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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

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: It's a quiet night here in Toronto. Not much going on. Why not take a gander at some CFL games? What's that? You haven't heard of any of the teams and you don't get the games on your tee vee? That hasn't stopped you for the last FOURTEEN YEARS. That's right, it's the FIFTEENTH iteration of the CFL Pick 'Em, and it's coming for your hopes and dreams. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:44 PM on June 10, 2019 - 13 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings: So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few Costanza. Also, the Stamps finally get around to actually winning a Grey Cup game. Final standings inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:17 PM on November 29, 2018 - 6 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: We spend twenty-four weeks and spill countless pixels on these CFL picks, and we'd be farther ahead if back in June we'd just said what we were all thinking: "Calgary in the Grey Cup". Of course, they may still lose. Cross your fingers and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:12 PM on November 23, 2018 - 10 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition: The Lions' crossover journey fizzles out, and Saskatchewan's playoff hopes are buried in the snow. Who saw that coming? (Answer: not very many of us.) Grab your fuzzy mittens and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 02:40 PM on November 15, 2018 - 7 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semi-Finals Edition: The long grind of the season is over and it's time for the sprint to the Grey Cup. (But to be honest, they're mostly sprinting to try to get these games in before the glaciers move in for the season.) Our leaderboard starts fresh for the playoffs and all are welcome. Grab your union suit and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:21 PM on November 08, 2018 - 9 comments

Recent Comments

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.

CFL.ca 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.

CFL.ca 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.

CFL.ca 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.

CFL.ca 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.

CFL.ca 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