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Homepage URL: http://blackiceblueturf.vsport.tv/
Location: Trawna
Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: October 24, 2016

DrJohnEvans has posted 270 links and 1826 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 Eighteen: What a weird year. The West has clinched a crossover spot and it could be any one of three teams taking it. But the East is just plain terrible and could be the easier route. Will someone tank their way to the Grey Cup? Give tanks for the CFL and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:57 PM on October 20 - 18 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen: With four weeks to go, rcade and the Calgary Stampeders have one thing in common: nobody's gonna catch them. The rest of us aspire to be like the B.C. Lions: barely in second place and scrambling to stay there. Pump up the adrenaline and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:07 PM on October 13 - 15 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen: Two key talking points this weekend: it's Canadian Thanksgiving, and my computer broke. So we have no standings, but we have lots and lots of maple turkey. Pull up a chair and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:47 PM on October 06 - 17 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen: Six weeks to go and rcade has an 8 point lead. Sure, that may seem insurmountable, but that's only a weekly difference of 1.333333333 points. Easy, right? Switch to fractions and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 03:49 PM on September 27 - 14 comments

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

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Don't worry ic23b, your sober picks were in time for kickoff!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:25 PM on October 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 21
Saskatchewan by 8
Edmonton by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:01 AM on October 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Ottawa hangs on to win a tight one against the Ti-Cats to expand their division lead. Winnipeg comes up big to win late in B.C., sliding into second place in the West. Toronto hits a new low as visiting Saskatchewan pounds them into the dust, while Calgary outlasts the Als to breeze to a 13th straight win.

ResultOttawa by 1Winnipeg by 3Saskatchewan by 18Calgary by 14
Margin of Error1 to 12 to 413 to 2310 to 18

All the action's at the bottom: bender puts up 3 points but the competition is pulling away.

SpoFiteOTT @ HAMSWPG @ BCSSSK @ TORSMTL @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
rcade Saskatchewan Calgary17370
ic23bOttawa Winnipeg Saskatchewan Calgary 461
tahoemoj Saskatchewan Calgary 256
cixelsyd Calgary17255
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg 3 Saskatchewan Calgary 552
tommytrump Calgary 151
argoal 3 Saskatchewan Calgary16451
JPR 3 Calgary 250
MrFrisby Saskatchewan Calgary14448
Reever Saskatchewan Calgary14448
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan Calgary17347
Howard_T Calgary17246
benderOttawa Saskatchewan13 341

This time last year we were talking about a east-to-west crossover. Ah, the innocence of 2015.


Hamilton @ Ottawa (Friday, October 21)
I'm not one to overuse the term "must-win game", but this one counts: it's Hamilton's last shot at the division title and the much-needed first-round bye. If Ottawa wins, Hamilton's likely looking at hosting a tough Western opponent.

Toronto @ Calgary (Friday, October 21)
Calgary's won 13 straight, and Toronto just lost. To Saskatchewan. At home. I'm not sure what else you need to know.

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 22)
By my math Saskatchewan has been eliminated from any sort of playoff spot, but they're on some sort of roll, and Montreal hasn't been putting up much of a fight lately.

Edmonton @ B.C. (Saturday, October 22)
Tough times in Vancouver: B.C. has lost three of their last four to fall in the standings, while Edmonton's been threatening to gain ground. An Eskimo win this week does just that, and would drop the Lions into the crossover spot. Although to be honest, wouldn't you rather go through the East?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:57 PM on October 20

Cleveland Indians Advance to World Series

What happened to the bats?

We all asked that question in April.

And May.

And September.

And these past six days.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:46 AM on October 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

UPDATE: turns out the Winnipeg @ B.C. game is tonight, not tomorrow. We regret the error.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:25 AM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Hamilton by 7
Winnipeg by 3
Saskatchewan by 8
Calgary by 28

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:24 AM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Saskatchewan chases Trevor Harris and then holds off Henry Burris's comeback, taking down Ottawa in OT. Winnipeg holds off the B.C. comeback to move into a virtual tie for second in the West. The Albertan teams travel east and lay waste: Edmonton shuts down Montreal, while Calgary dominates Toronto.

ResultSaskatchewan by 2Winnipeg by 2Edmonton by 20Calgary by 28
Margin of Error1 to 31 to 314 to 2620 to 36

rcade's lead has expanded to 10 points and is all but uncatchable. At the other end, bender's notched three points over the past three weeks to drop into contention for the Costanza.

SpoFiteSSK @ OTTSBC @ WPGSEDM @ MTLSCGY @ TORSPointsTotal Points
rcade Winnipeg3Edmonton Calgary 467
ic23b Winnipeg3Edmonton Calgary21557
tahoemoj Winnipeg Edmonton Calgary 354
cixelsydSaskatchewan Winnipeg3Edmonton14Calgary21753
tommytrump Winnipeg Edmonton16Calgary25 550
JPR Winnipeg3Edmonton Calgary 448
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Edmonton21Calgary 447
argoal Winnipeg3Edmonton Calgary 547
MrFrisby Calgary24244
jagsnumberone Winnipeg Edmonton Calgary21444
Howard_T Winnipeg Edmonton16Calgary 444
ReeverSaskatchewan3 Edmonton Calgary 444
bender Calgary 138

The East is terrible. There. I said it.


Ottawa @ Hamilton (Friday, October 14)
In a game of you-take-it-I-got-it, both Ottawa and Hamilton have lost their last two games. The next two games (a home-and-home) will be pivotal for the division title.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Saturday, October 15)
These teams are very evenly matched, and last week's 2-point difference proves it. The rematch will be a coin flip: B.C. traditionally gets a home edge, but Winnipeg is 5-2 on the road this year.

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, October 15)
This was billed as "Guaranteed Win Night" just a few weeks ago. But Saskatchewan has won three in a row, and Toronto is in shambles.

Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, October 15)
Calgary has not lost in a million years, and I don't think Montreal's up to stopping the streak.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:08 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

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ResultEdmonton by 14Calgary by 19B.C. by 7Montreal by 27
Margin of Error10 to 1813 to 255 to 919 to 35

SpoFiteEDM @ WPGSCGY @ HAMSOTT @ BCSTOR @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
rcade Calgary13B.C. 7 Montreal 663
ic23b Calgary14 Montreal 352
tahoemojEdmonton Calgary17 351
cixelsyd Calgary B.C. 246
tommytrump Calgary B.C. 245
JPR Calgary B.C. Montreal 344
DrJohnEvans Calgary14B.C. 343
argoal Calgary B.C.5Montreal 442
MrFrisbyEdmonton10Calgary21 7 542
jagsnumberone Calgary14 240
Howard_T Calgary B.C.9 340
ReeverEdmonton Calgary B.C. 7 Montreal 640
bender 037

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:53 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

My computer is fixed, and in even better news, it was covered under a recall/repair program. Hooray! Here are the Week 15 standings:

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:53 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Ottawa by 10
Winnipeg by 8
Edmonton by 21
Calgary by 11

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:03 PM on October 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Technical difficulties (my computer broke) have prevented me from updating the standings, so I have no idea how many points you have. But my faithful repair shop should have me back in play by next week. Thanks for bearing with me!

This week it's the most hallowed of international traditions: Canadian Thanksgiving. You should absolutely take Monday off work for beers and football double headers. Refer your boss to me if any questions.


Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Friday, October 7)
Ottawa's hanging on to their first-place standing by the slimmest of margins. Saskatchewan may be 3-10, but they've won twice in a row - and hey, they're only 2-3 against the East.

B.C. @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 8)
A critical game for playoff positioning. Winnipeg's lost a couple of tough ones, but B.C. hasn't exactly been putting much distance between the two teams. A Bomber win and we've got a second-place tie.

Edmonton @ Montreal (Monday, October 10)
Edmonton's cruising in the crossover spot, making themselves at home in the East. By halftime in this one the Esks will be rearranging the furniture.

Calgary @ Toronto (Monday, October 10)
Toronto is in the middle of a panicked shakeup to try to rescue the season. Will it help against Calgary? Almost certainly not.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:47 PM on October 06

Blue Jays Beat Orioles, Advance to Face Rangers

I was in the stadium and can confirm: it was nuts.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:40 PM on October 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Winnipeg by 6
Calgary by 14
B.C. by 10
Toronto by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:16 PM on September 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Toronto's QB woes continue, as neither pivot can do much in a thorough loss to Ottawa. A couple of late field goals pushes Edmonton over the top. Despite a huge fourth quarter, Winnipeg can't complete the comeback, as Calgary boots a time-expiring field goal to win it. And holy cow! Saskatchewan wins AGAIN.

ResultOttawa by 17Edmonton by 4Calgary by 2Saskatchewan by 2
Margin of Error12 to 223 to 51 to 31 to 3

Tough week for points, but a big nod to argoal, who nails his second Saskatchewan win in as many weeks.

SpoFiteTOR @ OTTSBC @ EDMSWPG @ CGYSHAM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
rcadeOttawa Calgary 257
ic23bOttawa Calgary 249
tahoemojOttawa Calgary 248
cixelsyd Calgary 144
tommytrump 17 Calgary Sasktchewan 343
JPROttawa Calgary3 341
DrJohnEvansOttawa Calgary 240
jagsnumberoneOttawa Calgary 238
argoal Calgary3Saskatchewan 2 538
Howard_T 037
MrFrisby Calgary3 237
bender Edmonton Calgary 237
ReeverOttawa Calgary 234

Six weeks left to play, meaning that it might just be time to pick some underdogs and go for the big points. Although if Saskatchewan keeps winning, who knows what will happen?


Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Friday, September 30)
I'm calling this the Leg Up Bowl: both these teams have a playoff spot, but Edmonton's looking to get out of the crossover, and Winnipeg's looking to grab a home playoff date. Whose leg is bigger? That I don't know.

Calgary @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 1)
Hamilton isn't a bad team, but they just lost a heartbreaker in Saskatchewan, and Calgary has won eleven games in a row. Smart money's on the streak.

Ottawa @ B.C. (Saturday, October 1)
Ottawa has a winning record (barely) and is in the division lead (barely), but if they want to be taken seriously as a contender, putting in a good show in Vancouver would be a good start.

Toronto @ Montreal (Sunday, October 2)
The rebuild is on in Montreal, while Toronto's still in the hunt. Toronto doesn't have many teams below them in the standings, but so far they've been able to handle the few who are.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:49 PM on September 27

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