November 05, 2007

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings: No surprises here. Congratulations to MrFrisby and apoch.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 12:43 PM - 21 comments

Pretty entertaining week for the last one of the season. The only blowout occurred in a meaningful game, as Toronto put the screws to Saskatchewan to take first place, making Winnipeg's gutsy win over Montreal a moot point. Edmonton and Hamilton gave us an entertaining battle of the basement, and Calgary makes B.C. work for its one-point victory in the late-nighter.

ResultWinnipeg by 3Toronto by 28Hamilton by 3B.C. by 1
Margin of Error2 to 420 to 362 to 41 to 1
Ying Yang Mafia did not nail every game, which means that MrFrisby's first place finish is his and his alone. His commanding thirteen-point lead is the biggest margin of victory in the short history of the chicobangs Memorial CFL Regular Season Pick 'Em. Congratulations, MrFrisby! At the other end of the standings, despite an absentee gspm making it close at the end, apoch hangs on to win this season's Costanza. Well played, well played indeed!
SpoFiteBC @ HAMSSSK @ EDMSWPG @ TORSMTL @ CGYSPointsTotal Points
1.MrFrisbyWinnipeg Toronto Hamilton B.C. 473
T2.owlhouseWinnipeg Toronto B.C. 357
T2.Ying Yang Mafia 057
T4.DrJohnEvansWinnipeg Toronto22Hamilton 456
T4.SpitztengleWinnipeg Toronto 256
6.The_Black_HandWinnipeg Toronto Hamilton B.C. 454
7.gspm 044
8.apochWinnipeg Toronto 3 343
Thanks to everyone for another great season. I'll be posting the playoffs pick 'em within the next couple of days; hopefully I'll see all of you there!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:43 PM on November 05, 2007

Thank you Dr. J for running the pool. I'd like to thank everyone else who made this possible: My parents for giving birth to me, my brothers and sisters for teaching me how to deal with ridicule. I'd also like to thank the Edmonton Eskimos and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for pulling defeat out the jaws of victory each and every time I picked them to win. Without you, this wouldn't have been possible. Thank you and congratulations to MrFrisby, you truly are a better, smatter mouse. Thank you for not plummetting like you threatened to do. Last but not least, my thanks to Jason Alexander for portraying the only kind of loser who could trump my historic feat: Two Costanzas in one week.

posted by apoch at 01:12 PM on November 05, 2007

The price of picking the opposite of Mr. Frisby...

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:06 PM on November 05, 2007

Congratulations, YYM, on having the testicular fortitude to pick the exact opposite. Unfortunately that means you now only have half a silver medal. Congrats to Apoch for a well earned Costanza. First of all, I would like to thank...ah fuck it. *crumbles acceptance speech and throws it at TBH.* I straight up murdered your asses! Now where's my banner? I was told that I would get a banner. Seriously though, thanks again Doc for putting this together, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Oh, and... His commanding thirteen sixteen-point lead is the biggest margin of victory in the short history of the chicobangs Memorial CFL Regular Season Pick 'Em. There, fixed that for ya ;)

posted by MrFrisby at 02:57 PM on November 05, 2007

So close to T4, and yet so far away.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:00 PM on November 05, 2007

TBH, if Weedy was still playing, I'm sure you and he would've shared a T6, with two straws.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:52 PM on November 05, 2007

I'd like to thank you all for putting up with my Arcanadiana all season. Apologies to anyone I've offended. The only excuse is that I think I'm still getting over Carrie. Props to Dr J for another sterling effort. Word to Mr Frisby for absolutely blitzing the rest of the field. And commiserations to apoch for an unwanted double. Equal second isn't really a bad result, considering (a) I never saw a single play of CFL all season (b) didn't consult news, official or betting websites and (c) never picked Hamilton on principle.

posted by owlhouse at 05:02 PM on November 05, 2007

Same here. I feel slightly ashamed since I could have watched several games on CBC but did not.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:15 PM on November 05, 2007

I purposefully did not watch that much this year. I figured that if I saw a team play really well one week that it would leave a lasting impression and I might be influenced to pick them more often than not. I never even looked at the standings. The only thing I went by was the information given at the beginning of each thread, and that was just how each team did the week before.

posted by MrFrisby at 07:50 PM on November 05, 2007

How in the heck do you watch CFL games in Kentucky?

posted by NoMich at 08:16 PM on November 05, 2007

With a really good pair of binoculars?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:05 PM on November 05, 2007

I guess, but then Fritsy would have to provide his own play by play and color commentary. And believe you me, that guy ain't very good in the booth. I mean, he talks about anything *except* the game. His color commentary is merely name-dropping from his days when he played the game. Then he is constantly breaking away from the action to have mundane interviews with players' cousins and dogs and shit. Uh wait...that's ESPN. Nevermind!

posted by NoMich at 09:37 PM on November 05, 2007

MrFrisby ... well done! apoch, thanks for takin' the Costanza torch in this one for me. Playoffs could be interesting. Our bonus picks might have to include things like: - how many times the refs will screw up the video replay - who Wally Buono will start at QB - number of cheesy PSAs by Mark Cohon in a televised game - whether or not one of those CFLers are ever gonna yank the ball on the WarAmps kid for the Charlie Brown kick - if Gibson's Finest will prove themselves as a worthy sponsor for the Grey Cup tailgate party and actually have product on hand. - how many BC Lions will maximize the use of their porn-'stache contest in the adult film industry - how many times the NFL in Toronto will be discussed (and/or CFL (re)expansion back into Ottawa or elsewhere) Or not. Fun times this season, all! Cheers!

posted by Spitztengle at 09:38 PM on November 05, 2007

How in the heck do you watch CFL games in Kentucky? I pay an extra $5 (US) per month to Dish Network to get the sports package. Unlike the NHL, MLB, and NFL, the CFL does not blackout games.

posted by MrFrisby at 10:26 PM on November 05, 2007

Unless you live in Vancouver—at least, the Lions blacked out home games until fairly recently, IIRC. Also, NoMich, ESPN's commentators would choke if they ever had to do a CFL game. With the 20-second play clock, only one timeout per half, and no fair catch, there's just too much football—not enough time for talking!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:58 PM on November 05, 2007

Since when has football ever gotten in the way of them talking?

posted by apoch at 05:45 AM on November 06, 2007

I pay an extra $5 (US) per month... That's it? Man, I'm going to have to check with TimeWarner to see if they have a CFL package. (I live in a mini forest, so satellite is out of the question.)

posted by NoMich at 07:12 AM on November 06, 2007

I should clarify that it is not a CFL package, it is a regional sports package. You probably already have a channel for your local sports, well the regional sports package gives you everybody else's local sports channel (FSN Detroit, FSN Northwest, Altitude, NESN, etc.) Major sports will be blacked out of course, but you could still watch the Devils pre-game and post-game shows if you were so inclined. There is also a fair amount college hockey too.

posted by MrFrisby at 09:53 AM on November 06, 2007

Ah, I see now. Thanks for the clarification, Jersey's One-time Top Skateboarder.

posted by NoMich at 02:03 PM on November 06, 2007

My apologies for being here and there. I think I missed about 4 weeks in total? Maybe 5? A bit more attention might have put me in the pack. But Frisby was far and away the top picker. Congrats.

posted by gspm at 07:39 PM on November 06, 2007

You know gspm, the revelation that you skipped four weeks makes me feel so much better about losing to you.

posted by apoch at 08:07 PM on November 06, 2007

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