bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: May 25, 2017

bender has posted 13 links and 1269 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

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Even kids know how bad losing to the Padres is.

posted by bender at 05:32 PM on May 19

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Golden State in 6, Steph Curry, Draymond Green +1 +1 +1
Cleveland in 6, LeBron James, LeBron James

posted by bender at 10:43 PM on May 14

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round

Nashville in 6 +2

Pittsburgh in 7

posted by bender at 09:09 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nashville in 6
Pittsburgh in 7

posted by bender at 11:19 AM on May 12

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Washington in 6, John Wall
Cleveland in 4, LeBron James +2 +1
San Antonio in 6, James Harden +2
Golden State in 4, Stephen Curry +2

posted by bender at 11:55 AM on April 30

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round

Nashville in 5, Viktor Arvidsson +1
Anaheim in 5, Connor McDavid +1
Ottawa in 7, Bobby Ryan +1
Washington in 6, Nicklas Backstrom

posted by bender at 03:03 PM on April 25

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Today

Cleveland in 4, LeBron James +2 +1
Toronto in 6, DeMar DeRozan +2
San Antonio in 5, Kawhi Leonard +1 +1
Los Angeles Clippers in 5, Gordon Hayward
Washington in 7, John Wall +1
Golden State in 4, Stephen Curry +2 +1
Boston in 5, Isaiah Thomas +1 +1
Oklahoma City in 6, Russel Westbrook +1

posted by bender at 12:19 PM on April 15

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Tonight

Boston in 6
Pittsburgh in 5 +1
Edmonton in 5 +1
New York Rangers in 4 +1
Minnesota in 7
Washington in 4 +1
Anaheim in 5 +1
Nashville in 6 +1

posted by bender at 03:52 PM on April 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

SLAM Indiana by 13 SLAM
SLAM Portland by 15 SLAM

posted by bender at 01:17 PM on April 12

What if Barry Bonds had played without a bat?


posted by bender at 09:33 PM on April 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition

Yes! Last week's lock 'em all gamble paid off. Let it ride!

SLAM Minnesota by 8 SLAM
SLAM Sacramento by 5 SLAM

posted by bender at 04:35 PM on April 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

SLAM San Antonio by 8 SLAM
SLAM Toronto by 13 SLAM
SLAM Washington by 6 SLAM
SLAM Los Angeles Clippers by 8 SLAM

posted by bender at 12:02 PM on April 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

SLAM Atlanta by 5 SLAM
SLAM Portland by 5 SLAM

posted by bender at 08:48 AM on April 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition

SLAM Boston by 4 SLAM
SLAM LA Clippers by 12 SLAM

posted by bender at 03:34 PM on April 05

Penn State Trustee 'Running Out of Sympathy' for Victims

And I am running out of sympathy for Penn State. I haven't read enough about this to know who exactly did or didn't know something, but it is clear that Sandusky's actions were no secret and could have been stopped. Even *if* Spanier didn't know and isn't directly culpable for the inaction, attacking the victims is ludicrous.

posted by bender at 01:51 PM on April 02