June 30, 2008

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: The first week hands out a boatload of points to rookies and veterans alike: Americans are in the top two, Canadians in the top four, and the Australian has his work cut out for him. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 07:58 AM - 23 comments

Extra! Extra! Storylines break out all over! The Western homesteads smile upon their teams, while the Eastern visitors trash their hotel rooms and leave town victorious. But questions remain: is Montreal still a formidable foe, or is Hamilton still the league doormat? Can Toronto survive a sixth straight season of quarterback controversies? Is Saskatchewan really that strong after losing so many key figures? If we knew the answers, we'd be playing this for money.

ResultMontreal by 23Calgary by 10Toronto by 7Saskatchewan by 21
Margin of Error16 to 307 to 135 to 915 to 27
We're back in a big way in '08 with a new laptop, new spreadsheet software, and a record-breaking eighteen new players. So PLEASE double-check your picks to make sure I got 'em right. I especially urge you to double-check apoch's picks, since nailing two spreads in the first week is just unfair.
SpoFiteMTL @ HAMSBC @ CGYSTOR @ WPGSEDM @ SSKS PointsTotal Points
apochMontreal Calgary10Toronto Saskatchewan2188
HATER 187Montreal Calgary11Toronto6 55
JeffMontreal Calgary7Toronto Saskatchewan 55
tommytrumpMontreal Calgary Toronto Saskatchewan 44
BoKnowsMontreal21Calgary7 44
Ying Yang MafiaMontreal16 Saskatchewan1844
NoMich Calgary Toronto9Saskatchewan 44
Folkways Toronto7 33
MrFrisby Calgary Saskatchewan1533
THX–1138Montreal 10Toronto 33
AnacondaMontreal Toronto Saskatchewan 33
Reever Toronto6Saskatchewan 33
jlogan80Montreal 7 22
chicobangs Toronto Saskatchewan 22
DrJohnEvans Toronto Saskatchewan 22
The_Black_Hand 10 Saskatchewan 22
owlhouseMontreal 11
Monica Poland Saskatchewan 11
Spitztengle Calgary 11
The second week of the season features some more traditional rivalries than the openers. Although in an eight-team league, doesn't every matchup have just a little rivalry behind it? WEEK 2 Hamilton @ Toronto (Thursday, July 3) Coming off a four-turnover performance against a Grey-Cup–calibre offense, the Argos' defence must be salivating at the thought an underwhelming Hamilton squad. But Ti-Cats QB Casey Printers must be itching to show he's still the same guy he was in B.C. for so long. Calgary @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 3) Is it too early to start talking about Danny Macocia's job security? With a very tough Calgary team in town, probably not. It's not often that your home opener is considered a must-win game, but it sure would help. Winnipeg @ Montreal (Friday, July 4) Montreal looks good heading into their home opener, with rejuvenated QB Anthony Calvillo enjoying the offseason coaching changes. But Winnipeg should be a tougher test than Hamilton. Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Friday, July 4) It's early, but this could be a defining game of the season. B.C. has long been the consensus number one in the west, but Saskatchewan has started making noises. Winning this game would do a lot to bump up the world's opinion of the 'Riders. But will the traditionally stalwart Lions really open the season 0-2? Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:58 AM on June 30, 2008

I can only do worse from here on out. Toronto by 10 Calgary by 5 Montreal by 9 British Columbia by 7

posted by apoch at 09:22 AM on June 30, 2008

Toronto by 21 Calgary by 10 Winnipeg by 10 Saskatchewan by 3 Thanks Dr. J!

posted by BoKnows at 11:24 AM on June 30, 2008

Argos by 8 Edmonton by 14 Montreal by 17 BC by 5

posted by chicobangs at 12:43 PM on June 30, 2008

Geez apoch what a difference a year makes. Toronto by 20 Calgary by 16 Winnipeg by 8 Saskatchewan by 12

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:12 PM on June 30, 2008

Toronto by 23 Edmonton by 6 Montreal by 12 Saskatchewan by 5

posted by tommybiden at 11:20 PM on June 30, 2008

Theres nothing where he used to lie Toronto by 18 My inspiration has run dry Calgary by 5 Thats whats going on, Montreal by 11 nothings right, I'm torn. B.C. by 1

posted by MrFrisby at 11:42 PM on June 30, 2008

Ignorance may be bliss but it also puts you in the running for the Costanza! No where to go but up from here. Toronto by 13 Calgary by 9 Montreal by 3 B.C. by 4 Thanks for doing this Dr. J (I joined this year because last year you guys made this so much fun)

posted by Monica Poland at 10:53 AM on July 01, 2008

OK, the uniform thing got me this far. So I'll ditch it. This time I will use the "Ask the guy who doesn't know anything about sports to pick based on which team sounds better" method. Tiger Cats by 3 Stampeders by 10 Alouettes (interesting choice given the criteria) by 7 Rough Riders by 3 Vive le Mediocre!

posted by THX-1138 at 01:12 PM on July 01, 2008

Rough Riders by 3 I think you mean the Roughriders. The Rough Riders haven't been active in the C.F.L. since 1996, but I sure hope Ottawa wins this week. I was a big fan, from Russ and Soupy to Tom, Tony, Condredge, Wonderful, and in later years, Damon Allen and Rohan Marley.

posted by tommybiden at 01:29 PM on July 01, 2008

I think you mean the Roughriders. Nope. That's what I meant, chief. That would be why I wrote it that way. I figured, given my system of picking these games that my ignorance was obvious. I'm a big fan of Rohan Marley, too. His father's music was an inspiration to me.

posted by THX-1138 at 02:45 PM on July 01, 2008

Toronto by 23 Calgary by 17 Montreal by 7 Saskatchewan by 14

posted by NoMich at 03:27 PM on July 01, 2008

Toronto by 17 Calgary by Winnie by 6 BC by 10

posted by HATER 187 at 11:40 PM on July 01, 2008

I've just spent the last week or so travelling along the Mekong. Toronto by 19. Although the kind of music being played in restaurants, buses and ferries leaves a lot to be desired. Edmonton by 12. I figure there are probably around 2 billion people in this part of the world. Montreal by 11. So now you know who buys all those Celine Dion records. BC by 9.

posted by owlhouse at 02:47 AM on July 02, 2008

So, apoch, all those special moments we shared in last place last year obviously meant nothing to you. The Cellar Party just isn't the same without you. You've changed, man. Tory by 17 Calgon by 10 Monty by 6 B.C. by 15

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:25 AM on July 02, 2008

I posted my picks on the Week #1 page before I realized they were in the wrong place. So here they are - Week #2... Toronto by 7 Calgary by 13 Montreal by 8 Saskatchewan by 9

posted by Reever at 08:40 AM on July 02, 2008

Toronto by 3 Calgary by 7 Montreal by 11 BC by 7

posted by Folkways at 08:45 AM on July 02, 2008

Here we go... Toronto by 4 Calgary by 8 Winnipeg by 5 BC by 6

posted by JPR at 02:22 PM on July 02, 2008

I saw TBH's picks and thought "Holy crap, is it Thursday night already?" Toronto by 22 Calgary by 4 Montreal by 1 B.C. by 8

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:23 PM on July 02, 2008

JPR = Jeff from Week 1, i.e. currently tied for second place. Just so nobody's confused.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:25 PM on July 02, 2008

Anaconda's picks are also in the week one thread.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:13 PM on July 02, 2008

Ack, the more I mull these picks over, the tougher they get ... Two words: D and Fence. Tabbies just don't have the fire power. Argos win by 12. The Double E really need to show that they can finish in the red zone. They marched the ball fairly well last week, but just didn't finish (and the D fell apart late too). I expect this one to be a shootout, but I'll pick with my head, not my heart this week ... Stamps by 3. Bombers will hit stride this week. Als will settle back to earth. Calvillo is a stud, but Bombers will simply outscore. Winnie by 6. Lions need to redeem themselves. Riders get off easy if they lose. Pressure's on the home team, and Buono will have 'em ready. Leos win by 8.

posted by Spitztengle at 01:16 AM on July 03, 2008

So there was me, one of only a handful of Argos fans left at the dome, urging Richie Williams down the field for the field goal I'd need to get my nice-guy point. The drive stalled on the twelve-yard line with ten seconds left... ... and they took a knee.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:59 PM on July 03, 2008

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