June 10, 2019

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em: It's a quiet night here in Toronto. Not much going on. Why not take a gander at some CFL games? What's that? You haven't heard of any of the teams and you don't get the games on your tee vee? That hasn't stopped you for the last FOURTEEN YEARS. That's right, it's the FIFTEENTH iteration of the CFL Pick 'Em, and it's coming for your hopes and dreams. Make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 10:44 PM - 13 comments

THE PICK 'EM - What we do

It's a Canadian tradition: every June, we celebrate the reappearance of the sun by drop-kicking a frozen pig through the last remaining pair of icicles. Then we go back inside to watch football until there's more than 6 hours of sunlight each day (July 27 through August 8). We kill time by picking winners and spreads for each game. Why not join us?

THE SEASON - When we do it

The season kicks off this Thursday night and runs for 20 weeks through the summer. There are generally four games per week, mostly running from Thursday to Sunday.

If you're in Canada, you'll find the games on TSN. If you're in the States or elsewhere, there's some sort of newfangled streaming option, along with occasional games on ESPN when they run out of poker content.

THE RULES - How we do it

Here's how it works. You pick who you think will win, and by how much. You then get points based on the result:

  • Picked the winner? You get 1 point.
  • Picked the winner, and a spread within the Margin of Error? You get 2 points.
  • Picked the winner, and you nailed the spread right on? You get 3 points.
  • Didn't pick the winner, but nailed the spread right on? You get 1 point.

What's the Margin of Error?

It's a window around the spread that's defined as

spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)

So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:

Actual Spread Margin Starts at Margin Ends at

So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:

OutcomeYour score
Toronto by 202 points (winner + spread within MoE)
Toronto by 101 point (winner only)
Toronto by 153 points (winner + nailed spread)
Hamilton by 151 point (nailed spread only)
Hamilton by 430 points (and deservedly so)

Any questions?

THE GAMES, WEEK ONE - Where we start

In lieu of attempting to sum up each team's status in a single sentence, for this opening week I'm just linking to season preview pages for each of 'em. Some previews are still in the works; will update as they become available.

All times are EDT.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (Preview) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Preview) - Thursday, June 13, 7:30pm

Montreal Alouettes (Preview) @ Edmonton (Preview TBD) - Friday, June 14, 9:00pm

Ottawa Redblacks (Preview TBD) @ Calgary Stampeders (Preview) - Saturday, June 15, 7:00pm

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Preview) @ B.C. Lions (Preview) - Saturday, June 15, 10:00pm

Good luck!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:44 PM on June 10, 2019

For us Americanos, it looks like we will still be able to catch a few games on ESPN and (maybe?) all of the games if you subscribe to ESPN+.

posted by NoMich at 07:55 AM on June 11, 2019

Thanks for organizing this again, Drj.

He who normally finishes last must submit picks first:

Hamilton by 3

Edmonton by 13

Calgary by 10

Winnipeg by 4

posted by cixelsyd at 11:12 AM on June 11, 2019

Hamilton by 14

Edmonton by 21

Calgary by 5

Winnipeg by 10

posted by tommybiden at 07:11 PM on June 11, 2019

Hamilton by 17

Edmonton by 23

Calgary by 4

BC by 3

posted by jagsnumberone at 12:29 AM on June 12, 2019

Saskatchewan by 6

Edmonton by 17

Calgary by 10

B.C. by 12

posted by jjzucal at 09:35 AM on June 12, 2019

Hamilton by 2
Montreal by 1
Ottawa by 16
B.C. by 11

posted by bender at 10:20 AM on June 12, 2019

Saskatchewan by 3

Edmonton by 12

Calgary by 17

Winnipeg by 3

posted by ic23b at 06:57 PM on June 12, 2019

The annual appearance of Dr. John is as sure a sign of spring here in Lower Quebec (otherwise known as the Merrimack Valley area of NH) as is the influx of the many species of Warblers that come north each year.. No longer do I face the prospect of calling balls ans strikes while wearing my fleece long johns; no longer need I keep the snow blower gassed up and ready to roll. Dr. John is here; I have replaced the mailbox post after it was nearly destroyed by the snow plow again and the barbecue grill has replaced the snowblower at the side of the deck. YES!!! IT IS SPRING!!! Time to make a fool of myself as I try to figure out why the presence of the twelfth player has me so completely befuddled. Bring it on, CFL, I'm ready for you.

Striped Cats will hiss and claw, but will succumb to the Riders. Saskatchewan by 8

Little Larks will act more like clay pigeons at the shooting range. Edmonton by 11

The bi-colored overachievers will not be able to withstand the rampaging quadrupeds. Calgary by 14

Can the Bombers fly? Not under the weight of large cats. BC by 6

posted by Howard_T at 09:22 PM on June 12, 2019

Picking CFL games while the Raptors are still playing basketball is strange.

Hamilton by 10. Go Tabbies!

Edmonton by 15.

Ottawa by 6.

Winnipeg by 9.

posted by rcade at 05:19 PM on June 13, 2019

Saskatchewan by 11
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 9
Winnipeg by 11

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:58 PM on June 13, 2019

Edmonton by 15

Calgary by 21

BC by 3

posted by Reever at 12:54 PM on June 14, 2019

Edm by 8; Cal by 4; BC by 3.

posted by JPR at 12:54 PM on June 14, 2019

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