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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

tommytrump, you're right - I have it correct in my spreadsheet, but missed it when copying to the table.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:47 AM on September 13, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Ottawa by 9
Calgary by 3
Saskatchewan by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:47 AM on September 13, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

As predicted, Montreal cruises to victory over the visiting Lions. Toronto wins the turnover game for their first blowout win of the year in Ottawa. Winnipeg scores 28 in the first half to handle the Riders and maintain first place, while Calgary makes it two in a row against Edmonton.

BC @ MTLTOR @ OTTSSK @ WPGCGY @ EDM
ResultMontreal by 5Toronto by 29Winnipeg by 25Calgary by 16
Margin of Error4 to 720 to 3818 to 3311 to 21

A nice scattering of margin hits but tommytrump holds serve.

SpoFiteBC @ MTLSTOR @ OTTSSSK @ WPGSCGY @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
tommytrump Winnipeg Calgary11452
jagsnumberoneMontreal4 Winnipeg Calgary 449
DrJohnEvansMontreal6Toronto Winnipeg 447
ic23bMontreal Calgary 242
cixelsydMontreal Toronto Winnipeg Calgary 441
rcade Calgary 138
JPRMontreal4 Winnipeg Calgary 437
argoalMontreal7Toronto Winnipeg 436
ReeverMontreal4Toronto Calgary 435
bender Calgary 132
jjzucal 031
Howard_TMontreal Winnipeg 230

Our last three-pack of the season. Celebrate with a rouge and a safety!

WEEK 14

Ottawa @ B.C. (Friday, September 13)
I don't think either of these teams are destined for the playoffs.

Hamilton @ Calgary (Saturday, September 14)
Hamilton has won four in a row and is coming off a bye, but some tuning may still be required: two of those wins were tight ones against a lousy Lions team, and Calgary is always a tough place to play.

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, September 14)
The Intrigue Bowl: Saskatchewan's run was stopped in Winnipeg last week, while Montreal's momentum has carried them into a playoff spot.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:13 PM on September 12, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Montreal by 6
Toronto by 3
Winnipeg by 6
Edmonton by 12 (Trevor Harris Magic)

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:01 PM on September 06, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

A very productive Labour Day weekend: the Riders win a tight one over Winnipeg, Hamilton completes the comeback over Toronto, and Calgary keeps Edmonton out of the end zone.

Thanks as well to Reever for managing the post last week!

WPG @ SSKTOR @ HAMEDM @ CGY
ResultSaskatchewan by 2Hamilton by 11Calgary by 16
Margin of Error1 to 38 to 1411 to 21

The middle of the pack racks up solid points over the last couple of weeks, but tommytrump keeps pace with a 3-point lead.

SpoFiteWPG @ SSKSTOR @ HAMSEDM @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpSaskatchewan Hamilton Calgary11448
jagsnumberoneSaskatchewan3Hamilton Calgary 445
DrJohnEvansSaskatchewan3Hamilton 343
ic23bSaskatchewan Hamilton12Calgary 440
cixelsydSaskatchewan Hamilton 237
rcadeSaskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 337
JPRSaskatchewan Hamilton 233
argoalSaskatchewan3 Calgary 332
benderSaskatchewan Calgary 231
jjzucal 031
ReeverSaskatchewan Hamilton 231
Howard_TSaskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 328


Breaking a run of slates with heavy favourites, there are a couple of compelling coin tosses this week.

WEEK 13

B.C. @ Montreal (Friday, September 6)
B.C. hasn't been as bad as their record shows. But man, that record is terrible.

Toronto @ Ottawa (Saturday, September 7)
As bad as the Argos have been, they've been competitive in their last couple of games - and a reeling Ottawa team may be their best chance to notch a second win.

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 7)
The Banjo Bowl is the legit game of the week. If Saskatchewan wins, they take over first place in the West. If Winnipeg wins, they're cruisin'.

Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 7)
Is it too early to call this the Crossover Bowl? (Probably.)

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:25 PM on September 05, 2019

CFL Pick ‘Em, Week Twelve

Here are the results and standings from last week:

WPG @ EDMOTT @ SSKHAM @ BCMTL @ TOR
ResultWinnipeg by 6Saskatchewan by 22Hamilton by 3Montreal by 6
Margin of Error4 to 815 to 292 to 44 to 8

Shout out to rcade for a nifty NINE points!

SpoFiteEDM @ HAMSTOR @ MTLSWPG @ CGYSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
tommytrump Saskatchewan Hamilton Montreal 344
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Saskatchewan Hamilton Montreal 441
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Saskatchewan Hamilton Montreal 440
ic23b Saskatchewan Hamilton4Montreal 436
cixelsyd Saskatchewan Montreal 235
rcadeWinnipeg Saskatchewan16Hamilton3Montreal6 934
jjzucal Saskatchewan Hamilton3 431
JPR Saskatchewan Hamilton3Montreal7631
argoal Saskatchewan B.C. Montreal6 529
benderWinnipeg4Saskatchewan Montreal6 629
Reever Saskatchewan B.C. Montreal8 429
Howard_T Saskatchewan 125

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:08 PM on September 04, 2019

CFL Pick ‘Em, Week Twelve

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posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:08 PM on September 04, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Turns out this week's MTL-TOR game is Touchdown Atlantic!

Winnipeg by 3
Saskatchewan by 12
Hamilton by 6
Montreal by 12

And picks for Week 12:

Saskatchewan by 3
Hamilton by 21
Edmonton by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:46 PM on August 21, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

The favourites carry the day: Winnipeg coasts over B.C., Edmonton stomps Toronto, and Hamilton stifles Ottawa. The exception is Montreal, who ties the game with regulation time expiring, then outguns the Stamps in OT to shock the Calgary faithful.

BC @ WPGEDM @ TORHAM @ OTTMTL @ CGY
ResultWinnipeg by 16Edmonton by 15Hamilton by 14Montreal by 6
Margin of Error11 to 2111 to 2010 to 184 to 8

tommytrump keeps pace with the pack, but things get interesting at the bottom, with seven players within four points of last place.

SpoFiteBC @ WPGSEDM @ TORSHAM @ OTTSMTL @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpWinnipeg11Edmonton11 441
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Edmonton16Hamilton 437
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg12Edmonton12Hamilton12 636
cixelsydWinnipeg Edmonton14Hamilton10 533
ic23bWinnipeg17Edmonton Hamilton 432
jjzucal 027
ReeverWinnipeg Hamilton 225
rcadeWinnipeg14 225
JPRWinnipeg Edmonton Hamilton 325
argoalWinnipeg Hamilton 224
Howard_TWinnipeg17Edmonton19Hamilton 524
bender Edmonton Hamilton18 323

Eleven weeks to go!

WEEK 11

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Friday, August 23)
Two weeks ago, Calgary had a chance to dethrone the Bombers, and couldn't do it. Can Edmonton?

Ottawa @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, August 24)
Saskatchewan has won four straight to rise from the West basement, and will be fresh off a bye. Ottawa... uh, demoted their offensive coordinator.

Hamilton @ B.C. (Saturday, August 24)
The Ti-Cats are on a roll of their own and should be favourites going into this game. But: B.C. played them pretty tough two weeks ago, and Vancouver is never an easy place to play (football).

Montreal @ Toronto (Sunday, August 25)
At a Jays-Expos game in 2001, I saw Vlad Guerrero Sr get thrown out at third base trying to stretch a double into a triple. This game will probably be somewhat less exciting.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:47 PM on August 20, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 12
Edmonton by 12
Hamilton by 12
Calgary by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:14 PM on August 15, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Nailbiters across the board! Winnipeg hangs on to edge the Stamps, Saskatchewan wins by a single score in a (rare!) weather-shortened game in Montreal, Edmonton scores a late 6 for the win against Ottawa, and Hamilton needed every single point of their comeback to beat the Lions.

CGY @ WPGSSK @ MTLOTT @ EDMBC @ HAM
ResultWinnipeg by 2Saskatchewan by 7Edmonton by 4Hamilton by 1
Margin of Error1 to 35 to 93 to 51 to 1

tommytrump nets a handy five points, expanding his first place lead to four, while rcade makes up for last week's 0-fer with a nice six points.

SpoFiteCGY @ WPGSSSK @ MTLSOTT @ EDMSBC @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpWinnipeg Saskatchewan8Edmonton Hamilton 537
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Edmonton Hamilton 333
DrJohnEvans 7Edmonton Hamilton 330
cixelsydWinnipeg 7Edmonton Hamilton 428
ic23bWinnipeg Edmonton3Hamilton 428
jjzucalWinnipeg Saskatchewan Edmonton Hamilton 427
Reever 023
rcadeWinnipeg Saskatchewan6Edmonton3Hamilton 623
JPR 022
argoalWinnipeg Saskatchewan Edmonton Hamilton 422
bender Hamilton 120
Howard_T 019

It's normal for a few teams to be struggling, but unfortunately for them, this week they all play teams who are not.

WEEK 10

BC @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 15)
B.C. has won one game. By one point. Against the Argos. Not much to build your hopes on.

Edmonton @ Toronto (Friday, August 16)
Zach Collaros rumour watch is in full effect. If you hear anything, let me know.

Hamilton @ Ottawa (Saturday, August 17)
Remember when Ottawa was good? All they had to do was pay Trevor Harris a somewhat reasonable amount of money, and they might not be in danger of crossover.

Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, August 17)
Montreal's gone 0-2 out of their bye, and things don't get any easier this week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:37 PM on August 14, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Calgary by 9
Montreal by 7
Edmonton by 12
Hamilton by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:54 AM on August 08, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Hamilton hangs tough in their first game with the backup squad, but the Riders mount the comeback for the win. Ottawa needs overtime to do it, but they're able to put a stop to Montreal's winning strea. Calgary rides a big third quarter to a solid win over Edmonton. And Toronto ... hang on ... double-checking ... Toronto wins?!

WPG @ TORHAM @ SSKOTT @ MTLEDM @ CGY
ResultToronto by 1Saskatchewan by 5Ottawa by 3Calgary by 6
Margin of Error1 to 14 to 72 to 44 to 8

Lots of churn futher down the rankings, but tommytrump holds off the challengers this week.

SpoFiteWPG @ TORSHAM @ SSKSOTT @ MTLSEDM @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
tommytrump Saskatchewan Calgary7332
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan Calgary4330
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan Calgary6427
cixelsyd Saskatchewan7 224
ic23b Saskatchewan7 Calgary 324
jjzucal Saskatchewan Ottawa 223
Reever Saskatchewan7 3 323
JPR Saskatchewan 3Calgary 322
Howard_T Saskatchewan Ottawa 219
benderToronto Saskatchewan 3Calgary 419
argoal Saskatchewan4 218
rcade 017
On the line this week: first place in the West. Also third place in the East.

WEEK 9

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Thursday, August 8)
Winnipeg comes home after a disastrous road trip to find themselves tied for first - against the team that's coming to visit.

Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Friday, August 9)
Ah yes, the annual Somewhat More Competitive Than I'd Thought They'd Be Bowl. Book your hotel suites now!

Ottawa @ Edmonton (Friday, August 9)
Ottawa finally broke their losing streak, but their points differential is still -60 over their last five games. I don't have a great feeling about this week.

B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, August 10)
Speaking of bad feelings, the Lions are in a deep, deep hole with no sign of light. But Hamilton still needs someone to throw the ball.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:13 PM on August 07, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Chickening out: Calgary by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:10 PM on August 03, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Winnipeg by 26
Saskatchewan by 9
Montreal by 16
Tie

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:58 PM on August 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

It's a nailbiter in Ottawa, but Calgary converts the game-winning drive. Less so in Edmonton, where the Argos... uh... don't score. Hamilton comes out strong to stop the Bomber streak, but they lose QB Masoli in the process; while out west, Saskatchewan strongly asserts their claim to 4th place.

CGY @ OTTTOR @ EDMWPG @ HAMSSK @ BC
ResultCalgary by 1Edmonton by 26Hamilton by 8Saskatchewan by 27
Margin of Error1 to 118 to 346 to 1019 to 35

Another week, another lead change: tommytrump bags seven to grab the top spot.

SpoFiteEDM @ MTLSTOR @ WPGSOTT @ HAMSCGY @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpCalgary Edmonton18Hamilton8Saskatchewan 729
jagsnumberoneCalgary Edmonton Saskatchewan20427
DrJohnEvansCalgary Edmonton Hamilton6 423
cixelsydCalgary Edmonton Saskatchewan 322
ic23bCalgary Edmonton Saskatchewan 321
jjzucal Edmonton18Hamilton Saskatchewan 421
ReeverCalgary Edmonton Hamilton Saskatchewan 420
JPR 019
rcade Edmonton Saskatchewan 217
Howard_TCalgary Edmonton Hamilton Saskatchewan 417
argoalCalgary Edmonton Saskatchewan 316
bender Edmonton Saskatchewan 215

The CFL continues be allergic to the August long weekend, possibly because BC/Civic/Heritage/Simcoe/Natal/NB/SSK Day has a different name in every province: a marketing nightmare!

WEEK 8

Winnipeg @ Toronto (Thursday, August 1)
Toronto has acquired injured QB Zach Collaros to replace injured QB James Franklin. I'm not entirely sure that's how it's supposed to work.

Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Thursday, August 1)
Hamilton was just getting on a roll, but have lost Masoli for the season to a torn ACL. They've brought in David Watford, who is definitely a real person and not a fictional 1930s British detective.

Ottawa @ Montreal (Friday, August 2)
So... Montreal is good now? And Ottawa is bad now? Am I reading this right?

Edmonton @ Calgary (Saturday, August 3)
These two teams have very similar stat lines and are currently tied for second place. If you were going to pick a tie this season, now's the time.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:38 PM on July 31, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Calgary by 12
Edmonton by 12
Hamilton by 6
B.C. by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:36 PM on July 25, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Toronto makes it respectable, but eventually loses the handle for their fifth loss of the season. Winnipeg thumps Ottawa and it definitely wasn't respectable. Montreal keeps surprising all most of us, winning their third straight, while the Riders ride the home momentum to win the barnburner.

TOR @ CGYOTT @ WPGEDM @ MTLBC @ SSK
ResultCalgary by 10Winnipeg by 30Montreal by 10Saskatchewan by 13
Margin of Error7 to 1321 to 397 to 139 to 17

jags scores six points for the second week in a row, and takes sole possession of first place.

SpoFiteTOR @ CGYSOTT @ WPGSEDM @ MTLSBC @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneCalgary Winnipeg Montreal Saskatchewan9523
tommytrumpCalgary Winnipeg 10Saskatchewan 422
JPRCalgary7Winnipeg Saskatchewan 419
DrJohnEvansCalgary Winnipeg Saskatchewan 319
cixelsydCalgary Winnipeg Montreal Saskatchewan9519
ic23bCalgary Winnipeg Montreal Saskatchewan14518
jjzucalCalgary Winnipeg Montreal Saskatchewan13617
ReeverCalgary10 Winnipeg Saskatchewan 516
rcadeCalgary 115
Howard_TCalgary 113
argoalCalgary11Winnipeg Montreal 413
benderCalgary Winnipeg Montreal Saskatchewan16513

One tough call, two gimmes, and a classic "why is this happening".

WEEK 7

Calgary @ Ottawa (Thursday, July 25)
Two teams headed in opposite directions: Calgary's won two of three, while Ottawa's lost three straight, including a rouge-only embarrassment last week.

Toronto @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 25)
Edmonton's run hot and cold so far, and I don't quite know what to make of them. I do know what to make of the Argos: they are bad.

Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Friday, July 26)
Battle of the division leaders: Hamilton's fattened up on East division pickings but has been no slouch in their two West match-ups. Winnipeg, however, has turned away all challengers. When does it end?

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Saturday, July 27)
It feels like these two teams could just play each other every week for the rest of the year, and that would be just fine by me.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:22 AM on July 24, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Calgary by 29
Winnipeg by 6
Edmonton by 9
Saskatchewan by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:55 AM on July 18, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Edmonton comes strong out of their bye week, limiting the Lions to field goals only. Out in Winnipeg, Toronto finally puts up some offence, but the defence and special teams let them down again. In the nation's capital, Montreal wins! Again! While Hamilton grits out a gritty win against Calgary.

EDM @ BCTOR @ WPGMTL @ OTTCGY @ HAM
ResultEdmonton by 27Winnipeg by 27Montreal by 17Hamilton by 7
Margin of Error19 to 3519 to 3512 to 225 to 9

jags bets big and nails the Winnipeg spread to jump into a tie for first.

SpoFiteEDM @ BCSTOR @ WPGSMTL @ OTTSCGY @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpEdmonton Winnipeg Hamilton8418
jagsnumberoneEdmonton22Winnipeg27 Hamilton 618
DrJohnEvansEdmonton Winnipeg 216
JPREdmonton Winnipeg 315
cixelsydEdmonton Winnipeg 214
rcadeEdmonton Winnipeg23 Hamilton 414
ic23bEdmonton Winnipeg23 313
Howard_TEdmonton Winnipeg 212
ReeverEdmonton Winnipeg Montreal Hamilton6511
jjzucalEdmonton Winnipeg Montreal Hamilton6511
argoalEdmonton Winnipeg Hamilton 39
bender 08

This week's narratives nearly wrote themselves, but I still had to step in at the last minute.

WEEK 6

Toronto @ Calgary (Thursday, July 18)
Calgary has definitely performed below expectations so far, but I'm gonna go ahead and say this is not the week the Argos get their first win.

Ottawa @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 19)
Speaking of expectations, who expectated Winnipeg to be 4-0 to start the season? With a chance to make it five straight, with a scuffling Ottawa team in town.

Edmonton @ Montreal (Saturday, July 20)
The classic rematch of the 2002-03-05 Grey Cups, with juggernaut Montreal hosting the upstart Edmontoners. What year is it?

B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 20)
Whew, both these teams are pretty bad. But both would probably be in first place if they were in the East.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:56 PM on July 17, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Edmonton by 10
Winnipeg by 12
Ottawa by 3
Calgary by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:23 AM on July 10, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Montreal shocks the world and puts a stop to the Hamilton streak. Winnipeg's streak remains intact with a solid all-around win in Ottawa. Unfortunately, Toronto's streak does too, as B.C. wins on a time-expiring rouge. Out west, the Stamps get back in the saddle with a dominant win in Saskatchewan.

HAM @ MTLWPG @ OTTBC @ TORCGY @ SSK
ResultMontreal by 7Winnipeg by 15B.C. by 1Calgary by 27
Margin of Error5 to 911 to 201 to 119 to 35

With the Montreal upset and some weird margins, a tough week for points.

SpoFiteHAM @ MTLSWPG @ OTTSBC @ TORSCGY @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
tommytrump Winnipeg B.C. 214
DrJohnEvans B.C. Calgary 214
JPR 013
jagsnumberone B.C. 112
cixelsyd Winnipeg B.C. 212
rcade 010
Howard_T B.C. 110
ic23b B.C. 110
bender B.C. 18
Reever 06
jjzucal B.C. 16
argoal Winnipeg B.C. Calgary 36

Another week! They just keep on coming.

WEEK 5

Edmonton @ B.C. (Thursday, July 11)
B.C.'s a BMO rouge away from being winless. It's early, but they need to start showing up, particularly in their own division, if they're going to challenge for a crossover.

Toronto @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 12)
Usually when two streaks are on the line, I say something's gotta give. But not this time. Nothing needs to give, this time.

Montreal @ Ottawa (Saturday, July 13)
If Montreal can put in a repeat performance, we could have a pretty interesting East division this year.

Calgary @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 13)
Hamilton's 3-1 and haven't really come up against a good team yet. That's going to change.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:18 PM on July 09, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 9
Ottawa by 10
B.C. by 16
Calgary by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:43 AM on July 04, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

ic23b: fair enough! If there are conflicting picks I usually take the last one, but what you say makes sense. Will update in next week's standings.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:42 AM on July 04, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

How about that - Winnipeg scores early and often to hand Edmonton its first loss. Hamilton keeps scoring and rolls over Montreal. The Stamps complete the comeback to hand B.C. their third straight loss. And out in the cold northwest, the Franklin Expedition has gotten stuck in the ice.

EDM @ WPGMTL @ HAMBC @ CGYTOR @ SSK
ResultWinnipeg by 7Hamilton by 31Calgary by 4Saskatchewan by 25
Margin of Error5 to 922 to 403 to 518 to 33

JPR nails the Calgary comeback to slide into first place. And a special welcome back to longtime pick 'em favourite argoal!

SpoFiteEDM @ WPGSMTL @ HAMSBC @ CGYSTOR @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
JPR Hamilton Calgary 4 Saskatchewan 513
DrJohnEvans Hamilton Calgary 3 Saskatchewan 412
tommytrumpWinnipeg 7 Hamilton Calgary 512
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Hamilton Calgary Saskatchewan 411
rcade Hamilton Calgary Saskatchewan20410
cixelsyd Hamilton Calgary4 Saskatchewan 510
Howard_T Hamilton Calgary Saskatchewan2249
ic23b Calgary Saskatchewan2838
benderWinnipeg Hamilton Saskatchewan 37
Reever Hamilton Calgary Saskatchewan 36
jjzucal Calgary Saskatchewan 25
argoal Hamilton Calgary Saskatchewan 33

We're 14.2% of the way through the season and trends are starting to coalesce into patterns, which will then liquefy into predictions, which will then evaporate into thin air.

WEEK 4

Hamilton @ Montreal (Thursday, July 4)
Strength of schedule, etc. etc. but man, Hamilton could drop 40 points 3 weeks in a row.

Winnipeg @ Ottawa (Friday, July 5)
A good job by the CFL schedule makers to keep pitting undefeated teams against each other. Who'll beat the streak?

B.C. @ Toronto (Saturday, July 6)
Both these teams are bad! One is much worse than the other.

Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 6)
It's early, but neither of these teams has particularly impressed out of the gate. No time like the present for a season turning point.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:32 PM on July 03, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 11
Hamilton by 21
Calgary by 3
Saskatchewan by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:34 PM on June 26, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

It's a classic Rough/Rider barnburner in Ottawa as the Redblacks hang on for the win. New QB Trevor Harris continues to impress by putting up more big numbers for Edmonton. Less impressive were the Argonauts in their home opener.

SSK @ OTTBC @ EDMHAM @ TOR
ResultOttawa by 3Edmonton by 16Hamilton by 50
Margin of Error2 to 411 to 2135 to 65

Two weeks in, two fresh ties for first.

SpoFiteSSK @ OTTSWPG @ MTLSHAM @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
JPROttawa3 Edmonton Hamilton 58
DrJohnEvansOttawa Edmonton16 Hamilton 58
tommytrumpOttawa Edmonton 27
jagsnumberoneOttawa4Edmonton Hamilton 47
rcadeOttawa 16
cixelsydOttawa Hamilton 25
ic23bOttawa Edmonton Hamilton 35
Howard_TOttawa Edmonton14Hamilton 45
bender Edmonton Hamilton 24
jjzucalOttawa 13
ReeverOttawa Edmonton 23

Back to a four-game slate for the Canada Day weekend.

WEEK 3

Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Thursday, June 27)
The last two teams in the West without a loss! Whose streak are you gona take?

Montreal @ Hamilton (Friday, June 28)
It's early, but Hamlton is leading the league in points scored. It is early.

B.C. @ Calgary (Saturday, June 29)
Don't worry everybody, Mike Reilly has shaved his beard.

Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Monday, July 1)
The defences for these two teams have given up nearly the same number of points. Unfortunately, Saskatchewan's played two games while Toronto's only played one.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:13 AM on June 26, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Ottawa by 11
Edmonton by 16
Hamilton by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:06 PM on June 20, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Entertainment across the board! Hamilton hangs on against Saskatchewan to win their home opener; Montreal has a big fourth quarter but it's not enough to beat Edmonton; Ottawa's fourth quarter, on the other hand, does the trick; and Winnipeg's big second half gets the job done against the Lions.

SSK @ HAMMTL @ EDMOTT @ CGYWPG @ BC
ResultHamilton by 6Edmonton by 7Ottawa by 4Winnipeg by 10
Margin of Error4 to 85 to 93 to 57 to 13

tommytrump nails the Winnipeg win, while rcade takes the 4/4 approach, and each grab a share of first place out of the gate.

SpoFiteSSK @ HAMSMTL @ EDMSOTT @ CGYSWPG @ BCSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpHamilton Edmonton Winnipeg10 55
rcadeHamilton Edmonton Ottawa Winnipeg9 55
cixelsydHamilton Edmonton Winnipeg 33
jagsnumberoneHamilton Edmonton 4 33
DrJohnEvans Edmonton Winnipeg1133
JPR Edmonton8 4 33
jjzucal 6Edmonton 22
benderHamilton Ottawa 22
ic23b Edmonton Winnipeg 22
Howard_T Edmonton 11
Reever Edmonton 11

Too early to look at playoff seeding? Never!

WEEK 2

Saskatchewan @ Ottawa (Thursday, June 20)
These two played each other in Week 2 of last year as well, which saves a lot of wear and tear on my keyboard.

B.C. @ Edmonton (Friday, June 21)
Last year's battle of the basement led to B.C. edging Edmonton in the crossover battle. Edmonton spent the winter plotting their revenge, and they've come up with... Trevor Harris?

Hamilton @ Toronto (Saturday, June 22)
These two teams have a lot of questions to answer. For Hamilton: can they finally get that East division title? For Toronto: who exactly is on the roster this year? At least a home opener bobblehead giveaway is a good way to find out.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:44 PM on June 18, 2019

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Saskatchewan by 11
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 9
Winnipeg by 11

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 PM on June 13, 2019

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

It's a Canadian tradition: every June, we celebrate the reappearance of the sun by drop-kicking a frozen pig through the last remaining pair of icicles. Then we go back inside to watch football until there's more than 6 hours of sunlight each day (July 27 through August 8). We kill time by picking winners and spreads for each game. Why not join us?

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 or elsewhere, there's some sort of newfangled streaming option, along with occasional games on ESPN when they run out of poker content.

THE RULES - How we do it

Here's how it 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
111
435
759
11814
201426

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. Some previews are still in the works; will update as they become available.

All times are EDT.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) - Thursday, June 13, 7:30pm

Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Edmonton (Preview TBD) - Friday, June 14, 9:00pm

Ottawa Redblacks (Preview TBD) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Saturday, June 15, 7:00pm

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 15, 10:00pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:44 PM on June 10, 2019

NFL May Make Pass Interference a Replay Challenge

Just popping in to say that pass interference is reviewable in the CFL, and all replays are conducted by an off-field official, and it's good stuff.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:46 PM on March 24, 2019

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

Yeah this was great. Looking forward to the movie.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:09 PM on February 22, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Sorry surfers, no more quality items until next summer!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:24 AM on November 30, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

A slippery surface and tough turnovers led to a bit of a sloppy game, but Bo Levi Mitchell's arm and Calgary special teams carved out a solid halftime lead. Then the defence took over, shutting down Trevor Harris and preserving the win for the Stamps.

OTT @ CGYMVP BonusO/U BonusTiebreaker
ResultCalgary by 11MitchellUnder541
Margin of Error8 to 14

ic23b gets a point in each column, plus the tiebreaker to edge out tommytrump for the victory. Congrats ic23b!

At the other end, Reever's Hail Mary comes up a bit short. But I'm sure there's some parallel universe where Trevor Harris is celebrating his Grey Cup victory and MVP, and we'll all remember the triple-overtime barn burner of a game it was. Congratulations on your Costanza, Reever!

(In some compelling symmetry, ic23b tied for last year's Costanza, while Reever was last year's champion. Keep it up, team!)

SpoFiteOTT @ CGYSMVPO/UTiebreaker DiffPointsTotal Points
ic23bCalgary MitchellUnder44310
tommytrumpCalgary Mitchell 60210
DrJohnEvansCalgary12 Under4138
JPRCalgary MitchellUnder4838
argoal 7808
jagsnumberoneCalgary10 18228
cixelsydCalgary12 10127
rcade Under7216
Reever 10403

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:17 PM on November 29, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 12
Don Jackson
Under
500

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:02 PM on November 24, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

No contest in the nation's capital: Trevor Harris throws six touchdowns as the Redblacks thump the Ti-Cats good and hard. Out west, Calgary has to work a bit harder, notching a big second quarter and then hanging on for the win.

HAM @ OTTWPG @ CGYOWC BonusDWC Bonus
ResultOttawa by 19Calgary by 8HarrisCalgary/Winnipeg
Margin of Error13 to 256 to 10

Both argoal and tommytrump gamble and lose on the Winnipeg underdog pick, but the bonus keeps them in first place.

SpoFiteSSK @ TORSEDM @ CGYSOWC BonusDWC BonusPointsTotal Points
argoalOttawa HarrisCalgary38
tommytrumpOttawa21 HarrisWinnipeg48
ic23bOttawa Calgary6HarrisCalgary57
jagsnumberoneOttawa Calgary10 Calgary46
cixelsydOttawa Harris 25
JPROttawa Calgary 25
DrJohnEvansOttawa Calgary Calgary35
rcadeOttawa Calgary Calgary35
Reever Winnipeg13

Here we go!

THE 106th GREY CUP

Ottawa Redblacks (13-5) @ Calgary Stampeders (11-7) (Sunday, November 25, 6pm ET)

This will be Calgary's fifth Grey Cup appearance in seven years, and so far they have only one win to show for it. Year after year of regular season dominance, only to be foiled at the last minute by an upstart opponent on a hot streak. Is this year any difference? Calgary is the clear favourite, but they stumbled through September and October. At the same time Trevor Harris and the Redblacks were at risk of slipping out of contention, but found their footing to coast into the championship game. Conditions in Edmonton are clear and cold, so your guess is as good as mine.

CFL.ca Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.

Over/Under

The points-scored O/U for the Grey Cup is currently set at 53.5. Will the total points scored be over or under that total?

Tiebreaker

Pick the total yardage thrown by all quarterbacks in the Grey Cup. This is worth no points and will be used only in case of a tie.

Example pick: Calgary by 21, Ambles, Over, 700.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:12 PM on November 23, 2018

SportsFilter Has Moved to a New Server

Woohoo! Thanks rcade.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:01 PM on November 23, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Due to some weird site downtime on Sunday, I received picks via text message from the following folks:

Reever
Hamilton by 6, Winnipeg by 3. Masoli. Winnipeg.

argoal
Ottawa by 6
Winnipeg by 3

Harris
Calgary

JPR
Ottawa by 3, Calgary by 3. Mitchell. Ottawa.

DrJohnEvans
Ottawa by 12
Calgary by 12
BLM
Calgary

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:31 PM on November 21, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

What a trouncing! Hamilton holds B.C. off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter and piles up 48 points in the process. Not much to say here except ouch.

Out west, remember sneaky good Winnipeg? They snuck right and took out the Roughriders! In Regina! In the snow! With a very solid performance on both sides of the ball. Wild card!

In bonus-land, Lauther edges out the competition with 12 points, and the snowy Saskatchewan weather gets us the under.

BC @ HAMWPG @ SSKKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultHamilton by 40Winnipeg by 5LautherUnder
Margin of Error28 to 524 to 7

Points in all four columns put argoal on top, with tommytrump nipping at his heels. And a five-way tie for last place!

SpoFiteBC @ HAMSWPG @ SSKSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
argoalHamilton Winnipeg4LautherUnder55
tommytrumpHamilton Winnipeg6 Under44
cixelsyd Winnipeg6 Under33
JPRHamilton LautherUnder33
DrJohnEvansHamilton Under22
ic23bHamilton Lauther 22
jagsnumberoneHamilton Under22
rcade LautherUnder22
Reever Winnipeg Under22

Favourites + underdogs = funderdogs, which I believe are now available for purchase at the TD Place concessions.

DIVISION FINALS

Hamilton Tigers-Cats (8-10) @ Ottawa Redblacks (11-7) (Sunday, November 18, 1:00pm ET)

Hamilton's season has really turned on their record against Ottawa: three games, three losses, six points out of first place. This weekend they get their fourth and final chance, on the road against a well-rested Redblacks team. But Hamilton has show flashes of good this season, and if they can win the turnover game, anything can happen.

CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview »

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10-8) @ Calgary Stampeders (13-5) (Sunday, November 18, 4:30pm ET)

Winnipeg is kind of a sexy underdog. This marks the very first time in recorded history that anyone has used the words "Winnipeg" and "sexy" in the same sentence. They're better than you think they are and lost a lot of close games. But you know who didn't lose a lot of games, period? Calgary.

CFL.ca Western Final Preview »

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardage on Sunday.

2018 Passing Stats »

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the team whose defence will register the most sacks on Sunday.

2018 Defensive Stats »

Example pick: Hamilton by 21, Winnipeg by 14, Harris, Ottawa.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:40 PM on November 15, 2018

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semi-Finals Edition

B.C. Lions (9-9) @ Hamilton Tigers-Cat (8-10) (Sunday, November 11, 1:00pm ET)

Another crossover this year, but a slightly more traditional one: B.C.'s 9-9 record wouldn't have won them the east (but it would have secured them a home playoff date). Hamilton QB Jeremiah Masoli has led the charge this year with both arm and legs. But with three top receivers out with injury (and the Lions' linebackers bolstered by LB Soloman Elimimian's return) he'll have his work cut out for him. B.C. may have the edge on defence, but they'll need to score to win, and out of all playoff-bound teams this season, they scored the fewest total points.

CFL.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview »

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10-8) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (12-6) (Sunday, November 11, 4:30pm ET)

This has been Saskatchewan's first really strong year since the Lost Seasons of 2015-16. Sure, maybe they didn't score quite as much as you'd like, and their defence wasn't super sharp, and maybe a bunch of their wins were tight. But they are hot at the right time, winning five out of their last six to close the season. (The sixth? They got shut out.) Winnipeg, on the other hand... huh! They've been kind of sneaky good. They led the league in scoring! I didn't know that. Did you? Okay, this should be a pretty fun game.

CFL.ca Western Semi-Final Preview »

Swayze Waters Memorial (Take 2) River Salmon Bonus

Pick the kicker who will score the most points this weekend. That includes place-kick field goals, drop-kick field goals, PATs, singles, and fake field goals thrown for touchdowns.

2018 Kicking Stats »

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 104.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?

Example pick: Ottawa by 21, Winnipeg by 14, Medlock, Over.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:21 PM on November 08, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

For reference, the CFL Pick 'Em Modern Era is 2008 - present. I do have the records for 2005-2007 but they're on an old hard drive somewhere.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:35 AM on November 07, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

The Redblacks rest their regulars in their final game against Toronto, but it doesn't matter. Edmonton finally gets a second-half win but it's too little, too late. Montreal beats Hamilton's backups to edge out of last place. And in the only game that mattered, Calgary made it count to clinch the division.

TOR @ OTTWPG @ EDMMTL @ HAMCGY @ BC
ResultOttawa by 15Edmonton by 9Montreal by 2Calgary by 17
Margin of Error11 to 206 to 121 to 312 to 22

Who saw this coming? A three-way tie between argoal, cixelsyd, and jagsnumberone. Congratulations to all three of you!

In a strange statistical quirk, 2018 represents the second CFL Pick 'Em win for all three winners (modern era only): cixelsyd (2013), argoal (2014), and jagsnumberone (2015). Congrats again, team.

At the other end, a solid second half performance locks up bender's third CFL Pick 'Em (Regular Season) Costanza in a row. It's officially a dynasty now. Keep it up, bender!

SpoFiteTOR @ OTTSWPG @ EDMSMTL @ HAMSCGY @ BCSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydOttawa Edmonton Calgary 369
argoal Edmonton6Montreal2Calgary 669
jagsnumberoneOttawa Edmonton7Montreal Calgary20669
DrJohnEvansOttawa12Edmonton7 Calgary 568
tahoemoj Calgary17367
ic23bOttawa Calgary17463
JPROttawa Edmonton Montreal 2 Calgary 662
tommytrump Calgary18257
ReeverOttawa Calgary 252
rcade Edmonton Calgary12352
benderOttawa 145

Thanks to everyone for playing! Stay tuned for the CFL Playoff Pick 'Em!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:33 PM on November 06, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Ottawa by 12
Edmonton by 7
Hamilton by 12
Calgary by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:04 PM on November 02, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Winnipeg hands Calgary their third loss in a row to make things verrrry interesting in Cowtown. Saskatchewan wins, keeping the division up for grabs, and consigning B.C. to the crossover. Ottawa trounces Hamilton to clinch the East, while Montreal trounces Toronto to escape the basement.

CGY @ WPGOTT @ HAMBC @ SSKTOR @ MTL
ResultWinnipeg by 8Ottawa by 17Saskatchewan by 19Montreal by 30
Margin of Error6 to 1012 to 2213 to 2521 to 39

A big shake-up in the standings. cixelsyd, never higher than fifth place all season, has scored ten points over two weeks to leap into first.

SpoFiteCGY @ WPGSOTT @ HAMSBC @ SSKSTOR @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydWinnipeg7 Saskatchewan Montreal 466
tahoemojWinnipeg7 Saskatchewan 364
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan 163
argoalWinnipeg Saskatchewan 263
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Saskatchewan16Montreal 463
ic23b Ottawa Saskatchewan 259
JPRWinnipeg Montreal 256
tommytrump Ottawa15 Montreal 355
ReeverWinnipeg Saskatchewan 250
rcade 049
benderWinnipeg Saskatchewan Montreal 344

Three rest-the-starters games, and one for all the marbles.

WEEK 21

Toronto @ Ottawa (Friday, November 1)
RTS #1: except that Toronto has been pretty awful this year. Cue the "something to prove" narrative.

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Saturday, November 3)
RTS #2: what a fall for Edmonton. 6-3 at Week 10, but only two wins since, and missing the playoffs by a hair.

Montreal @ Hamilton (Saturday, November 3)
RTS #3: See game #1, but swap in Montreal for Toronto.

Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, October 28)
This is it! Calgary wins and they take the division. They lose, and Saskatchewan gets the first-round bye. Watch the ticker for the latest on B.C. starters.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:32 PM on November 01, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Calgary by 6
Hamilton by 3
Saskatchewan by 12
Toronto by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:27 PM on October 26, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

The drama continues! Hamilton blows a lead and maybe the division in a tough loss to Ottawa. Edmonton continues their skid as B.C. all but secures a playoff spot. Toronto doesn't lose. But whoa, Calgary does: Saskatchewan's win leaves a path for the Riders to take the West.

HAM @ OTTEDM @ BCMTL @ TORSSK @ CGY
ResultOttawa by 4B.C. by 10Toronto by 4Saskatchewan by 5
Margin of Error3 to 57 to 133 to 54 to 7

Speaking of volatile standings: a tie for first, a tie for third, and five players within three points of first. A polite nod to cixelsyd for nailing the Ottawa win on his way to six points and a share of the lead.

SpoFiteHAM @ OTTSEDM @ BCSMTL @ TORSSSK @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans B.C. Toronto 262
cixelsydOttawa 4 B.C.7 4 662
argoal Toronto3 5361
tahoemoj B.C.13Toronto3 461
jagsnumberone 059
ic23bOttawa B.C.12Toronto 457
JPR B.C. Toronto3 354
tommytrumpOttawa 152
rcade Toronto 149
Reever Toronto 148
benderOttawa 4 241

Two weeks left and we have tons of unfinished business. Better put on a fresh pot of coffee.

WEEK 20

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Friday, October 26)
Calgary's still on top, but they haven't beaten a team from the West since Week 12. They need to remember how to do that if they don't want to slide to second. Meanwhile Winnipeg is faced with the ages-old conundrum: do you fight to stay in the West playoff race, or ease up and slide into the East crossover?

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 27)
Ottawa's got a big leg up but we're not quite settled yet: Hamilton needs to win out, and Ottawa would need to lose out, for the Ti-Cats to take the division away.

B.C. @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 27)
If Saskatchewan hadn't been shut out by Winnipeg in Week 18, they'd be in first place right now. (That was a weird thing to type.) Either way this is their last chance: with a final-week bye, Saskatchewan needs to win this game to keep the hope alive.

Toronto @ Montreal (Saturday, October 28)
This space intentionally left blank.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:32 PM on October 25, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Hamilton by 12
B.C. by 6
Toronto by 7
Calgary by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:14 PM on October 18, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Hamilton wins, and Ottawa loses, making things interesting in the East. But the West keeps up appearances: Winnipeg gets the shutout and B.C. shocks the Calgary faithful.

HAM @ TORSSK @ WPGOTT @ EDMBC @ CGY
ResultHamilton by 14Winnipeg by 31Edmonton by 18B.C. by 5
Margin of Error10 to 1822 to 4013 to 234 to 7

Four players within four points of first with three weeks left to go.

SpoFiteHAM @ TORSSSK @ WPGSOTT @ EDMSBC @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvansHamilton12Winnipeg 360
jagsnumberoneHamilton11 Edmonton 359
argoalHamilton10Winnipeg B.C. 458
tahoemojHamilton 157
cixelsydHamilton Winnipeg Edmonton 356
ic23bHamilton Winnipeg Edmonton 353
tommytrumpHamilton16Winnipeg 351
JPRHamilton Edmonton B.C. 351
rcade Winnipeg 148
ReeverHamilton14Winnipeg 447
bender Edmonton B.C. 239

In a rarity for the end of the season, every single game means something this week.

WEEK 19

Hamilton @ Ottawa (Friday, October 19)
Battle for the East: these two teams are tied for first, and they open up a home-and-home this week. Ottawa needs at least a split to stay on top.

Edmonton @ B.C. (Friday, October 19)
Battle for the crossover: once-proud Edmonton has been reduced to this. A loss this week eliminates them from playoff contention.

Montreal @ Toronto (Saturday, October 20)
Battle for the basement: who gets sole possession of last place? Okay, this one is maybe not quite must-see-tee-vee.

Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Saturday, October 20)
Battle for the West: Saskatchewan's last chance! They need to win their last two games, and hope that Calgary loses two of their last three. Improbable but not impossible!

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:37 PM on October 18, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Hamilton by 12
Winnipeg by 6
Ottawa by 9
Calgary by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:05 PM on October 12, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Ottawa manages the fourth-quarter comeback, but Winnipeg prevails in overtime. Toronto nearly gets there, but B.C. hangs on for the edge. Montreal stays true to form, holding Calgary to only 12 points, but unfortunately the Als only scored six themselves. And out west, a last-minute interception hands Edmonton its third loss in a row as Saskatchewan clinches a playoff spot.

WPG @ OTTTOR @ BCCGY @ MTLEDM @ SSK
ResultWinnipeg by 8B.C. by 3Calgray by 6Saskatchewan by 7
Margin of Error6 to 102 to 44 to 85 to 9

bender scored some points!

SpoFiteCGY @ HAMSOTT @ SSKSBC @ WPGSTOR @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans B.C. Calgary Saskatchewan9457
jagsnumberone B.C. Calgary Saskatchewan 356
tahoemojWinnipeg6B.C. Calgary Saskatchewan6656
argoal B.C.4Calgary 354
cixelsydWinnipeg B.C. Calgary Saskatchewan9553
ic23bWinnipeg B.C. Calgary Saskatchewan6550
tommytrump B.C. Calgary Saskatchewan 348
JPR B.C.4Calgary4Saskatchewan 548
rcadeWinnipeg9B.C. Calgary 447
ReeverWinnipeg B.C. Calgary Saskatchewan 443
benderWinnipeg B.C. Saskatchewan 437

Three weeks left and anything's possible! Except Calgary crossing over to the east. That seems unlikely.

WEEK 18

Hamilton @ Toronto (Friday, October 12)
Lately, Toronto's been losing by less. Progress?

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 13)
Make that seven wins in eight games for the Riders. And if they win this week, I'm pretty sure they'll clinch a home playoff game.

Ottawa @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 13)
Ottawa is doing everything they can to hang onto first place. And Edmonton is doing everything they can to stay in last.

B.C. @ Calgary (Saturday, October 13)
Calgary's got a playoff spot, and still have a comfortable lead in the division, but haven't clinched that first-round bye yet. Do they keep pushing until they do? Watch the wire for more.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:02 PM on October 11, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

B.C. by 21
Calgary by 21
Saskatchewan by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:54 PM on October 05, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

B.C. by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:53 PM on October 05, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Toronto gets ahead early but it doesn't last. Hamilton gets ahead early and this time, it lasts. Winnipeg demolishes Edmonton. And in the only close game of the week, while Montreal keeps it interesting, Saskatchewan prevails.

TOR @ CGYBC @ HAMWPG @ EDMSSK @ MTL
ResultCalgary by 22Hamilton by 30Winnipeg by 27Saskatchewan by 5
Margin of Error15 to 2921 to 3919 to 354 to 7

More points! More ties!

SpoFiteTOR @ CGYSBC @ HAMSWPG @ EDMSSSK @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneCalgary17Hamilton Saskatchewan 453
DrJohnEvansCalgary16Hamilton Saskatchewan 453
argoalCalgary Hamilton Saskatchewan 351
tahoemojCalgary23Hamilton Saskatchewan 450
cixelsydCalgary17Hamilton Saskatchewan 448
ic23bCalgary Saskatchewan 245
tommytrumpCalgary26 Winnipeg Saskatchewan 445
JPRCalgary Hamilton Saskatchewan6443
rcadeCalgary18Hamilton Winnipeg Saskatchewan 543
ReeverCalgary Hamilton Winnipeg Saskatchewan6539
bender 033

Okay, so I just figured out that there are actually 21 weeks this season, thanks to the schedule rejigging. So NOW it's five! weeks! left!

WEEK 17

Winnipeg @ Ottawa (Friday, October 5)
Hot Game of the Week: Winnipeg's been climbing out of the crossover stop and Ottawa's defending its position from Hot Hot Hamilton. Someone's going to go home mad, unless of course they tie.

Toronto @ B.C. (Saturday, October 6)
The Lions' second-half renaissance came to a shuddering halt in Hamilton last week, but a visit from the Argos may just get it started again.

Calgary @ Montreal (Monday, October 8)
Calgary continues its Victory Tour through the East. They've got a playoff spot, and their magic number for the division is a number that you are free to calculate if you like math.

Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Monday, October 8)
Meanwhile in the rest of the west, nothing is guaranteed. Edmonton's free fall has opened up the race and Saskatchewan has taken full advantage, winning six of their last seven games. Will you bet the trend or is Edmonton better than this?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:09 AM on October 04, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Calgary by 16
Hamilton by 6
Edmonton by 9
Saskatchewan by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:18 AM on September 28, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Winnipeg freezes out the Als at home, while Ottawa kicks their way to victory over Edmonton. Toronto loses a close one to the Riders in which lead changes were the true winner. Out in B.C., with 14 seconds left on the clock, the Lions were down 9 points and facing 3-and-7 at their own 33. They won.

MTL @ WPGEDM @ OTTSSK @ TORHAM @ BC
ResultWinnipeg by 17Ottawa by 13Saskatchewan by 1B.C. by 3
Margin of Error12 to 229 to 171 to 12 to 4

It's all about the margins as we have another tie for first.

SpoFiteEDM @ WPGSCGY @ HAMSOTT @ BCSTOR @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg Ottawa Saskatchewan 349
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg12 Saskatchewan B.C. 449
argoalWinnipeg B.C.2348
tahoemojWinnipeg Ottawa Saskatchewan B.C. 446
cixelsydWinnipeg17 Saskatchewan B.C. 544
ic23bWinnipeg Ottawa Saskatchewan B.C. 443
tommytrumpWinnipeg16 Saskatchewan 341
JPRWinnipeg Saskatchewan B.C.3 539
rcadeWinnipeg Saskatchewan B.C.3 538
ReeverWinnipeg Saskatchewan 234
bender 033

Five! Weeks! Left!

WEEK 16

Toronto @ Calgary (Friday, September 28)
Gonna go out on a limb here and say that Toronto is going to have a bit of a tough time this week.

B.C. @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 29)
After last week's double-overtime thriller, the Lions and Ti-Cats have agreed to cut down this week's game time to 6 minutes.

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 29)
A loss in a shoulda-won game and Edmonton's knocked out of second place, with fourth place not far behind them. At this point anyone in the West could grab that home playoff game.

Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Monday, September 30)
The lesson here is, don't lose to an Eastern team after Labour Day if you want to make the playoffs, and the Riders nearly coughed it up last week. Will they learn?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:54 PM on September 27, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Winnipeg by 12
Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 12
B.C. by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:15 AM on September 21, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

B.C.'s defence is rounding into form as they hold yet another opponent to under 20 points. But Hamilton doesn't manage to do that with Calgary's high-flying offence. And holy cow, maybe Ottawa's starting to turn it around - they snag a rare win in Regina.

BC @ MTLCGY @ HAMOTT @ SSK
ResultB.C. by 18Calgary by 15Ottawa by 5
Margin of Error13 to 2311 to 204 to 7

With upsets and a missing fourth game, points are scarce this week, but jags just manages to hold his ground.

SpoFiteBC @ MTLSCGY @ HAMSOTT @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Calgary 146
DrJohnEvans Calgary12 245
argoalB.C. 5245
tahoemoj 042
ic23bB.C. Calgary 239
cixelsydB.C. Calgary13 339
tommytrump Calgary18 238
JPR 034
rcade 033
benderB.C. Ottawa 233
Reever 034

Five weeks to go and anyone can win. Although it will probably be Calgary.

WEEK 15

Montreal @ Winnipeg (Friday, September 21)
Battle of the basement! But Winnipeg's still got a fighting playoff chance in the wild West.

Edmonton @ Ottawa (Saturday, September 22)
Battle of the fenders: Edmonton is fending off Saskatchewan and Ottawa is fending off Hamilton. Someone's fender is getting bendered.

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, September 22)
In Toronto's three wins this season, they have outscored their opponents by a cumulative total of five points. Five!! That's grim.

Hamilton @ B.C. (Saturday, September 22)
I feel like I should be trying harder to care about this game.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:28 PM on September 20, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Montreal by 8
Calgary by 12
Saskatchewan by 29

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:19 AM on September 14, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Vancouver continues to be a place where East Division momentum goes to die. Hamilton rolls to complete the Labour Day sweep, and Saskatchewan does the same, but out in Edmonton, holy crap! Calgary loses again to makes things interesting.

OTT @ BCHAM @ TORSSK @ WPGCGY @ EDM
ResultB.C. by 12Hamilton by 11Saskatchewan by 5Edmonton by 6
Margin of Error8 to 168 to 144 to 74 to 8

Points are all over the map this week, but jags bags six to grab a two-point lead.

SpoFiteOTT @ BCSHAM @ TORSSSK @ WPGSCGY @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneB.C. Hamilton9Saskatchewan4Edmonton 645
DrJohnEvansB.C.9Hamilton Saskatchewan 443
argoalB.C. Hamilton Saskatchewan4Edmonton 543
tahoemojB.C.13Hamilton Edmonton4542
ic23bB.C. Hamilton 237
tommytrump 036
cixelsyd Hamilton10 236
JPR Hamilton Saskatchewan 234
rcade Hamilton10Saskatchewan 333
Reever Hamilton10Saskatchewan Edmonton 432
benderB.C.11 Edmonton 331
scooby10672 030

Our last three-pack of the season. Celebrate with a rouge and a safety!

WEEK 14

B.C. @ Montreal (Friday, September 14)
Yeah, neither of these teams are making the playoffs.

Calgary @ Hamilton (Saturday, September 15)
Hamilton's won three in a row to jump into a tie for first. But Calgary's still really good, and the East is still very bad.

Ottawa @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, September 23)
Ottawa had a good thing going there for a while, but apparently it up and went.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:20 PM on September 13, 2018