November 26, 2009

CFL Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: This is it! This is for all the marbles. If you want any of 'em, you'd better make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 06:35 PM - 22 comments

Montreal comes out strong at home, absolutely dominating the Lions. Calvillo didn't hold back, throwing 312 yards and 5 touchdowns over only 19 passes. And yes, he easily won the Offensive Bonus.

Things were a bit tighter out west, as the Riders had to fight back from a 10-point deficit, but finished strong with a 10-point advantage. Darian Durant had a strong game, but it was the defence that kept Henry Burris in check, tying Montreal with 4 sacks for the Defensive Bonus.

BC @ MTLCGY @ SSKO BonusD Bonus
ResultMontreal by 38Saskatchewan by 10CalvilloMTL/SSK
Margin of Error27 to 497 to 13

dfleming sets the pace with four points, but YYM notches five to tie for first. Meanwhile, five players are within easy striking range of the crown.

SpoFiteBC @ HAMSEDM @ CGYSO BonusD BonusPointsTotal Points
dflemingMontreal Saskatchewan CalvilloMontreal47
Ying Yang MafiaMontreal Saskatchewan7CalvilloMontreal57
JPRMontreal Saskatchewan CalvilloMontreal46
owlhouseMontreal Saskatchewan12CalvilloSaskatchewan56
ReeverMontreal Saskatchewan Saskatchewan36
CwokMontreal Saskatchewan7 Saskatchewan45
grum@workMontreal Saskatchewan CalvilloMontreal45
SpitztengleMontreal Saskatchewan CalvilloSaskatchewan45
tommytrumpMontreal27 CalvilloMontreal45
argoalMontreal Saskatchewan 24
MrFrisbyMontreal Saskatchewan CalvilloMontreal44
rumple Saskatchewan11 Saskatchewan34
apochMontreal Calvillo 22
DrJohnEvans Saskatchewan12
SchultzieMontreal Saskatchewan 22
The_Black_Hand Saskatchewan Saskatchewan22

Here we go!

97th Grey Cup McMahon Stadium, Calgary, AB

Saskatchewan @ Montreal (Sunday, November 29, 6:30pm)
No Cinderella stories here. These are the league's two powerhouses, fighting it out for the ultimate prize. The Alouettes' pedigree features a reborn Anthony Calvillolooking nothing like an ageing quarterback on the verge of retirementand a vicious pass rush that's been carefully honed over the course of many successful seasons. The Roughriders bring Damian Durant, fresh off his first complete starting season with the team, throwing to an all-star selection of homegrown receivers. The Alouettes may have a talent edge, but Calgary's a lot closer to Saskatchewan, and we all know how easily that Sea of Green flows.

By now, ladies and gentlemen, you know far more about this league than I do, so I wouldn't dare provide any more advice than that. Have at it!

MVP Bonus
Pick the player who will be the Grey Cup MVP.

Over/Under Bonus
The O/U is set at 55.5. Will the total number of points scored be over or under that number? Overtime counts.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 06:35 PM on November 26, 2009

I'm catching a plane, so I'd better get these picks in now.

Montreal by 15



...and out.

posted by owlhouse at 06:39 PM on November 26, 2009

Montreal by 36

Avon Cobourne


posted by tommybiden at 06:47 PM on November 26, 2009

I lost all my marbles, so I need some of yours.

Montreal by 14. Calvillo. Over.

posted by apoch at 07:49 PM on November 26, 2009

Saskatchewan by 16 Durant Over

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:02 PM on November 26, 2009

Montreal by 7



posted by grum@work at 11:36 PM on November 26, 2009

Montreal by 16 Calvillo Over

posted by dfleming at 08:44 AM on November 27, 2009

Schultzie says that Montreal will win 31 to 25. So that means by 6 and it also means over. No clues in his write up to actually declare an MVP beforehand though, so he'll have to surrender that point by default.

And for anyone who might be wondering, the Spirit of Edmonton room was a BLAST last night!

posted by Spitztengle at 01:52 PM on November 27, 2009

And for anyone who might be wondering, the Spirit of Edmonton room was a BLAST last night!

I've been to it the past two years and its always one of the funner Grey Cup parties - that and Riderville.

So here we go:

My heart will never forgive my head for this, but I'll have to take the Montreal Allouettes by 10 and say that Anthony Calvillo will get his second career Grey Cup MOP. Because if Montreal wins, its because of him.

Again - my mind says UNDER 55.5, but my heart says it could be a shootout. But both have very good Defence. So I'll go with my mind - UNDER.

posted by Reever at 02:18 PM on November 27, 2009

Over..... waaaaaaay over Montreal by 25 Watkins

posted by rumple at 04:23 PM on November 27, 2009

The Big Show Down in HoeTown!!

Well, I'm hopin' for a great competitive game with 2 capable teams.

Sask can give Mont a run for the $$, but this year the EAST wins the valuable hardware.

Mont by 9


AC the thrower

Go Riders!

posted by argoal at 12:01 PM on November 28, 2009

Saskatchewan by 3 Durant Under

posted by MrFrisby at 02:50 PM on November 28, 2009

Montreal by 6

Anthony Calvillo


On behalf of C-Wok:

Montreal by 17



posted by JPR at 03:01 PM on November 28, 2009

Saskatchewan by 3

Dandy Fantuz

Over, always over.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:57 AM on November 29, 2009

Game day is finally here ... this whole preamble leading up to the Cup can sure take its toll on a guy ... anyhoo ...

Montreal. It just has got to be Montreal. And, unfortunately, I think it has to be Montreal by quite a large margin. The last three years has seen very low scoring games, especially with the losers not bein' able to put up more than 20. If last week was any indication, Montreal can put up enough to go over all on their own, but I'm really hoping that Saskatchewan can put up enough to at least give us fans in the stands hope for a contest. Montreal will strike with precision early. 7-0. 14-0. 14-3. 17-3. 17-6. 24-6. 24-13. Then 31-13. 38-13. 38-20. Sorry, Riders ... 41-20. That means Als by 21. It means the GC trend will be broken and go OVER. Calvillo's arm and leadership will be worth the MoP alone, but it might be some YAC yards and TD catches by Jamel Richardson that differentiate my picks from all y'all.

HAPPY GREY CUP SUNDAY, Everyone! Enjoy the game and Blue Rodeo's Halftime Show


posted by Spitztengle at 01:05 PM on November 29, 2009

Unfortunately, I couldn't get Perry Lefko to pick the MoP, but he did respond to my urges to pick the spread.

posted by Spitztengle at 01:24 PM on November 29, 2009

Spitz, that's awesome!

Also, after 2 cups of coffee I am changing 100% my picks.

Montreal by 12, and Calvillo gets the pre-retirement body-of-work MVP.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:40 PM on November 29, 2009

Is everybody ready for Jays vs. Tigers?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:46 PM on November 29, 2009

I'm going to admit, I'm a little worried after the first half. Montreal looked absolutely awful.

posted by dfleming at 08:09 PM on November 29, 2009

I haven't done the math, but with the large amount of Montreal picks I think a Saskatchewan win would put me in good position to bounce back from the regular season Costanza.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 08:46 PM on November 29, 2009

Wow. Talk about a blown game. The first CFL game I've watched was worth it though.

On a side note, I've finally seen Sara Orlesky in action.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:54 PM on November 29, 2009

I gotta say, she had a pretty good game last night.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:43 AM on November 30, 2009

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