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Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: October 20, 2019

DrJohnEvans has posted 346 links and 2,000 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: Between the five of them, two of Calgary, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, tommytrump, and jagsnumberone will win the West Division and our little Pick 'Em. But which two? Your guess is as good as mine. Put on your thinking caps and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:55 PM on October 17, 2019 - 11 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen : The West is up for grabs, and so is first place in our little Pick 'Em. Well, as long as your name starts with either a "T" or a "J". Check your name tags and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:47 AM on October 10, 2019 - 9 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen: We have both a three-way tie for first in the West, and no longer a tie for first place in our standings. Grab your mirror and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:20 PM on October 03, 2019 - 13 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen: Montreal enjoys the biggest comeback in franchise history, and tommytrump no longer enjoys a four-point lead. Grab your reading glasses and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:51 PM on September 26, 2019 - 14 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen: The playoff jockeying is starting in earnest, and everything is up for grabs. Also B.C. plays Ottawa again, for some reason. Grab the reins and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:34 PM on September 19, 2019 - 11 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Montreal by 9
Saskatchewan by 26
Hamilton by 16
Calgary by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:24 AM on October 18, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Toronto holds off the Ottawa comeback to notch a rare win. Calgary hangs on for the win against the Riders to move into first place. Winnipeg solves the Montreal mystery, while Edmonton keeps the Lions out of the end zone.

ResultToronto by 7Calgary by 2Winnipeg by 11Edmonton by 13
Margin of Error5 to 91 to 38 to 149 to 17

tommy and jags continue to move in lockstep — while Howard_T stays true to his word and scores 7 to move out of the basement.

SpoFiteOTT @ TORSSSK @ CGYSMTL @ WPGSBC @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneToronto Calgary Winnipeg Edmonton10569
tommytrumpToronto5Calgary Winnipeg Edmonton 568
DrJohnEvansToronto Calgary3Winnipeg Edmonton 559
ic23bToronto Winnipeg Edmonton 358
cixelsyd Calgary Winnipeg 255
JPR 052
argoalToronto Calgary 250
Reever 047
benderToronto6 Winnipeg10Edmonton 546
Howard_TToronto9Calgary Winnipeg14Edmonton16745
rcadeToronto Edmonton 243

Three! Weeks! Left!


Toronto @ Montreal (Friday, October 18)
Montreal's locked into second place and a home semi-final. Do they rest the big guns? That would depend on knowing exactly who the big guns are.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Friday, October 18)
The Riders got knocked out of first place, but a visit to B.C. might get them right back.

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 19)
Can't we just sim the rest of the East-vs-East games?

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, October 19)
Uhh if Winnipeg wins and Saskatchewan loses, the Bombers are back in first place. That can't be right, can it?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:56 PM on October 17, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 12
Calgary by 3
Winnipeg by 3
Edmonton by 19

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:37 PM on October 10, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

What Western dominance? Edmonton doesn't even get close in Hamilton, and Montreal locks it down against Calgary. Saskatchewan keeps the Bombers on the skids, and, wow, that's a lot of points.

ResultHamilton by 30Montreal by 4Saskatchewan by 15B.C. by 47
Margin of Error21 to 393 to 511 to 2033 to 61

jags and tommy manage to pick almost opposite and still end up neck-and-neck.

SpoFiteEDM @ HAMSCGY @ MTLSWPG @ SSKSTOR @ BCSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneHamilton Saskatchewan B.C. 364
tommytrumpHamilton Montreal3 363
ic23bHamilton 4Saskatchewan B.C. 455
DrJohnEvansHamilton Saskatchewan 254
cixelsydHamilton Saskatchewan B.C. 353
JPR 052
argoalHamilton 4Saskatchewan B.C. 448
ReeverHamilton Saskatchewan B.C. 347
rcade 041
bender Montreal Saskatchewan B.C. 341
Howard_T 038

Given recent trends, the West won't be decided until the last week of the season, and it will be B.C. sneaking up to grab it. (Or not.)


Ottawa @ Toronto (Friday, October 11)
Getting this game out of the way early. Consider making dinner reservations for Friday night.

Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Friday, October 11)
The fight for first: Calgary currently owns the tiebreaker, so whoever wins claims sole possession of first place in the division.

Montreal @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 12)
Winnipeg's got their sights set on a home playoff date, but the resurgent Alouettes are making a late-season push.

B.C. @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 12)
Speaking of late-season trends, Edmonton has won one game out of their last six. That said, there's nothing like hosting the Lions for a quick refresher.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:47 AM on October 10, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 12
Saskatchewan by 9 (bet the streak)
Toronto by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:48 AM on October 04, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Intrigue all around: Hamilton takes down Winnipeg and makes it look easy, Ottawa makes it close against Edmonton, Saskatchewan clinches a playoff berth, and the Lions edge the Als to avoid playoff elimination.

ResultHamilton by 20Edmonton by 5Saskatchewan by 25B.C. by 2
Margin of Error14 to 264 to 718 to 331 to 3

Intrigue in our little Pick 'Em as well: for the first time in ten weeks, we have a new leader.

SpoFiteHAM @ WPGSEDM @ OTTSSSK @ TORSMTL @ BCSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneHamilton Edmonton7Saskatchewan20 561
tommytrump Edmonton Saskatchewan24B.C. 460
DrJohnEvansHamilton 152
JPR Edmonton5 Saskatchewan B.C.2752
ic23b Edmonton Saskatchewan 251
cixelsyd Edmonton Saskatchewan B.C. 350
Reever Edmonton Saskatchewan B.C. 344
argoal Edmonton Saskatchewan B.C. 344
rcade Edmonton Saskatchewan 241
bender Saskatchewan B.C. 238
Howard_T Edmonton Saskatchewan 238

I haven't seen a three-way virtual tie atop the West since Saskatchewan was in the East.


Edmonton @ Hamilton (Friday, October 4)
Here's our first opportunity. Hamilton can clinch the division with a win and a Montreal loss. But Edmonton's still fending off a late B.C. rush.

Calgary @ Montreal (Saturday, October 5)
Speaking of late rushes, Montreal will be looking to stay in the hunt. But Calgary's coming off a bye and four straight wins.

Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 5)
Trending in the wrong direction, Winnipeg has lost two in a row and has surrended first place to two other teams. One of them is Saskatchewan: everyone's fate is in their own hands.

Toronto @ B.C. (Monday, October 5)
B.C. can still make the playoffs. Toronto cannot.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:20 PM on October 03, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Hamilton by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:32 PM on September 27, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Toronto makes a run, but can't complete the comeback against Calgary. Hamilton topples Edmonton at home. The Als score three fourth-quarter touchdowns to complete a stunning comeback against the Bombers, while the Lions leave Ottawa just dreaming of touchdowns.

ResultCalgary by 7Hamilton by 3Montreal by 1B.C. by 33
Margin of Error5 to 92 to 41 to 123 to 43

How about this? jags nails the Hamilton win on the way to six points and a share of the lead.

SpoFiteCGY @ TORSHAM @ EDMSWPG @ MTLSBC @ OTTSPointsTotal Points
tommytrumpCalgary Montreal 256
jagsnumberoneCalgary Hamilton 3 Montreal B.C. 656
DrJohnEvansCalgary Hamilton 251
ic23bCalgary6 3 B.C. 449
cixelsydCalgary9Hamilton B.C. 447
JPRCalgary6Hamilton4 B.C. 545
Reever Hamilton B.C. 241
argoal Hamilton4 B.C. 341
rcade 039
benderCalgary 1 236
Howard_TCalgary Hamilton Montreal 336



Hamilton @ Winnipeg (Friday, September 27)
Here's a Fun Fact for this battle of division leaders: Winnipeg hasn't beaten an Eastern team since Week 6.

Edmonton @ Ottawa (Saturday, September 28)
Edmonton's gone cold, losing four straight. Fortunately for them, Ottawa's scored 12 points in its last two games.

Saskatchewan @ Toronto (Saturday, September 28)
A lot on the line in this one: the Riders have a home playoff date in their sights, and Toronto... is a pleasant place to spend a Saturday afternoon in late September.

Montreal @ B.C. (Saturday, September 28)
I definitely missed the point at which Montreal got themselves a winning record.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:51 PM on September 26, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

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

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:05 PM on September 20, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

The Lions trounce the reeling Redblacks, Calgary blocks a game-winning Hamilton field goal to hang on, and Saskatchewan beats the back-and-forth.

ResultB.C. by 24Calgary by 1Saskatchewan by 2
Margin of Error17 to 311 to 11 to 3

Even with a reduced slate, tommytrump still finds a way to pad the lead.

SpoFiteOTT @ BCSHAM @ CGYSMTL @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
tommytrump Calgary Saskatchewan 254
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan 150
DrJohnEvans Calgary Saskatchewan 249
ic23bB.C. Calgary Saskatchewan 345
cixelsydB.C. Saskatchewan 243
JPR Calgary Saskatchewan3340
rcade Calgary 139
ReeverB.C. Calgary Saskatchewan3439
argoalB.C. Calgary 238
bender Saskatchewan1234
Howard_TB.C. Calgary Saskatchewan 333

Seven weeks to go and nothing has been decided. Even B.C. could go on a run and grab a playoff spot. [They won't. — Ed.]


Calgary @ Toronto (Friday, September 20)
Calgary is still in striking distance of first place, and Toronto has been... uh, playing a bit better lately?

Hamilton @ Edmonton (Friday, September 20)
Jeremiah who? Hamilton's sitting pretty on top of the East and can afford to experiment. Edmonton, meanwhile, still has a very real shot at a home playoff date.

Winnipeg @ Montreal (Saturday, September 21)
Speaking of former backup quarterbacks, Chris Streveler's beard alone could win the West.

B.C. @ Ottawa (Saturday, September 21)
I can't believe they're making these teams play each other again.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:34 PM on September 19, 2019

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.

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!


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!

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.


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