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Location: Trawna
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Last visit: July 24, 2014

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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 5: Blowouts and nailbiters last week make big points tough to come by. That extra two points is the difference between hitting oil and hitting tundra. Roll your caribou-skin dice again and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:44 PM on July 20 - 17 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: A tale of two leagues: the CFL has five teams who are either undefeated or winless. Our little pick 'em has eight players within three points of each other. If you're looking to beat the streak, do you take Edmonton, Winnipeg, or bender's coin? Grab your nickel and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:51 AM on July 14 - 15 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: The roller coaster ride continues (literally, Edmonton's roller coasters just opened—ride 'em now before the permafrost advances again in August) as we have a new contestant in first place AND a remarkable streak of zero points. Tune your intrigue-o-meter and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:21 AM on July 09 - 18 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Thrills and spills feature largely in Week 1. But no chills. Hey, I know it's Canada, but it's still only July. There'll be lots of chills 'round these parts in November, don't you worry. Put away your parka and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:25 PM on July 02 - 14 comments

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: That's right, it's a big round numberversary! This will have been the tenth time we all decide to while away our Junes and Julys with the pickings of games football du Canada. It's three downs, 110 yards, and all the players whose names you learned last year have already been cut, but otherwise you have no excuse not to jump in and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:35 AM on June 25 - 19 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Edmonton by 8
B.C. by 7
Hamilton by 3
Saskatchewan by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:30 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

In the battle of undefeateds, Edmonton comes away with a convincing victory. Plenty of sacks and drama in Ottawa's thrilling come-from-behind victory in their home opener. Defence also rules the day in Calgary, as the Stamps squeak by Hamilton, but defence was a bit more one-sided in B.C. as the Lions run the Als out of town.

ResultEdmonton by 23Ottawa by 1Calgary by 3B.C. by 36
Margin of Error16 to 301 to 12 to 425 to 47

Howard_T picks the Ottawa win to claim sole possession of first place, and hey! bender scored some points.

SpoFiteWPG @ MTLSOTT @ EDMSCGY @ TORSBC @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
Howard_T Ottawa Calgary B.C. 313
DrJohnEvans Calgary B.C. 212
JPREdmonton Ottawa Calgary B.C. 411
owlhouseEdmonton Calgary B.C. 311
rcade Calgary B.C. 211
tommytrumpEdmonton17 Calgary B.C. 411
cixelsydEdmonton Calgary 210
Reever Calgary B.C. 210
argoal Ottawa Calgary B.C. 39
goddam Calgary B.C. 29
Ying Yang MafiaEdmonton Calgary B.C. 38
ic23bEdmonton Calgary B.C. 35
benderEdmonton Ottawa B.C. 33

It's early, but some key matchups this week could determine momentum as we hit the quarter-pole of the season.


Calgary @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 24)
Edmonton faces another undefeated team for the second week in a row. A Calgary win would topple Edmonton from first place. It's early, but these are the two best teams so far.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Friday, July 25)
Battle for third place! B.C.'s on a roll while Winnipeg stumbled last weekwas it an aberration for the Bombers, or a trend?

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 26)
Ottawa's first win is in the books and they're looking to make it two. Hamilton's fresh off a bye, but still looking for their first win, and still stuck in Guelph to boot.

Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 26)
After a tough loss in Ottawa last week, Toronto's looking to rediscover some of the magic they found last time they played Saskatchewan. But the Argos' injuries are mounting, and Regina is not kind to visitors.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:44 PM on July 20

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

There's a lot of noise around what's appropriate given the score and situation and unwritten rules and stuff like that (much of which is legit — a two-run lead? come on!)

But I think it comes down to this: a defensive shift is an extra effort to get you out, so you're absolutely within your rights to make an extra effort to get on base.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:02 AM on July 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Winnipeg by 5
Toronto by 9
Calgary by 12
B.C. by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:55 AM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

The fun continues! Winnipeg notches a third-down last-minute TD to shock Montreal. Edmonton finds their offence just in time to beat Ottawa. Toronto doesn't find any offence at all as they're soundly beaten by the Stamps, and B.C. holds the Riders scoreless for three quarters to let down the Regina faithful.

ResultWinnipeg by 1Edmonton by 16Calgary by 19B.C. by 13
Margin of Error1 to 111 to 2113 to 259 to 17

All jammed up. A tie at the top, and seven other players within 3 points of first. Sounds like the east division.

And in exciting numismatics news, bender's coin's streak is now at 0-for-12!

SpoFiteWPG @ MTLSOTT @ EDMSCGY @ TORSBC @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
Howard_T Edmonton12Calgary13 410
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Edmonton14Calgary 410
rcade Edmonton 19
cixelsydWinnipeg Edmonton Calgary 38
owlhouse Edmonton18 28
ReeverWinnipeg Edmonton 1338
goddamWinnipeg Edmonton 27
JPR Edmonton 17
tommytrumpWinnipeg Edmonton17 37
argoal Edmonton 16
Ying Yang Mafia Edmonton17 25
ic23bWinnipeg Edmonton 22
bender 00

Hamilton's bye week couldn't come at a better time. They'll rest Zach Collaros while the rest of the league vies for early position.


Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 17)
Who would've picked these teams to both open the season 3-0? Unlike bender's coin streak, one of those records will be blemished this week. Unless anyone's got the guts to pick the tie.

Toronto @ Ottawa (Friday, July 18)
Toronto's been cold-hot-cold so far, so a trip to the expansion Redblacks might be just what they need. But does that underestimate the intangibles of a franchise's first home opener?

Hamilton @ Calgary (Saturday, July 18)
Things are not happy in Tigertown. Stadium delays, an injured starting QB, and now a trip to face the undefeated Stampeders.

Montreal @ B.C. (Saturday, July 19)
B.C. looked rough when visiting Montreal two weeks ago, but maybe that was just due to too much Schwartz's. Both these teams are better than their records, but B.C. Place is notiriously tough on visitors.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:51 AM on July 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

Winnipeg by 3
Edmonton by 14
Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 2

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:37 AM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 3

The expansion Redblacks make a go of it in their first game, but a big fourth quarter puts Winnipeg back in the driver's seat. Montreal gets their act together at home, beating the visiting Lions. In a wild and sloppy back-and-forth game, Hamilton loses both the game and their starting QB, and holy cow! Toronto lays a big ol' beating on the visiting Riders.

ResultWinnipeg by 8Montreal by 15Edmonton by 4Toronto by 33
Margin of Error6 to 1011 to 203 to 523 to 43

rcade nets a tidy five-point week to move into first, while Howard_T nails the Winnipeg game to jump into contention.

Also worthy of note is bender: his flipping coin has gone a solid 0-for-8 so far this year. How long can the streak continue?

SpoFiteOTT @ WPGSBC @ MTLSHAM @ EDMSSSK @ TORSPointsTotal Points
rcadeWinnipeg7 Edmonton3Toronto 58
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Edmonton 26
Howard_TWinnipeg8 Toronto 46
JPRWinnipeg9 Edmonton 36
owlhouseWinnipeg Montreal12Edmonton 46
argoalWinnipeg6 Edmonton 35
cixelsydWinnipeg10 Edmonton 35
goddamWinnipeg Montreal Edmonton 35
ReeverWinnipeg Edmonton 25
tommytrump 8Montreal 24
Ying Yang MafiaWinnipeg Montreal Edmonton 33
bender 00

Hamilton's bye week couldn't come at a better time. They'll rest Zach Collaros while the rest of the league vies for early position.


Winnipeg @ Montreal (Friday, July 11)
Winnipeg takes their surprising 2-0 record on the road, visiting a Montreal team that isn't quite sure what to make of itself yet.

Ottawa @ Edmonton (Friday, July 11)
Out west, Edmonton's 2-0 record has been a little harder earned as they regress positively in 2014. The expansion Redblacks are in for a tough one.

Calgary @ Toronto (Saturday, July 12)
Bo Levi takes his game to the big city! Last year's division winners, both eliminated in the division finals, look to restablish themselves early in 2014. Call this a coin flip.

B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 12)
An intriguing divisional matchup: Saskatchewan tries to figure out what went wrong last week, while B.C. tries to figure out if Kevin Glenn has an expiry date. Give the Riders the edge at home.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:21 AM on July 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

And yes, YYM, there are nine teams again. That means that one team gets a bye each week, so no more mid-season half-weeks.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 AM on July 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 4
Edmonton by 11
Sackskatchewan by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 AM on July 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2

Winnipeg rides the big early lead to stun the visiting Argos. The new-look Alouettes just can't get anything going in Calgary. Edmonton comes from behind to quiet the home fans in B.C., and Saskatchewan takes care of business with the visiting Ti-Cats.

ResultWinnipeg by 24Calgary by 21Edmonton by 7Saskatchewan by 21
Margin of Error17 to 3115 to 275 to 915 to 27

If you picked the underdog Eskimos, or pretty much any team in that game to win by 7, you've got a good chance at breaking the top 4 this week.

SpoFiteTOR @ WPGSMTL @ CGYSEDM @ BCSHAM @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans Calgary2Edmonton Saskatchewan 44
JPR Calgary 7Saskatchewan 33
rcade Calgary 7Saskatchewan 33
Reever Calgary 7Saskatchewan 33
argoal Calgary Saskatchewan 22
cixelsyd Calgary 7 22
goddam Calgary Saskatchewan 22
Howard_T Calgary Saskatchewan 22
owlhouse Edmonton Saskatchewan 22
tommytrump Calgary Saskatchewan 22
bender 00
Ying Yang Mafia 00

The second week generally offers a chance to relax and catch one's breath after—HEY LOOKIT THAT IT'S AN EXPANSION TEAM!!!


Ottawa @ Winnipeg (Thursday, July 3)
That's right, this year the CFL welcomes the city of Ottawa back to the fold with the Redblacks. They'll play their first game against the newly-confident Blue Bombers, fresh off a thrashing of the Argos.

B.C. @ Montreal (Friday, July 4)
Two former heavyweights, both smarting from tough first-week losses. Montreal looks to gain some traction at home, while B.C. looks to get a lead and actually hang onto it.

Hamilton @ Edmonton (Friday, July 4)
Hamilon continues their west coast road trip with a stop in Edmonton. The TiCats may have overperformed their pythagorean record last year, while the Esks may have underperformed—are we due for some more regression this week?

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, July 5)
Speaking of underperforming, Toronto had better figure out what went wrong last week, and fast, because a Very Good Team is coming to town.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:25 PM on July 02

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Just saw that, tommytrump. Here's the schedule for July:

ESPN Broadcast Information
Regular Season
DateTimeAwayHomeESPN Network
Saturday, June 283:00pm ETMontrealCalgaryESPN2, WatchESPN
Saturday, July 53:00pm ETSaskatchewanTorontoESPN2, WatchESPN
Friday, July 1110:00pm ETOttawaEdmontonESPNNEWS, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 178:30pm ETEdmontonWinnipegESPN2, WatchESPN
Friday, July 1810:00pm ETHamiltonCalgaryESPN2, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 249:00pm ETCalgaryEdmontonESPN2, WatchESPN
Satuday, July 2610:00pm ETTorontoSaskatchewanESPN2, WatchESPN
Thursday, July 317:00pm ETWinnipegHamiltonESPN, WatchESPN

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:52 PM on June 27

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Not many points handed out last night, I guess.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:31 PM on June 27

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

cixelsyd, not sure about the Sirius channel. That's very weird. Googling has not produced much either.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:59 AM on June 26

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Toronto by 14
Calgary by 16
Edmonton by 3
Saskatchewan by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 AM on June 26

The 10th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

Four hundred years ago, Jacques Cartier accientally sat down on his son's soccer ball, squishing it into a now-familiar oblong shape. "Putain ce football!" he cried, drop-kicking it into oblivion. And Canada's national summer pastime starting with F was born.

We honour his memory each summer by picking the outcome of each and every one of the 7,235 CFL games. And now you can too!

THE SEASON - When we do it

The season kicks off this Friday night holy crap, TOMORROW 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 occasional game is available on the NFL Network, and in the past all games appeared on ESPN3, but they don't seem to have released a confirmed broadcast sked yet. And if you're somewhere else, you'll have to resort to Sirius on the satellite radio dial.

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.

Toronto Argonauts (Preview) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) - Thursday, June 26, 8:30pm

Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Saturday, June 28, 3:00pm

Edmonton Eskimos (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 28, 6:00pm

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) - Sunday, June 29, 7:00pm

NEW TEAM ALERT! The capital returns to the fold, as the Ottawa Redblacks get a first-week bye this week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:36 AM on June 25