November 23, 2016

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition: Calgary pulverizes B.C., Ottawa surprises Edmonton, and we have five players within a point of first place. One last game will decide it: outdoors, on the gusty shores of Lake Ontario. Grab your union suit and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 11:29 AM - 15 comments

As a child growing up in the Ottawa Valley, I remember regular snowfalls up to my neck — and that was the scene at TD Place. Amidst punishing gusts and a metric tonne of snow, Henry Burris finds his old touch and puts the Redblacks up big early. But Edmonton grinds away and comes within five points with three minutes to play — only to be stymied by a slippery Ottawa ground game. The Redblacks punch in one for good measure and punch their ticket to Toronto.

The West final was a lot less exciting: Lions got beat.

ResultOttawa by 12Calgary by 27MitchellCalgary
Margin of Error8 to 1619 to 35

Howard_T racks up five points and we've got a tie heading into the big game.

SpoFiteEDM @ OTTSBC @ CGYSOWC BonusDWC BonusPointsTotal Points
argoal Calgary MitchellCalgary38
Howard_TOttawa11Calgary MitchellCalgary58
ic23b Calgary MitchellCalgary37
benderOttawa15Calgary Calgary47
rcadeOttawa Calgary MitchellCalgary47
JPR Calgary MitchellCalgary36
Reever Calgary 15
DrJohnEvans Calgary Mitchell 25
MrFrisby Calgary Mitchell 25
jagsnumberoneOttawa Calgary MitchellCalgary45
tommytrumpOttawa Calgary 24
cixelsyd Calgary 13

Here we go!


Calgary Stampeders (15-2-1) @ Ottawa Redblacks (8-9-1) (Sunday, November 27)

Calgary's putting together one of the best seasons in recent memory: they've outscored everybody, they've outdefenced everybody, and they've piled up an awful lot of wins doing it. They easily handled a strong B.C. team in the division final. So yeah, they're the favourite. BUT: Ottawa defeated a tough Western division opponent in their final, and the ageless Henry Burris got in done in tough conditions. Does Smiling Hank have one last miracle left in him? Grey Cup Preview »

MVP Bonus

Pick the MVP of the Grey Cup.


The points-scored O/U for the Grey Cup is currently set at 54.5. Will the total points scored be over or under that total?


Pick the total yardage thrown by all quarterbacks in the Grey Cup. This is worth no points and will be used only in case of a tie.

Example pick: Ottawa by 21, Ellingson, Over, 500.

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:29 AM on November 23, 2016

Ottawa by 11

Henry Burris



posted by tommybiden at 12:04 PM on November 23, 2016

Calgary by 17




posted by cixelsyd at 01:13 PM on November 23, 2016

Calgary by 21




posted by ic23b at 01:31 PM on November 23, 2016

Ottawa by 8
Henry Burris

posted by bender at 04:22 PM on November 23, 2016

Where did that come from? I actually picked up 5 points and drew even with someone who actually knows what he is doing? Amazing! Buoyed by recent success, we venture on with trying to pull another good result out of my backside.

The Game: Stampeders try to avoid becoming enshrouded in the red and black haze that seems to hang like a pall over Ottawa (or is that just smog?). Ottawa tries to keep the hoof prints from staining their nice checked shirts. The thundering herd will overwhelm the bi-colors. Calgary by 15.

The MVP: Quarterbacks get all the glory. Just once I would like to see some lowly offensive lineman get an MVP award. It is they who make all possible for the show off QB anyway. Alas, it will never happen. Mitchell

The Total Score: 54.5 is the line, and that doesn't seem like much, especially with a high-scoring team like Calgary. My logic last week failed, but not by much. This week I perhaps have learned my lesson. UNDER

The Tiebreaker: Total yards thrown by QB's is the metric this week. I sense that it will not be as great a number as many would think, although I see Bender has low-balled it a bit. For me, I will go with 463, and hope nobody throws a halfback pass to mess up the numbers.

posted by Howard_T at 10:54 PM on November 23, 2016

Ottawa by 3

posted by DrJohnEvans at 05:23 PM on November 26, 2016

Calgary by 14




posted by jagsnumberone at 04:38 AM on November 27, 2016

cal 10




posted by argoal at 03:52 PM on November 27, 2016

Calgary by 13

Bo Levi Mitchell



In spite of the above, go RedBlacks!

posted by rcade at 04:36 PM on November 27, 2016

Calgary by 12

BL Mitchell



posted by Reever at 04:39 PM on November 27, 2016

Calgary by 11




posted by JPR at 05:54 PM on November 27, 2016

420 passing yards at the half.

posted by rcade at 08:28 PM on November 27, 2016

Heck of a game 33-33 going into overtime.

posted by ic23b at 10:19 PM on November 27, 2016

420 passing yards at the half

852 for the game, box score here

posted by tommybiden at 10:47 PM on November 27, 2016

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