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Location: Trawna
Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: September 17, 2014

DrJohnEvans has posted 217 links and 1675 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 13: Howard_T and owlhouse remain in lockstep at the top of the standings, like two voyageurs fighting over the same pair of long underwear. Speaking of blood spilt between countrymen, it's all east versus west this week. Will you take the easy route or go where no one has gone before? Find your nerve and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:55 PM on September 16 - 18 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: It's snowing in Calgary, which means it's time for the revered Canadian tradition of... feeling really bummed out that summer's over. But as the saying goes: when summer is done, the Grey Cup's nearly won! That's right, only a scant nine weeks until we crown a Pick 'Em champion. Grab your toques and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 03:25 PM on September 11 - 13 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Labour Day proves entertaining as the home teams all find their way into the win column. Now that we're over the hump, the race to the top is on—or if you're in the East, the race to the not-bottom. Calibrate your altimeter and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:30 AM on September 04 - 14 comments

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 - 15 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

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Montreal hangs in there, but Edmonton pulls away with a strong fourth quarter to seal the deal. Calgary goes down early but breaks all sorts of records in a huge comeback against the Argos. B.C. stifles the Bomber offence at home, while Saskatchewan just can't get anything done in Hamilton.

ResultEdmonton by 17Calgary by 7B.C. by 17Hamilton by 25
Margin of Error12 to 225 to 912 to 2218 to 33

The tie at the top persists! Some movement in the ranks makes things interesting. We have eight players within six points of first.

SpoFiteMTL @ EDMSTOR @ CGYSWPG @ BCSSSK @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TEdmonton14Calgary B.C. 445
owlhouseEdmonton16Calgary B.C. 445
JPREdmonton Calgary B.C. 342
DrJohnEvansEdmonton17Calgary B.C. 540
rcadeEdmonton16Calgary B.C.12 540
goddamEdmonton Calgary 239
argoalEdmonton Calgary9B.C. 439
cixelsydEdmonton17Calgary 439
ReeverEdmonton12Calgary8 438
tommytrumpEdmonton B.C. Hamilton 336
ic23bEdmonton14Calgary B.C. 436
bender Calgary 131
Ying Yang Mafia 025


All interdivisional games this week. Who dares to pick the underdog?

Toronto @ B.C. (Friday, September 19)
Life just doesn't get easier for the Argos. After a Calgary collapse, they move on to a battle in B.C. Place. The Lions have won two straight and have their eye on second place.

Edmonton @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 20)
This one could be interesting. Edmonton is the obvious favourite, but have revealed flaws in their game. Hamilton's the underdog, but are undefeated in their new stadium.

Calgary @ Montreal (Sunday, September 21)
Calgary's on a nice little roll but lost QB Bo Levi Mitchell to an ankle injury last week. Can Drew Tate carry on the momentum in Montreal?

Ottawa @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 21)
Just got humiliated in Hamilton? What salve could be better than hosting Ottawa?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:56 PM on September 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Edmonton by 17
Calgary by 21
B.C. by 8
Saskatchewan by 14

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:22 PM on September 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

In Ottawa, B.C. prevails in a sopping wet defensive battle. Edmonton makes a game of it but can't quite keep pace with Calgary's firepower. Montreal digs deep and pulls off the massive comeback against Hamilton, while Saskatchewan keeps on rolling in Winnipeg.

ResultB.C. by 2Calgary by 7Montreal by 7Saskatchewan by 6
Margin of Error1 to 35 to 95 to 94 to 8

owlhouse notches five points to move back into a tie for first, while goddam's impressive eight-point week leapfrogs her into contention.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSCGY @ OTTSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TB.C. Calgary6 341
owlhouseB.C. 7Montreal9Saskatchewan 541
JPRB.C. Saskatchewan4339
goddamB.C. Calgary7Montreal5Saskatchewan8837
argoalB.C. 135
cixelsydB.C. 7Montreal 335
DrJohnEvansB.C. Montreal 7 Saskatchewan 535
rcade Montreal8Saskatchewan 335
ReeverB.C. 134
tommytrumpB.C. Saskatchewan 233
ic23bB.C. Calgary Montreal Saskatchewan 6 632
benderB.C. Saskatchewan 230
Ying Yang MafiaB.C. Saskatchewan 225


No guaranteed points this week as Ottawa takes the bye. But still a few East-West games for funsies!

Montreal @ Edmonton (Friday, September 12)
Opposite streaks: Edmonton finds themselves stuck in the middle after losing two straight to Calgary, while Montreal's won two in a row to tie for first. But the Esks still have a lot more pedigree this season than the upstart Alouettes.

Toronto @ Calgary (Saturday, September 13)
Two more streaks: Toronto's lost three and Calgary's won five. If you're ranking good places to break out of a streak, McMahon Stadium won't be high on that list. Especially in the snow.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Saturday, September 13)
Poor Winnipeg: a thoroughly respectable season has landed them in the basement. But B.C. lives on the first floor, so if the Bombers want to move up, now's their chance.

Saskatchewan @ Hamilton (Sunday, September 14)
Well, Saskatchewan has won seven straight and shows few signs of slowing down. But hey, Hamilton has a shiny new stadium!

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:25 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

B.C. by 14
Edmonton by 3
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:22 PM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

Home teams prevail! Montreal gets it done against the Redblacks, and Saskatchewan does the same, edging the Bombers with a big fourth quarter. Hamilton hangs on for a win against the Argos, while Calgary makes it look easy against the Esks.

ResultMontreal by 20Saskatchewan by 5Hamilton by 1Calgary by 15
Margin of Error14 to 264 to 71 to 111 to 20

Howard_T breaks the tie and adds some padding with a solid four-point week.

SpoFiteMTL @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSCGY @ OTTSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
Howard_TMontreal Saskatchewan Calgary16438
JPR Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 336
owlhouseMontreal Saskatchewan 236
argoalMontreal Saskatchewan6 Calgary 434
ReeverMontreal Saskatchewan Calgary 333
cixelsydMontreal Saskatchewan7 332
rcadeMontreal Calgary11332
tommytrump Saskatchewan Calgary 231
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan Calgary 230
goddamMontreal Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 429
benderMontreal Hamilton 228
ic23b Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 326
Ying Yang MafiaMontreal Saskatchewan 223


A nine-team league means only two Labour Day home-and-homes this week, but they're both doozies.

B.C. @ Ottawa (Friday, September 5)
A well-rested B.C. team against a struggling Ottawa team that's lost six straight. I know who I'm picking.

Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 6)
Edmonton seriously fumbled their chance to take the division lead last week. It's early for must-win games, but another loss against Calgary would put the red-hot Stamps up four points in the division race.

Hamilton @ Montreal (Sunday, September 7)
Both these teams finally bagged their second win of the season last week. The team that's the first to three will pull into a tie for first. Yes, the East has been that bad this year.

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Sunday, September 7)
Welcome to the horse race that is the West division. A seventh straight win for Saskatchewan could put them in a tie for first. A redemption win for Winnipeg could move them from a crossover spot to second place. Saskatchewan's been riding their defence all season, but this will be their first trip to the new turf in the 'Peg.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:30 AM on September 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

owlhouse, the only connection I managed to make was the Toronto-Hamilton one. Is the Sydney Harbour Bridge standing in for the Burlington Skyway?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:36 PM on September 01

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