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Last visit: August 15, 2019

DrJohnEvans has posted 338 links and 1,981 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 Ten: Is it mathematically possible for five teams to go winless the rest of the season? Grab your calculators and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:37 PM on August 14, 2019 - 12 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: August in Canada: a chill is in the air, the leaves are starting to turn, and the Argos have won a game. Grab your union suit and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:13 PM on August 07, 2019 - 11 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Snapped this week: Winnipeg's winning streak, Jeremiah Masoli's ACL, Zach Collaros's streak of not being an Argo. Book your rehab and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 03:38 PM on July 31, 2019 - 14 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Toronto loses, of course, but this time they don't get the Most Embarrassing Loss of the Week Award. Progress! Take some baby steps and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:22 AM on July 24, 2019 - 12 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six: It's only July, but your Grey Cup matchup has already been decided: Winnipeg and Montreal. Why fight fate? Turn back your clocks and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:56 PM on July 17, 2019 - 15 comments

Recent Comments

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.

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.


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?!

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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!


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.

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".


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.

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