November 19, 2008

CFL Pick 'Em, 96th Grey Cup Edition: Here we go! Make your picks inside.

Montreal shows signs of rust early, but overcomes a 13-3 first-quarter deficit, scoring 33 straight points before cruising to a ten-point victory. Calgary also struggles early on, but their defence keeps B.C. out of the end zone to give the offense a chance to score just enough to cement their trip to Montreal this week.

EDM @ MTLBC @ CGYOffensiveDefensive
ResultMontreal by 10Calgary by 4RayB.C.
Margin of Error7 to 133 to 5

JPR nails both spreads, and comes within one point of an unprecedented weekly sweep. BoKnows picks up both bonuses to hang into contention.

SpoFiteEDM @ MTLSBC @ CGYSOffensive Defensive PointsTotal Points
DrJohnEvansMontreal10Calgary3 B.C. 68
BoKnows Ray B.C. 27
JPRMontreal10Calgary4 B.C. 77
dfleming Ray B.C. 25
SpitztengleMontreal Calgary3 35
The_Black_Hand Calgary Ray B.C. 35
ReeverMontreal9Calgary Ray B.C. 55
owlhouse Calgary 14
tommytrumpMontreal Calgary 24
Monica PolandMontreal Calgary B.C. 34
apoch Calgary Ray 23
AnacondaMontreal Calgary3 33

This is it!


Calgary Stampeders vs. Montreal Alouettes (Sunday, November 23)

You've been keeping an eye on these teams all year. You know who they are and what they can do. There's nothing more I can tell you. (Although for the short of memory, there's TSN's matchup page.)


Pick the Grey Cup MVP.


The over/under on the total number of points scored in this Grey Cup is set at 57.5. Pick whether the actual number of points scored will be over or under that number. Overtime counts.


Pick the total number of rushing yards gained by both teams. This will be used as a tiebreaker only, and is worth no points.

Total points available: 3 (the game) + 2 (bonus questions) = 5

Good luck! And to anyone who'll be in Montreal this weekend, we'll see you on Rue Crescent!

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 05:46 PM - 15 comments

Forgot to mention! For those who will NOT be in Montreal, the Grey Cup can be watched on:

- TSN - Versus - America One (on Monday, tape delayed) - ESPN 360

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:53 PM on November 19, 2008

Montreal by 16

Anthony Calvillo M.V.P. Total will be Over (way over)

Total Rushing Yards 261

*for those of us wishing to brush up on our French, the game is also available on RDS.

posted by tommybiden at 07:04 PM on November 19, 2008

What, no broadcast down here? I'm writing to my Member of Parliament. No Edmonton? Then I can't possibly pick Calgary*.

Montreal by 9 Calvillo Under Oh I don't know, the First Test against New Zealand is about to start so I'm distracted. 333 yards?

*The influence of Carrie remains substantial.

posted by owlhouse at 07:18 PM on November 19, 2008

Calgary by 17 Rambo Under 189 yards

posted by apoch at 09:52 PM on November 19, 2008

Monty by 10 Avon Cobourne Under 193 yards

posted by BoKnows at 10:06 PM on November 19, 2008

For a rather light-hearted look at Grey Cups past ...

posted by Spitztengle at 12:46 AM on November 20, 2008

Man, an 0-fer except for the bonuses. What a week.

Calgary by 7 Henry Burris Under 240

posted by dfleming at 10:04 AM on November 20, 2008

Montreal by 13 Avon Cobourne Over 312 yards

posted by Monica Poland at 01:06 AM on November 22, 2008

Monty by 9 Calvillo for MVP Over 277 Rushing Yards

Thanks again for another great season, Doc. You Canadians are a strange and wondrous people.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 09:28 AM on November 22, 2008

You Canadians are a strange and wondrous people.

Our insides are filled with candy too.

posted by dfleming at 10:13 AM on November 22, 2008

You Canadians are a strange and wondrous people.

Our balls are bigger too.

posted by tommybiden at 11:42 AM on November 22, 2008

However this game goes, it will be a storybook ending to a fantastic CFL season for both teams. Two new head coaches that have really impressed with what they've achieved with their teams in getting them to this game. A dominant west all year tends to suggest that Calgary deserves this more. A precision Montreal offense with a solid core of "been-here-before" players, playing in front of the home crowd no less, means you could really put some serious dough down on these guys. Oh, the CFL!

Anyway, I've gotta get off the fence and make this pick, don't I? So here it is ... Calgary in a thriller by 3. At 57.5, the only smart pick should be over with these two offenses. A quarterback or MOP are just too easy to pick for game MVP, so I'm gonna put this on the foot of a kicker and pick DeAngelis. And, like I'm gonna need the tie-breaker pick anyway, thanks to DJE's commanding lead, I'll still say that combined rushing yardage will be a measly 222 yards.

As for the whole "You Canadians are a strange and wondrous people" ... if we really wanted to be strange and wondrous, we'd convince our powers-that-be to declare tomorrow a National Holiday! Too many people work Remembrance Day these days anyway.

Thanks again, DJE! Already lookin' forward to playin' with y'all next season!

Vive le LCF!

posted by Spitztengle at 10:54 AM on November 23, 2008

Reever and I are in a cafe on St-Laurent, grabbing a bite before hitting the game. As good a time to pick as any!

Moi: Calgary by 11 Cahoon Over 344 yards

Reever: Montreal by 9 Calvillo Over 321 yards

JPR: Calgary by 6 Burris Under 375 yards

posted by DrJohnEvans at 04:36 PM on November 23, 2008

Anyone else among us think that Burris got too much credit with the MVP nod? DeAngelis scored more points. Who in their right mind would've picked a kicker for MVP? hmmm ... let me see ...

Anyway ... not the offensive display I had originally hoped, but a good Grey Cup nonetheless.

posted by Spitztengle at 01:53 AM on November 24, 2008

It's hard to give an MVP to a player who's on the field for 1/10th of the plays. It's the same argument for a closer getting an MVP nod; you have to be really, really spectacular to be the most valuable.

posted by dfleming at 01:54 PM on November 24, 2008

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