July 07, 2008

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 3: No boatloads of points this week: two and a half upsets will guarantee that anytime. Hamilton was a big SpoFi fan favourite back in the day; are those days threatening to return? Yikes. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 09:39 AM - 28 comments

Holy upsets, Batman. Hamilton runs absolutely roughshod over the Argos' home opener, and Edmonton pulls off a last-minute touchdown after nearly blowing their home-opener lead. Montreal stays consistent, but Saskatchewan is the only team that reminds us that it ain't 2003 all over again.

ResultHamilton by 19Edmonton by 3Montreal by 14Saskatchewan by 10
Margin of Error13 to 252 to 410 to 187 to 13
Tommy and owlhouse are the big gainers this week, while apoch and HATER take it easy to help the rest of us look good. Seriously though, with two big upsets and the coin toss in B.C., treasure any points you got this week.
SpoFiteHAM @ TORSCGY @ EDMSWPG @ MTLSSSK @ BCS PointsTotal Points
apoch Montreal 19
tommytrump Edmonton Montreal12Saskatchewan 48
HATER 187 1016
Ying Yang Mafia Saskatchewan1226
NoMich Montreal Saskatchewan 26
THX-1138Hamilton Montreal Saskatchewan 36
Reever Montreal Saskatchewan936
JPR 05
BoKnows Saskatchewan 15
Folkways Montreal11 25
MrFrisby Montreal11 25
chicobangs Edmonton Montreal17 35
owlhouse 19Edmonton Montreal11 45
DrJohnEvans Montreal 13
The_Black_Hand Montreal 13
Monica Poland Montreal 12
Spitztengle 3 12
Finally, some inter-division match-ups, but given the number of questions we still have about the intra-division match-ups, these probably won't help. WEEK 3 Calgary @ Montreal (Thursday, July 10) Calgary's traditionally enjoyed its eastern road trips, but Calvillo & Co. will have a field day if the Stamps play defence like they did last week. Toronto @ Edmonton (Thursday, July 10) One likes to think that Toronto's defence will be a little stingier against Edmonton than Calgary's was last week. One also likes to think that Hamilton didn't spank the Argos last week, too. B.C. @ Winnipeg (Friday, July 11) The Good News Bear wil be in attendance as the league's two unlikeliest 0-2 teams fight for the right to avoid going 0-3. Who wants to pick this one to end in a tie? Saskatchewan @ Hamilton (Friday, July 12) Hamilton returns home, flexing its newly-found muscle after dominating the Argos. But if Hamilton is the featherweight giddy after his first competitive knockout, Saskatchewan is the heavyweight whose car Hamilton scratched on the way into the arena. Or something like that. Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:40 AM on July 07, 2008

It appears that technical difficulties are causing SpoFi to display last week's pick 'em thread as having been posted today. Please believe me when I tell you that it was posted last week.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:41 AM on July 07, 2008

Calgary by 10 Edmonton by 14 Winnipeg by 3 Hamilton by 7

posted by apoch at 09:47 AM on July 07, 2008

Montreal by 19 Toronto by 6 British Columbia by 11 Saskatchewan by 21

posted by tommybiden at 09:56 AM on July 07, 2008

Montreal by 6 Toronto by 12 BC by 3 Saskatchewan by 9

posted by Monica Poland at 10:28 AM on July 07, 2008

Montreal by 8 Toronto by 16 BC by 2 Saskatchewan by 20

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 11:02 AM on July 07, 2008

Maybe I'll have more luck this week... Montreal by 8 Edmonton by 5 BC by 7 Sask by 10

posted by JPR at 01:53 PM on July 07, 2008

Given the relative success of my arbitrary system, I continue it into this week. This time I will use information obtained from the highly accurate wikipedia and pick my winners based on either the year the city was established or the province confederated, picking the winner from the older of the two. Calgary est. 1875-Montreal est. 1832 Montreal by 3 Toronto est. 1793-Edmonton est. 1795 Toronto by 2 B.C. conf. 1871-Winnepeg est. 1738 Winnepeg by 7 Saskatchewan conf. 1905-Hamilton est. 1849 Hamilton by 4

posted by THX-1138 at 01:58 PM on July 07, 2008

Anaconda, if you're reading this: I completely missed your Week 2 picks, since you posted them in the Week 1 thread. They're still valid and all, I just overlooked them and thus didn't put them in the table. I've put them in my spreadsheet and you'll be back in the scoring table next week.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:44 PM on July 07, 2008

Yeesh. I thought I had this CFL thing down after week 1. Nope, week 2 was a bust. So, let's try to turn this thing around. Calgary by 10 Edmonton by 3 Winnipeg by 10 Hamilton by 7

posted by BoKnows at 04:02 PM on July 07, 2008

I went to the Sydney International Film Festival a few weeks ago. Montreal by 11. The feature film was Guy Maddin's 'My Winnipeg'. I thought I should see it, given some of my comments in last year's CFL Pick 'Em. Edmonton by 7. The film is, in essence, a homage to the city he grew up in. Winnipeg by 10. However, it still looks and sounds like a frozen shithole. Sorry, guys. Saskatchewan by 15.

posted by owlhouse at 06:26 PM on July 07, 2008

We have no past we won't reach back Montreal by 7 Keep with me forward all through the night Edmonton by 11 And once we start the meter clicks B.C. by 14 And it goes running all through the night Saskatchewan by 18 Until it ends there is no end

posted by MrFrisby at 10:24 PM on July 07, 2008

Calgary by 10 Edmonton by 6 BC by 13 Hamilton by 4

posted by HATER 187 at 01:30 AM on July 08, 2008

Calgary by 7 Edmonton by 4 BC by 23 Hamilton by 17 Surely BC will not loose 3 in a row.

posted by Folkways at 08:13 AM on July 08, 2008

Montreal by 6 Edmonton (hi to Erik Cole!) by 9 BC by 3 Saskatchewan by 11

posted by NoMich at 08:47 AM on July 08, 2008

Tough week. I never thought I would see BC and Winnipeg battling to be the team not to go 0-3 to start the season; Montreal has bounced back nicely from the illness of Cavillo's wife; Edmonton keeps surprising you, but as a diehard Double Blue fan I gotta believe; and Lumsden single-handedly beat the Argo's last week, but I dont know if he's enough to beat the Grey Cup champs... Montreal by 9 Toronto by 5 Winnipeg by 6 Saskatchewan by 12 I think if I regret one of these it will be the Toronto/Edmonton pick. But as I said - you gotta believe in the Argo's...

posted by Reever at 03:22 PM on July 08, 2008

I come here simply for owlhouse's picks. Not that there's anything wrong with the CFL pick 'em! Good stuff every week. Oh, and not that there's anything wrong with Winnipeg, either...still miss the Jets...well, not really but I do miss the Nordiques. Oh, well, good luck.

posted by tselson at 11:11 PM on July 08, 2008

Montreal by 6 Toronto by 11 B.C. by 7 Saskatchewan by 2

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:35 AM on July 09, 2008

Oooh ... the Stamps need to rebound after takin' it on the chin in Edmonton. Yes, they're on the road and the Als are smokin' hot ... but I think they might be able to squeek one out in la belle province ... Stamps by 5. Esks have to have some confidence after that gutsy performance last week. Toronto ... they're fallible. EE by 8. Lions are gonna be hell-bent for leather ... and the Bombers just might be ripe for the pickin' ... BC by 18. Saskatchewan has the two dirtiest wins of the CFL season so far ... they do not deserve to be 2-0 ... and the Tabbies can be dangerous ... depends on who shows up. But I'll give this to the home squad to keep it interesting ... TiCats by 7. Oh, and watch out folks ... the basement will not hold me for long!!!

posted by Spitztengle at 07:47 PM on July 09, 2008

Week 3 Picks Montreal by 8 Toronto by 1 Winnipeg by 1 Saskatchewan by 8

posted by Anaconda at 03:48 AM on July 10, 2008

Well, that was ugly.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:14 AM on July 11, 2008

Dammit. Thursday night football. Shit. B.C. by 8 Sassy by 14

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:54 AM on July 11, 2008

Dammit. Thursday night football. Shit. Geezus TBH don't you have access to a computer befor Thursday? You really crack me up with your Friday posting ritual.

posted by Folkways at 05:05 PM on July 11, 2008

I'm leaving for Hawaii tomorrow for the next two weeks so I figured I'd leave some picks here. Week Four Calgary by 16 Winnipeg by 10 Saskatchewan by 9 Edmonton by 11 Week Five Winnipeg by 7 Edmonton by 21 BC by 5 Toronto by 10

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:52 PM on July 11, 2008

I'm headed for Las Vegas early next week, so here are my Week Four picks. Calgary by 19 British Columbia by 14 Montreal by 11 Toronto by 6

posted by tommybiden at 06:11 PM on July 11, 2008

I'm headed for nowhere for infinity pi r squared. Here are my picks for the next binary elves: goatse

posted by NoMich at 10:14 PM on July 11, 2008

Dammit. Thursday night football. Shit. According to Matt Dunigan (in his autobiography Goin' Deep), it was not embracing Thursday night football that ultimately led to the failure of the US expansion in the mid-90s. Ironically, today it is this Thursday night scheduling that pisses of both SpoFi Pick 'Em players AND CFL fans who have a hard time gettin' to and home from an 8 o'clock Thursday night start. The rationale, according to league and team officials, was that this way people could still head to the cabin/cottage for the weekend. ??? Guess that's why only 31,000 showed up in Edmonton last night, hey? If anyone can figure this one out, do let me know.

posted by Spitztengle at 10:37 PM on July 11, 2008

I think NoMich needs a weekend at the cottage.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:09 AM on July 12, 2008

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