bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: August 01, 2015

bender has posted 9 links and 999 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 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)
Byrd Stadium (University of Maryland)

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

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. 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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Mexico's last four goals in this tournament have been three penalty kicks and an own goal. That's a hell of a gameplan right there!

posted by bender at 01:54 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 6
BC by 8
Winnipeg by 16
Hamilton by 3

I'm also making next week's picks early due to some upcoming travel:

Week 6
Winnipeg by 15
Edmonton by 11
Montreal by 3
Hamilton by 15

posted by bender at 02:45 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

I'm making picks early for the next two weeks due to some upcoming travel:

Week 5
Calgary by 6
BC by 8
Winnipeg by 16
Hamilton by 3

Week 6
Winnipeg by 15
Edmonton by 11
Montreal by 3
Hamilton by 15

posted by bender at 02:56 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 8
Edmonton by 5
Saskatchewan by 4
Calgary by 6

posted by bender at 11:09 AM on July 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 11
Winnipeg by 19
B.C. by 13
Toronto by 2

posted by bender at 04:48 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The 20th annual Wife Carrying World Championships were held this weekend in Sonkajarvi, Finland.

posted by bender at 12:11 PM on July 07

U.S. Defeats Germany, Advances to Women's World Cup Final

Those may have been some slightly dodgy PK calls at both ends, but the US was still the better team tonight and played their best game of the tournament. Plus, remembering back to this heartbreaking play from 2002--a day when the US again had the better side and deserved to win, Germany had it coming. The karate kick goal by O'Hara to seal it was also outstanding!

posted by bender at 11:04 PM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Winnipeg by 5
Montreal by 16
B.C. by 6
Saskatchewan by 8

posted by bender at 04:57 PM on June 29

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

But what does reinstatement do for the game of baseball or the league other than undercut the punishment that is codified in the league's bylaws and agreed to by Rose? The league has every right to say that gambling on games in which you are involved is an act that will block you from induction into the hall of fame. Furthermore, his subsequent and continued lying about it at the very least would give pause to allowing him access within an organization.

As has been said, he has and still does make a lot of money off of baseball. It is not like the ban is a prison sentence, denying him his freedom. In effect, it has only truncated his managerial career and kept him out of the hall of fame. If they let him in now, what difference did it make if he was inducted into the hall of fame 25 years ago or now? He broke the game's most important rule. He doesn't need to be celebrated by being put in the hall of fame.

posted by bender at 04:33 PM on June 23

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

Rcade, why do you feel that it is important that Pete Rose be reinstated by MLB?

posted by bender at 02:45 PM on June 23

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

His records are still acknowledged widely.

I feel like this is a very important point. MLB is not ignoring Rose or pretending he didn't exist, rather, they just do not want to celebrate a man who broke the cardinal rule by giving him a plaque in the hall of fame. I haven't been, but I suspect there are exhibits there with some of his memorabilia and such, and of course his hits record still stands, and I would say that that is an acceptable amount of recognition. MLB certainly doesn't owe him anything, particularly when he has repeatedly thumbed his nose at them.

posted by bender at 11:27 AM on June 23

Pete Rose bet on MLB games while an active player in those games.

It would be like petitioning the government to rehire someone who had been convicted of treason/spying. "Oh, it was 26 years ago, and he's sorry he did it. He deserves another chance!"

That, and he's not even sorry he did it.

posted by bender at 09:08 AM on June 23

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Montreal by 12
Calgary by 16
Toronto by 18
Winnipeg by 6

posted by bender at 08:46 AM on June 23

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

Actually, it seems that there is a particular reason for the chocolate syrup, via Max Scherzer earlier in the season.

"You know, what's your favorite ice cream topping?" Scherzer said. "Chocolate syrup. You know, it tops it all off. So, when you have a great win, and you have a walk-off win, let's top it off with the best topping there is, chocolate syrup. So, what are you gonna do about that? It's the best thing there is."

And as beaverboard speculated, Hershey's has jumped on the bandwagon and set the Nats up with syrup for the season.

posted by bender at 12:30 PM on June 22

Max Scherzer Has Perfect Game Through 8 2/3, But Hits Tabata

What's up with the chocolate sauce thing?

I don't believe that there is a particular reason behind the choice of chocolate syrup, but the Nats have been using it all season to dump on the guy being interviewed during the postgame who hit the walkoff or did some otherwise noteworthy thing. Just an update on hitting him with a shaving cream pie.

posted by bender at 11:10 AM on June 22