October 25, 2006

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20: Last week of the season, and every single player is still in contention for either first or last place! Make your last-ditch picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:56 AM - 24 comments

Bad news for the East: all its teams lost, except for Winnipeg, which is really just a transplant from the West anyway. Toronto lost interest, Montreal stumbled, and Hamilton put up a valiant struggle but was still Hamilton at the end of the night.

ResultSaskatchewan by 4Edmonton by 10Winnipeg by 15B.C. by 6
Margin of Error3 to 57 to 1311 to 204 to 8
With nine points available this week, first place is still a possibility for three or four players. In the Costanza races, though, chico's played himself out of contention with a couple of solid weeks in a row.
SpoFiteSSK @ TORS EDM @ MTLS CGY @ WPGS HAM @ BCS PointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvans Edmonton 153
Folkways B.C. 151
MrFrisby B.C. 150
WeedyMcSmokey Winnipeg B.C. 249
apoch B.C. 148
chicobangs Edmonton7Winnipeg B.C. 443
owlhouse B.C. 143
gspm 10Winnipeg B.C. 341
The_Black_Hand Winnipeg 141
Ying Yang MafiaSaskatchewan Edmonton 240
SpitztengleSaskatchewan B.C. 239
Last week of the season (already? it's been a short, short summer), but we should get at least one good game out of it. WEEK 20 Saskatchewan @ Edmonton (Friday, October 27) Well, I guess the kids on the Edmonton roster will be playing for jobs next year... right? Montreal @ Toronto (Saturday, October 28) This is the game: winner gets first place in the East, and a bye through to the division finals. Toronto sure could use that bye with their injuries piling up, and Montreal sure could use that bye to figure out where the hell their game went over the past two months. Winnipeg @ B.C. (Saturday, October 28) Well, the Lions' backups will get lots of practice for their inevitable playoff appearances, since there are approximately two hundred injured starters on this B.C. squad. Good luck all, and thanks for another great season!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:57 AM on October 25, 2006

You know, somehow either the leader should pick first or everybody's picks should be all submitted in secret. Otherwise DJE, not that you'd do this, you could totally cover your butt and make your picks overlap those of the people chasing you, thus perserving your lead. and that goes for the last place position too. I have my eyes on that!

posted by gspm at 11:37 AM on October 25, 2006

That's true, gspm, and I generally do tend to leave my picks until late in the week, so I will cheerfully pick first this week. Picking in secret isn't really an option, because that would mean that the pool manager would have to be a neutral party and thus wouldn't be allowed to play. Publishing picks publicly maintains integrity: anybody can go back and count up everybody's points to verify that I've done it correctly. But the idea of having the leader pick first is intriguing, although it would require some logistical acrobatics, since we'd no longer be free to pick whenever we can during the week. Anyway: Edmonton by 8 Montreal by 12 Winnipeg by 6

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:46 AM on October 25, 2006

Saskatchewan by 7 Montreal by 3 BC by 12 No stat breakdown this week. Too tired and it has proven more wrong than right (5-6) anyway. Part of the problem has to do with using a yearly average and not comparing trends, so just gut picks this week.

posted by apoch at 11:56 AM on October 25, 2006

I have had TP in hand, wiping up the rear for most of the season. I clearly suck at this, which says something about the rest of you. Certainly, I have no business in the middle of the pack. That said, here's my hail mary shot for 5th place: 4 'SKATCH comics will get 6 onlookers AL'OUETTE with some gag gone wrong, and 3 production executives, two of them with pre-signed development deals for movie treatments for cookie-cutter fish-out-of-water Borat ripoffs originally written for Rob Schneider but which have since been rejected by Joey Lawrence, Anne Heche, every Wayans brother, Carlos Mencia, Dakota Fanning, Harvey Fierstein, Molly Shannon and everyone else in Hollywood this side of Tom Green, will find them so hilarious that they'll wind up in E!'s Daily 10 for six weeks straight, fighting with co-stars and being romantically attached (falsely, natch) to everyone from Kirsten Dunst to Casey Affleck, and just before shooting begins some studio stuffed shirt will have a heart attack and the project will be shelved for another two years, to finally be given to the zebra from Racing Stripes, who will blend into the role so completely that the following year's Oscar telecast will have host Tom Hanks punctuating each punchline with the title character's now-totally-clichéd WINNIE. PEG. ...aaaand I'm spent. Thanks, DJE, for taking the trouble to do this. It's been fun, even when I was sucking the bell curve down.

posted by chicobangs at 12:13 PM on October 25, 2006

Edmonton by 6 Toronto by 4 Winnipeg by 8 Mathmatically, I can't win (since if I were right, it would mean Dr. John would be right enough as well), but I still feel as though I have won. Heck, I feel that way a lot.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:48 PM on October 25, 2006

Hey chico, so you know about my screenplay? Edmonton by 6 Montreal by 15 BC by 11 Thanks to everyone this year, especially those organising it. I've been leader earlier on, but now I am in contention for last. A bit like Edmonton's season, really, only without the leading bit.

posted by owlhouse at 02:51 PM on October 25, 2006

and that goes for the last place position too. I have my eyes on that! That's true! Spitztengle always makes his picks after mine. Saskatchewan by 16 Montreal by 6 I still hate Toronto Um...Boston College...BC by 10 Just for the record, I have no idea what teams chico picks for the week. I understand his sentances, but I have no freaking clue who the Alouettes are.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:52 PM on October 25, 2006

British Colombia!

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:35 PM on October 25, 2006

In my screenplay, here's how it goes this week: [opening shot: pan of the crowd shows Rider Priders in jubilation and Eskimo fans exiting the stadium dejected] [flash to scoreboard: Saskatchewan 35 Edmonton 25 fade to black] Next location: Skydome Storyline: Argos trying to stave off the Alouettes in a bid for first place in the east; aging quarterback called upon to take his team on a championship run for his swan song. The team suffers through some scary moments and has to overcome an early deficit, but last-minute heroics prevail. [flash to scoreboard: Montreal 28 Toronto 30 [aerial shot of BC Place] Storyline: a team that once called the West home is once again trying to find its place among the elite in the East; trying to get some momentum for the looming road games in the playoffs, the Bombers play with an energy that the battle-worn Lions can barely match; however, despite the valiant effort, they fall just short [scoreboard shot: Winnipeg 31 B.C. 35 fade to shot of BC skyline ... roll credits] Credits: A Special Thank You to Dr. John Evans for all his work on SportsFilter's CFL Confidence Pool Also appearing: Cast (in order of appearance): Folkways MrFrisby Weedy McSmokey apoch chicobangs owlhouse gspm The_Black_Hand Ying Yang Mafia Special Appearance by: George Costanza Janitorial services provided by: Spitztengle

posted by Spitztengle at 08:22 PM on October 25, 2006

You forgot to add the closing credits thanking the city and people of Toronto (where exteriors were filmed), with music-over provided by the Goo Goo Dolls rehashing and speeding up some jangly pop thing from the 60s. I need to go home now.

posted by owlhouse at 10:03 PM on October 25, 2006

The time is so little, the time belongs to us Why is everybody in such a fucking rush? Make do with what you have Take what you can get Pay no mind to me I'm just a minor threat... Saskatchewan by 4 Toronto by 13 Winnipeg by 9 ...that's a promise

posted by MrFrisby at 07:52 AM on October 26, 2006

Saskatchewan by11 Montreal by 8 B.C. by 3

posted by Folkways at 10:48 AM on October 26, 2006

I must admit that I read the matchups and the preview and scroll to the bottom to offer my picks. Usually I am near the middle to end of the pickers and don't read other people's picks. Which might explain my standing in the pool. Saskatchewan by 11 Montreal by 5 Winnipeg by 6

posted by gspm at 05:23 PM on October 26, 2006

I must admit that I read the matchups and the preview and scroll to the bottom to offer my picks. I base my picks only on what DJE has to say about everything. Maybe that's why I'm at the bottom...

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:22 PM on October 26, 2006

For the first time in two years, I realize that people might actually read what I write. What a frightening thought.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:36 PM on October 26, 2006

Well Dr. J, no offense, but I don't read it until after I've made my picks.

posted by apoch at 10:04 PM on October 26, 2006

But still!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:15 AM on October 27, 2006

For the first time in two years, I realize that people might actually read what I write. I'm not sure it actually helps me since I always seem to be one of the only people picking Hamilton each week.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:33 AM on October 27, 2006

I read it, I just don't let it influence my picks. I think, "He's just trying to fool me, but he'll know I'll think that so he could be telling the truth, but if he thinks I might think that, he might try to fool me..." ...and around and around I go until my head explodes.

posted by MrFrisby at 10:09 AM on October 27, 2006

How do we handle the playoffs? Should someone set up a confidence pool?

posted by apoch at 12:18 PM on October 27, 2006

Last year we just did a separate playoffs pick 'em, with bonus picks (just like this year's MLB pick 'em). It worked pretty well, I thought. A confidence points pool would be a little redundant because of the small number of teams and games. Six teams, five games, not really a lot of points to be had.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:15 PM on October 27, 2006

That's true.

posted by apoch at 04:21 AM on October 28, 2006

Shit...missed the Friday game again...I know it won't count, but I haven't seen any results, so I'm doin' it anyway. Sassy by 12; Monty by 10; Hammy by 22. God love ya, Doc, you're the Elvis of Canadian Football Pick'em. Simply...The King.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:19 AM on October 28, 2006

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