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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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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!


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

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

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.

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!


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. Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.


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?


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:

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

Ottawa by 6
Winnipeg by 3


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

Ottawa by 12
Calgary by 12

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.


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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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!


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.

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!


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.

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.


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.

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!


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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Saskatchewan by 12
Calgary by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:23 PM on September 08, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

B.C. by 9
Hamilton by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:06 PM on September 07, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Montreal wins two games in a row! Saskatchewan continues their rebound while Calgary gets back on the winning track. And Toronto... does not win.

ResultMontreal by 10Saskatchewan by 8Calgary by 3Hamilton by 14
Margin of Error7 to 136 to 102 to 410 to 18

We've gone from a three-way tie to a regular-ol' tie for first, but half the board is still within five points of first.

DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan7Calgary Hamilton 439
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan6Calgary Hamilton 439
argoal Saskatchewan Calgary Hamilton 338
tahoemoj Saskatchewan8Calgary 437
tommytrump Saskatchewan10Calgary 336
ic23b Saskatchewan Calgary Hamilton 335
cixelsyd Saskatchewan10Calgary Hamilton 434
JPR Saskatchewan Calgary3 Hamilton 532
scooby10672 Saskatchewan7Calgary Hamilton 430
rcade Saskatchewan10Calgary Hamilton17530
Reever Calgary Hamilton 228
benderMontreal Saskatchewan Calgary Hamilton15528

This week continues the grand tradition of the Labour Day Hangover, namely waking up from the festivities and realizing that even CFL players are precariously employed.


Ottawa @ B.C. (Friday, September 6)
Ten games in and I'm still not sure what to make of Ottawa. But a loss to Montreal and a trip to B.C. are not a great way to come out of your bye week.

Hamilton @ Toronto (Saturday, September 8)
This is not really Toronto's year. But it's not really Hamilton's either. So, coin toss.

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 8)
Jam packed West: if the playoffs were to start today, Winnipeg would cross over to the east semi. If Winnipeg wins this week, they could be tied for a home playoff game in their own division. Which fate would you take?

Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 8)
Speaking of that west semi, this is maybe Edmonton's last chance to get out of it. Calgary's schedule is pretty soft down the stretch with only 3 more games against contending divisional opponents. A Stampeder win this week all but clinches the division, I think.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:47 PM on September 06, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em Week Twelve

(posting in a new comment so I can have a green background, which looks better under the standings)

ResultHamilton by 1Montreal by 3Calgary by 13Saskatchewan by 3
Margin of Error1 to 12 to 49 to 172 to 4

SpoFiteEDM @ HAMSTOR @ MTLSWPG @ CGYSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
argoalHamilton Calgary Saskatchewan2435
DrJohnEvans Calgary Saskatchewan 235
jagsnumberone Toronto Calgary Saskatchewan 335
tahoemoj Calgary Saskatchewan 233
tommytrump Calgary Saskatchewan 233
ic23b Calgary 132
cixelsyd Toronto Calgary10Saskatchewan 430
JPR Calgary Saskatchewan 3 127
Reever Saskatchewan 126
scooby10672 Calgary 2526
rcadeHamilton 125
bender 023

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:47 PM on September 04, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em Week Twelve

Here are the standings for last week. We got ourselves a three-way tie!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:46 PM on September 04, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em Week Twelve

Thanks Reever! Standings will be posted in the next couple days.

Ottawa by 21
Saskatchewan by 7
Calgary by 12
Hamilton by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:54 AM on August 30, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Edmonton by 19
Toronto by 12
Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:07 PM on August 22, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Ottawa jumps ahead early on the Bombers and doesn't let up. MBT goes the slow and steady route and it pays off, giving the Argos their second straight one-point win. Edmonton burns some barns at home against Montreal, while Saskatchewan shocks the world by running up the score to hand Calgary its first loss.

ResultOttawa by 23Toronto by 1Edmonton by 16Saskatchewan by 13
Margin of Error16 to 301 to 111 to 219 to 17

Upsets a-plenty and our standings get all jiggled up. Six players within two points of first!

SpoFiteOTT @ WPGSBC @ TORSMTL @ EDMSCGY @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans Toronto Edmonton19Saskatchewan 433
jagsnumberone Edmonton 132
tommytrump Toronto Edmonton 231
tahoemoj Toronto Edmonton Saskatchewan 331
ic23b Edmonton16 331
argoal Edmonton16 331
cixelsyd 026
scooby10672 Edmonton 125
Reever Edmonton 125
rcade Toronto Edmonton20 324
JPR 023
bender 1Edmonton14 323
jjzucal 016

We're over the hump and into the second half of the season, and nobody knows what's what. Except Montreal is probably not making the playoffs.


Edmonton @ Hamilton (Thursday, August 23)
Edmonton must smell blood in the water: a win this week and they tie Calgary for points. Maybe Mike Reilly gets the new baby adrenaline bump.

Toronto @ Montreal (Friday, August 24)
Is it possible that the Argos aren't as bad as they've looked? Their schedule was front-loaded with Western division opponents. Maybe there's a soft underbelly awaiting them.

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, August 25)
The streak is over. Where's your money? Probably not on Winnipeg, who's feasted mostly on B.C. and the East.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Saturday, August 25)
Speaking of B.C., will they spark a Roughrider renaissance?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:43 PM on August 21, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Howard_T, I look forward to a half-season's worth of snarky comments!

Winnipeg by 9
Toronto by 9
Edmonton by 19
Saskatchewan by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:25 AM on August 17, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

B.C. keeps things interesting with a strong second half for a win against Edmonton. Winnipeg grabs a big lead and holds off the comeback for the win. Montreal is not so lucky as Ottawa rides a big fourth quarter to the comeback win.

ResultB.C. by 8Winnipeg by 6Ottawa by 7
Margin of Error6 to 104 to 85 to 9

jags ekes out the margin point in the Winnipeg game to pad his lead ever so slightly.

SpoFiteEDM @ BCSHAM @ WPGSMTL @ OTTSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Winnipeg7Ottawa 331
tommytrump Winnipeg Ottawa 229
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Ottawa 229
tahoemoj Winnipeg Ottawa 228
ic23b Winnipeg6 Ottawa 428
argoal Winnipeg6 Ottawa 428
cixelsyd Winnipeg Ottawa 226
scooby10672 Winnipeg Ottawa 224
ReeverB.C. Winnipeg Ottawa 324
JPR Winnipeg Ottawa6323
rcade Ottawa 121
bender Winnipeg 120
jjzucal 016
Howard_T 021

A Friday start! What year is it?


Ottawa @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 17)
I'm not too sure what to make of Ottawa. They're not bad! But not great. And I'm not sure "not great" gets it done in Winnipeg.

B.C. @ Toronto (Saturday, August 18)
Your guess is as good as mine!

Montreal @ Edmonton (Saturday, August 18)
In games against Western Division opponents, Montreal has been outscored 164-74. And that includes a week 3 win!

Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, August 19)
If anyone can put a stop to Calgary's unbeaten streak, it's Your Boy Zach Collaros. This may be the sleep deprivation talking.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:55 PM on August 16, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

DrJohn, I think I might've only scored 3 points last week??

tommy, you are right! But so is the total. Copy/paste error. You scored 3 points for a total of 27.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:54 PM on August 15, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Edmonton by 12
Winnipeg by 12
Ottawa by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:12 PM on August 08, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

It's the MBT show as Toronto's new starter caps a spectacular comeback against The Redblacks. Edmonton comes out on top in a back-and-forth battle with the Riders. Hamilton scores 50 in Montreal, while Calgary keeps cruising.

ResultToronto by 1Edmonton by 7Hamilton by 39Calgary by 9
Margin of Error1 to 15 to 927 to 316 to 12

Another week, another leader!

SpoFiteOTT @ TORSSSK @ EDMSHAM @ MTLSBC @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Edmonton9Hamilton Calgary10528
tommytrump Edmonton6 Calgary 527
DrJohnEvansToronto Edmonton6Hamilton Calgary 527
tahoemoj Calgary 126
ic23b Edmonton Hamilton Calgary 324
cixelsyd Edmonton Hamilton Calgary 324
argoal Edmonton6Hamilton Calgary9624
scooby10672 Edmonton Hamilton Calgary 322
Reever Edmonton5 Calgary10621
rcade 020
JPR Edmonton Hamilton Calgary 320
bender Edmonton 119
jjzucalToronto Edmonton Calgary 316
Howard_T 013

Good news guys, Calgary gets a week off to rest their weary limbs and get a mental break.


Edmonton @ B.C. (Thursday, August 9)
Has the West division turned into a battle for second place? Edmonton would beg to differ - they're only 4 points out of a tie for first.

Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 10)
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the league's highest-scoring team: the Winnipeg friggin' Blue Bombers?!

Montreal @ Ottawa (Saturday, August 11)
The Ottawa "First By Default" Redblacks host the Montreal "WTF" Alouettes. Who will start at QB for Montreal? And, does it matter?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:12 PM on August 08, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Toronto by 2
Edmonton by 6
Hamilton by 16
Calgary by 19

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:27 AM on August 02, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Montreal apparently is spending too much time trying to explain their new branding and not enough time scoring points. Toronto has the same old logo but didn't do much better. Ottawa comes out on top in a defensive ground battle, and Calgary keeps rolling along.

ResultEdmonton by 21Winnipeg by 26Ottawa by 6Calgary by 12
Margin of Error15 to 2718 to 344 to 88 to 16

tahoe and tommy are still neck-and-neck, but tahoe gets the extra spread point in the Ottawa win to get the edge.

tahoemojEdmonton Winnipeg Ottawa8Calgary 525
tommytrumpEdmonton18 Ottawa Calgary 424
jagsnumberoneEdmonton17Winnipeg Ottawa4Calgary 623
DrJohnEvansEdmonton Winnipeg Calgary 322
ic23bEdmonton Winnipeg Ottawa Calgary8521
cixelsydEdmonton Winnipeg Hamilton Calgary11521
rcadeEdmonton17Winnipeg Ottawa Calgary10620
scooby10672Edmonton Winnipeg Calgary 319
bender Ottawa 118
argoalEdmonton Winnipeg Calgary 318
ReeverEdmonton Winnipeg 217
JPREdmonton Winnipeg Calgary 317
jjzucal Winnipeg 113
Howard_TEdmonton Winnipeg 213

Another long weekend and not even a Sunday game. Although given these match-ups, I can't blame the league for wanting to get this week over with quickly.


Ottawa @ Toronto (Thursday, August 2)
Toronto FINALLY gets to play a divisional game. Will it help?

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Thursday, August 2)
Saskatchewan is sort of bad and Edmonton is sort of good. Nothing like a hearty Battle of the Middle on a steamy August evening.

Hamilton @ Montreal (Friday, August 3)
This space intentionally left blank.

B.C. @ Calgary (Saturday, August 4)
Calgary is 6-0 and this is probably not the week that their streak ends. Probably.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:51 PM on August 01, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Edmonton by 6
Winnipeg by 12
Hamilton by 2
Calgary by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:41 PM on July 25, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Saskatchewan overcomes a slow start and rides a big third quarter to a solid win in Hamilton. Ottawa digs deep and finds the end zone in the final minute, coming from behind to beat the Lions. Toronto just can't get it together, as the Bombers cruise to victory, and, well, Montreal doesn't fare much better.

ResultSaskatchewan by 11Ottawa by 4Winnipeg by 18Calgary by 17
Margin of Error8 to 143 to 513 to 2312 to 22

Another week, another leader! tahoemoj splurges by nailing the Calgary win, but tommytrump's pick-em-all approach is just as good.

SpoFiteSSK @ HAMSBC @ OTTSWPG @ TORSMTL @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
tahoemoj Winnipeg Calgary17 420
tommytrump 11Ottawa Winnipeg Calgary 420
DrJohnEvans Calgary21 219
jagsnumberone Ottawa Calgary 217
benderSaskatchewan Ottawa 217
ic23b Ottawa Calgary 216
cixelsyd Winnipeg Calgary 216
scooby10672 Ottawa4 Winnipeg Calgary 516
argoal Ottawa5 Calgary 315
Reever Ottawa Winnipeg Calgary14415
rcade Ottawa Calgary20314
JPR Ottawa3Winnipeg Calgary 414
jjzucal Calgary17312
Howard_T Ottawa Calgary 211

An action-packed slate of games this week! Also Ottawa plays Hamilton.


Edmonton @ Montreal (Thursday, July 26)
Apparently Montreal traded for a quarterback? Has anybody heard about this?

Toronto @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 27)
The Franklin Expedition has gotten a little stuck in the ice. And Winnipeg isn't a great place to go if you're trying to avoid ice.

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Saturday, July 28)
Battle for the division! This heavyweight tilt will be sure to szzzzzzzz both of these teams would be in last place in the West.

Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 28)
Saskatchewan are certainly underdogs, but I think they have a pretty decent shot to hand Calgary their first loss. Either this week or in Week 19.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:27 PM on July 23, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Thanks rcade! The CFL Pick 'Em regrets the error.

Hamilton by 10
B.C. by 7
Toronto by 6
Calgary by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:17 PM on July 19, 2018