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Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: October 19, 2018

DrJohnEvans has posted 321 links and 1,943 comments to SportsFilter and 138 links and 1,250 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

of DrJohnEvans: scholar, gentleman, SpoFite

In a nutshell
The teams
The platform
The commendations
Great moments in sports journalism

Hot Chat update: Thinking about integrating directly with Twitter. In the meantime, I'm on there, if that's your sort of thing.

In a nutshell

Go Jays. Go Sens. Go Furious George GOAT. Go rouge.

(Lose Leafs Lose.)

In our hearts forever: Andy Peters vs. Rob Ray. Okay, so it turns out that you can't watch that video anymore. Damn. In its place, I present to you Aaron Downey vs Brad Norton—the fight that changed the NHL forever.

Sara Orlesky is cute, but Patricia Boal is always in the right place at the right time.

The teams

Coming real soon.

The platform

There are certain inalienable truths in sports, at least according to me.

  1. "Intangibles" do not exist in any meaningful form. If a player brings something "intangible" to his team, that should be reflected in either his individual stats or the team's stats. If not, then his "intangibles" have no value and are not worth discussing.

  2. The NHL's regular season standings will remain inherently unfair until all games are worth the same number of points.

  3. The pitch-out is the best play ever conceived in any sport.

  4. You are not a unique snowflake: everybody here is a fan of a team. Referring to said team in the first-person possessive does nothing to strengthen your argument or make you stand out. Indeed, a comment beginning with "My Brewers" taints the comment's value by informing me that you're arguing through the blue-and-gold-tinted glasses of a Brewers fan, and not objectively as a sports fan. Be proud, but be reasonable.

  5. Winning breeds relaxation, losing breeds frustration. It is infinitely easier to get along with your teammates when you're winning lots of games. Let's stop gazing at .600 teams and talking about how they're all bosom buddies. (Feel free to do the same with .400 teams, though.)

The commendations

"... an integral part of the Sportsfilter.com experience." — NoMich

"DrJohnEvans … should be reading medicine articles if [he is] really a doctor and stop complaining so much." — LROD

"DrJohnEvans [is] only the median if you give extra weight in the direction of users who have posted more than one comment." — mexican

"... DrJohnEvans is now my new friend." — Kleptophoria!

"Where's DrJohnEvans with a cool scoring table when you need him?" — The_Black_Hand

Great moments in sports journalism

Like most discriminating SpoFites, I'm really picky about the commentators and analysts that I have to watch and listen to. Fortunately, there are a few shining stars which pop up on my television. Included with your basic Rogers Cable package up here is a scrappy small-market sports channel, The Score. Their programming's centred around their near-constant highlight/update reels. They're my favourite in terms of sports news and entertainment: they just have fun with the stuff.

Tell it like it is

Sunday afternoons feature The Score on the NFL, which keeps track of the millions of games going on at once. December 19, they were doing their usual mid-afternoon round-up. The game was Minnesota at Detroit:

[highlight reel running]

"Minnesota gets one late in the fourth quarter to go up by seven, but it doesn't matter, because Detroit marches right back to score the major with eight seconds left in the game."

[boxscore screen comes up]

"It's still 28-27 as we're just waiting for the extra point, I'm just watching it now... and THEY MUFFED THE SNAP! They muffed the snap! Amazing. Amazing. Eight seconds left, the touchdown, and they muffed the snap. Okay, hang on, we gotta get you this picture. Amazing. Amazing."

[highlight comes up]

"Okay, here is it. This JUST HAPPENED, folks. Detroit scores to nearly tie it up, and they muff the snap. Amazing. Amazing. Man. Lions suck."

I love good sports journalism.

How to call a Tampa Bay home run

From MLB highlights on The Score Tonight, Summer 2006:
TIM: Fifth inning, Johnny Gomes at the dish. Now he's a model, if you know what I mean, 'cause he does his little thing on the catwalk.

SID: On the catwalk?

TIM: On the catwalk, yeah.

SID: He does his little thing on the catwalk?

TIM: That's correct.

Recent Links

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen: You thought Calgary and Ottawa were a shoo-in for the division titles? Shoo no longer. Everything is up for grabs with three weeks to go. Grab your pie server and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:36 PM on October 18, 2018 - 11 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen: Edmonton is sinking faster than that Thanksgiving turkey you're still digesting. Grab a tums and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:02 PM on October 11, 2018 - 12 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen: The West continues to be a bloodbath and Ottawa keeps hanging on for dear life. And an administrative note: due to math being hard, it turns out that we still have five weeks of CFL football left to play. Grab your slide rules and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:09 AM on October 04, 2018 - 14 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen: Five weeks to go, and here is a list of what's up for grabs: second place in the west, first place in the east, the CFL Pick 'Em championships (both ends). Reach on in and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:54 PM on September 27, 2018 - 11 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen: The low in Winnipeg tomorrow is 42ΒΊ Fahrenheit, or as converted to Celsius: You'll Probably Want Your Fuzzy Mittens Degrees. Grab your knitting needles and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:28 PM on September 20, 2018 - 11 comments

Recent Comments

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