September 10, 2008

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: The favourites stayed true to form and would've made us a lot of money had we actually bet on this week. Something to think about in future, for sure. But not this week: big spreads give way to coin tosses. Make your picks inside.

Three of four favourites win big, with Edmonton maintaining some level of incomprehensible mystery. Just kidding: any team in the West can win any night. Not so in the other division, though, and both Rich Stubler and Charlie Taaffe paid dearly for it.

ResultCalgary by 5B.C. by 23Montreal by 26Saskatchewan by 3
Margin of Error4 to 716 to 3018 to 342 to 4

Heavy betting on the favourites means no single players pulled away from the pack, but enough separation occurred that we're down to only three three-way ties. tommytrump maintains his top spot, but one very good week is all that separates him from most of the pool.

SpoFiteCGY @ EDMSBC @ HAMSTOR @ MTLSSSK @ WPGSPointsTotal Points
tommytrump B.C. Montreal Saskatchewan 336
apochCalgary7 Montreal 335
Ying Yang Mafia B.C. Montreal18Saskatchewan 434
MrFrisby B.C. Montreal Saskatchewan 333
HATER 187Calgary7B.C. Montreal 433
JPR 5B.C. Montreal Saskatchewan 433
owlhouse B.C. Montreal21Saskatchewan 432
Reever B.C. Montreal Saskatchewan 330
Spitztengle Montreal 3229
NoMich B.C. Montreal Saskatchewan 329
The_Black_Hand B.C. Montreal Saskatchewan3329
BoKnows Saskatchewan 128
FolkwaysCalgary Montreal18 328
DrJohnEvans B.C.21Montreal Saskatchewan 428
Monica PolandCalgary Montreal 223

It's all downhill after Labour Day.


Winnipeg @ Toronto (Friday, September 12)
Don Matthews is back in town, an occurrence which, according to Boatmen Blog, "tops the Don King apperance in the TSN booth for oddest moment of the year." Lucky for him, he's re-starting his career against the one team in the league that the Argos have had absolutely no problem with so far.

Montreal @ Calgary (Friday, September 12)
Montreal seems to be rounding into form while Calgary is still too inconsistent for West success, but given the venue, this is still a rare East-West coin toss.

Hamilton @ Edmonton (Saturday, September 13)
Pre-season prognosticators could be forgiven for looking ahead to this game and assuming it would be the league's two non-playoff teams playing out the stretch. They would've been half right.

Saskatchewan @ B.C. (Sunday, September 13)
This could be a statement game for one of these clubs. Saskatchewan is relying on their hot start and Michael Bishop to get them through the season, while B.C.'s trying to regain their old form and break out of the second-place pack in the West. (Okay, so they're technically in third, but barely.) This is another coin toss, and will be well worth watching.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:32 AM - 17 comments

Toronto by 5 Montreal by 8 Edmonton by 10 Saskatechewan by 7

posted by apoch at 01:06 PM on September 10, 2008

I can't believe I was late submitting my picks last week!?!? I was on my way to the game in Edmonton and went, "ACK!" Then I was so hungover from that loss to Calgary that I was late for the afternoon start on Saturday??? Damn those Stampeders!

Anyway ...

Toronto is sure to play more inspired football under The Don. Winnie looks like they might have to mail this one in. Argos by 7.

I think there's more riding on this game than a lot of folks might think. I agree with DJE's coin-toss on this one. PointSpread has Calgary by 3-and-a-half points. I might just have to agree with that somewhat too. Stamps by 3.

Even with a new coach, I don't think that the Tabbies will play more inspired football than the EE who dropped a tough one because they played sub-par at home last week. I know they've had trouble with the TiCats in the past couple seasons, but this year is all different. EE by 15.

Truly the game of the week, at least it should be. I think that the Leos have the arsenal to do some real damage to the Riders though. I think that it's time they started showing their true Buono form, and reality starts to sink in that the Riders are a depleted team. Lions by 6.

posted by Spitztengle at 01:36 PM on September 10, 2008

Toronto by 7 Montreal by 6 Edmonton by 13 Sasky by 10

posted by NoMich at 07:51 PM on September 10, 2008

I see you're having an election over there in Canada. Toronto by 12. It always used to amuse me when I heard about the 'Progressive Conservative Party'. Calgary by 5. While Mexico had the 'Party of the Institutional Revolution'. Edmonton by 17. And in Australia we still have a redneck rural party, representing a large number of sheep, known as the 'Nationals'. BC by 5. But 'McCain-Palin' surely takes the cake.

posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on September 10, 2008

Winnipeg by 6 Montreal by 12 Hamilton by 2 (Am I crazy?) Saskatchewan by 20

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

Toronto by 6 Montreal by 4 Edmonton by 25 B.C. by 7 (on the strength of Jason Pottinger's first CFL interception + touchdown return)

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:24 PM on September 11, 2008

Toronto 8 Montreal 12 Edmonton 3 Saskatchewan 8

posted by Monica Poland at 01:36 PM on September 11, 2008

Toronto 18 Montreal 7 Edmonton 9 Saskatchewan 21

posted by Folkways at 06:36 PM on September 11, 2008

Hey Doc, if I hit three winners and the spread on the Sassy game, shouldn't I have more points? Like, 5 instead of 3? Just askin'.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:05 PM on September 11, 2008

TORONTO by 1 Montreal by 5 EDMONTON by 4 B.C. by 3

posted by Anaconda at 08:55 PM on September 11, 2008

Winnipeg by 3 Montreal by 14 Edmonton by 17 B.C. by 3

posted by BoKnows at 11:46 PM on September 11, 2008

Winnipeg by 4 Montreal by 8 Edmonton by 10 BC by 4

posted by JPR at 10:45 AM on September 12, 2008

Toronto by 7 Montreal by 5 Edmonton by 15 Saskatchewan by 4

posted by Reever at 10:52 AM on September 12, 2008

Sorry TBH, it was actually a copy-and-paste error. You picked SSK by 18, so the points are correct. I accidentally copied and pasted the "3" incorrectly from Spitztengle's row.

Thanks for checking, though. You guys are the best kind of insurance policy.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:41 AM on September 12, 2008

Toronto by 11 Montreal by 10 Edmonton by 23 British Columbia by 8

posted by tommybiden at 01:00 PM on September 12, 2008

Winnipeg by 3 Cradle for a cat, wolfe looks back, Montreal by 9 How many angels can you fit upon a match? Edmonton by 6 I want to know why hemingway cracked, B.C. by 7 Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction

posted by MrFrisby at 05:20 PM on September 12, 2008

Guess I should have made my picks when I was here yesterday, since I'm so frickin' concerned about points.

Winny by 6 Calgary by 8 Eddie by 12 Sassy by 8

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:54 PM on September 12, 2008

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