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Member since: March 11, 2004
Last visit: October 15, 2021

DrJohnEvans has posted 363 links and 2,037 comments to SportsFilter and 138 links and 1,250 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

of DrJohnEvans: scholar, gentleman, SpoFite

In a nutshell
The teams
The platform
The commendations
Great moments in sports journalism

Hot Chat update: Thinking about integrating directly with Twitter. In the meantime, I'm on there, if that's your sort of thing.

In a nutshell

Go Jays. Go Sens. Go Furious George GOAT. Go rouge.

(Lose Leafs Lose.)

In our hearts forever: Andy Peters vs. Rob Ray. Okay, so it turns out that you can't watch that video anymore. Damn. In its place, I present to you Aaron Downey vs Brad Norton—the fight that changed the NHL forever.

Sara Orlesky is cute, but Patricia Boal is always in the right place at the right time.

The teams

Coming real soon.

The platform

There are certain inalienable truths in sports, at least according to me.

  1. "Intangibles" do not exist in any meaningful form. If a player brings something "intangible" to his team, that should be reflected in either his individual stats or the team's stats. If not, then his "intangibles" have no value and are not worth discussing.

  2. The NHL's regular season standings will remain inherently unfair until all games are worth the same number of points.

  3. The pitch-out is the best play ever conceived in any sport.

  4. You are not a unique snowflake: everybody here is a fan of a team. Referring to said team in the first-person possessive does nothing to strengthen your argument or make you stand out. Indeed, a comment beginning with "My Brewers" taints the comment's value by informing me that you're arguing through the blue-and-gold-tinted glasses of a Brewers fan, and not objectively as a sports fan. Be proud, but be reasonable.

  5. Winning breeds relaxation, losing breeds frustration. It is infinitely easier to get along with your teammates when you're winning lots of games. Let's stop gazing at .600 teams and talking about how they're all bosom buddies. (Feel free to do the same with .400 teams, though.)

The commendations

"... an integral part of the Sportsfilter.com experience." — NoMich

"DrJohnEvans … should be reading medicine articles if [he is] really a doctor and stop complaining so much." — LROD

"DrJohnEvans [is] only the median if you give extra weight in the direction of users who have posted more than one comment." — mexican

"... DrJohnEvans is now my new friend." — Kleptophoria!

"Where's DrJohnEvans with a cool scoring table when you need him?" — The_Black_Hand

Great moments in sports journalism

Like most discriminating SpoFites, I'm really picky about the commentators and analysts that I have to watch and listen to. Fortunately, there are a few shining stars which pop up on my television. Included with your basic Rogers Cable package up here is a scrappy small-market sports channel, The Score. Their programming's centred around their near-constant highlight/update reels. They're my favourite in terms of sports news and entertainment: they just have fun with the stuff.

Tell it like it is

Sunday afternoons feature The Score on the NFL, which keeps track of the millions of games going on at once. December 19, they were doing their usual mid-afternoon round-up. The game was Minnesota at Detroit:

[highlight reel running]

"Minnesota gets one late in the fourth quarter to go up by seven, but it doesn't matter, because Detroit marches right back to score the major with eight seconds left in the game."

[boxscore screen comes up]

"It's still 28-27 as we're just waiting for the extra point, I'm just watching it now... and THEY MUFFED THE SNAP! They muffed the snap! Amazing. Amazing. Eight seconds left, the touchdown, and they muffed the snap. Okay, hang on, we gotta get you this picture. Amazing. Amazing."

[highlight comes up]

"Okay, here is it. This JUST HAPPENED, folks. Detroit scores to nearly tie it up, and they muff the snap. Amazing. Amazing. Man. Lions suck."

I love good sports journalism.

How to call a Tampa Bay home run

From MLB highlights on The Score Tonight, Summer 2006:
TIM: Fifth inning, Johnny Gomes at the dish. Now he's a model, if you know what I mean, 'cause he does his little thing on the catwalk.

SID: On the catwalk?

TIM: On the catwalk, yeah.

SID: He does his little thing on the catwalk?

TIM: That's correct.

Recent Links

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven: It's a Thanksgiving Triumph as the Argos sweep their double-header to sit atop the East Division with room to spare. Take a deep breath and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:15 PM on October 14, 2021 - 10 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten: It's early October; the air is crisp, the days are shortening, and there's a turkey in the icebox. That's right, it's Canadian Thanksgiving, and to celebrate, the league has scheduled five games. But, you may ask, how will nine teams play five games? Just ask the Argos. Grab your butter tarts and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:08 PM on October 05, 2021 - 9 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Red alert! We're following up last week's Wacky Wednesday with a Tantalizing Tuesday. Who even knows when the games are anymore? Grab your dice and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:59 PM on September 27, 2021 - 12 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Panic is in the air as somebody in the CFL offices thought it would be a good idea to schedule a game on a Wednesday. Whoops! Check your calendars and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:09 PM on September 22, 2021 - 13 comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: As we finish up the home-and-homes, will your favourite team have its Labour Day revenge or a Labour Day hangover? Grab your ibuprofen and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 07:28 PM on September 15, 2021 - 10 comments

Recent Comments

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:

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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?


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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