Archive for October, 2007

Bills and Toronto Lies and Rumours

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 by Jon

Between the lies and rumours
There’s a world of mystery

Lies and Rumours — Alannah Myles

Note: To gain a full understanding of the issues surrounding this topic, one must read as much as one can on what has been written about it. I encourage everyone to read as many of the stories linked to in this post for the greatest spectrum of coverage on this subject.

After rumours surfaced around CFL owners pursuing an NFL franchise on their own, I wrote a post asking questions that this development raised as well as a facetious take on the hype it caused. Soon after more stories broke around the Buffalo Bills scheduling to play games in Toronto, which I linked to and said I would address in my verbose fashion at a later date. Now that the plan has been officially announced by the Bills and the commentary is mostly done I provide this summary of the stories and my sober analysis of what this means for Toronto businesspersons who want to acquire an NFL franchise and for the CFL.

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Announcing the 2007 CFL Playoff Pick ’em Pool

Sunday, October 28th, 2007 by Jon

Overtime Central is pleased to announce the 2007 CFL Playoff Pick ’em Pool. The contest is accepting entries immediately. After the playoff picture is finalized next weekend, the schedule will be completed.

This year’s playoff contest has some slightly different scoring rules than past pick-the-score contests. One major change is adding an over/under prediction for each game. The over/under line values have been calculated by taking the average total score in each of the CFL playoff games the last 10 years. Over/under predictions can be made independent of the actual score you predict for the game. See the contest rules for full details.

A quick note on future contests at Overtime Central; I am planning to get some kind of hockey contest going in January, but that will be dependent on me finding the time to create, test and verify the contest. One motivating factor for me is how much interest there is for such a contest. Leave a comment here or send me an email if you are dying for an Overtime Central NHL contest this winter.

Good luck to everyone in the 2007 CFL Playoffs Pick ’em Pool!

A Conversation With a Fictional Toronto NFL Fan

Friday, October 12th, 2007 by Jon

An imagined conversation between myself and a fictional Toronto NFL fan who is hyped about the latest news of an NFL franchise coming to Toronto.

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Globe Claims CFL Owners Pursuing NFL Franchise

Thursday, October 11th, 2007 by Jon

The Globe and Mail created a stir today with a report claiming Toronto Argonaut owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski were preparing to purchase any NFL franchise that became available with the intent to move it to Toronto. The story claims that the Argo owners have outlined their strategy to CFL commissioner Mark Cohon and the CFL governors and quotes an anoynmous CFL source.

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2007 September Contest Winners Announced

Monday, October 1st, 2007 by Jon

The winners of the September segment for the CFL contests were announced earlier today.

  • The September segment winner of the 2007 CFL Pool is PoolJunkie, coached by Gord Hanson, with 111 points.
  • The September segment winner of the 2007 CFL Hi-Lo Challenge is HiLoJunkie, coached by Gord Hanson, with 63 points.
  • The September segment winner of the 2007 CFL Start ‘em, Sit ‘em Draft is SitemJunkie, coached by Gord Hanson, with 3608 points.

Prizes this month will be a surprise. Winners should get in touch with me to claim their prize. Thanks to all participants and good luck the rest of the way.

Note: Bill Maguire is safe from being banned after failing to finish first for a third month in a row. Gord Hanson, on the other hand, will serve a one year suspension next year for the September Hat Trick. Gord stands to lose thousands in salary and endorsements.

OC Jottings

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