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Location: Trawna
Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: August 30, 2015

DrJohnEvans has posted 238 links and 1735 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 Ten: Past the halfway point, the true stories are revealing themselves: there are good teams, there are bad teams, and then there's Saskatchewan. Oh, Saskatchewan. Cut your melon and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:01 AM on August 26 - 19 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: When you run a CFL Pick 'Em for eleven years, you get really good at typing "Saskatchewan". I mean, REALLY good. But right now, my typing fingers are lost; they haven't once typed "Saskatchewan" in victory this year, as the Riders fall to 0-7 on the season. On the other hand, I'm getting really good at typing "jagsnumberone" as he continues to break all sorts of rookie records. Check for typos and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:52 AM on August 11 - 17 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Remember that rain dance you did to stop the points from raining down on jagsnumberone? It didn't work. But there are many long weeks remaining in this CFL season, so everyone's still in the game. Give your hundred-and-ten percent and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:13 PM on August 04 - 18 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six: It's another week chock-full of upsets, which means the regulars continue to struggle and the rookie continues to shine. jagsnumberone adds some padding to the first-pace lead, and may in fact have a record-breaking streak on the line heading into Simcoe Day. Flip your coins and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:51 PM on July 27 - 23 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five: Close games all around make money for some and mud for others. The first-place tie is broken up in a big way, but say hello to the third-place logjam. Grab your cant hook and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:08 PM on July 21 - 21 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Hamilton by 21
Toronto by 8
Calgary by 11
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:22 PM on August 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

A big fourth quarter help the Alouettes stun the home side as the Lions lose in Vancouver. Hamilton continues their torrid play with a third straight blowout win. Calgary holds off a late Rider rally to send Saskatchewan to their eighth straight loss, while Toronto does much the same, pushing back a fourth-quarter Redblack surge.

ResultMontreal by 10Hamilton by 29Calgary by 3Toronto by 6
Margin of Error7 to 1320 to 382 to 44 to 8

With jags in cruise control twelve points ahead, the drama is now in the second-place race. argoal holds a two-point lead, but five players are within five points.

SpoFiteMTL @ BCSHAM @ EDMSCGY @ SSKSOTT @ TORSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneMontreal Hamilton Calgary Toronto 443
argoal Hamilton Calgary Toronto 331
JPR Hamilton Calgary Toronto 329
tahoemj Hamilton Calgary Toronto7429
ic23b Hamilton Calgary Toronto 327
benderMontreal8Hamilton Calgary Toronto 527
cixelsydMontreal Hamilton Calgary Toronto8527
goddamMontreal Hamilton 224
Reever Hamilton Calgary Toronto7424
rcade 023
tommytrump Calgary Toronto8323
rumple Calgary Toronto 222
DrJohnEvans Hamilton Toronto 220
jjzucal 018
Ying Yang Mafia Hamilton Calgary Toronto 317
owlhouse Toronto 114
Howard_T 013

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


Montreal @ Hamilton (Thursday, August 27) Montreal's been better then their record indicates so far. But Hamilton has just been crazy good these past few games, so I'm not betting big on an upset here.

Toronto @ Edmonton (Friday, August 28) Battle of the backup quarterbacks! I have no idea how Edmonton has strung together five wins this year. Then again, I have no idea how Toronto has notched six, and I'm a season ticket holder. Give Edmonton a very slight home edge.

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Saturday, August 29) It's a Week 4 rematch: way back when, Winnipeg lost a one-point heartbreaker to Calgary. If Winnipeg wants to contend for the division, they need to be on the right side of that coin flip this time.

Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Sunday, August 30) The 2015 Saskatchewan Roughrider calendar had August 30 marked as "Guaranteed Win Night". But with Ottawa 3-5 and the Riders winless, an erratum may need to be issued.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:01 AM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Reever did an excellent job with the sum-ups and previews, so let's move right on to the results for last week.

ResultEdmonton by 3Toronto by 7Hamilton by 30Calgary by 45
Margin of Error2 to 45 to 921 to 3932 to 59

Not that I should have botheredit's the same ol' story. jags nails the Edmonton win and hits the Hamilton margin to score seven points and extend his lead to ELEVEN. Holy cow!

SpoFiteEDM @ MTLSTOR @ WPGSBC @ HAMSOTT @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneEdmonton3 Toronto Hamilton21Calgary 739
argoalEdmonton2Toronto Hamilton Calgary 528
JPR 3Toronto Hamilton Calgary 426
tahoemjEdmonton Toronto6Hamilton 425
ic23bEdmonton Toronto6Hamilton Calgary 524
rcade Toronto Calgary 223
benderEdmonton2Toronto 322
goddamEdmonton4 Hamilton 322
cixelsydEdmonton Toronto Hamilton Calgary 422
rumple Calgary 120
Reever Toronto8Hamilton 320
tommytrumpEdmonton Toronto Hamilton Calgary 420
DrJohnEvansEdmonton Hamilton Calgary 318
jjzucalEdmonton Toronto Hamilton 318
Ying Yang MafiaEdmonton Calgary 214
Howard_T 013
owlhouseEdmonton Toronto9 313

Good luck! With the picks you already made, that is.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:37 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Just getting a white-background comment out of the way so I can have green for my tables. This is a good life hack, kids.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:35 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Thanks to Reever for getting the post up while I was on vacation! I'll try to get the updated standings posted tonight.

B.C. by 10
Hamilton by 8
Saskatchewan by 7
Toronto by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:25 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 7
Winnipeg by 10
Hamilton by 8
Calgary by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:18 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

The Lions stumble out of the gate, but find their footing in the second half, beating Edmonton and drowning the world in "Lions Roar Back" headlines. And speaking of comebacks, how about them Redblacks? Henry Burris gives them the edge as they take down visiting Montreal. In Toronto, a sloppy first half nearly does in the Argos, but a late surge gives them back the win. No such drama in Hamilton, where Winnipeg just plain sucked and they lose Drew Willy to injury.

ResultB.C. by 3Ottawa by 3Toronto by 4Hamilton by 30
Margin of Error2 to 42 to 43 to 521 to 39

jags scores a meagre four points this week, but argoal makes a last-minute change in his Ottawa game and the gamble doesn't pay off. It's a NINE-point lead for jags.

Down the board, tight games lead to lots of spreads nailed. A solid well-done to Reever for nailing both the Ottawa and Toronto wins.

SpoFiteEDM @ BCSMTL @ OTTSSSK @ TORSWPG @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Ottawa4Toronto Hamilton 432
argoal Toronto Hamilton 223
JPR Ottawa3Toronto3Hamilton 622
tahoemj Toronto Hamilton 221
rcade Ottawa4Toronto Hamilton 421
bender Toronto 119
rumple Toronto Hamilton 219
goddam Toronto Hamilton 219
ic23b Toronto Hamilton 219
cixelsyd 018
Reever Ottawa3 Toronto4 Hamilton 717
tommytrumpB.C. Ottawa Toronto Hamilton 416
DrJohnEvans Toronto Hamilton 215
jjzucal Ottawa Toronto4 415
Howard_TB.C. Toronto4 Hamilton 213
Ying Yang Mafia Toronto Hamilton 212
owlhouse Ottawa Toronto 210

At least Saskatchewan can't lose this week! Ha ha! Scheduling jokes are always hilarious.


Edmonton @ Montreal (Thursday, August 13)
The Esks took it on the chin last week, but they've still got the best defence in the league by far. That's going to make life tough for the young offensive side in Montreal.

Toronto @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 14)
Toronto hits the road again, but may be visiting Winnipeg at just the right time. The mosquitos are dying out, the snow won't arrive for a week or so, and Drew Willy may be hurt. Watch the ticker for updates.

B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 15)
Speaking of timing, the Lions may not have it. They've won only close games: all three of their wins were by three points. Hamilton, on the other hand, seems to have found their groove and has started piling up the points.

Ottawa @ Calgary (Sunday, August 15)
Who would've guess? Both these teams are 4-2 and with very similar points scored/against. But how much magic can be left in Henry Burris's fingers? (Don't answer that.)

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:52 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Toronto by 12
Hamilton by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:46 PM on August 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Winnipeg gets off to a slow start, but gears up in the second half to put the Lions away. The Great Saskatchewan Third-String Experiment registers a dismal failure as Edmonton runs roughshod over the Riders. Calgary falls behind early, but pulls off the comeback against Montreal, while Toronto's comeback bid falls juuuust a bit short in the Hammer.

ResultWinnipeg by 10Edmonton by 25Calgary by 3Hamilton by 16
Margin of Error7 to 1318 to 332 to 411 to 21

jags fails to register a point in the B.C.-Winnipeg game, bringing his consecutive-games point streak to a close — but he nails the Calgary game to grab five points and extend his already-big lead. Hoo boy!

Also! Four players nailed the Calgary win, which may very well be some sort of record, in case anyone case to go back 11 years to confirm. (What this Pick 'Em needs is an intern.)

SpoFiteBC @ WPGSSSK @ EDMSMTL @ CGYSTOR @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Edmonton Calgary3Hamilton 528
argoalWinnipeg Edmonton 3Hamilton 421
tahoemj Edmonton Calgary3Hamilton 519
benderWinnipeg Edmonton 3Hamilton15518
cixelsyd Edmonton Calgary3Hamilton 518
rcadeWinnipeg8 Hamilton 317
rumple Edmonton29 Hamilton 317
goddamWinnipeg9Edmonton18 417
ic23b Edmonton Calgary3 417
JPR Edmonton 3Hamilton 316
DrJohnEvans Edmonton Calgary Hamilton 313
tommytrumpWinnipeg Edmonton 212
jjzucal Edmonton 3 211
Reever Edmonton Calgary 210
Ying Yang MafiaWinnipeg10 Edmonton 410
Howard_T Edmonton Hamilton 28
owlhouse Edmonton21 28

Simcoe Day is once again upon us, meaning it's time for the traditional holiday weekend activities, such as playing football on Mondays, sitting in cottage country traffic, and hoping your A/C holds out.


Edmonton @ B.C. (Thursday, August 6)
The Lions have lost a coupla tough games in a row, and this week doesn't get any easier for them: the 4-1 Eskimoes come to town, bringing their league-best defence and four-game winning streak with them. But B.C. Place has historically been unkind to visitors: maybe the Lions cover the spread.

Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, August 7)
Pythagoras suggests that Montreal isn't fully deserving of their 2-3 fourth-place position, nor is Ottawa solidly situated in second place. The Redlacks have shown some spunk this year, but they've still given up too many points, and I think that may start to haunt them soon.

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, August 8)
The Argos finally return home, with a not-at-all-bad-we'll-take-it 3-2 record on their long, strange voyage through western Canada. And what better way to celebrate the homecoming than hosting the hapless, flailing Roughriders?

Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Sunday, August 9)
Remember back when Winnipeg was in the East Division, and this was a bitter rivalry? Those were the days. Also, if you're flying to Winnipeg from the GTA, you get better prices if you fly from Hamilton. As for this game, I got nothing.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:13 PM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Don't worry rcade, this week is just a scheduled bye and not a team contraction — this time.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:23 AM on July 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

I'm following jags' picks until proven otherwise.

B.C. by 9
Edmonton by 8
Calgary by 11
Hamilton by 7 (Collaros heartbreaker go-ahead TD)

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:37 AM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's "win now" (being this year or next)

I think the "or next" part of that is key. The Jays had a limited window for their excellent offense, and not enough pitching. Regular folks like you and me figured that they needed to add pitching before their offensive window ran out. But AA looked at the high-end pitching market and decided that it was easier to extend the window for the offense.

So now they still need pitching, but the increase in offense means they can be more reasonable in acquiring pitching. And they've made themselves more competitive in 2016-17, while punting their aging-shortstop problem down the road.

So basically they don't have to sell the farm and go for broke in 2015. I think it's a smart deal.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:54 PM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Thanks rcade! The sacrifice is appreciated.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:49 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Jays acquire Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins, in exchange for Jose Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco.

Dave Cameron approves.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:20 AM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Not to be a stickler but my point total should be 23 now (not 17). I may need those points in a couple of weeks/lol.

Another copy/paste error! Sorry about that. Your total is correct in my spreadsheet, it just didn't make it into the table. Although it did make it into the weekly summary so hopefully that's worth something.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 AM on July 28