bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: January 22, 2017

bender has posted 13 links and 1233 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 97 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Spofi Contests:
NFL 2011 Playoff Pick 'em co-Costanza
Fantasy Baseball 2012 Costanza
CFL 2012 Pick 'em Champion
Women's World Cup 2015 Confidence Pool Champion
Fantasy Baseball 2015 Costanza
NFL 2015-16 Pick 'em Costanza
Euro 2016 Pick 'em Champion
CFL 2016 Pick 'em Costanza
CFL 2016 Playoff Pick 'em Champion

My teams:
Ohio State Buckeyes
US Soccer
Washington Nationals
Tennessee Titans
Columbus Crew
Cleveland Indians
Vanderbilt Commodores
Washington Capitals
Nashville Predators

Significant sporting events I've attended:
1999 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans (inaugural game for the Titans)
2001 and 2002 Memorial (golf) Tournaments
Ohio State vs. M*ch*g*n 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (and many other Ohio State games)
2004 Fiesta Bowl Ohio State vs. Kansas State
2006 World Cup USA vs. Ghana
2007 BCS National Championship Game Ohio State vs. Florida
2010 Rose Bowl Ohio State vs. Oregon
2013 Dos a Cero IV USA vs. Mexico WCQ

Stadia I've been to:

Neyland Stadium (University of Tennessee)
Vanderbilt Stadium
Adelphia Coliseum (Tennessee Titans)
Memorial Stadium (University of Illinois)
Notre Dame Stadium
Ohio Stadium
Cleveland Browns Stadium
Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals)
Hall of Fame Stadium (Canton)
RCA Dome (Indianapolis Colts)
Michigan Stadium
Carter-Finley Stadium (NC State University)
Kinnick Stadium (University of Iowa)
Ryan Field (Northwestern University)
Ross Ade Stadium (Purdue University)
Spartan Stadium (Michigan State University)
Sun Devil Stadium (Arizona State University)
Nippert Stadium (University of Cincinnati)
Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome (University of Minnesota)
FedEx Field (Washington R******s)
University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals)
Husky Stadium (University of Washington)
Beaver Stadium (Penn State University)
Scott Stadium (University of Virginia)
Rose Bowl (University of California-Los Angeles)
Byrd Stadium (University of Maryland)
Lane Stadium (Virginia Tech)
M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)

Municipal Stadium (Cleveland Indians)
Greer Stadium (Nashville Sounds)
Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta Braves)
Hawkins Field (Vanderbilt University)
Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)
Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians)
Comiskey Park (Chicago White Sox)
Bobby Dodd Stadium (Ohio State University)
Cinergy Field (Cincinnati Reds)
Cooper Stadium (Columbus Clippers)
Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds)
RFK Stadium (Washington Nationals)
Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)

Memorial Gymnasium (Vanderbilt University)
Gaylord Entertainment Center (Nashville Predators)
Value City Arena (Ohio State University)
St. John Arena (Ohio State University)
Nationwide Arena (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Patriot Center (George Mason University)
Verizon Center (Washington Capitals)
Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Columbus Crew Stadium
Jesse Owens Stadium (Ohio State University)
RFK Stadium (DC United)
Frankenstadion (Nuernberg, Germany)
A. le Coq Arena (Tallinn, Estonia)

Recent Links

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it: The FIFA Council made it official, unanimously approving an expansion of the menís World Cup field. Starting in 2026, the field will increase from 32 to 48 teams. There will be 16 groups of 3 teams, with the top two finishers in each group advancing to a 32-team knockout stage.

posted by bender to soccer at 04:12 PM on January 10 - 20 comments

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky in the Same Relay? It Could Happen.: What if there were one last event, a mixed-gender medley that teamed the nationís winningest women with its most-medalled men.

posted by bender to olympics at 12:57 PM on August 15 - 3 comments

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile: Asked if he were retiring, the 29-year old said, "I tried my hardest. It's been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen." The news comes off the back of Messi's criticising the Argentine football federation (AFA) ahead of the final and revealing in a news conference on Friday that he had a backlog of complaints with the AFA.

posted by bender to soccer at 09:17 AM on June 27 - 5 comments

Fifa scandal: Jack Warner banned for life by FIFA: More than four years after quitting football, the governing bodyís ethics committee today announced the outcome of an investigation into Sepp Blatterís disgraced former vice-president, who is also facing criminal charges in the United States over an alleged £100 million fraud. Warnerís ban begins at the same time as Fifaís ethics committee examines evidence that could lead to the suspension of Blatter and Michel Platini over a £1.3m suspected criminal payment to the Uefa president.

posted by bender to soccer at 01:47 PM on September 29 - 1 comment

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It: Michigan quarterback Shane Morris took a nasty, and illegal, hit to the skull in the fourth quarter of last night's loss to Minnesota. Not only was Morris immediately re-inserted into the game, but Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke claimed " I didn't know if [Morris] had a concussion or not." Over-the-top deadspin headline aside, there is a growing demand to relieve Coach Hoke of his duties in Ann Arbor that isn't even based on the team's 2-3 start to the season. The university released a statement last night defending the team's handling of the situation, though not referencing the suspected head injury.

posted by bender to football at 12:39 PM on September 29 - 16 comments

Recent Comments

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

Just four words:

Ee! Es! Pee! En!

Per wikipedia, it appears that National Signing Day predates ESPN, though the Worldwide Leader has certainly made a cottage industry out of it in recent years. prof's explanation sounds plausible. It could also be tied to the recruiting schedule that allows and restricts contact between schools and recruits during certain periods.

posted by bender at 11:25 AM on January 18

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: No Rivals Edition

SLAM Houston by 12 SLAM
Golden State by 7
New York by 6
SLAM Los Angeles Clippers by 17 SLAM
Golden State by 3
Los Angeles Lakers by 5
Cleveland by 7
SLAM Indiana by 8 SLAM

posted by bender at 10:54 PM on January 17

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

I also assume that this incident will cost Edsall more in the long run. Recruiting is competitive, and if I was a coach and one of my prospective recruits was also considering playing for him, I would certainly be sure that the kid was aware of this story. [Unless, of course, this sort of thing happens everywhere and I just haven't heard these stories. That would be all the more reason to protect the players from this.]

posted by bender at 03:01 PM on January 17

The Worst Time to Lose a Scholarship Offer

Offers should be iron clad as soon as the kid agrees.

I think the counter-argument would be that that's what Signing Day is for. Agreements before Signing Day can be (and are) broken by either side. That is, after all, why UConn called him several times to make sure he was still coming. Now, I would make an argument that you should just be able to sign acceptance before Signing Day--I suspect there is some reason why Signing Day exists, though I don't know what it is.

All of that said, repeatedly checking that the kid is accepting the offer and then snatching it back is low. We'v only got one side of this story, but Edsall's [alleged] actions certainly are hard to justify.

Also, I do think that it would be fair to slant these procedures far more in favor of the players. There's a relevant side of that that comes from the fact that players cannot go straight from HS to the NFL and paying college players, but ignore that (for now) and focus on this kid, who as mentioned above, likely doesn't have a future career on Sundays. Coaches are all looking for the same thing: the best players they can land who fit with what they want to do. There's obviously nuances and exceptions, but coaches will all take the best players they can get. Players, conversely, have a lot of different reasons to choose where they go. It could be the name brand of the school, it could be the coach, it could be academic ranking, a particular academic program, scholarship details, proximity to home, ... Why did Ryan choose UConn? I have no idea. Business schools aren't rare, so it's probably not because they were the only school in the region with his program, but the fact that something like that could happen is all the more reason to protect the student.

posted by bender at 02:57 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's easy to get bogged down by all of the idiotic stuff that is shared on Twitter, so it's nice to hear when technology is used for good!

posted by bender at 01:31 PM on January 17

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

I would like to lock my pick of Dallas tomorrow. Full updated picks:

Atlanta by 5
LOCK New England by 13 LOCK
Kansas City by 3
LOCK Dallas by 10 LOCK

Matt Ryan
Zeke Elliott
Antonio Brown
Whitney Mercilus

posted by bender at 07:45 PM on January 14

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

Atlanta by 5
LOCK New England by 13 LOCK
Kansas City by 3
Dallas by 10

Matt Ryan
Zeke Elliott
Antonio Brown
Whitney Mercilus

posted by bender at 03:27 PM on January 13

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Unexcused Absence Edition

Boston by 7
Cleveland by 5
Chicago by 4
LOCK Golden State by 17 LOCK
LOCK Atlanta by 7 LOCK
Utah by 6
Memphis by 7
Golden State by 4
Oklahoma City by 5

posted by bender at 01:24 PM on January 11

NFL Pick 'Em Champion Crowned

Thanks, rcade! Team bender is waiting with baited breath to find out if our stunning week 17 performance has indeed moved us out of the cellar or if we have a dented new Costanza to add to the trophy case.

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posted by bender at 10:53 AM on January 11

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

It already is. Three and a half places for CONCACAF. You should make it every time.

I agree that we should make it every time, but at least the margin for error is small enough that it remains interesting. With 6 teams getting through, there is effectively no chance that the US doesn't qualify. Even Canada is going to qualify for the World Cup someday.

posted by bender at 09:05 PM on January 10

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I suppose it is worth noting that the tournament field has only been 32 since 1998. The current format just seems so good, though, and I agree that 3-team groups sound a lot less compelling.

I do not like the fact that this makes qualification a slam dunk for the US. Currently, WCQ matches are exciting and interesting and accessible here at home. I don't want to lose that, and the downgrade in importance may also hurt team development.

I also am concerned for my marriage. I watch a lot of the World Cup already, to the detriment of all else.

I'm with you, though it's a bit surprising that adding 16 teams would only add 16 matches and keep the same amount of time on the calendar. Think of it this way, there's probably 16 snoozers in group play that you can forego so that you can add in the round of 32 without watching more games!

posted by bender at 05:39 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There was a slow buildup in the game, but what a finish! I think it was a steady progression of Clemson figuring out Alabama's defense so that they could lay it to them in the 4th quarter.

posted by bender at 04:02 PM on January 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Didn't think about locks for the playoff pick 'em. If they are in effect, my picks are updated as follows:

Houston by 3
Seattle by 7
LOCK Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK
Green Bay by 4
Matthew Stafford
Le'Veon Bell
Doug Baldwin
Quintin Demps

posted by bender at 12:00 PM on January 07

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

Houston by 3
Seattle by 7
Pittsburgh by 13
Green Bay by 4
Matthew Stafford
Le'Veon Bell
Doug Baldwin
Quintin Demps

posted by bender at 02:42 PM on January 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Nick Young Dance Party Edition

SLAM Houston by 9 SLAM
San Antonio by 7
Milwaukee by 5
SLAM Golden State by 17 SLAM
Utah by 4
Los Angeles Lakers by 3

posted by bender at 09:29 AM on January 05