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Last visit: December 10, 2019

DrJohnEvans has posted 353 links and 2,012 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 Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings: The Blue Bombers bust out and bender benefits. Final standings inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:25 AM on November 27, 2019 - 3 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: History is made as, for the first time ever, somebody refers to Winnipeg as "sexy". Plus, actual points were scored this week! We're laying some great groundwork for a Bombers-TiCats Grey Cup. Grab your spade and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:48 PM on November 21, 2019 - 11 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition: It's all road teams this week: Edmonton steals one in Montreal, Winnipeg shocks Calgary, and bender took all your points. Charge up your wheels and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:52 PM on November 14, 2019 - 10 comments

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition: The first snowplow of the season has been ferried to Pelee Island, which is a sure sign that CFL playoff games are about to get underway. Missed your chance at picking the regular season? Looking for Costanza revenge? Now's your chance. Grab your tuque and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:45 PM on November 07, 2019 - 9 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: Saskatchewan wins, and Calgary wins, but jagsnumberone is the true winner. Congrats jags!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:03 PM on November 05, 2019 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

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

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.

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
argoal Winnipeg8 Hamilton35
DrJohnEvansHamilton EvansSaskatchewan34
Howard_THamilton17 Saskatchewan34
jagsnumberoneHamilton17 EvansHamilton44
rcadeHamilton Winnipeg EvansSaskatchewan44
ReeverHamilton Winnipeg EvansHamilton44
ic23bHamilton Saskatchewan23

Here we go!


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.


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?


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

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?


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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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

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

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

Three! Weeks! Left!


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

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

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

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

Good luck!

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

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

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