bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: October 09, 2015

bender has posted 10 links and 1027 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 97 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

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)

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

Fifa scandal: Jack Warner banned for life by FIFA: More than four years after quitting football, the governing body’s ethics committee today announced the outcome of an investigation into Sepp Blatter’s disgraced former vice-president, who is also facing criminal charges in the United States over an alleged £100 million fraud. Warner’s ban begins at the same time as Fifa’s 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

Alex Rodriguez attorney accuses Yankees of hiding MRI results: Joseph Tacopina, the attorney representing Rodriguez in his appeal of a 211-game suspension for his involvement with Miami-based Biogenesis and performance enhancing drugs, said the Yankees hid MRI results from Rodriguez that showed a torn labrum in his hip in October 2012, an injury that would eventually require offseason surgery and sideline the third baseman for the first four months of the 2103 campaign. Rodriguez hit just .120 (3-for-25) during the 2012 playoffs for the Yankees, who lost the ALCS to the Tigers.

posted by bender to baseball at 08:50 PM on August 18 - 12 comments

Sochi Athletes Subject to Anti-Gay Law: Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko warned Thursday that athletes and visitors to the Sochi Olympics will be subject to the country's laws against promoting homosexuality, contradicting a statement from the International Olympic Committee that the government had promised they would be exempt.

posted by bender to olympics at 08:49 AM on August 01 - 2 comments

Mark Cuban Working on His Own College Football Playoff: Mark Cuban wants to create a playoff for Division I-A college football, and he's willing to offer schools millions of dollars to make it happen. He’s formed a limited liability company called Radical Football.

posted by bender to football at 08:48 AM on February 21 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

I would like to revise my pick for tonight to Houston by 4.

posted by bender at 12:33 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

Indianapolis by 12
Atlanta by 4
Cincinnati bu 3
Green Bay by 10
Tennessee by 7
Kansas City by 8
Philadelphia by 10
Jacksonville by 5
Cleveland by 3
Arizona by 7
New England by 13
Oakland by 13
New York Giants by 14 Lock it like it's hot
San Diego by 7

posted by bender at 10:47 AM on October 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Some peewee football players don't let football get in the way of their real passion, dancing.

posted by bender at 09:30 AM on October 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Ottawa by 7
Hamilton by 18
Calgary by 12
BC by 17
Montreal by 16

posted by bender at 03:18 PM on October 06

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 4
Miami by 8
Atlanta by 7
New York Giants by 3
Oakland by 3
Kansas City by 7
Indianapolis by 7
Carolina by 6
Philadelphia by 7
LOCK San Diego by 13 LOCK
Minnesota by 7
Arizona by 4
Green Bay by 10
New Orleans by 5
Seattle by 9

posted by bender at 11:45 AM on October 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Montreal by 6
Calgary by 9
Edmonton by 6
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by bender at 10:16 AM on October 01

Toronto Blue Jays Clinch Playoff Spot, But Nobody Notices

(Ironically, I do this sort of calculation all the time near the end of the baseball season, looking for the ridiculous 3-, 4-, or 5-way tie for multiple playoff spots. This is the one time I didn't do it.)

I assume this has something to do with the improbable nature of the Blue Jays clinching a playoff spot with a week to go (or at all) and not wanting to jinx it.

posted by bender at 10:40 AM on September 27

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

Cleveland by 10
Dallas by 9
Tennessee by 6
St. Louis by 5
Minnesota by 5
LOCK New England by 17 LOCK
Philadelphia by 8
Carolina by 12
Baltimore by 9
Houston by 3
San Francisco by 7
Buffalo by 3
Seattle by 4
Detroit by 4
Green Bay by 13

posted by bender at 05:33 PM on September 25

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

I did it twice last season, once when I had a slew of injuries and was looking for healthy players to get on the field, and once during that late-season stretch where a few teams played twice in the same gameweek, so I wanted to load up on players with a doubleheader. It worked out for me in those unique situations, but I can't imagine doing it on a regular basis. Of course, I don't have a sophisticated enough knowledge of the EPL to have a number of potential moves lined up week-to-week.

posted by bender at 05:12 PM on September 25

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

Giants by 11

posted by bender at 08:29 PM on September 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 19
Edmonton by 6
Ottawa by 15
Saskatchewan by 2

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

OH MY GOD how are we not doing this with the balls yet? Slap two tags inside each one to give you precise position and orientation info, and that stupid stupid stupid "Let's check the chains" ritual vanishes.

Seriously! This has got to be the simplest impactful change the league could make, yet they still haven't done it for who knows what reason. We spot the ball by eye. We spot the chains by eye. Then we run the chains out to precisely measure the ball against them as if there was anywhere near that level of precision in the original marking.

posted by bender at 11:09 AM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

Buffalo by 2
Chicago by 4
San Diego by 6
Tennessee by 6
Detroit by 10
New Orleans by 13
New York Giants 9
Pittsburgh by 7
St. Louis by 10
Carolina by 7
Oakland 4
Miami by 14
Philadelphia by 7
Green Bay by 7
LOCK Indianapolis by 13 LOCK

posted by bender at 04:22 PM on September 19

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

I'll pick tonight's game now and come back later to pick the others

Kansas City by 6

posted by bender at 09:51 AM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

B.C. by 9
Edmonton by 5
Saskatchewan by 2
Winnipeg by 11

posted by bender at 04:17 PM on September 15