October 11, 2006

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18: Things are setting up nicely for the final playoff push. Three weeks left in the season: make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 04:24 PM - 32 comments

Somebody predicted "no blowouts", and they were wrong. It would've been three blowouts had Toronto not squandered a huge halftime lead. Nonetheless, the margins were big, and those who picked big did well for themselves.

ResultB.C. by 26Montreal by 27Toronto by 5
Margin of Error18 to 3419 to 354 to 7
Big gainers at the bottom this week, with YYM hitting his spread, chico picking all the winners, and Spitz nailing the Toronto game: I think that's the first time all year that Edmonton has done you a favour. All of a sudden, chico and Spitz are only three points off of the middle of the pack... watch out!
SpoFiteCGY @ BCS SSK @ MTLS EDM @ TORS PointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans Montreal Toronto 248
FolkwaysB.C. Montreal Toronto 347
MrFrisbyB.C. Montreal Toronto 347
apochB.C. Toronto7343
WeedyMcSmokeyB.C. Toronto6342
owlhouseB.C. Montreal 7240
The_Black_Hand 5137
gspm Montreal 136
Ying Yang Mafia Montreal21Toronto4435
chicobangsB.C. Montreal Toronto 334
SpitztengleB.C. Toronto5434
Second half of the home-and-home. You're used to this by now, right? WEEK 18 Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Friday, October 13) Saskatchewan was absolutely embarassed on the road, but are the healthy enough to make up for it at home? Toronto @ Edmonton (Saturday, October 14) While Toronto clinched a playoff spot last week, Edmonton's magic number to get eliminated from playoff contention is 3. Will desperation be the key? Winnipeg @ Hamilton (Sunday, October 15) Winnipeg's bye week left them watching Montreal and Toronto gain ground on them in the standings. With a four-point spread to make up in only three weeks, it's looking more and more like Winnipeg will have to fly east for the playoffs. B.C. @ Calgary (Sunday, October 15) Wait, does Calgary still have a shot at first place? I thought they were four points behind B.C. with three games left to play, but all the standings I can find say that B.C. has clinched. I'm so confused. Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:25 PM on October 11, 2006

How much longer does this thing go? Is there actually a chance I can finish respectably or is it just the Costanza race for me? Montreal by 17 Toronto by 6 Winnipeg by 23 Calgary by 4

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:47 PM on October 11, 2006

20 weeks in total. Then we do a separate pick 'em for the playoffs.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:09 PM on October 11, 2006

YYM, mathematically, you're not eliminated yet. There are 11 games left, and you if you nail the winner and the spread that's 33 points. Which would give you 68 points for the season. DrJohn would have to get 20 points over those 11 games to tie, so no one is out of it yet.

posted by apoch at 10:55 PM on October 11, 2006

I'm tired of picking Edmonton for emotional reasons. But I will keep doing so, because if I don't... Montreal by 12 Edmonton by 3 Hamilton by 7 BC by 9

posted by owlhouse at 11:16 PM on October 11, 2006

Montreal by 14 Toronto by 21 Winnipeg by 7 BC by 21

posted by apoch at 07:52 AM on October 12, 2006

Montreal by 8 Winnipeg by 11 Toronto by 5 Calgary by 7

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:18 AM on October 12, 2006

YYM, I wish I was still as high in the standings as you are. This week, I'll be SASKATCHing 4 new diseases! Because I will have climbed 11 EDMOUNTAINS! Having only used 9 'PEGS! And that's between CAL, GARY & me! Though at only 8 feet up, we'll be home in time for lunch.

posted by chicobangs at 10:30 AM on October 12, 2006

Montreal by 5 Toronto by 27 Winnipeg 18 Calgary by 11

posted by Folkways at 01:03 PM on October 12, 2006

Jesus...my patheticicity is really bumming me out. Goddamned Canadians...okay, that tears it. I'm gonna tell Dubya you guys have the bomb...then we'll just see who gets hosed, won't we, eh? Throw another shrimp the the barbie now, huh? You guys think you're so damned smart, you're probably a bunch of damn socialists! Friggin' Montreal by 7; Freakin' Edmonton by 12; Flippin' Winnipeg by 15; Farkin' Calgary by 9. And quit callin' it bacon! It's ham, fer chrissake!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:22 PM on October 12, 2006

TBH, You know what's funny about the term "Canadian bacon", Canadians don't call it that. They call it by its proper name, back bacon.

posted by apoch at 04:47 PM on October 12, 2006

Fuck that. I call 'em piggy patties. Then I fight a polar bear. Dressed head to toe in denim.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:29 PM on October 12, 2006

Montreal by 11 Edmonton by 11 Winnipeg by 11 Calgary by 11 I am feeling the elevens this week.

posted by gspm at 09:39 PM on October 12, 2006

Then I fight a polar bear That's nothing. I fight a bi-polar bear. On one of his bad days.

posted by owlhouse at 10:02 PM on October 12, 2006

Bad for you? Did you catch him in a manic state where he was tearing across the tundra, killing seal left and right, a verifiable ball of ursa major lethality? Or bad for him? Was he moping about, complaining about how his heart was like the permafrost, forever frozen, only teased by the sun's light, but never to know the warmth that is true love?

posted by apoch at 10:16 PM on October 12, 2006

Fuck that. I call 'em piggy patties. Then I fight a polar bear. Dressed head to toe in denim. Stone washed, no doubt.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:12 AM on October 13, 2006

killing seal left and right Does this mean Heidi Klum is single again?

posted by chicobangs at 09:28 AM on October 13, 2006

Montreal by 12 Toronto by 6 Winnipeg by 21 B.C. by 17 Polar bears wear denim?

posted by MrFrisby at 09:28 AM on October 13, 2006

Saskatchewan by 3 at home Toronto by 9, thus ending the last vestiges of playoff hope for the double E. Winnipeg by 14 over the lowly 'Cats. And now for the toughest pick of the week ... I'll have to go with the Lions in a squeaker over the Stamps by 2. At least that's what my psychic told me would happen ... and you can see by my record how accurate that's been this season??? Thank heaven that there are only 3 weeks of regular season left to torment us!

posted by Spitztengle at 09:30 AM on October 13, 2006

I'm riding a furry tractor!

posted by chicobangs at 09:55 AM on October 13, 2006

What the hell?

posted by apoch at 10:06 AM on October 13, 2006

Saskatchewan by 6 Edmonton by 9 Hamilton by 5 Calgary by 7 Did I just pick four upsets? Yes. Yes, I did.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:58 AM on October 13, 2006

Does the CFL bench their best players towards the end of the season if they already clinched a playoff spot? You know, so they won't get hurt, like in the NFL. If so, they may not really be upsets. That's a scenario I did not think about when making my picks, but I will stick with them anyway. I'm riding a furry tractor! I hope you are just quoting a movie that I've never seen. If not...well...I don't want to know.

posted by MrFrisby at 11:10 AM on October 13, 2006

Here's your answer, Frisby. But to be fair, playoff positions are far from set. The division winners get a bye through to the division final, while the second- and third-place teams battle it out in a semifinal, so there's still lots of jostling to do, especially in the East.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:19 AM on October 13, 2006

Because i have too much time on my hands, and a calculator.. Picks 8-3 picked Montreal by an average of 7.17 points 6-5 picked Toronto by an average of 12.33 points 9-2 picked Winnipeg by an average of 11.78 points 7-4 picked Calgary by an average of 8.14 poins

posted by apoch at 11:33 AM on October 13, 2006

One upset down, three to go!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:38 PM on October 14, 2006

I'd like to thank Hamilton for safeties. Thank you so much.

posted by apoch at 03:32 PM on October 15, 2006

You know, once I thought BC had no chance of winning, I started to hope that it'd be a blow out.. but then Calgary went and fumbled the ball.. Dr. John, congrats on nailing it.

posted by apoch at 06:18 PM on October 15, 2006

Weedy also nailed the Calgary game. Nice pick.

posted by apoch at 06:31 PM on October 15, 2006

wait, who watches the CFL? Well I hope Toronto wins I guess.

posted by sportsg at 08:21 PM on October 16, 2006

Oh, I don't know.. Canadians and Americans who enjoy good football.

posted by apoch at 08:41 PM on October 16, 2006

Maybe I better make next week an all-upset week so. As the guy who does the spreadsheets, I usually feel a little twinge of guilt when I'm in first place, but if I'm make picks as ridiculous as I did this week, forget it.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:28 PM on October 16, 2006

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