August 10, 2014

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8: Here come the points! Big weeks for many of you shake up the standings. And with a bonus game this week, things are just starting to get interesting. That's right, it's a doubleheader week for the Argos. Note that the first game is on Tuesday, so get a move on and make your picks inside!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:40 AM - 17 comments

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

Toronto by 8

Edmonton by 19

Calgary by 15

Saskatchewan by 17

Toronto by 8

posted by tommytrump at 03:07 PM on August 10

Toronto by 3

Edmonton by 21

Calgary by 14

Saskatchewan by 17

B.C. by 4

posted by ic23b at 03:08 PM on August 10

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

Toronto by 6

Edmonton by 16

Calgary by 13

Saskatchewan by 19

BC by 7

posted by goddam at 12:19 AM on August 11

Toronto by 7
Edmonton by 16
Calgary by 15
Saskatchewan by 8
BC by 3

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:24 AM on August 11

You've probably all seen this. Toronto by 12. The Molson Rant. Edmonton by 21. We're proud of our country, too. Calgary by 7. Only we have to warn you first. Montreal by 11. That you might accidentally get killed. Toronto by 10.

posted by owlhouse at 02:55 AM on August 11

Toronto by 17
Edmonton by 10
Calgary by 1
Montreal by 17
B.C. by 6

I would like to note that after going 0 for 12 through the first 3 weeks with tails=home/heads=away, I switched heads/tails in week 4 and have subsequently hit 13/16 correct picks and with this week's spread points (also determined "randomly" through a system of coin flipping and mashing buttons on a calculator) have scored 17 in that time.

posted by bender at 10:00 AM on August 11

ARGOS by 2

edy by 13

stamps by 10

sask by 13

bc by 2

posted by argoal at 01:10 PM on August 11

Winnipeg by 5

Edmonton by 21

Calgary by 10

Sask by 10

BC by 10

posted by cixelsyd at 03:32 PM on August 11

Toronto by 3

Edmonton by 8

Calgary by 6

Saskatchewan by 14

BC by 4

posted by Reever at 09:48 PM on August 11

Toronto by 3

Edmonton by 7

Calgary by 3

Saskatchewan by 6

BC by 6

posted by JPR at 09:50 PM on August 11

I would like to note that after going 0 for 12 through the first 3 weeks with tails=home/heads=away, I switched heads/tails in week 4 and have subsequently hit 13/16 correct picks and with this week's spread points (also determined "randomly" through a system of coin flipping and mashing buttons on a calculator) have scored 17 in that time.

Damn. Someone's onto me.

posted by owlhouse at 09:51 PM on August 11

Going on vacation tomorrow. Driving from NH to northern VA (my wife will be searching ancestors' graves while I try to chase campaigns in the Shenandoah Valley), so I might not be able to get the pick in for Winnipeg at Toronto.

Here's the pick for tomorrow, and I'll get the rest in later.

Winnipeg at Toronto: Blue Bombers try to attack the big city by the lake. Will the Argonauts be able to sail before they are blown up? Winnipeg is winning in a stronger conference, and I don't expect a reversal of form just yet. Winnipeg by 6.

Stay tuned for further updates.

posted by Howard_T at 10:32 PM on August 11

Toronto by 5

Edmonton by 13

Calgary by 9

Saskatchewan by 12

BC by 8

posted by rcade at 11:12 AM on August 12

Made it to VA without incident and spent today trying to find wife's ancestors. The Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg has a wealth of resources for genealogy, as well as staff members who are really helpful. Too bad they don't have anything on how to pick the CFL. We ended the day in a graveyard at the Bethel United Methodist Church in Stumptown, found wife's great great grandmother's grave there, and also found that the Fry family was among the most fertile in the area. Hope my CFL picks don't end up in a graveyard. So here we go.

Edmonton at Ottawa: 2 Eskimos were in a kayak for a day of fishing. They grew cold and lit a fire with the expected result. The kayak sank, proving once again you can't have your kayak and heat it too. Redblacks hope Eskimos sink the kayak, but they are likely to end up on the bottom. Edmonton by 12.

Calgary at Hamilton: A cat was charged with littering on the highway. The reason? She had kittens too close to the road. Stampeders will charge the TiCats with something worse than littering. Although Hamilton has shown some improvement, Calgary still has too much horsepower. Calgary by 9.

Montreal at Saskatchewan: Larks are supposed to fly. Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. Alouettes are having a really rough year, while the Rough Riders are having pretty smooth sailing. None of this makes sense, but picking Saskatchewan in this one certainly does. Saskatchewan by 22.

BC at Toronto: Argonauts shot down the Blue Bombers on Tuesday, just like I predicted. (Wait, I said Winnipeg would beat Toronto? That must have been an impostor, I've been hacked.) BC has had sort of an up and down year. If you were to jump off a bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine. Trying to pick this game is driving me a bit insane. I somehow see Toronto suffering little or no ill effect from the short interval between games. Toronto by 5.

A person sent ten puns to his friends, hoping that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

posted by Howard_T at 11:52 PM on August 13

> No pun in ten did.

I enjoyed that.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 AM on August 17

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