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Last visit: August 26, 2014

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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 10: The Pick 'Em is hitting the halfway mark of the season in full stride: three games were nailed last week as the lead changes again. But perhaps our valiant players will finally be challenged by the traditional Week 10 grudge matches of the Labour Day Classic. Grab your extra vowels and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:22 PM on August 25 - 11 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9: The marathon week ends with points for everyone. More games means more chances to nail 'em, which you guys did in spades. But it's going to get tougher now, as Toronto may just be not-so-terrible and the West teams start playing each other. Grab your flippin' coin and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:23 AM on August 20 - 13 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8: Here come the points! Big weeks for many of you shake up the standings. And with a bonus game this week, things are just starting to get interesting. That's right, it's a doubleheader week for the Argos. Note that the first game is on Tuesday, so get a move on and make your picks inside!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:40 AM on August 10 - 17 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7: If you were lured to the CFL Pick 'Em with promises of points galore, hoo boy were you misinformed. Either the league is super wacky this season, or we're all just terrible at this, but man alive have points been tough to come by so far. But maybe this is the week that your luck turns around, so polish your lucky penny and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:04 AM on August 04 - 14 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: The underdogs win three of four, which makes for entertaining viewing, but doesn't help out much in the pick 'em scoring department. Pick yourself up, appreciate the one or two points that Saskatchewan generously threw your way, and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:44 AM on July 30 - 13 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

Ottawa by 7 Saskatchewan by 2 Toronto by 12 Calgary by 5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:52 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

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.

ResultWinnipeg by 8Edmonton by 14Calgary by 25Saskatchewan by 4
Margin of Error6 to 1010 to 1818 to 333 to 5

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.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSCGY @ OTTSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TWinnipeg8Edmonton14Calgary 4834
owlhouseWinnipeg10Edmonton12Calgary21 634
JPRWinnipeg6Edmonton Calgary 433
argoalWinnipeg Calgary 230
ReeverWinnipeg8Edmonton Calgary 4430
cixelsydWinnipeg7Edmonton10Calgary 529
rcade Calgary Saskatchewan 229
tommytrump Calgary23Saskatchewan 329
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg10Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan 528
benderWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 326
goddam Edmonton Calgary18 325
ic23b Edmonton Calgary26 323
Ying Yang Mafia 021


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.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 PM on August 25

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Winnipeg by 10
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 17
Saskatchewan by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:50 PM on August 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Do you like fumbles? Then you would've loved the 10-8 turnover fest in Ottawa. Do you like big receptions and touchdowns? Then Calgary's 30-20 win over Hamilton might be more your speed. Take the average of the two and you get Saskatchewan's 16-11 win over Montreal. Double it and you see Toronto going 1-1 on the week, winning against Winnipeg but coming up short against the Lions.

ResultToronto by 17Edmonton by 2Calgary by 10Saskatchewan by 5B.C. by 16
Margin of Error12 to 221 to 37 to 134 to 711 to 21

More movement in the ranks this week, as JPR hangs onto the top spot but just barely. More is almost certain to come, with nine other players within 6 points of first.

JPRToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan2B.C. 629
argoalToronto Edmonton Calgary10Saskatchewan B.C. 728
owlhouseToronto12Edmonton Calgary7 528
rcadeToronto Edmonton Calgary2Saskatchewan B.C. 627
Howard_T Edmonton Calgary9Saskatchewan 426
tommytrumpToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan 426
cixelsyd Edmonton Calgary10Saskatchewan B.C. 624
ReeverToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan B.C. 524
benderToronto17Edmonton Calgary B.C. 623
DrJohnEvansToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan B.C. 523
goddamToronto Edmonton Calgary13Saskatchewan B.C. 622
Ying Yang MafiaToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan B.C. 521
ic23bToronto Edmonton Calgary Saskatchewan B.C. 520


Back to a normal four games this week, so you'll need to find something else to do with your Tuesday night.

Montreal @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 22)
If Montreal is going to win their second game, a suddenly struggling Winnipeg team is a good place to start. But that's a big ifmaybe Montreal is the Bombers' stepping stone back into contention.

Toronto @ Edmonton (Saturday, August 23)
Edmonton has been hot, and it's tough to bet against a West team right now. But there have been signs of Edmonton overperforming, and Toronto had flashes of excellence in its games last week.

Calgary @ Ottawa (Sunday, August 24)
A third game in a row against the likes of Hamilton and Ottawa means that Calgary is probably going to pad its division lead. Although maybe a second look against the same team so soon will yield unexpected results? But probably not.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Sunday, August 24)
Here's an intriguing early battle for playoff positioning. Both these teams are tied for last place AND just one win out of first. B.C. has won three straight and the 'Riders four, so it's a collision of momentum this Sunday.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

> No pun in ten did.

I enjoyed that.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 AM on August 17

Dangerous Experiment : A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns

Adam "Twenty-Five True Outcomes" Dunn. Love it.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:54 AM on August 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Toronto by 9
Edmonton by 12
Calgary by 5
Saskatchewan by 21
B.C. by 8... although I might change this pick on Wednesday.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:40 PM on August 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Saskatchewan rides a big fourth quarter to a big win in Winnipeg. Edmonton grabs a big first-half lead in Montreal and doesn't look back. Hamilton makes a game of it, but B.C. hangs on for the win at home, while Calgary pours cold water all over Henry Burris's return.

ResultSaskatchewan by 6Edmonton by 10B.C. by 7Calgary by 21
Margin of Error4 to 87 to 135 to 915 to 27

Finally! Points points points! No fewer than FIVE games nailed this week, with each of us averaging over five points. So this was definitely the wrong week to forget to make your picks... oops.

Anyway, it's getting crowded at the top now. Big weeks from JPR and owlhouse leapfrog them over Howard_T into first place, and eight other players are within five points of first.

SpoFiteSSK @ WPGSEDM @ MTLSHAM @ BCSOTT @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
JPRSaskatchewan Edmonton10B.C. Calgary 623
owlhouseSaskatchewan7Edmonton B.C. Calgary21723
Howard_T Edmonton B.C. Calgary22422
tommytrumpSaskatchewan Edmonton B.C.6Calgary23622
argoalSaskatchewan Edmonton12B.C.7Calgary 721
rcade Edmonton B.C.7Calgary15621
Reever Edmonton13B.C.5Calgary 519
cixelsyd Edmonton B.C. Calgary27418
DrJohnEvans Calgary 118
benderSaskatchewan6Edmonton8 Calgary18217
goddam Edmonton13B.C.8Calgary18616
Ying Yang MafiaSaskatchewan8Edmonton B.C. Calgary 516
ic23bSaskatchewan Edmonton B.C. Calgary 415


Ah yes, the quirk of a nine-team league: we have a FIVE-GAME WEEK this week. That's right, the Argos play twice.

Winnipeg @ Toronto (Tuesday, August 12)
Some of the shine might be coming off Winnipeg after their hot start. Pythagorus suggests that they've overperformed, and Toronto has underperformed. But until that translates into wins and losses on the field, Winnipeg is still the stronger team.

Edmonton @ Ottawa (Friday, August 15)
Ottawa continues to muddle through the toughest part of their schedule this year, facing yet another first-place West division foe. Ouch.

Calgary @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 16)
Speaking of ouch, more stadium renovation delays mean that Hamilton is relegated to Guelph until September. First-place Calgary probably doesn't mind, though.

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, August 16)
Tough times in Montreal, as transitioning out of the Anthony Calvillo era has been harder than anyone expected. And things don't get easier when you're visiting Saskatchewan. Flatter, maybe. But not easier.

B.C. @ Toronto (Sunday, August 17)
Despite the differences in won-loss records, these two teams appear to match up pretty evenly. B.C.'s got the travel fatigue but Toronto has the doubleheader fatigue. Coin flip, or does B.C. grab an easy victory from a tired Toronto team?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:40 AM on August 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7


Calgary by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:36 PM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Feast and famine this week: Winnipeg and B.C. both notch single-point victories, with more late-game Willy heroics for Winnipeg and Kevin Glenn gettin' 'er done for the Lions. Meanwhile over in the Ottawa River Watershed, blowout losses for the home faithful as Saskatchewan runs up the score in Ottawa, and Toronto keeps the Als down in Montreal.

Actually all the road teams won this week. Crazy!

ResultWinnipeg by 1Toronto by 26B.C. by 1Saskatchewan by 24
Margin of Error1 to 118 to 341 to 117 to 31

Another tough week for points. This year, as a group, we're averaging a full five points fewer than last year. And that doesn't adjust for the two-game bye week last year!

SpoFiteWPG @ HAMSTOR @ MTLSBC @ CGYSSSK @ OTTSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan 318
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Saskatchewan21317
JPRWinnipeg Saskatchewan 217
owlhouseWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan21416
tommytrumpWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan23216
rcade Saskatchewan 115
argoalWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan 314
cixelsydWinnipeg Toronto Saskatchewan 314
ReeverWinnipeg Saskatchewan 214
ic23bWinnipeg Saskatchewan17311
Ying Yang MafiaWinnipeg Saskatchewan 211
benderWinnipeg Toronto B.C. Saskatchewan 410
goddam 010


Some heavy cross-division play this week, which, given the divisional imbalance so far, can only end in tears.

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 7)
Schedulers, rejoice! The two hottest teams in the league meet up this week. Saskatchewan is aiming to jump ahead in the standings, while Winnipeg looks to protect its division lead and prove that the early season success was no fluke.

Edmonton @ Montreal (Friday, August 8)
Things don't get much easier for Montreal. After putting up a measly five points last week, they now have the host the second-stingiest team in the league. Edmonton's D has given up an average of only 14 points per game, and they'll be well rested coming off their bye.

Hamilton @ B.C. (Friday, August 8)
Hamilton's not nearly as bad as their 1-4 records makes them look, and B.C.'s been anything but consistent. But have I mentioned how tough a stadium B.C. Place is for visitors?

Ottawa @ Calgary (Saturday, August 9)
Henry Burris returns to the scene of the crime: he spent 60% of the SpoFi Pick 'Em as the star QB for the Stamps. But his fledgling Redblacks will need all of that mojo, and more, to make it happen in Calgary.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:04 AM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Winnipeg by 10
Montreal by 8
Calgary by 2
Saskatchewan by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:46 AM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Calgary rides into Edmonton, grabs an early lead, and ends up on top in a wild one. Winnipeg shocks the Lions faithful with an impressive defensive performance. Ottawa finds that it's tough to win in Guelph as the Ti-Cats take care of business, while Toronto reaffirms that it's near impossible to win in Regina.

ResultCalgary by 4Winnipeg by 17Hamilton by 10Saskatchewan by 28
Margin of Error3 to 512 to 227 to 1320 to 36

Tough week for points with upsets in Edmonton and B.C., but JPR scrapes out four points to move into a tie for first.

SpoFiteCGY @ EDMSWPG @ BCSOTT @ HAMSTOR @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
Howard_T Hamilton Saskatchewan 215
JPR Winnipeg Hamilton7Saskatchewan 415
DrJohnEvans Hamilton Saskatchewan 214
rcade Hamilton7Saskatchewan 314
owlhouse Saskatchewan 112
ReeverCalgary Saskatchewan 212
tommytrump Saskatchewan 112
argoalCalgary3 211
cixelsyd Saskatchewan 111
goddam Saskatchewan 110
Ying Yang Mafia Saskatchewan 19
ic23b 17Hamilton Saskatchewan 38
benderCalgary Hamilton Saskatchewan 36


Strange season so far. One undefeated team remains in the west, while every team in the east has just a single win. Who knew that Winnipeg was propping up the east for so long?

Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Thursday, July 31)
Hamilton finally notches their first win, only to have powerhouse Winnipeg arrive on their doorstep. Hamilton is the underdog at home, but the east has to win sometime against the west, doesn't it?

Toronto @ Montreal (Friday, August 1)
This legendary matchup of old is a bit creaky this year, with both teams off to tough starts. The good news here is that at least one team will notch their second win. Unless, of course, they tie.

B.C. @ Calgary (Friday, August 1)
The Lions have shown more spark this year than their 2-3 record indicates, but Calgary's earned every bit of their 4-0 record. Going to be tough for B.C. to beat the streak on the road.

Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Saturday, August 2)
After two disappointing losses, the 'Riders roared out of their bye with a statement win last week. But they have yet to put two good games together, so a visit to Ottawa (where the Redblacks are historically undefeated) will be a good test.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 AM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

No worries ic23b, I just take the last valid one posted!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:01 AM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Edmonton by 8
B.C. by 7
Hamilton by 3
Saskatchewan by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:30 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

In the battle of undefeateds, Edmonton comes away with a convincing victory. Plenty of sacks and drama in Ottawa's thrilling come-from-behind victory in their home opener. Defence also rules the day in Calgary, as the Stamps squeak by Hamilton, but defence was a bit more one-sided in B.C. as the Lions run the Als out of town.

ResultEdmonton by 23Ottawa by 1Calgary by 3B.C. by 36
Margin of Error16 to 301 to 12 to 425 to 47

Howard_T picks the Ottawa win to claim sole possession of first place, and hey! bender scored some points.

SpoFiteWPG @ MTLSOTT @ EDMSCGY @ TORSBC @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
Howard_T Ottawa Calgary B.C. 313
DrJohnEvans Calgary B.C. 212
JPREdmonton Ottawa Calgary B.C. 411
owlhouseEdmonton Calgary B.C. 311
rcade Calgary B.C. 211
tommytrumpEdmonton17 Calgary B.C. 411
cixelsydEdmonton Calgary 210
Reever Calgary B.C. 210
argoal Ottawa Calgary B.C. 39
goddam Calgary B.C. 29
Ying Yang MafiaEdmonton Calgary B.C. 38
ic23bEdmonton Calgary B.C. 35
benderEdmonton Ottawa B.C. 33

It's early, but some key matchups this week could determine momentum as we hit the quarter-pole of the season.


Calgary @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 24)
Edmonton faces another undefeated team for the second week in a row. A Calgary win would topple Edmonton from first place. It's early, but these are the two best teams so far.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Friday, July 25)
Battle for third place! B.C.'s on a roll while Winnipeg stumbled last weekwas it an aberration for the Bombers, or a trend?

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 26)
Ottawa's first win is in the books and they're looking to make it two. Hamilton's fresh off a bye, but still looking for their first win, and still stuck in Guelph to boot.

Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 26)
After a tough loss in Ottawa last week, Toronto's looking to rediscover some of the magic they found last time they played Saskatchewan. But the Argos' injuries are mounting, and Regina is not kind to visitors.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:44 PM on July 20