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Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: August 17, 2018

DrJohnEvans has posted 313 links and 1,922 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: A rare Friday start, and I thought I could finally get this up more than a day in advance. But the road to Hamilton is paved with good intentions. Grab your HOV permit and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:55 PM on August 16, 2018 - 12 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Four planets in retrograde and the Argos win. Count your lucky stars and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:11 PM on August 08, 2018 - 14 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Sometimes you pick the games, and sometimes the games pick you. Find a good hiding spot and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:51 PM on August 01, 2018 - 15 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Narratives, we got 'em. Calgary keeps winning, B.C. turns it around, and Montreal makes a trade. Grab your screenplay draft and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:27 PM on July 23, 2018 - 15 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six: It's back to a our regular four-pack, which means we might actually score some points this week instead of having to live off James Franklin jokes. Grab your leaded tins and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:22 PM on July 18, 2018 - 16 comments

Recent Comments

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

The battle of division leaders ends in a sad thud, namely the sound of Ottawa's lone field goal hitting the ground. The Franklin Expedition (copyright 2018 DrJohnEvans) makes a show of it in uncharted waters, but James can't quite complete the comeback and Edmonton wins by a point. And out west, holy crap B.C. wins!

ResultCalgary by 24Edmonton by 1B.C. by 3
Margin of Error17 to 311 to 12 to 4

Turns out a three-game week doesn't result in many points. Shoutout to jjzucal with 3 points to keep the Costanza race interesting.

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSEDM @ HAMSWPG @ BCSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvansCalgary Edmonton 217
tahoemojCalgary Edmonton 216
tommytrumpCalgary Edmonton 216
jagsnumberone Edmonton 115
benderCalgary Edmonton 215
ic23bCalgary 114
cixelsydCalgary Edmonton 214
argoal Edmonton 112
Reever Edmonton 111
rcade Edmonton 111
scooby10672Calgary Edmonton 211
JPR Edmonton 110
Howard_T 09
jjzucalCalgary Edmonton B.C. 39

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


Saskatchewan @ Hamilton (Thursday, July 19)
Two 2-2 teams trying to shape a narrative. But the Riders have been overperforming their Pythagorean record, while Hamilton's been underperforming theirs.

B.C. @ Ottawa (Friday, July 20)
If B.C. played in the East they'd be tied for first. That probably says more about the East than it does about the Lions.

Winnipeg @ Toronto (Saturday, July 21)
Is this right? Winnipeg has scored more points than anyone in the league, by far, but still has a losing record.

Montreal @ Calgary (Saturday, July 21)
Calgary is still unbeaten, and maybe this isn't quite the week to bet against that streak.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:22 PM on July 18, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 7
Edmonton by 3
Winnipeg by 19

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:14 AM on July 12, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Fifty percent off all upsets! Saskatchewan's defence comes up big again, grinding out a win against Hamilton. Ottawa grabs the early lead and holds fast for the win. The James Franklin era is off to a promising start, as he leads the Argos to a last-minute win, while B.C. allows 41 points for the second week in a row.

ResultSaskatchewan by 5Ottawa by 10Toronto by 3Winnipeg by 22
Margin of Error4 to 77 to 132 to 415 to 29

Another week, another new face on the leaderboard! Honourable mention to bender who busts out of last place in style with six points.

SpoFiteHAM @ SSKSOTT @ MTLSEDM @ TORSBC @ WPGSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans Ottawa 10 3Winnipeg 515
tahoemoj Ottawa 114
tommytrump Ottawa Winnipeg 214
jagsnumberone Ottawa 12 Winnipeg 314
ic23b Ottawa Winnipeg 213
benderSaskatchewan Ottawa 9 Toronto2 Winnipeg 613
cixelsyd Ottawa 9 Winnipeg 312
argoal Ottawa Winnipeg 211
Reever Ottawa Winnipeg 210
rcade Ottawa Winnipeg 210
scooby10672 Ottawa Winnipeg 29
Howard_T Ottawa Winnipeg 29
JPR Ottawa Winnipeg 29
jjzucal 06

The early season start means the first triple-bye three-game week in CFL Pick 'Em History! Make those picks count.


Calgary @ Ottawa (Thursday, July 12)
It's a good, old fashioned, early-season match-up between division leaders. Ottawa has a chance to establish themselves as early favourites in the middling East, but first they've gotta hand Calgary its first lost.

Toronto @ Edmonton (Friday, July 13)
Speaking of early favourites, Edmonton needs to notch a win to keep pace with Calgary. But they'll need to solve James Franklin as they complete the home-and-home.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Saturday, July 14)
Speaking of home-and-homes, this will be a victory for B.C. if they can hold Winnipeg to 40 points or fewer.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:40 PM on July 11, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Hamilton by 10
Ottawa by 10
Edmonton by 3
Winnipeg by 10

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:42 AM on July 05, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Ottawa keeps it close, but Calgary puts it away in the fourth to stay perfect. A quarterback with the initials J.M. powers the TiCats to a solid victory. Edmonton piles on the points against B.C., while the new-look Alouettes stifle the Green Machine in Regina.

ResultCalgary by 10Hamilton by 14Edmonton by 19Montreal by 6
Margin of Error7 to 1310 to 1813 to 254 to 8

tahoemoj logs a solid four points to edge into first place.

SpoFiteOTT @ CGYSWPG @ HAMSBC @ EDMSMTL @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
tahoemojCalgary8Hamilton10 413
tommytrumpCalgary11Hamilton11 Montreal 512
jagsnumberoneCalgary Hamilton 211
ic23bCalgary Hamilton Edmonton 311
DrJohnEvansCalgary10 Edmonton 410
cixelsydCalgary13 Edmonton 39
argoalCalgary Hamilton Edmonton 649
ReeverCalgary 18
rcade Hamilton Edmonton13 38
scooby10672Calgary Hamilton Edmonton 37
Howard_TCalgary Hamilton Edmonton 37
JPRCalgary Hamilton Edmonton 37
benderCalgary Hamilton12 37
jjzucalCalgary Edmonton 26

One week, two week, three week, four!


Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Thursday, July 5)
The Ti-Cats have put together some quality performances so far, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. But it's always a lot tougher to score in Saskatchewan.

Ottawa @ Montreal (Friday, July 6)
Trevor Harris has struggled to find his form, but his chances depend on which Montreal defence shows up this week: the 17-points-allowed-in-Saskatchewan version, or the 56-points-allowed-at-home version?

Edmonton @ Toronto (Saturday, July 7)
The James Franklin era has arrived in Toronto! Please excuse me while I furtively google James Franklin.

B.C. @ Winnipeg (Saturday, July 7)
This is also a game that will be played.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:45 PM on July 04, 2018