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CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

The Ti-Cats put on a clinic as they keep it close early, score big in the middle, and coast to the win. Things are much crazier out west, as the Riders and Stamps go back-and-forth, giving us lead changes, kick returns TDs, too many turnovers to count (including SIX interceptions), and then finally overtime. While Rene Paredes takes our pick 'em's bonus award, it's his three missed field goals that will haunt him, as Brett Lauther hits the winner in OT and sends the Riders to the final.

MTL @ HAMCGY @ SSKKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultHamilton by 11Saskatchewan by 3ParedesOver
Margin of Error8 to 142 to 4

Three of us nailed the Rider spread so there's plenty of points to go around.

SpoFiteMTL @ HAMSCGY @ SSKSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvansHamilton9Saskatchewan3Paredes 66
jagsnumberoneHamilton Saskatchewan3 Over55
tommybidenHamilton9Saskatchewan Over44
cixelsydHamilton ParedesOver33
Reever Saskatchewan 33
ic23b Saskatchewan Paredes 22
rcadeHamilton Saskatchewan 22
argoalHamilton 11

It's December and we're still playing Canadian football!

DIVISION FINALS

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-6) @ Toronto Argonauts (9-5) (Sunday, December 5, 13:30pm ET)

Who saw this coming? We all figured the Argos were due for another season in the post-Ricky-Ray wilderness, while we didn't know if Jeremiah Masoli could stay on the field long enough to give the Ti-Cats a chance. But lo and behold, MBT has emerged as a quality QB for Toronto, while Masoli has been just healthy enough to keep pace. The Argos won the division, while Hamilton finished the season strong, taking four out of their last six games. But those two losses? Both against the Argos.

CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview »

Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-5) @ Winnipeg Blue Bomders (11-3) (Sunday, November 17, 4:30pm ET)

Ladies and gentlemen, your Winnipeg Blue Bombers: best offence, best defence, best record in the league. They also swept the Riders 2-0 in the season series, but! These two teams haven't faced each other since Week 6. Has Saskatchewan found enough of its groove to put in a good showing?

CFL.ca Western Final Preview »

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardage on Sunday.

2021 Passing Stats »

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the team whose defence will register the most sacks on Sunday.

2021 Defensive Stats »

Example pick: Hamilton by 21, Saskatchewan by 14, Fajardo, Winnipeg.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:10 PM on December 02, 2021

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

Hamilton by 9
Saskatchewan by 3
Parades
Under

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:34 PM on November 27, 2021

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Final Edition

Montreal Alouettes (7-7) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-6) (Sunday, November 28, 1:00pm ET)

Both of these teams have had their ups and downs this year, but the narrative is pretty clear: Montreal's strength is their offence, with a league-best receiving corps and two-time Grey Cup winner Trevor Harris throwing to them. Hamilton counters with an elite defense led by veteran linebacker Simoni Lawrence. Maybe that home field advantage will pay off for the Ti-Cats: the forecast calls for snow.

CFL.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview »

Calgary Stampeders (8-6) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-5) (Sunday, November 28, 4:30pm ET)

Here's the classic matchup. Stamps versus Riders. Veteran Bo Levi Mitchell versus upstart Cody Fajardo. These two teams went back and forth all year and they're not stopping now. The Riders got the edge in the standings which means that we have clear skies and calm winds on Sunday, which means I'm looking for bombs all day.

CFL.ca Western Semi-Final Preview »

Swayze Waters Memorial 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, fake field goals thrown for touchdowns, and wacky safeties. If the kicker's name is next to it, it counts.

2021 Kicking Stats »

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 87.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?

Example pick: Montreal by 21, Calgary by 1, Bertolet, Over.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:37 PM on November 25, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

In a game that nobody will ever remember, Edmonton beats Toronto. In a much more exciting game, Ottawa completes the comeback to edge the Alouettes and spoil Montreal's hosting hopes. The road wears down the Elks as they drop the other end of their cross-country trip. Hamilton seizes the home playoff spot with authority, while the Stamps beat the Bombers in their battle of the backups.

EDM @ TOROTT @ MTLEDM @ BCSSK @ HAMWPG @ CGY
ResultEdmonton by 6Ottawa by 1B.C. by 33Hamilton by 21Calgary by 1
Margin of Error4 to 81 to 123 to 4315 to 271 to 1

Despite the five games, two single-point margins make it a tough week for points. It's cixelsyd who ekes out the win and takes home the crown. Congratulations cixelsyd!

At the other end, despite a late charge from yours truly, it's jagsnumberone who grabs the Costanza. Congrats, jags! (The_Black_Hand, while always deserving, did not meet the minimum number of picks submitted to qualify.)

SpoFiteEDM @ TORSOTT @ MTLSEDM @ BCSSSK @ HAMSWPG @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydEdmonton B.C. Hamilton 348
argoal B.C. Hamilton 246
tommybiden B.C. Hamilton Calgary 344
ic23b Hamilton Calgary 243
rcadeEdmonton B.C. Hamilton 343
Reever Hamilton Calgary 241
DrJohnEvans B.C. Hamilton19Calgary 440
jagsnumberone B.C. Hamilton Calgary 337
The_Black_Hand Hamilton 12

Thanks to everyone for playing! Stay tuned for the Playoff Pick 'Em!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:18 PM on November 23, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Montreal by 12
B.C. by 5
Hamilton by 19
Calgary by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:55 PM on November 19, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Never in doubt! The Argos walk all over the Ti-Cats to clinch first place in the East. Calgary gets it done in B.C. to clinch a playoff spot. Montreal beats the Bombers to stay in the hunt, while the Riders clinch second place with a win over the Elks.

HAM @ TORCGY @ BCWPG @ MTLEDM @ SSK
ResultToronto by 19Calgary by 10Montreal by 14Saskatchewan by 5
Margin of Error13 to 257 to 1310 to 184 to 7

cixelsyd scores a solid five points to edge into first place. And a special welcome back to The_Black_Hand!

SpoFiteCGY @ TORSHAM @ EDMSWPG @ MTLSBC @ OTTSPointsTotal Points
cixelsydToronto Calgary7Montreal Saskatchewan 545
argoal Calgary Saskatchewan 244
ic23b Calgary13 Saskatchewan 341
tommybiden Calgary Montreal Saskatchewan 341
rcadeToronto13Calgary Montreal10Saskatchewan 640
Reever Calgary Montreal Saskatchewan 339
DrJohnEvans Calgary12 Saskatchewan 336
jagsnumberone Calgary11Montreal10Saskatchewan 534
The_Black_Hand Saskatchewan 11

It's all on the line with a five-game final week.

WEEK 16

Edmonton @ Toronto (Tuesday, November 16)
Here's your Final Week Special: the Elks are long eliminated and the Argos are going to rest up. Call this the ultimate coin toss.

Ottawa @ Montreal (Friday, November 19)
Ottwawa is toast, but the Alouettes still have a chance to host their semi-final. Hamilton holds the point differential edge, so Montreal needs to win.

Edmonton @ B.C. (Saturday, November 20)
This game is also scheduled, provided they can dry out the field by the weekend.

Saskatchewan @ Hamilton (Saturday, November 20)
Look for the Riders to rest their regulars, while Hamilton would prefer a win to lock up second place.

Winnipeg @ Calgary (Saturday, November 20)
Nobody you've ever heard of will play in this game.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:33 PM on November 16, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Hamilton by 9
Calgary by 12
Winnipeg by 19
Saskatchewan by 19

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:20 PM on November 12, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Hamilton rolls out to an early lead and cruises into a playoff spot with a win over the Lions. Saskatchewan hangs on in Edmonton for the win, while Toronto completes the comeback in Ottawa. Montreal hangs in there with the Bombers, but it's Winnipeg who gets it done in the fourth.

BC @ HAMSSK @ EDMTOR @ OTTMTL @ WPG
ResultHamilton by 8Saskatchewan by 2Toronto by 3Winnipeg by 10
Margin of Error6 to 101 to 32 to 47 to 13

cixelsyd nails the Winnipeg win and hits the Hamilton margin for a big seven-point week.

SpoFiteBC @ HAMSSSK @ EDMSTOR @ OTTSMTL @ WPGSPointsTotal Points
argoal Saskatchewan Toronto Winnipeg9442
cixelsydHamilton9Saskatchewan Toronto Winnipeg10740
ic23bHamilton Saskatchewan Toronto Winnipeg 438
tommybidenHamilton Saskatchewan Toronto Winnipeg8538
ReeverHamilton9Saskatchewan Toronto Winnipeg 536
rcade Toronto Winnipeg 234
DrJohnEvans Toronto Winnipeg 233
jagsnumberoneHamilton Saskatchewan 229

Two! Weeks! Left!

WEEK 15

Hamilton @ Toronto (Friday, November 12)
A Toronto win clinches the division and the first-round bye. But Hamilton's rounding into late-season form with three wins in a row.

Calgary @ B.C. (Friday, November 12)
The Lions have not won since September, but have somehow not been eliminated yet. I have a feeling that time is coming.

Winnipeg @ Montreal (Saturday, November 13)
See preview from last week.

Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, November 12)
I have officially run out of things to say about Edmonton.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:39 PM on November 11, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Toronto by 19
Winnipeg by 19

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:00 PM on November 06, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary stumbles early but then hits their groove for a solid win in Ottawa, while Hamilton starts hot and just keeps scoring for an easy win in Edmonton. The Argos and Lions go back and forth but it's Toronto that wins in OT to clinch a playoff spot, and the Riders eke out a win in a defensive battle in Montreal.

CGY @ OTTHAM @ EDMBC @ TORSSK @ MTL
ResultCalgary by 13Hamilton by 16Toronto by 2Saskatchewan by 5
Margin of Error9 to 1711 to 211 to 34 to 7

argoal notches a tidy six-point week to pad his lead. Reever grabs six too to stay in the hunt.

SpoFiteCGY @ OTTSHAM @ EDMSBC @ TORSSSK @ MTLSPointsTotal Points
argoalCalgary14Hamilton14Toronto Saskatchewan 638
ic23bCalgary Hamilton Toronto 334
tommybidenCalgary Hamilton Toronto 333
cixelsydCalgary9Hamilton Toronto 433
rcadeCalgary Hamilton12 332
DrJohnEvans Hamilton Toronto Saskatchewan 331
ReeverCalgary Hamilton17Toronto Saskatchewan4631
jagsnumberoneCalgary Hamilton Saskatchewan4427

Three weeks left and two playoff spots still up for grabs.

WEEK 14

B.C. @ Hamilton (Friday, November 5)
The Lions will be in tough to stop their slide, but a loss may mean the season.

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, November 5)
Speaking of seasons, Edmonton hasn't had much of one.

Toronto @ Ottawa (Saturday, November 6)
The Argos have enjoyed a late-season surge, but are still only two points up in the division. Can they drop the hammer in Ottawa?

Montreal @ Winnipeg (Saturday, November 6)
The classic dilemma: the Bombers are by far the better team, but they've clinched the division while the Alouettes are still deep in the fight for a home playoff spot.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:01 PM on November 04, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Toronto by 12
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 PM on October 29, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Hamilton by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:43 PM on October 29, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Blowouts across the board! Montreal dominates Toronto, Hamilton shuts down Ottawa, and Winnipeg shuts out the Lions. The Roughriders are the only team to give us some drama this week, coming back to edge the Stamps.

TOR @ MTLOTT @ HAMBC @ WPGSSK @ CGY
ResultMontreal by 21Hamilton by 29Winnipeg by 45Saskatchewan by 3
Margin of Error15 to 2720 to 3832 to 592 to 4

rcade picks every winner and adds the Hamilton margin for a tidy five point week.

SpoFiteTOR @ MTLSOTT @ HAMSBC @ WPGSSSK @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
argoal Hamilton Winnipeg 232
ic23b Hamilton Winnipeg 231
tommybiden Hamilton Winnipeg Saskatchewan 330
cixelsyd Hamilton Winnipeg 229
rcadeMontreal Hamilton24Winnipeg Saskatchewan 529
DrJohnEvans 028
Reever Hamilton Winnipeg 225
jagsnumberone Hamilton Winnipeg 223
Howard_T 019

A rainy weekend is forecast for Ontario and Qubec, and we've got three games scheduled within two hours of Kingston. Things could get messy.

WEEK 13

Calgary @ Ottawa (Friday, October 29)
The Stamps missed a golden opportunity to move into second place last week, but a win against 2-9 Ottawa would help to make up for it.

Hamilton @ Edmonton (Friday, October 29)
Edmonton's season isn't over yet, but a Hamilton win this week would make it reeeeeeal tough to make a comeback.

B.C. @ Toronto (Saturday, October 30)
The Lions have scored 20 points in their last 3 games, which does not bode well against Rich Stubler and the Argos.

Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Saturday, October 30)
Is this right? The Alouettes have won four in a row? And are in first place? That snuck up on me.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:54 PM on October 28, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

The Bombers handle the Elks and clinch a playoff spot in the process. Montreal puts a stop to the Redblacks' mini-streak, and Calgary is all over the Lions.

WPG @ EDMMTL @ OTTCGY @ BC
ResultWinnipeg by 10Montreal by 11Calgary by 29
Margin of Error7 to 138 to 1420 to 38

The standings tighten up this week, with four players within three points of first.

SpoFiteWPG @ EDMSMTL @ OTTSCGY @ BCSPointsTotal Points
argoalWinnipeg Calgary 230
ic23bWinnipeg Calgary 229
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Montreal Calgary 328
cixelsydWinnipeg Calgary 227
tommybidenWinnipeg Calgary 227
rcade Montreal 124
ReeverWinnipeg12 223
jagsnumberoneWinnipeg 121
Howard_T 019

Winnipeg's clinched a playoff spot but everybody else is still in play. Even Ottawa.

WEEK 12

Toronto @ Montreal (Friday, October 22)
The Argos seem have to gotten their act together, but October games at the Perc are always tough for visitors.

Ottawa @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 23)
The Ti-Cats, four points out of first, will look to regain some momentum and pad their stats.

B.C. @ Winnipeg (Saturday, October 23)
Can B.C.—or anyone—stop Winnipeg right now?

Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Saturday, October 23)
This is shaping up to be a nice little battle for a home playoff spot.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:53 PM on October 21, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Winnipeg by 28
Montreal by 6
Calgary by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:02 AM on October 15, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Corrected standings:

SpoFiteOTT @ TORSEDM @ WPGSCGY @ SSKSOTT @ MTLSTOR @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
argoalToronto Winnipeg Montreal 328
ic23bToronto13Winnipeg21 Toronto 527
cixelsydToronto Winnipeg Montreal 325
tommybidenToronto14Winnipeg Montreal 425
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg19 Montreal5 425
rcadeToronto17Winnipeg Calgary 423
Reever Montreal Toronto 221
jagsnumberoneToronto Winnipeg Montreal 320
Howard_T 019

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:01 AM on October 15, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

You're quite right tommy - the total points is correct but I had a typo in the "this week" section. Will post corrected standings below.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:00 AM on October 15, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Toronto rides a big third quarter to a win over Ottawa. Winnipeg absolutely shuts down the Elks. And the big week wrapped up with three last-minute wins: Calgary shocks the Rider faithful, Montreal completes the two-minute drill, and Toronto absolutely stuns the Ti-Cats.

OTT @ TOREDM @ WPGCGY @ SSKOTT @ MTLTOR @ HAM
ResultToronto by 19Winnipeg by 27Calgary by 3Montreal by 4Toronto by 1
Margin of Error13 to 2519 to 352 to 43 to 51 to 1

ic23b notches five points to close the gap with argoal.

SpoFiteOTT @ TORSEDM @ WPGSCGY @ SSKSOTT @ MTLSTOR @ HAMSPointsTotal Points
argoalToronto Winnipeg Montreal 328
ic23bToronto13Winnipeg21 Toronto 527
cixelsydToronto Winnipeg Montreal 325
tommybidenToronto14Winnipeg Montreal 525
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg19 Montreal5 425
rcadeToronto17Winnipeg Calgary 423
Reever Montreal Toronto 221
jagsnumberoneToronto Winnipeg Montreal 320
Howard_T 019

A nice, gentle three-game week gives us all a break.

WEEK 11

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Friday, October 15)
First-place Winnipeg is 8-1 and last-place Edmonton is 2-6. Need I say more?

Montreal @ Ottawa (Saturday, October 16)
I was ready to write off this year for Ottawa, but with Montreal QB Vern Jr out for a while, the Als may just be vulnerable.

Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, October 16)
Ladies and gentlemen, here it is: your official Coin Toss Of The Week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:16 PM on October 14, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 19
Saskatchewan by 9
Montreal by 5
Hamilton by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:55 AM on October 07, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Ottawa jumps on the Elks early and rides their way to their second win. The Bombers march into B.C. and hammer the Lions to keep their streak rolling. High drama in Hamilton as the Alouettes' defence keeps them in the game, only to see Hamilton tie it up with a time-expiring field goal, only to win it in overtime. Meanwhile out west, Calgary hangs tough at home to beat the Riders and keep the West standings close.

EDM @ OTTWPG @ BCMTL @ HAMSSK @ CGY
ResultOttawa by 10Winnipeg by 21Montreal by 3Calgary by 6
Margin of Error7 to 1315 to 272 to 44 to 8

Three upsets make for tough sledding, but some movement in the bottom half means that everyone's got a shot at the top.

SpoFiteEDM @ OTTSWPG @ BCSMTL @ HAMSSSK @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
argoal Winnipeg 125
cixelsyd Winnipeg 122
ic23b Winnipeg20 222
tommybiden Winnipeg Montreal 221
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Calgary5321
rcade 019
Howard_T Winnipeg16 219
Reever Winnipeg Montreal2 319
jagsnumberone Winnipeg 117

It's a Thanksgiving Two-fer as the Argos bookend the week.

WEEK 10

Ottawa @ Toronto (Wednesday, October 6)
Adrenaline vs stamina: Ottawa's finally notched their second win, but the Argos are coming off a much-needed bye week after a grueling first half.

Edmonton @ Winnipeg (Friday, October 8)
Last vs first: the Bombers look unstoppable while the Elks can't seem to keep it together.

Calgary @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, October 9)
If my memory is correct, these two teams have played only each other since Week 3. I may double-check that with the official schedule.

Ottawa @ Montreal (Monday, October 11)
Despite a miserable season so far, an Ottawa win would put them into a tie for a playoff spot.

Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, October 11)
Meanwhile, the Argos have a golden opportunity to go up 4 points on Hamilton. But with two games in one week, I'd call that a Thanksgiving miracle.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:08 PM on October 05, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Edmonton by 12
Winnipeg by 9
Hamilton by 12
Calgary by 5

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:36 AM on September 28, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Hamilton soaks up the points in rainy Ottawa, Toronto gets the edge over Montreal, while Saskatchewan completes the comeback in Vancouver.

HAM @ OTTMTL @ TORSSK @ BC
ResultHamilton by 17Toronto by 3Saskatchewan by 7
Margin of Error12 to 222 to 45 to 9

In a short week, argoal comes away with four points to get some breathing room at the top.

SpoFiteHAM @ OTTSMTL @ TORSSSK @ BCSPointsTotal Points
argoalHamilton15Toronto Saskatchewan 424
cixelsydHamilton13Toronto 321
ic23bHamilton17Toronto Saskatchewan6520
rcadeHamilton 119
tommybiden Toronto Saskatchewan9319
DrJohnEvans 018
Howard_T Toronto Saskatchewan 217
Reever Toronto 116
jagsnumberoneHamilton Toronto 216

A Tuesday game, just for kicks. Why not?

WEEK 9

Edmonton @ Ottawa (Tuesday, September 28)
Five losses in a row for Ottawa. Hard to bet against that streak.

Winnipeg @ B.C. (Friday, October 1)
Whatever happened to the friendly confines of B.C. Place? Opponents used to quake upon entering, but so far this year, the Lions are 1-2 at home.

Montreal @ Hamilton (Saturday, October 2)
Speaking of splits, Hamilton has been beating up the East, with only a one-point decision to Toronto in the loss column.

Saskatchewan @ Calgary (Saturday, October 2)
And speaking of getting beaten up, who saw the Stamps at the bottom of the west? Can this last?

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:59 PM on September 27, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Montreal by 5
B.C. by 9

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:32 AM on September 23, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Hamilton hangs tough and rides a big second half to take down the Stamps. Toronto can't get it done in Regina as the Riders cruise to victory. B.C. seems to have turned it around, winning their third straight, but it's the Bombers with all the momentum as they file a no-doubter for their fourth straight win.

CGY @ HAMTOR @ SSKBC @ MTLWPG @ EDM
ResultHamilton by 6Saskatchewan by 14B.C. by 9Winnipeg by 15
Margin of Error4 to 810 to 186 to 1211 to 20

argoal nails the Winnipeg win and tiptoes into first place.

SpoFiteCGY @ HAMSTOR @ SSKSBC @ MTLSWPG @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
argoal B.C. Winnipeg15 420
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg 118
cixelsyd B.C.7Winnipeg 318
rcade Saskatchewan B.C.7 Winnipeg 418
tommybidenHamilton7 Winnipeg17416
Howard_THamilton Winnipeg18315
Reever B.C.12Winnipeg 315
ic23b Saskatchewan B.C.12Winnipeg 415
jagsnumberoneHamilton Saskatchewan B.C.12Winnipeg 514

Haven't you heard? Wednesday is the new Friday.

WEEK 8

Hamilton @ Ottawa (Wednesday, September 22)
Ottawa hasn't registered a win since Week 1, and none of the losses have been particularly close. Maybe the bye week will have helped?

Montreal @ Toronto (Friday, September 24)
Both these teams have been on the win-one-lose-one bandwagon for a while. Anyone want to chance a tie?

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Friday, September 24)
It's the battle for second place and a chance to close some ground with resting Winnipeg.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:09 PM on September 22, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Calgary by 9
Toronto by 11 (that felt weird)
Montreal by 6
Winnipeg by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:03 AM on September 16, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Toronto scores just enough and then holds off the Ti-Cats for the win. Winnipeg sweeps the home-and-home by a combined score of 56-17. BLM returns and give the Stamps some much-needed mojo, as they dig in against the Elks, while Ottawa gets rocked for the second week straight.

HAM @ TORSSK @ WPGCGY @ EDMOTT @ BC
ResultToronto by 1Winnipeg by 24Calgary by 16B.C. by 32
Margin of Error1 to 117 to 3111 to 2122 to 42

Spreads have been tough to hit this year, which means argoal and yours truly are still neck-and-neck.

SpoFiteHAM @ TORSSSK @ WPGSCGY @ EDMSOTT @ BCSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Calgary B.C. 317
argoalToronto Winnipeg B.C. 316
cixelsyd Winnipeg B.C. 215
rcade Calgary B.C. 214
Howard_T B.C. 112
tommybidenToronto Calgary 212
ReeverToronto Winnipeg B.C. 312
ic23b Winnipeg17 211
jagsnumberone Winnipeg B.C. 29

Is this the midway point of the shortened season? Is it next week? Somebody should look that up.

WEEK 7

Calgary @ Hamilton (Friday, September 17)
Two two-win teams, both dealing with QB injuries, both struggling to find some consistency in the early going. Not gonna be early for much longer.

Toronto @ Saskatchewan (Friday, September 17)
Saskatchewan has scored 17 points in their last two games and Toronto has Rich Stuuuuuubler. Have any of us ever picked the Argos to win in Regina before?

B.C. @ Montreal (Saturday, September 18)
Through this entire season it just feels like the B.C. Lions have been living in an alternate reality. Is it just me?

Winnipeg @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 18)
Winnipeg's been on some kinda roll lately, winning three in a row, while Edmonton's struggled to get on any kind of streak. You gotta go with the hot hand.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:28 PM on September 15, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 8
Calgary by 3
B.C. by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:18 AM on September 11, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

It's a good old-fashioned barnburner in Ottawa, but it's Montreal who runs up the score. Talk about swagger: the Bombers walk into Saskatchewan and hold the Riders to a single TD for the win. In Labour Day action, Hamilton takes down the Argos, and Edmonton takes care of business in Calgary.

MTL @ OTTWPG @ SSKTOR @ HAMEDM @ CGY
ResultMontreal by 22Winnipeg by 15Hamilton by 13Edmonton by 12
Margin of Error15 to 2911 to 209 to 178 to 16

rcade scores in every game for a nice five-point week to move into the top 4.

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSWPG @ SSKSTOR @ HAMSEDM @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans Winnipeg Hamilton 214
argoalMontreal Hamilton 213
cixelsydMontreal Hamilton9 313
rcadeMontreal Winnipeg Hamilton Edmonton10512
Howard_T Hamilton 111
tommybiden 010
ic23b Hamilton 19
ReeverMontreal Winnipeg 29
jagsnumberone 07

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

WEEK 6

Hamilton @ Toronto (Friday, September 10)
Nice for the Arogs to get the Labour Day Classic over with this early in the season. The rematch at home is always a little more managable.

Saskatchewan @ Winnipeg (Saturday, September 11)
It's a two-team fight for first in the west, and these are those two teams.

Calgary @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 11)
The Stampeders just can't get anything going with Bo-Levi Mitchell on the sidelines. Watch the ticker for his possible return this week.

Ottawa @ B.C. (Saturday, September 11)
This game is also scheduled.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:55 PM on September 09, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Ottawa by 8
Winnipeg by 10
Hamilton by 6
Calgary by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:09 PM on September 02, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Hamilton logs a big fourth quarter to shock the Montreal faithful. B.C. hangs tough in the rain to beat the Redblacks in Ottawa, while the Bombers complete the comeback against Calgary.

EDM @ TORHAM @ MTLBC @ OTTCGY @ WPG
ResultPostponedHamilton by 17B.C. by 12Winnipeg by 2
Margin of Error 12 to 228 to 161 to 3

A short week tightens things up, with four players within two points of first.

SpoFiteEDM @ TORSHAM @ MTLSBC @ OTTSCGY @ WPGSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans 012
argoal Hamilton Winnipeg 211
tommybiden Hamilton Winnipeg 210
cixelsyd B.C.9Winnipeg 310
Howard_T B.C.11Winnipeg 310
ic23b Winnipeg 18
Reever B.C. Winnipeg 27
rcade B.C. Winnipeg 27
jagsnumberone Hamilton B.C.10 37

It's the earliest Labour Day Classic in league history!

WEEK 5

Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, September 3)
A lot of things about this season are different, but one constant: three teams in the East having losing records. Here are two of them.

Winnipeg @ Saskatchewan (Sunday, September 5)
Speaking of records, the Roughriders are the last undefeated team standing. But Winnipeg's no patsy and can grab top spot with a win.

Toronto @ Hamilton (Monday, September 6)
The Argos have tasted early success, but are they for real? And Hamilton has struggled, but will it last? Add the Hamilton home edge and I call this a coin flip.

Edmonton @ Calgary (Monday, September 6)
Who had "Calgary in the basement" on their bingo cards? But with a point differential of only -5, I don't think it'll last.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:11 PM on September 01, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 28
Ottawa by 3
Calgary by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:09 PM on August 27, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Thanks to Reever for filling in last week!

The air's always better in B.C., at least when the Elks are in town. Calgary tops the Alouettes in Montreal. The Argo offence comes to life at home against Winnipeg, and the Riders put away the Redblacks in a tidy win.

EDM @ BCMTL @ CGYWPG @ TOROTT @ SSK
ResultEdmonton by 5Calgary by 6Toronto by 7Saskatchewan by 13
Margin of Error4 to 74 to 85 to 99 to 17

A big Saskatchewan win makes for good eatin' among the faithful.

SpoFiteEDM @ BCSMTL @ CGYSWPG @ TORSOTT @ SSKSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvansEdmonton7Calgary Saskatchewan 412
argoal Toronto Saskatchewan1139
tommybidenEdmonton Toronto Saskatchewan1648
cixelsyd Saskatchewan927
ic23b Saskatchewan1027
Howard_TEdmonton Saskatchewan 27
Reever Saskatchewan1225
rcade Saskatchewan1125
scooby10672 04
jagsnumberone Saskatchewan1724
rumple 03

We've got our first COVID postponement on the books. I, for one, am looking forward to a late-season doubleheader.

WEEK 4

Edmonton @ Toronto (Postponed)


Hamilton @ Montreal (Friday, August 27)
Holy cow the Ti-Cats have been baaaad. They've scored only fourteen points over two games this season. Maybe this week Montreal won't have to worry too much about its leaky defence.

B.C. @ Ottawa (Saturday, August 28)
Both these teams have been struggling to get going, but the Lions have been scoring some points and Ottawa's been leaning on their defence. Something's gotta give.

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Sunday, August 29)
Calgary finds themselves in the basement but don't be deceived: both their losses (and their win) were one-score differences. They could start to turn things around this week.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:36 AM on August 26, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Winnipeg by 7

Saskatchewan by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:35 PM on August 20, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Calgary by 12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:35 PM on August 20, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 7

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:09 PM on August 19, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Calgary by 9
Winnipeg by 7
Edmonton by 12
Saskatchewan by 21

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:32 PM on August 12, 2021

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Winnipeg scores early and often to keep the Tigers-Cats at bay. Saskatchewan opens up the big lead, then hangs on tight to frustrate the Lions' comeback. Toronto stuns the Calgary faithful with a big fourth-quarter comeback, while Ottawa locks down their defence to get a tough road win in Edmonton.

HAM @ WPGBC @ SSKTOR @ CGYOTT @ EDM
ResultWinnipeg by 13Saskatchewan by 4Toronto by 3Ottawa by 4
Margin of Error9 to 173 to 52 to 43 to 5

The Toronto upset throws a wrench into most of our plans, but some of us got luckier than others.

SpoFiteHAM @ WPGSBC @ SSKSTOR @ CGYSOTT @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvansWinnipeg10Saskatchewan Ottawa355
tommybiden Saskatchewan Toronto Ottawa 33
cixelsydWinnipeg Saskatchewan Ottawa 33
ic23bWinnipeg10Saskatchewan 33
argoal Saskatchewan4 33
Howard_T Saskatchewan Ottawa 22
Reever Saskatchewan3 22
scooby10672 Saskatchewan 11
jjzucal Saskatchewan 11
jagsnumberone 00
rcade 00
wfrazerjr 00
rumple 00

Too early to look at playoff seeding? Never!

WEEK 2

B.C. @ Calgary (Thursday, August 12)
Calgary wasted their first home opener so they get a do-over. A quick scroll through the B.C. Lions' roster confirms that I do not in fact know any of their players.

Toronto @ Winnipeg (Friday, August 13)
No longer pining for Zach Collaros, the Argos seem to have found their starting QB after many years in the post-Ricky-Ray wilderness. But MBT will be in tough to repeat his 354 yarder against a solid Winnipeg defence.

Montreal @ Edmonton (Saturday, August 14)
Maybe someday I will stop referring to this as the 2005 Grey Cup rematch, but today is not that day.

Hamilton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, August 14)
The Ti-Cats are smarting after managing only 6 points in Winnipeg, and it's unlikely that Regina will be any kinder to them.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:07 PM on August 10, 2021

The 16th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Winnipeg by 10
Saskatchewan by 14
Calgary by 5
Ottawa by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:08 AM on August 05, 2021

The 16th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

The Canadian tradition is back! Every summer, 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. We kill time by picking winners and spreads for each game. Why not join us?

THE SEASON - When we do it

This season has been shortened to better match the Canadian summer. There were just too many snow-outs in previous Julys. Also something about a virus. There are generally four games per week, mostly running from Thursday to Sunday.

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.

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
111
435
759
11814
201426

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 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.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) - Thursday, August 5, 8:30pm

B.C. Lions (Preview) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) - Friday, August 6, 9:30pm

Toronto Argonauts (Preview) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Saturday, August 7, 7:00pm

Ottawa Redblacks (Preview) @ Edmonton Elks (Preview) - Saturday, August 7, 10:00pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:19 PM on August 03, 2021

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Who saw that coming? Winnipeg intercepts Dane Evans on Hamiton's opening drive, and that sets the tone for the whole game. The Bombers brought stifling defence (7 turnovers), productive special teams (6/7 field goals made), and an MVP performance by local hero Andrew Harris (134 yards rushing, 35 receiving, 2 touchdowns). After a late-season swoon in which they fell to third place, the Bombers found their groove in the playoffs, getting better every game they played, and coming away with the Grey Cup.

HAM @ WPGMVP BonusO/U BonusTiebreaker
ResultWinnipeg by 21HarrisUnder437
Margin of Error15 to 27

So, who saw that coming? bender did, picking the winner and MVP to break the tie and take home the (imaginary) trophy. Congratulations, bender!

At the other end, it's first to worst for jagsnumberone, who ends up at the wrong end of the tiebreaker to grab the Costanza. Congratulations jags!

SpoFiteHAM @ WPGSMVPO/UTiebreaker DiffPointsTotal Points
benderWinnipeg Harris 210210
tommytrump 26208
rcadeWinnipeg Under17626
argoal 18405
ic23b Under15314
Reever 18804
Howard_T 23604
DrJohnEvans 24304
jagsnumberone 26804

Thanks to everyone for playing. See y'all in June!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:26 AM on November 27, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Hamilton by 12
Evans
Over
680

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:35 AM on November 22, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Edmonton's defence has no answer for the Ti-Cats, as Hamilton piles up 13 points before you can even blink. They give up one second-quarter touchdown, but keep Edmonton out of the end zone for the rest of the game. Finally, Hamilton gets its revenge on Trevor Harris.

It's a gritty nailbiter out west: both Winnipeg and Saskatchewan brought a solid team defence (3 sacks each) punctuated by a great long game on offense. Both teams' D put the clamp down in the red zone, but Winnipeg gets the edge: two massive goal-line stands in the final two minutes are enough to turn away the Riders and send the Bombers to the Grey Cup.

EDM @ HAMWPG @ SSKOWC BonusDWC Bonus
ResultHamilton by 20Winnipeg by 7EvansHAM/WPG/SSK
Margin of Error14 to 265 to 9

We had a three-way tie for the DWC Bonus, so everybody gets points! But tommytrump and bender get most of 'em.

SpoFiteEDM @ HAMSWPG @ SSKSOWC BonusDWC BonusPointsTotal Points
benderHamilton18Winnipeg Hamilton48
tommytrumpHamilton19Winnipeg6EvansHamilton68
argoal Winnipeg8 Hamilton35
DrJohnEvansHamilton EvansSaskatchewan34
Howard_THamilton17 Saskatchewan34
jagsnumberoneHamilton17 EvansHamilton44
rcadeHamilton Winnipeg EvansSaskatchewan44
ReeverHamilton Winnipeg EvansHamilton44
ic23bHamilton Saskatchewan23

Here we go!

THE 107th GREY CUP

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (15-3) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7) (Sunday, November 24, 6pm ET)

Everything's gone according to plan for Hamilton (despite, you know, multiple quarterback injuries). The league leader in both points scored and points given up, they easily dispatched Edmonton in the final and are cruising as favourites into the Grey Cup. But not an overwhelming favourite: Winnipeg led the West for much of the year, held the West powerhouses Calgary and Saskatchewan to 14 points, and has a resurgent Zach Collaros taking snaps, making them a sexy underdog pick.

CFL.ca Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.

Over/Under

The points-scored O/U for the Grey Cup is currently set at 52.5. Will the total points scored be over or under that total?

Tiebreaker

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: Hamilton by 21, Evans, Over, 700.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:48 PM on November 21, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Hamilton by 12
Saskatchewan by 3
Evans
Saskatchewan

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:24 PM on November 16, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Who expected an air show, outdoors in Montreal in November? Trevor Harris and Vernon Adams Jr combine for 650 yards in the air. Edmonton jumps out to an early lead, but Montreal's right on their tails the whole game, coming within 5 points with minutes left in the fourth quarter. But with one minute on the clock, Sean Whyte kicks his fifth field goal to send Edmonton to the East finals.

Out west, halftime arrives with Calgary leading 14-8, and their fans booking seats for a fourth straight Grey Cup appearance (at home this year!) But in the second half, it all falls apart. Bo Levi Mitchell throws two interceptions, Justin Medlock kicks three 40+ yard field goals, and all of a sudden Winnipeg's cruising into the West Final.

EDM @ MTLWPG @ CGYKicking BonusLVP Bonus
ResultEdmonton by 8Winnipeg by 21WhyteOver
Margin of Error6 to 1015 to 27

One pick 'em plus one upset make for a tough week for points. But bender hits the Edmonton margin on the way to four points and the lead.

SpoFiteEDM @ MTLSWPG @ CGYSKickingLVPPointsTotal Points
benderEdmonton7 WhyteOver44
argoal WhyteOver22
tommytrump Winnipeg Over22
DrJohnEvansEdmonton 11
Howard_TEdmonton 11
ic23b Over11
jagsnumberone 00
rcade 00

The Argos aren't in the playoffs and yet we're the ones with all the snow. What gives?

DIVISION FINALS

Edmonton (8-10) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (15-3) (Sunday, November 17, 1:00pm ET)

The Ti-Cats (the team) have been the class of the East. Jeremiah Masoli goes down with a torn ACL? No problem, here comes Dane "Who?" Evans to save the season. However: if anything can stop them, it's a red-hot (former Argo) Trevor Harris, who has personally dominated the Ti-Cats in his last few appearances. With clear skies and a mild forecast, this one will come down to the quarterbacks.

CFL.ca Eastern Final Preview »

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7) @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (13-5) (Sunday, November 17, 4:30pm ET)

This is the match-up that the Bombers dreamt of all season, although they kinda hoped it would be at home. The division's best offence rolls into Regina to take on the division's best defence, coming off a big upset win thanks for (former Argo) QB Zach Collaros. Saskatchewan's got QB dreams of their own, though: Cody Fajardo, shaking off a mysterious oblique injury, is almost certain to start. The Riders are the favourites, but by how much?

CFL.ca Western Final Preview »

Offence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the quarterback who will throw for the highest yardage on Sunday.

2019 Passing Stats »

Defence Wins Championships Bonus

Pick the team whose defence will register the most sacks on Sunday.

2019 Defensive Stats »

Example pick: Hamilton by 21, Winnipeg by 14, Harris, Ottawa.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:53 PM on November 14, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 12
Medlock
Under

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:00 AM on November 08, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton (8-10) @ Montreal (10-8) (Sunday, November 10, 1:00pm ET)

One of the more intriguing crossover matchups in recent history: you could argue that Edmonton has underperformed this year, but in the much tougher division, and (former Argo) Trevor Harris can pile up points in a hurry. But don't count out the Alouettes, who have rebounded from complete disarray to become surprisingly entertaining. Where the heck did Vernon Adams Jr. come from? No snow in the forecast yet, but if that front moves through and the temperature drops, things could get slippery on the Molson turf.

CFL.ca Eastern Semi-Final Preview »

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7) @ Calgary Stampeders (12-6) (Sunday, November 10, 4:30pm ET)

No fresh faces, this will be the third time in four games these two teams match up. Winnipeg slipped out of first place thanks in part to QB chaos, with injuries first to Matty Nichols and then Chris Streveler; but they picked up (former Argo) Zach Collaros at the trade deadline, and he led them to a nailbiting victory over these Stamps two weeks ago in his Bomber debut. Calgary, on the other hand, missed first place by inches, but they've made three straight Grey Cups and you have to believe they're firing on all cylinders. Note the weather forecast: game time high of -10 Celsius in Cowtown.

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, fake field goals thrown for touchdowns, and wacky safeties. If the kicker's name is next to it, it counts.

2019 Kicking Stats »

Las Vegas Posse Memorial Bonus

The combined over/under on total points scored for both games is 100.5. Will the actual number of points scored this weekend be OVER or UNDER that total?

Example pick: Edmonton by 1, Winnipeg by 21, Medlock, Over.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:45 PM on November 07, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Montreal piles on the points to win in Ottawa. Edmonton keeps it close, but Saskatchewan breaks it open in the fourth quarter to clinch the division. Hamilton needs last-minute drama to close out their season with a win, while Calgary hangs on in B.C. to grab that home playoff date.

MTL @ OTTEDM @ SSKTOR @ HAMCGY @ BC
ResultMontreal by 10Saskatchewan by 10Hamilton by 3Calgary by 5
Margin of Error7 to 137 to 132 to 44 to 7

jagsnumberone finishes the season in style, taking the crown by a full fifteen points. I believe that's two new regular season Pick 'Em records: total points scored and margin of victory. Congratulations jags!

At the other end, not even a Costanza Runoff Spreadsheet can stop rcade's march to the Costanza. Congrats, rcade!

SpoFiteMTL @ OTTSEDM @ SSKSTOR @ HAMSCGY @ BCSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneMontreal11Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary7688
DrJohnEvansMontreal7Saskatchewan12Hamilton Calgary 673
tommytrump 5172
ic23b Saskatchewan 3Calgary 371
argoalMontreal Saskatchewan Calgary 362
JPRMontreal Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary4561
cixelsyd Saskatchewan10 Hamilton 460
ReeverMontreal Saskatchewan 3Calgary 457
benderMontreal 10 Saskatchewan11Hamilton Calgary 755
Howard_T Saskatchewan Hamilton Calgary 353
rcade Hamilton 146

Thanks to everyone for playing! Stay tuned for the CFL Playoff Pick 'Em!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:03 PM on November 05, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 12
Hamilton by 12
Calgary by 16

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:50 PM on November 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Winnipeg edges the Stamps with a time-expiring game-winning field goal to stay in the hunt for a home playoff date. Hamilton cruises in Montreal, while Toronto does the same, and Saskatchewan hangs on against Edmonton to hang onto first place.

CGY @ WPGHAM @ MTLOTT @ TORSSK @ EDM
ResultWinnipeg by 1Hamilton by 12Toronto by 30Saskatchewan by 3
Margin of Error1 to 18 to 1621 to 392 to 4

tommytrump's Hail Mary is a good throw, but is intercepted in the end zone and run back for a touchdown. jags has an eleven-point lead heading into the final week.

SpoFite CGY @ WPGS HAM @ MTLS OTT @ TORS SSK @ EDMSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberone Winnipeg Hamilton10 Toronto Saskatchewan 582
tommytrump 071
ic23b Winnipeg Hamilton Toronto Saskatchewan 468
DrJohnEvans Hamilton Toronto Saskatchewan 367
argoal Hamilton Toronto Saskatchewan4 459
JPR 056
cixelsyd Winnipeg 156
Reever 053
Howard_T 12 Toronto 250
bender Toronto Saskatchewan 248
rcade Toronto Saskatchewan 245

The final week! And we've got a 50% Meaningful Ratio, which is pretty good compared to historical trends.

WEEK 21

Montreal @ Ottawa (Friday, November 1)
Not Meaningful: Montreal rests the starters while Ottawa plays for next year.

Edmonton @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, November 2)
Meaningful: Edmonton has clinched the crossover, but Saskatchewan is still defending first place.

Toronto @ Hamilton (Saturday, November 3)
Not Meaningful: nobody really wants to go to Hamilton anyway.

Calgary @ B.C. (Saturday, October 28)
Meaningful: Calgary's in a tight spot. A win combined with a Saskatchewan loss gives them first place. A loss bumps them down to third. Safe to say they're motivated.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:15 PM on October 30, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Calgary by 6
Hamilton by 6
Toronto by 9
Saskatchewan by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:47 PM on October 25, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Montreal rides a big fourth quarter to guarantee a non-losing record heading into the playoffs. Saskatchewan beats the Lions to stay in the hunt for first. Hamilton cruises over Ottawa, while Calgary wins the back-and-forth over Winnipeg to reclaim first.

TOR @ MTLEDM @ BCOTT @ HAMWPG @ CGY
ResultMontreal by 3Saskatchewn by 8Hamilton by 21Calgary by 4
Margin of Error2 to 46 to 1015 to 273 to 5

jags breaks it open, nailing the Calgary games on the way to a great eight points.

SpoFiteTOR @ MTLSSSK @ BCSOTT @ HAMSWPG @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
jagsnumberoneMontreal Saskatchewan6Hamilton22Calgary 4 877
tommytrumpMontreal Saskatchewan Hamilton 371
DrJohnEvansMontreal Saskatchewan Hamilton16Calgary 564
ic23bMontreal Saskatchewan Hamilton17Calgary3664
JPRMontreal4Saskatchewan Hamilton 456
cixelsyd 055
argoal Saskatchewan Hamilton15Calgary5555
Reever Saskatchewan9Hamilton15Calgary3653
Howard_TMontreal Saskatchewan Hamilton 348
bender 046
rcade 043

Two weeks left and we have tons of unfinished business. Better put on a fresh pot of coffee.

WEEK 20

Calgary @ Winnipeg (Friday, October 25)
This is it: Winnipeg's last chance at first. Maybe their last chance at even hosting a playoff game.

Hamilton @ Montreal (Saturday, October 26)
A possible East Final preview, except with better quality post-game beers.

Ottawa @ Toronto (Saturday, October 26)
All are excited for the annual "Who Can Get More Than Three Wins" bowl.

Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 26)
Saskatchewan's trying to keep pace with Calgary, while Edmonton plays crossover chicken.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:06 PM on October 24, 2019

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.

OTT @ TORSSK @ CGYMTL @ WPGBC @ EDM
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!

WEEK 19

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.

EDM @ HAMCGY @ MTLWPG @ SSKTOR @ BC
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.)

WEEK 18

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.

HAM @ WPGEDM @ OTTSSK @ TORMTL @ BC
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.

WEEK 17

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.

CGY @ TORHAM @ EDMWPG @ MTLBC @ OTT
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

Bloop!

WEEK 16

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