October 20, 2016

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen: What a weird year. The West has clinched a crossover spot and it could be any one of three teams taking it. But the East is just plain terrible and could be the easier route. Will someone tank their way to the Grey Cup? Give tanks for the CFL and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:57 PM - 18 comments

Ottawa hangs on to win a tight one against the Ti-Cats to expand their division lead. Winnipeg comes up big to win late in B.C., sliding into second place in the West. Toronto hits a new low as visiting Saskatchewan pounds them into the dust, while Calgary outlasts the Als to breeze to a 13th straight win.

ResultOttawa by 1Winnipeg by 3Saskatchewan by 18Calgary by 14
Margin of Error1 to 12 to 413 to 2310 to 18

All the action's at the bottom: bender puts up 3 points but the competition is pulling away.

SpoFiteOTT @ HAMSWPG @ BCSSSK @ TORSMTL @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
rcade Saskatchewan Calgary17370
ic23bOttawa Winnipeg Saskatchewan Calgary 461
tahoemoj Saskatchewan Calgary 256
cixelsyd Calgary17255
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg 3 Saskatchewan Calgary 552
tommytrump Calgary 151
argoal 3 Saskatchewan Calgary16451
JPR 3 Calgary 250
MrFrisby Saskatchewan Calgary14448
Reever Saskatchewan Calgary14448
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan Calgary17347
Howard_T Calgary17246
benderOttawa Saskatchewan13 341

This time last year we were talking about a east-to-west crossover. Ah, the innocence of 2015.


Hamilton @ Ottawa (Friday, October 21)
I'm not one to overuse the term "must-win game", but this one counts: it's Hamilton's last shot at the division title and the much-needed first-round bye. If Ottawa wins, Hamilton's likely looking at hosting a tough Western opponent.

Toronto @ Calgary (Friday, October 21)
Calgary's won 13 straight, and Toronto just lost. To Saskatchewan. At home. I'm not sure what else you need to know.

Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 22)
By my math Saskatchewan has been eliminated from any sort of playoff spot, but they're on some sort of roll, and Montreal hasn't been putting up much of a fight lately.

Edmonton @ B.C. (Saturday, October 22)
Tough times in Vancouver: B.C. has lost three of their last four to fall in the standings, while Edmonton's been threatening to gain ground. An Eskimo win this week does just that, and would drop the Lions into the crossover spot. Although to be honest, wouldn't you rather go through the East?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:57 PM on October 20

Ottawa by 10

Calgary by 27

Saskatchewan by 6

Edmonton by 5

posted by tahoemoj at 05:38 PM on October 20

Ottawa by 6

Calgary by 29

Saskatchewan by 11

B.C. by 6

posted by tommytrump at 05:39 PM on October 20

Ottawa by 7

Calgary by 20

Saskatchewan by 11

Edmonton by 8

posted by cixelsyd at 05:50 PM on October 20

I'm too late to pick the Thursday game in the NFL, so I will spend my time here. I note with some satisfaction that the "blind hog and the acorn" theory has been proven once again with my picks of last week. Really, I have no clue about the CFL, but trying to get a result is still fun.

Hamilton at Ottawa: The checkerboards squeaked by the kitties last week. Does that mean the TiCats will return the favor? Nope. Ottawa by 6

Toronto at Calgary: The way Toronto has gone this year, I think they would lose in a football game against the Calgary Flames, let alone the Stampeders. Calgary by 24

Montreal at Saskatchewan: The East is least this year. Alouettes will not change that perception in the slightest. Saskatchewan by 10

Edmonton at BC: A trip to the Pacific Coast is always a pleasure for anyone. It will be especially so for the Eskimos. Edmonton by 6

posted by Howard_T at 10:47 PM on October 20

Ottawa by 7

Calgary by 24

Saskatchewan by 10

Edmonton by 17

posted by ic23b at 01:33 AM on October 21

I'm staring at a shiny new CFL Pick 'Em Costanza to sit on the shelf next to last season's NFL Pick 'Em Costanza if I don't turn it around bigly. I'm pulling out the big guns for this week's picks: a 2000 Virginia (my current home state!) quarter.

Hamilton by 11
Calgary by 9
Saskatchewan by 1
B.C. by 2

posted by bender at 10:07 AM on October 21

ott 3

cal 15

sas 8

ed 4

posted by argoal at 10:32 AM on October 21

Hamilton by 3
Calgary by 21
Saskatchewan by 8
Edmonton by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:01 AM on October 21

Ottawa by 7

Calgary by 10

Saskatchewan by 3

Edmonton by 15

posted by MrFrisby at 01:06 PM on October 21

Ottawa by 3

Calgary by 28

Saskatchewan by 14

Edmonton by 6

posted by ic23b at 06:51 PM on October 21

Cal by 14; Ott by 3; SSK by 3; EDM by 3.

posted by JPR at 07:10 PM on October 21

Ottawa by 6

Calgary by 12

Saskatchewan by 8

Edmonton by 3

posted by Reever at 07:11 PM on October 21

Ottawa by 4

Calgary by 10

posted by rcade at 08:25 PM on October 21

Had trouble logging in on my phone. I haven't looked at scores, but if I'm too late for game 1 I understand.

posted by rcade at 08:27 PM on October 21

OOPS, I didn't realize I had already made my picks at 1:33am when I made picks again at 6:51pm. The condition I was in at 1:33am you would understand why I didn't remember already picking. In all fairness I would say you should go with the first set of picks, it's up to you. Beer and shots make for an interesting night to say the least, sorry for the double picks.

posted by ic23b at 11:30 PM on October 21

Saskatchewan by 10

Edmonton by 3

posted by rcade at 01:48 PM on October 22

Don't worry ic23b, your sober picks were in time for kickoff!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:25 PM on October 24

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