bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: April 19, 2014

bender has posted 8 links and 803 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 97 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

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

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 Redskins)
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)

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)

Recent Links

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. Hes formed a limited liability company called Radical Football.

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

Big Ten Conference Reveals New Logo and Honors Football History with Division Names and Trophies: The Big Ten Conference today made several announcements that complete a series of decisions prompted by the upcoming addition of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln as the conference's 12th member school. The conference revealed a new logo to be used for all sports beginning with the 2011-12 academic year and also unveiled names for its two football divisions and a list of names for 18 trophies to honor coaches, teams and student-athletes starting with the 2011 football season. The LEGENDS Division will include Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwestern, and the LEADERS Division will include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

posted by bender to football at 02:08 PM on December 13 - 26 comments

Why CONCACAF Is Killing the Best Rivalry in North America: They're killing the most important rivalry in American soccer. That's [Grant Wahl's] unavoidable conclusion after speaking to Chuck Blazer, the general secretary of CONCACAF, who confirmed that he expects FIFA to approve a new regional qualifying format for World Cup 2014.

posted by bender to soccer at 02:30 PM on October 04 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

Chris Resop - The Most Interesting Reliever in the World.

Can someone design Chris Resop a new athletic supporter??

posted by bender at 11:22 AM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I should have credited earlier that that came from the @MassiveCityFFC twitter feed yesterday.

posted by bender at 12:43 PM on April 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

some text

posted by bender at 09:34 AM on April 17

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1

Colorado in in 5
St. Louis in 6
Anaheim in 4
LA in 7
Boston in 6
Montreal in 6
Pittsburgh in 4
New York in 7

posted by bender at 05:27 PM on April 16

MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home

I agree. The left leg blocks the plate and prevents Gwynn from touching the plate before he is tagged. There's a debate to be had of whether or not we like the new rule, but as it's written, Gwynn should have been awarded the run.

posted by bender at 09:08 AM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Atlanta Braves pitcher Luis Avilan's line yesterday:

1.0 4 5 5 13.50

I don't profess to be a baseball stats expert, but doesn't 5 ER in 1.0 IP equal an ERA of 45.0?

posted by bender at 03:06 PM on April 15

Video: Ball Girl Saves Run in Baltimore

That link doesn't have a video for me, but here is the play on youtube. It seems it was a 1-1 game at the time, though Toronto did go on to score 2 that inning.

posted by bender at 10:50 AM on April 14

Four strikes and you're out


posted by bender at 09:58 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ian Darke calls a blind date. Is it June yet?

posted by bender at 01:38 PM on April 01

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Hey, if there are 25 million unique entries, those odds improve to 1 in 370 trillion that someone wins!

posted by bender at 09:55 AM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

GOP Lobbyist Wants To Ban Gay Players From The NFL.

I'll save getting too worked up over that for if (when) someone actually tries to move forward with some legislation--which I think is unlikely--but what a jackass.

posted by bender at 11:00 AM on February 25

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player

Fair enough. All the better if it's plausible to think that they would be doing the same thing if he wasn't gay.

posted by bender at 12:35 PM on February 24

Nets Sign First Openly Gay NBA Player

I do not follow NBA basketball. Are 10-day contracts a common thing, or is this more likely something of a publicity stunt. Not that I have an objection if it is, but I was just curious.

posted by bender at 09:09 AM on February 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Seriously. You have to know when to just pat the guy on the shoulder and end the interview.

posted by bender at 09:27 AM on February 17

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

There is a little bit of a disconnect between those words by Sam Sr. and these words from Michael Sam at the end of that article, "I told my mom and dad last week, and they just pretty much said, 'We knew and we love you and support you,'" he said. "I'm their baby boy. I'm the first to go to college. I'm the first to graduate college. Something like this is just another milestone."

posted by bender at 11:05 PM on February 11