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Location: Trawna
Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: January 14, 2018

DrJohnEvans has posted 303 links and 1900 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 Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Sorry this is so late. The last thing I remember is giddily marching up Yonge Street with the Argos victory parade on Sunday night. Next thing I know it's Thursday morning and I'm waking up at the Fabricland in Newmarket. Nurse your hangovers and find out the results inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:05 AM on December 01 - 7 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: Two close games mean our standings get turned upside down. It's a repeat of the 2012 Grey Cup as red (Calgary), white (snow), and blue (Toronto) will meet in Ottawa this Sunday. Grab your toque and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:49 PM on November 23 - 17 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition: Down by 15 in the 4th quarter with time expiring, Winnipeg scores a TD and goes for the 2-point convert. Just to mess up your picks. Keep up the chaos and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:14 PM on November 16 - 13 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition: It's a fresh start as we take to the frozen turf for the CFL playoffs. Take that Canadian dime that keeps getting rejected by your office vending machine and flip it for all it's worth. All are welcome! Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:00 PM on November 09 - 14 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Drama down to the final afternoon: Edmonton holds off Saskatchewan, making Reever our 2017 champion. Congratulations Reever! Final standings inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:09 PM on November 06 - 11 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

The snow (and lots of it) slows down the offence to start the game as Calgary and Toronto trade touchdowns early. Calgary digs in and starts to pull ahead, but Toronto manages to keep it a one-score game through the third quarter. With five minutes left in the game, Calgary is up by eight and driving for a big insurance TD - but a fumble on Toronto's 9-yard line, recovered by the Argos, is run back for the game-tying touchdown.

That sets up the now-familiar Ricky Ray two-minute drill, and Hajrullahu hits the go-ahead field goal. Calgary gets the ball back with 53 seconds on the clock, and moves into field goal range. But on second down, Bo Levi Mitchell goes for the win and throws into the end zone - right into the hands of Matt Black, and Toronto celebrates their 17th Grey Cup win.

CGY @ TORMVP BonusO/U Bonus
ResultToronto by 3PoseyUnder
Margin of Error2 to 4

An upset and a WR MVP mean that we had our own low-scoring snow bowl, but Reever hangs tough to pull off the 2017 sweep. Congratulations Reever!

For the Costanza, a three-way time! I know we have a tiebreaker in the playoffs, but all three of you worked so darn hard for this, so I'm declaring it null and void. Congratulations to ic23b, Howard_T, and JPR!

SpoFiteCGY @ TORSMVPO/UPointsTotal Points
Reever Under19
rcade Under18
jjzucalToronto 17
DrJohnEvans Under17
cixelsydToronto4 26
argoal 06
tommytrumpToronto 15
jagsnumberone Under15
bender 04
tahoemoj 04
ic23b 03
Howard_T 03
JPR Under13

Thanks again to everyone for playing. See y'all in June!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:05 AM on December 01

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:33 PM on November 26

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Defence played a big deal in the Argos' first outdoor home playoff game in thirty years: with winds swirling around BMO Field, all first-half points were scored off turnovers. The vaunted Toronto defence held the Riders in check until the fourth quarter: with Kevin Glenn on the bench, the Riders exploded for 18 points, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with under three minutes to play. But then Ricky Ray stepped up, and the Argos booked their flight to Ottawa.

Edmonton's been on a tear lately, and their first quarter showed it. Two touchdowns in their first two possessions quieted down the Calgary faithful. But the second quarter arrived, and boom! Calgary happened. Edmonton scratched back to close within one score, but fumbled away their final chance as Calgary ends their streak.

ResultToronto by 4Calgary by 4ReillyToronto
Margin of Error3 to 53 to 5

Boom! Reever nails the Toronto game for a big five points and a chance to sweep 2017.

SpoFiteSSK @ TORSEDM @ CGYSOWC BonusDWC BonusPointsTotal Points
ReeverToronto4 ReillyToronto58
rcadeToronto3Calgary 37
jjzucal Calgary 16
DrJohnEvans Calgary Toronto26
argoalToronto4 Reilly 46
bender Reilly 14
cixelsyd Reilly 14
jagsnumberone Calgary 14
tahoemojToronto Toronto24
tommytrumpToronto Calgary 24
ic23b Calgary 13
Howard_T Calgary Reilly 23
JPR Calgary 12

Here we go!


Calgary Stampeders (13-4-1) @ Toronto Argonauts (9-9) (Sunday, November 26, 6pm ET)

This is simple enough. Calgary remains the class of the league: second in scoring, first in defence, fourth Grey Cup appearance in the past six years. However: Toronto's got a pretty good defence, plus Ricky Ray's on the hunt for what could his be last shot at the Cup.

Also, it's Ottawa in November, and snow's in the forecast. Bundle up!

CFL.ca Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

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: Calgary by 21, McDaniel, Over, 700.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:49 PM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Saskatchewan by 11
Calgary by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:41 AM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

It was shaping up to be a real barn-burner as both Saskatchewan and Ottawa scored on their first possessions. But Saskatchewan's defence stepped up, forcing turnovers, halting Redblack momentum, and letting the Rider offence pad the lead. Ottawa chipped away but couldn't close the gap, and the Riders head to Toronto.

Out west, it took a while for the offence to heat up in the Winnipeg snows, but when it did, the Bomber D just couldn't keep up. Edmonton opens up a big lead and Winnipeg never really challenged it - but they got the time-expiring touchdown to make life interesting in Pick 'Ems around the country.

In bonus-land, Justin Medlock piles on 10 points in a losing cause, while the cold can't keep the offence down: a full 13.5 points OVER the line.

SSK @ OTTEDM @ WPGKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultSaskatchewan by 11Edmonton by 7MedlockOver
Margin of Error8 to 145 to 9

A solid five points put jjzucal on top. In other news, everyone else is within four points of first!

SpoFiteSSK @ OTTSEDM @ WPgSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
jjzucalSaskatchewan Edmonton5MedlockOver55
DrJohnEvansSaskatchewan12 MedlockOver44
rcadeSaskatchewan9Edmonton Over44
bender Edmonton7 33
cixelsydSaskatchewan9 Medlock 33
jagsnumberoneSaskatchewan Edmonton Over33
Reever Edmonton8 Over33
argoal Edmonton Over22
ic23bSaskatchewan Medlock 22
tahoemojSaskatchewan Over22
tommytrump Edmonton Over22
Howard_T Medlock 11
JPR Over11

The forecast for this weekend: snow in Toronto, cowboy hats in Calgary.


Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) @ Toronto Argonauts (9-9) (Sunday, November 19, 1:00pm ET)

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2016 last-place finishers are meeting in the East Division Finals. And I have no idea who's going to win. The Argos have had an impressive turnaround under their new ownership, but consistency issues have plagued them all season. Saskatchewan hung tough in the West but still ended up in fourth place. It'll come down to the two super-veteran quarterbacks, Ricky Ray and Kevin Glenn.

CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview »

Edmonton (12-6) @ Calgary Stampeders (13-4-1) (Sunday, November 19, 4:30pm ET)

Edmonton's story is compelling: tough start, nearly makes it all the way back to second place, wins convincingly on the road in the division semi. Mike Reilly and CJ Gable both look healthy and productive. They haven't lost since September and look to be firing on all cylinders. However: Calgary is still King of the West until proven otherwise.

CFL.ca Western Final Preview »

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardage on Sunday.

2017 Passing Stats »

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the team whose defence will register the most sacks on Sunday.

2017 Defensive Stats »

Example pick: Saskatchewan by 21, Calgary by 14, Ray, Edmonton.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:15 PM on November 16

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Saskatchewan by 12
Winnipeg by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:35 PM on November 10

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) @ Ottawa Redblacks (8-9-1) (Sunday, November 12, 1:00pm ET)

It's crossover time, and once again, the West is superior: Saskatchewan's 10-8 record would have given them the division title in the East. That said, Ottawa's 2017 theme has been underperformance: seven of their eight losses were by a difference of one score or of less. Plus they're well rested, with two bye weeks in the past three. Fulfillment of potential, or Kevin Glenn magic? It's your call.

CFL.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview »

Edmonton (12-6) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12-6) (Sunday, November 12, 4:30pm ET)

There's not a lot separating these two teams: on paper they had nearly identical seasons. Winnipeg had the edge in head-to-head matchups, beating Edmonton twice. But Winnipeg's also had a tough run of health lately. The team says QB Matt Nichols will start after suffering a calf injury, but how effective will he be?

CFL.ca Western Semi-Final Preview »

Swayze Waters is back in the league as Edmonton's third-string kicker, which means I can keep using this bonus name.

Swayze Waters Not-Quite-Memorial 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.

2017 Kicking Stats »

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 108.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?

Example pick: Ottawa by 21, Winnipeg by 14, Crapigna, Over.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:01 PM on November 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Just enough final-week drama to keep things exciting. Hamilton gets the shutout against Montreal, while Winnipeg coasts to victory in Calgary. Edmonton takes care of business in Saskatchewan, and Toronto does the same in Vancouver.

ResultHamilton by 33Winnipeg by 18Edmonton by 15Toronto by 27
Margin of Error23 to 4313 to 2311 to 2019 to 35

Reever picks the Edmonton win and that's the difference: he walks away with the 2017 title. Congratulations, Reever!

At the other end, despite a late surge, bender's been in last place for the entire second half of the season for a well-deserved Costanza. Kudos, bender!

SpoFiteWPG @ TORSHAM @ OTTSCGY @ BCSSSK @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
ReeverHamilton Edmonton Toronto 375
ic23bHamilton Toronto 273
jjzucalHamilton Edmonton Toronto 370
Howard_THamilton Winnipeg15 Toronto 470
jagsnumberoneHamilton27 268
tahoemoj Winnipeg Toronto 266
JPRHamilton Toronto 264
tommytrumpHamilton Winnipeg Toronto21462
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Edmonton14Toronto 462
argoalHamilton Edmonton 259
cixelsydHamilton Winnipeg Toronto 360
rcade Edmonton Toronto 252
benderHamilton Winnipeg Edmonton Toronto 449

Thanks to everyone for playing! Stay tuned for the CFL Playoff Pick 'Em!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:09 PM on November 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Montreal by 7
Winnipeg by 3
Edmonton by 14
Toronto by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:57 PM on November 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Bring on the weird football! Hamilton makes things interesting in Ottawa, but a monster fourth quarter puts the game away for the Redblacks. Saskatchewan goes for the gusto, blowing out Montreal. A huge setback for Winnipeg, losing a tough game to the Lions, with Matt Nichols and Andrew Harris getting hurt in the process, while Edmonton gets the job done to move into a tie for second.

ResultOttawa by 5Saskatchewan by 25B.C. by 9Edmonton by 9
Margin of Error4 to 718 to 336 to 126 to 12

It's down to the wire: Reever's still in first, but ic23b scores five to make things interesting.

SpoFiteHAM @ OTTSMTL @ SSKSBC @ WPGSCGY @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
Reever Saskatchewan Edmonton7372
ic23bOttawa7Saskatchewan Edmonton10571
jjzucal Saskatchewan22 267
Howard_TOttawa Saskatchewan Edmonton 366
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan24 Edmonton7466
tahoemojOttawa Saskatchewan Edmonton 364
JPROttawa Saskatchewan 262
tommytrump Saskatchewan27 258
DrJohnEvansOttawa7Saskatchewan Edmonton 9 658
argoal Saskatchewan Edmonton 257
cixelsydOttawa7Saskatchewan Edmonton 9 657
rcade 050
bender Saskatchewan 145

Multiple meaningful games in the last week of the season! It's a November miracle. Feel free to double-check my tiebreak math.


Montreal @ Hamilton (Friday, November 3)
Both of these teams are missing the playoffs. Find your lucky coin and flip it.

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Friday, November 3)
Bad news for Winnipeg: Matt Nichols won't make the start. The better news: they'll be playing Calgary's backups. The best news: they only lose their second seed if they lose and Edmonton wins.

Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, November 4)
Thanks to their big Week 10 win, the Riders hold a big edge in the aggregate points tiebreaker. That means this game's winner gets plays in the West playoffs, while the loser crosses over to play the East. With Winnipeg hobbled, which would you prefer?

Toronto @ B.C. (Saturday, November 4)
Ottawa did their job last week and grabbed the top spot again. Now it's simple: if Toronto wins, they get the division and a bye week. If they lose, they host EDM/SSK next week. Personally, I'd go all out to get Ricky Ray some rest.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:58 PM on November 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Ottawa by 7
Saskatchewan by 12
Winnipeg by 21
Edmonton by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:51 AM on October 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Holy upsets, Batman! Saskatchewan clobbers Calgary, Toronto edges Winnipeg, and Hamilton destroys Montreal. Even B.C. gets in on the action, taking Edmonton to overtime.

ResultSaskatchewan by 23Toronto by 1Edmonton by 6Hamilton by 27
Margin of Error16 to 301 to 14 to 819 to 35

ic23b nails the Edmonton win, but it's all in vain as Reever pulls ahead by three.

SpoFiteSSK @ CGYSWPG @ TORSEDM @ BCSHAM @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
Reever Toronto Edmonton8Hamilton 469
ic23b Edmonton6 366
jjzucal Toronto Edmonton7 365
Howard_T Toronto Edmonton 263
jagsnumberone Edmonton Hamilton 262
tahoemoj Hamilton 161
JPR Edmonton Hamilton 260
tommytrump Toronto Edmonton 256
argoal Toronto Edmonton4Hamilton 455
DrJohnEvans Edmonton 152
cixelsyd Edmonton7Hamilton 351
rcade Edmonton 150
benderSaskatchewan16 244

Two weeks left, and anything can happen! Well, to be more accurate, a specific subset of outcomes can happen.


Hamilton @ Ottawa (Friday, October 27)
Hamilton had a huge week last week, but playoffs-wise, they're toast. Ottawa's only a point out of first - a win leapfrogs them over idle Toronto.

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Friday, October 27)
Saskatchewan's clinched a playoff spot, but it's the ages-old question: would you rather be the crossover team into a weaker division, or play through at home? Watch who they rest this week for your answer.

B.C. @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 28)
The Lions once looked promising, but promptly lost five in a row to get eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile Winnipeg is still guarding home turf from Edmonton, who is...

Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 28)
... playing Calgary's backup squad, to be sure. With last week's Bombers loss, the Stamps have clinched, and will certainly opt for some well-earned rest.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:30 PM on October 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Calgary by 12
Winnipeg by 12
Edmonton by 3
Montreal by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:44 PM on October 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

jjzucal, I posted corrected standings in last week's thread. The total was correct but the "This Week Points" wasn't - copy/paste error.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:22 PM on October 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

In what was almost the most shocking upset of the season, Calgary almost lost in Hamilton (but didn't). Ottawa finally lands on the right side of the coin, winning a squeaker. Winnipeg gets the edge on the Lions to clinch a playoff spot, while Toronto snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. I promise to use that phrase only once a season.

ResultCalgary by 3Ottawa by 1Winnipeg by 6Edmonton by 3
Margin of Error2 to 41 to 14 to 82 to 4

Reever nails the Winnipeg spread to take sole possession of first place, with room to spare.

SpoFiteCGY @ HAMSOTT @ SSKSBC @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
ReeverCalgary Ottawa Winnipeg6 565
ic23bCalgary Winnipeg Edmonton 363
jjzucalCalgary Winnipeg6 Edmonton 562
Howard_TCalgary Ottawa Edmonton 361
jagsnumberoneCalgary Winnipeg Edmonton 360
tahoemojCalgary Winnipeg4Edmonton 460
JPRCalgary4 Winnipeg Edmonton3 658
tommytrumpCalgary Ottawa Winnipeg 354
argoalCalgary Winnipeg4 351
DrJohnEvansCalgary Winnipeg Edmonton 351
rcade Winnipeg 149
cixelsydCalgary Winnipeg Edmonton 348
benderCalgary Edmonton 242

Three weeks left and anything's possible! Except Hamilton crossing over to the west. That seems unlikely.


Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Friday, October 20)
Calgary's on one heckuva run but they haven't clinched the division yet. Look for them to keep their foot on the gas until they do.

Winnipeg @ Toronto (Saturday, October 21)
Right in Calgary's rear view mirror is Winnipeg, surprise winners of four of their last five. But who knows? Maybe Toronto will decide to be good this week. They've been doing that more often lately.

Edmonton @ B.C. (Saturday, October 21)
A tale of two longshots: Edmonton's gazing wistfully at a home playoff berth, while B.C. still has a mathematical possibility of scraping into the crossover spot. Not what I call compelling drama.

Hamilton @ Montreal (Sunday, October 22)
This game is also being played.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:30 PM on October 18