's career renaissance continues as he faces off against his former team. Okay, to be fair, EVERY team is Kevin Glenn's former team.

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, August 26)
See above.

Hamilton @ Calgary (Sunday, August 28)
Hamilton is one good week away from grabbing the division lead. All they have to do is beat the league's leading offence. And defence. In Calgary. Yeah.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:03 PM on August 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Ottawa by 10
B.C. by 7
Edmonton by 17
Hamilton by 20

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:29 PM on August 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Montreal keeps it interesting, but Edmonton outlasts the Alouettes for the win. Toronto's done in by turnovers as Winnipeg cruises to the win. Saskatchewan makes a game of it, but penalty troubles give the game away to the Stamps, while B.C. comes out on top in a good ol' fashioned barnburner.

ResultEdmonton by 11Winnipeg by 17Calgary by 9B.C. by 7
Margin of Error8 to 1412 to 226 to 125 to 9

rcade keeps the momentum going with another five-point week, despite Ottawa not playing.

SpoFiteMTL @ EDMSWPG @ TORSCGY @ SSKSHAM @ BCSPointsTotal Points
rcadeEdmonton9Winnipeg Calgary B.C. 532
ic23bEdmonton8 Calgary10 428
tahoemojEdmonton Winnipeg Calgary B.C. 425
tommytrumpEdmonton Calgary 224
cixelsydEdmonton9Winnipeg13Calgary B.C. 622
bender B.C. 120
Howard_T Calgary B.C. 220
MrFrisby Calgary B.C. 219
JPREdmonton Winnipeg Calgary B.C. 419
jagsnumberoneEdmonton Calgary 7317
argoalEdmonton Calgary11 317
DrJohnEvansEdmonton8Winnipeg Calgary 7517
Reever Calgary8B.C. 316

We might see some shifting in the West divison standing this week. But not the East. The East standings will remain the same forever.


Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, August 19)
It's back to the Henry Burris Career Watch, as he's slated for the start on Friday. Montreal isn't exactly contending, but their defence has challenged even the best QBs this season.

Calgary @ B.C. (Friday, August 19)
Is B.C. for real? This is the week they can answer that question. A win puts them into first place in the West, for the first time in who knows how many years.

Edmonton @ Toronto (Saturday, August 20)
Either of two teams that could put together a nice run, if only they could get out of their own ways. But hey, someone's gotta win this week, and I would probably give the slight edge to the team with an actual starting QB.

Saskatchewan @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 20)
Hot stat: the Roughriders have lost their last 3 games by a combined score of 95-28. Who wants to bet against the streak?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:41 PM on August 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 8 - a two-score pick!
Winnipeg by 10
Calgary by 21
Hamilton by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:54 PM on August 09