July 14, 2008

CFL Pick ’Em, Week 4: Blowouts! Upsets! Intrigue! The entertaining anything-goes CFL is back, although maybe Toronto fans prefer the defensive eras. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 08:39 AM - 24 comments

It looks like all our concerns about the CFL becoming too predictable and too defensive are no longer. Two more upsets and two more blowouts (not necessarily mutually exclusive) keep everyone entertained. Well, everyone outside of Toronto and Winnipeg, anyway.

ResultCalgary by 4Edmonton by 19B.C. by 18Saskatchewan by 5
Margin of Error3 to 513 to 2513 to 234 to 7
Spitztengle adds insult to injury: not only do his Eskimos win, but he also nails the B.C. spread and hits the Calgary margin for a six-point week. Still, the upper echelon pick up enough points to keep up the pace.
SpoFiteCGY @ MTLSTOR @ EDMSBC @ WPGSSSK @ HAMS PointsTotal Points
apochCalgary Edmonton14 312
tommytrump B.C. Saskatchewan 210
HATER 187Calgary Edmonton B.C.13 410
NoMich Edmonton B.C. Saskatchewan 39
FolkwaysCalgary Edmonton B.C.23 49
MrFrisby Edmonton B.C.14Saskatchewan 49
Ying Yang Mafia B.C. Saskatchewan 28
JPR Edmonton B.C. Saskatchewan 38
SpitztengleCalgary5Edmonton B.C.18 68
Reever Saskatchewan 17
BoKnowsCalgary Edmonton 27
owlhouse Edmonton Saskatchewan 27
THX-1138Calgary Edmonton 06
DrJohnEvans B.C. Saskatchewan 25
The_Black_Hand B.C. Saskatchewan 25
Anaconda Saskatchewan 14
Monica Poland B.C. Saskatchewan 24
As luck would have it, both of last week's blowouts get a home-and-home rematch this week. But it's the other two matchups which hold the most intrigue. WEEK 4 Hamilton @ Calgary (Thursday, July 17) Hamilton is undefeated on the road this year. OK, so they's 1-0, but we still want to make this game a coin toss. Is that silly of us? Winnipeg @ B.C. (Friday, July 18) Last week's toss-up resulted in a B.C. blowout. Does the resurgence of Jarius Jackson make B.C. the favourites this week? Montreal @ Saskatchewan (Saturday, July 19) Nobody would've picked these two teams to be the league's juggernauts heading into Week 4. But here we are. Still, Saskatchewan needed a technicality to secure its win over Hamilton last week. Edmonton @ Toronto (Friday, July 20) Speaking of things that nobody predicted, if Edmonton pulls off the sweep, they'll be 3-1. Who's taking that bet? Several of you, I'm sure. Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:39 AM on July 14, 2008

Stampedeers by 7 Lions by 18 Allouettes by 3 Eskimos by 4

posted by apoch at 09:19 AM on July 14, 2008

Here's hoping for a better showing this week! Hamilton by 7 (Lumsden is a machine!) BC by 14 (Winnipeg has looked shaky all year) Saskatchewan by 6 (Montreal finished the game looking slow and unorganized last week against Calgary) Edmonton by 8 (This pains me as a Boatmen fan, but the Argo's are not looking good - on paper they're amazing though...)

posted by Reever at 12:36 PM on July 14, 2008

For the second week in a row, I managed to double my point total! Stampedeers by 9 Lions by 12 Allouettes by 5 Eskimos by 8

posted by Monica Poland at 01:10 PM on July 14, 2008

Holy crap! I stink! Zero points? Doc, are you sure there wasn't a hanging chad or something you could recount? Next scientific method up: Average weight of players on the active roster. Heaviest team average is the pick. Calgary by 10 B.C. by 2 Saskatchewan by 11 Edmonton by 9

posted by THX-1138 at 12:04 AM on July 15, 2008

Okee Dokee. 2 points. Well, I guess that's better than THX. But his jokes are better so I still lose. Oh well. Calgary by 21 BC by 7 Montreal by 10 Toronto by 3

posted by BoKnows at 12:46 AM on July 15, 2008

The Canadian contingent East Timor included fixed wing pilots and some Mounties, as part of the UN police. Calgary by 14. The Mounties were cool, and patrolled the streets of Dili using mountain bikes. They also organised this Halloween gathering one year, down at the helicopter club. BC by 7. I spent most of the night talking to this huge grain-fed Mountie from Alberta, who towered over me. Saskatchewan by 9. During the evening I kept getting challenged to a mountain bike race and other feats of strength. Edmonton by 18. Her name was Susan, and I think she fancied me.

posted by owlhouse at 01:09 AM on July 15, 2008

One laugh in the middle of a struggle Calgary by 3 A diamond at the bottom of a puddle B.C. by 21 Did you ever stare at the moon till you saw double Saskatchewan by 11 I hear you walk away from trouble Edmonton by 6

posted by MrFrisby at 10:07 PM on July 15, 2008

THX, I did make a mistake, but it was accidentally copying the Calgary and Edmonton picks into your row. You actually picked Montreal and Toronto, so your point total was unfortunately correct. This week is tougher than it looks. Calgary by 10 - Burris at home is probably a tad too much for Hamilton's D. B.C. by 7 - It's going to be tighter than last week, but the JJ Groove is On. Montreal by 2 - What a toss-up. Edmonton by 8 - Ugh.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:21 PM on July 15, 2008

calgary by 7 b.c. by 10 montreal by 3 toronto by 6

posted by HATER 187 at 11:38 PM on July 15, 2008

CALGARY by 7 B.C. by 12 Montreal by 5 TORONTO by 5

posted by Anaconda at 01:56 PM on July 16, 2008

Thanks for the clarification, Doc. Although I don't feel much better about it. Besides, in the interest of science, I will try to be more objective about the outcome.

posted by THX-1138 at 02:09 PM on July 16, 2008

Calgary by 5 BC by 3 Saskatchewan by 2 Edmonton by 14

posted by NoMich at 03:45 PM on July 16, 2008

Lumsden is out for tomorrow's game. I'm changing my pick to Calgary by 16.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 07:42 PM on July 16, 2008

hmmm ... no Lumsden means my predictions that the Ticats might keep this one close kinda go out the window. Calgary by 11 (win and cover). Bombers are bust. Lions are just finding their legs. While it should be a romp, I'll bet that the Blue and Gold can keep it close. BC by 5 (win, no cover). Take away the stellar defensive and special teams play by Edmonton last week and you've still got one in the W column. Well, Joseph kinda made the EE D look real good. Uncontested starter or no, who calls their own plays in pro football anymore? And to be 4 and a half point faves??? The Edmonton Eskimos by 6. Ah, savin' the best for last. Getting gritty wins simply can't last forever, especially when you run into a team that seems to be able to really be able to put it together this year. Sorry Rider Nation ... 4-0 is not in the cards. Montreal gets their own gritty win by 3. Hope these picks keep me climbin' the ranks. Needed a good week last week to shake the cobwebs. Should be good to go now. Speakin' of "good to go" ... anyone hear about the Bomber Girl who is in a little hot water over some provocative pics online?

posted by Spitztengle at 12:51 AM on July 17, 2008

If you haven't made your picks yet, I would suggest going to my profile page and writing down my email address. SpoFi has been a little spotty this week, so if it's down when you want to post, you can email me. I realize there's an inherent futility in writing this, since if you've come here to post your picks and the site is down, you won't be able to read this message. But it makes me feel a little better, anyway.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:45 AM on July 17, 2008

Are we able to change our picks? I picked Hamilton by 7 because, as I said, Lumsden is a machine. And now he's out this week. If possible, can I change that game to Calgary by 7?

posted by Reever at 10:26 AM on July 17, 2008

Calgary by 7 BC by 5 Saskatchewan by 3 Edmonton by 10

posted by JPR at 10:28 AM on July 17, 2008

Yep, you're allowed to change your pick for any game as often as you want. The last pick you posted for a given game before that game's kickoff is your official pick for that game.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 12:20 PM on July 17, 2008

Normally, I like to miss the first two games, just to help everybody's self-confidence, but what the hell... Calgary by 18 B.C. by 13 Sassy by 9 Eddie by 10

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:24 PM on July 17, 2008

I have one question that is vital to my pick in the Hamilton v Calgary contest. How much does Lumsden's replacement weigh? And Spitztengle, bless you for that.

posted by THX-1138 at 12:50 PM on July 17, 2008

Alright - considering I've got a few hours left until the deadline, and considering the change of Hamilton lineup and the absence of Lumsden, I'm revising this weeks picks. Ad I'll be super pissed if I was right the first time! Calgary by 6 BC by 14 Saskatchewan by 6 Toronto by 5 I changed my pick from Edmonton to Toronto. I'll be at the game, and I've gotta want them to win it! Plus Chris Hardy will be back, so Argo Special Teams will have their captian back and hopefully not suck so much this week!

posted by Reever at 03:29 PM on July 17, 2008

Calgary by 15 BC by 14 Saskatchewan by 13 Edmonton by 12 Here on spofi as well as mailed. Thanks Doc.

posted by Folkways at 04:59 PM on July 17, 2008

Green Grit ... it's the story of the Roughriders' season thus far. Unbelievable. Incredibly exciting finishes.

posted by Spitztengle at 10:07 PM on July 19, 2008

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