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Location: Trawna
Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: July 22, 2016

DrJohnEvans has posted 258 links and 1786 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 Five: Normally I'd remind y'all that there's a Thursday game this week, but apparently missing the early game is a good way to earn karma for the rest of your picks. Start your meditation and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:47 PM on July 19 - 16 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four: Our little pick 'em is usually business casual, but this week, clients are in the office. That's right: you've got a tie. Which means points are hard to come by this week. Loosen your Half Windsor and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:20 PM on July 11 - 16 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three: Canada Day is over and done with, but we still have three more Canadian holiday weekends to get through in this football season, so you'd better shape up. Shake off that maple hangover and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:15 PM on July 05 - 16 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two: Whew! Just made the long trek back from the Argos game at BMO Field to find it's Monday, and time for a new slate of picks. I gotta find a better way to get there. Order your Uber and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:59 PM on June 27 - 16 comments

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: It's that time of year again, when Earth tilts its northern hemisphere towards the sun, allowing the majestic country of Canada just a tiny bit of sunlight and - dare we say it? - warmth. Emerging from our igloos, we locals are delighted to find that the tundra has thawed just enough to stick a goalpost in 'er. Find the nearest two-four, brush off Frank's beaverskin, and voila! Canadian football!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:59 PM on June 20 - 21 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Winnipeg will never win again.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:42 AM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Winnipeg by 8
Ottawa by 3
Hamilton by 10
Montreal by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:59 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Last week was all about comebacks. Toronto jumps out to a big lead, but fades away quickly at the Redblacks complete the comeback. Edmonton is shut out in the first quarter, but elbows their way back into it to edge the Bombers. Hamilton is also held pointless for the first fifteen, but then scores a whole bunch, while B.C. weathers a tough first half and comes back in style.

ResultOttawa by 10Edmonton by 4Hamilton by 24B.C. by 13
Margin of Error7 to 133 to 517 to 319 to 17

rcade and Howard_T both miss the Thursday games, but then nail the B.C. win to hang on. ic23b was threatening, too - one fewer Lions rouge and you're laughing all the way to the bank1.

1. The Bank of First Place in Week 5 of a No-Money CFL Pick 'Em

SpoFiteOTT @ TORSEDM @ WPGSHAM @ MTLSBC @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
rcade Hamilton B.C.13 414
ic23bOttawa Edmonton 4 B.C.12614
tommytrump Edmonton Hamilton B.C.15413
Howard_T Hamilton B.C.13 411
bender Edmonton 110
jagsnumberoneOttawa Hamilton B.C. 39
JPROttawa Edmonton3 B.C. 48
tahoemojOttawa7 Hamilton B.C.1258
Reever Edmonton Hamilton 28
MrFrisby Edmonton Hamilton B.C. 37
argoal Edmonton3Hamilton 37
cixelsyd Edmonton 16
DrJohnEvansOttawa12 Hamilton 36

The dart-throwing schedule monkey has granted Toronto a full eleven days between games. I hope they're not playing on Tuesday in Week 6.


Calgary @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 21)
Calgary's in a holding pattern, relying on their defence while waiting for their offence to kick in. But Winnipeg? They just haven't been getting it done. Dropping to 1-4 could mean a whole new set of changes for them.

Ottawa @ Saskatchewan (Friday, July 22)
Saskatchewan isn't as bad as they were last year. But so far, they're still pretty bad.

Hamilton @ Edmonton (Saturday, July 23)
Here's a nice one. Two teams playing slightly under expectations, looking to grab a share of first with a win. Bonus for Hamilton: a first win outside the division would go a long way to establishing their credentials.

Montreal @ Toronto (Monday, July 25)
Montreal is bad. Even Toronto should be able to beat them. So, expect a nailbiter.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:47 PM on July 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Ottawa by 12
Winnipeg by 3
Hamilton by 14
Saskatchewan by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:58 AM on July 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Winnipeg rides a big first half to the win as the Ti-Cats continue to struggle at home. Toronto rides their defence to a gritty win out in Vancouver. Edmonton needs overtime to do it, but they pile on the points to edge the Riders. Out in Ottawa, overtime settles absolutely nothing, as the Stamps and Redblacks wrestle their way to the all-too-rare tie.

ResultWinnipeg by 4Toronto by 11TieEdmonton by 3
Margin of Error3 to 58 to 140 to 02 to 4

With a tie, two underdog wins, and everybody getting points for EDM/SSK, this was a weird week. A strong four points for Reever, while rcade takes advantage of the confusion to slip into first place.

SpoFiteWPG @ HAMSTOR @ BCSCGY @ OTTSSSK @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
rcade Toronto Edmonton 210
bender Edmonton 19
tommytrump Toronto8 Edmonton 39
ic23b Edmonton 18
Howard_T Edmonton427
jagsnumberone Edmonton 16
ReeverWinnipeg3Toronto Edmonton 46
cixelsyd Edmonton 15
MrFrisby 314
argoal Edmonton 14
JPR 4 Edmonton 24
tahoemoj Edmonton 13
DrJohnEvans Edmonton 13

"We'll get a new stadium," said the Argos, "and then we'll be forever free of weird scheduling constraints."


Ottawa @ Toronto (Wednesday, July 13)
The return of Trevor Harris! Formerly Toronto's much-vaunted super-backup, he escaped to Ottawa to become their... much-vaunted super-backup. But with Henry Burris on the shelf, Argos fans will get a chance to see Harris's zany yet effective playmaking once more.

Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 14)
I don't know what to think about this game. Both of these teams are probably better than they've been playing? Winnipeg home edge I guess? Yeah, let's go with that.

Hamilton @ Montreal (Friday, July 15)
That loud, wet smack you heard was Hamilton hitting the basement floor. They should probably beat Montreal, but there's a lot of "shoulds" in their rear-view mirror.

B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 16)
Speaking of early-season stumbles, Saskatchewan's in last place and keeps getting late-night texts from 2015. If they want to move on they'd better start winning — but first-place B.C., with their division-leading defence, is a tough place to start.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:20 PM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

A tie indeed! But don't worry, the Pick 'Em witnessed the last one.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:33 PM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Hamilton by 6
B.C. by 8
Ottawa by 14
Edmonton by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:14 PM on July 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Things got a little weird in Montreal, but Trevor Harris puts together a solid game for the Ottawa win. Toronto finally finds their offence out in Saskatchewan. Hamilton completely loses the handle at home in a blowout loss to the Lions, while Winnipeg's new look comes up short again, this time in Calgary.

ResultOttawa by 15Toronto by 13B.C. by 25Calgary by 14
Margin of Error11 to 209 to 1718 to 3310 to 18

Movement at the top already! rcade nails the Argos win, and bender's lucky coin does the job, as they tie for the lead.

SpoFiteOTT @ MTLSTOR @ SSKSBC @ HAMSWPG @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
benderOttawa16Toronto9B.C. 58
rcadeOttawa Toronto13 Calgary 58
ic23bOttawa Calgary1037
tommytrump Toronto Calgary1736
Howard_TOttawa Toronto Calgary 35
jagsnumberoneOttawa12Toronto Calgary 45
cixelsydOttawa Calgary1334
MrFrisby Calgary 13
argoalOttawa Toronto Calgary 33
JPR Calgary 12
tahoemoj Toronto Calgary 22
ReeverOttawa Calgary 22
DrJohnEvansOttawa Calgary 22

Continuing a grand CFL tradition, the third week of the season is the one that follows the second.


Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Thursday, July 7)
Both these teams added significant pieces in the offseason but have yet to gain traction with them. Hamilton's coming off an embarrassing performance at home, but the real pressure's on winless Winnipeg.

Toronto @ B.C. (Thursday, July 7)
B.C.'s strong start has them at the top of the West, while Toronto's still putting the pieces together - and Vancouver is always a tough place to play. But the Lions haven't scored nearly as many points as they would've liked, and the Argos have proven to be road warriors in the past.

Calgary @ Ottawa (Friday, July 8)
So far Ottawa's strategy has been "Give up a million points, but score a billion points", and so far it's working. How far can Trevor Harris throw the ball on a gummy Ottawa summer evening?

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, July 8)
Early bye weeks have both these teams looking for their first win. Who's got the edge? If I knew, I wouldn't be running this little pick 'em, I can tell you that much.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:16 PM on July 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 10
Saskatchewan by 8
Hamilton by 6
Calgary by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:55 PM on June 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Toronto opens the season in their new digs, but Hamilton plays the unwelcome guest with a blowout win. Winnipeg fêtes their new faces, but it's Montreal who brings the party and the win. The Grey Cup rematch is an old-fashioned barnburner, and it's Trevor Harris who seals the deal, while B.C. gets off on the right foot with a tight win over the Stamps.

ResultHamilton by 22Montreal by 8Ottawa by 8B.C. by 2
Margin of Error15 to 296 to 106 to 101 to 3

Not many points handed out with three road wins, but rcade's new favourite team pays him some dividends with a spread nailed.

SpoFiteHAM @ TORSMTL @ WPGSOTT @ EDMSCGY @ BCSPointsTotal Points
ic23bHamilton Montreal10Ottawa 44
tommytrump Montreal Ottawa B.C. 33
benderHamilton Montreal Ottawa 33
rcade Ottawa8 33
MrFrisby Montreal7 22
Howard_T Montreal B.C. 22
cixelsydHamilton 11
jagsnumberoneHamilton 11
JPRHamilton 11
tahoemoj 00
Reever 00
argoal 00
DrJohnEvans 00

It's the Canada Day long weekend, so make sure to get your picks in long before you fire up your barbeques.


Ottawa @ Montreal (Thursday, June 30)
The Redblacks, fresh off a 45-point game, take a drive down the 417. But Montreal's just flexed their defensive muscles, so something's gotta give.

Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Thursday, June 30)
Toronto looked pretty rough for long stretches in last week's game. But Saskatchewan looked pretty rough for all of 2015. Damien Durant is back after missing most of the last two seasons, and you can be sure all eyes will be on his reconstructed tendons and ligaments.

B.C. @ Hamilton (Friday, July 1)
The Lions are looking to redeem themselves after a lacklustre 2015 season, and put up a good show last week. But Hamilton will be a true test: they're one of the better all-around teams in the league

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Friday, July 1)
Two teams, both with high hopes after being reworked in the offseason, both coming off tough first-week losses. Something's gotta give. Unless they tie. Anyone gonna pick the tie?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 PM on June 27

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Toronto by 4
Winnipeg by 18
Edmonton by 10
Calgary by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:02 PM on June 23

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Lets get it on for the new CFL braggin' rights.

And a game ball! See above.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:01 PM on June 23

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Yes! There is a prize this year, courtesy of rcade and Sportsfilter!


Wilson has been the official game ball of the CFL since 1995. Hand crafted in Ada, Ohio the CFL game ball has an exclusive Wilson CFL pattern for top performance and double laces for added texture and control. Every CFL game ball is personally inspected by DrJohnEvans and must pass the same specifications as those used on the field.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:02 AM on June 21

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

Maybe you're a Canadian hockey fan. Or maybe you're a Pacers fan. Or maybe you live somewhere like Drufus, Newfoundland, and your rabbit ears pick up only Icelandic public-access television. Whatever the reason, you haven't seen a meaningful sports game in ages, which means that the CFL's 2016 season is ripe for your picking. Literally. We pick games. We pick each and every single professional Canadian football game that will be played, in Canada, on 110-yard-long fields, with 25-yard end zones*, from now until the end of time. So why not join us?

* Some restrictions apply. THANKS TFC.

THE SEASON - When we do it

The season kicks off this Thursday night and runs for 20 weeks through the summer. There are generally four games per week, mostly running from Thursday to Sunday.

If you're in Canada, you'll find the games on TSN. If you're in the States, the CFL has a long-term deal with some random network called ESPN. And if you're somewhere else, you'll have to resort to SiriusXM on the satellite radio dial (which is a two-way switch with one of the options crossed out).

THE RULES - How we do it

Here's how she works. You pick who you think will win, and by how much. You then get points based on the result:

  • Picked the winner? You get 1 point.
  • Picked the winner, and a spread within the Margin of Error? You get 2 points.
  • Picked the winner, and you nailed the spread right on? You get 3 points.
  • Didn't pick the winner, but nailed the spread right on? You get 1 point.

What's the Margin of Error?

It's a window around the spread that's defined as

spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)

So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:

Actual Spread Margin Starts at Margin Ends at

So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:

OutcomeYour score
Toronto by 202 points (winner + spread within MoE)
Toronto by 101 point (winner only)
Toronto by 153 points (winner + nailed spread)
Hamilton by 151 point (nailed spread only)
Hamilton by 430 points (and deservedly so)

Any questions?

THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start

In lieu of attempting to sum up each team's status in a single sentence, for this opening week I'm just linking to season preview pages for each of 'em.

All times are EDT.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Toronto Argonauts (Preview) - Thursday, June 23, 7:30pm

Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) - Friday, June 24, 8:30pm

Ottawa Redblacks (Preview) @ Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) - Saturday, June 25, 7:00pm

Calgary Stampeders (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 25, 10:00pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 PM on June 20

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Ottawa jumps out to a big lead in the first quarter, but Edmonton scratches and claws their way back over the next two. Both offences seemed primed to pop, but plummeted nearly as quickly as the mercury. In the end, Edmonton puts together a big fourth-quarter drive, including two pass interference calls (upheld on command centre review!), and punches the ball in to become your Grey Cup champions.

OTT @ EDMMVP BonusO/U Bonus
ResultEdmonton by 6ReillyUnder
Margin of Error4 to 8

Everybody gets two points! Which means argoal takes the cake. Congratulations!

As for those of us who didn't get two points, cixelsyd made picks in every week and came away with only three points total. A well-deserved Costanza. Congratulations!

SpoFiteOTT @ EDMSMVPO/UPointsTotal Points
argoalEdmonton Reilly 29
ic23bEdmonton Reilly 27
tahoemojEdmonton Reilly 27
jagsnumberoneEdmonton Reilly 26
owlhouseEdmonton Reilly 26
rumpleEdmonton Reilly 26
tommytrump 04
jjzucal 04
rcade 04
DrJohnEvans 03
cixelsyd 03

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:24 PM on December 04