bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: October 31, 2014

bender has posted 9 links and 912 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

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

Giants Win World Series

Yeah, I clicked on the Babe Ruth link and was confused, since that was clearly the joke, but the first part seemed genuine. I guess I need to recalibrate the sarcasm detector.

Rikk Wilde! HA! I hadn't noticed that the first time.

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Nobody can ever fix their reputation after something like that happens. Seriously, it's all he'll ever be remembered for...

I understand that, but if you say, "Bumgarner has gotten 14 outs in a row, and they already bobbled the ball twice on the play and the crowd is going nuts so maybe that puts more pressure to make a bad throw, so I decided it was worth a shot.." I'm not saying that I could have made that call, but I'd understand.

posted by bender at 11:09 AM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

Given how Bumgarner was pitching, and how Sal Perez was hitting, maybe you take that chance anyways and hope for a bad throw/catch....

Man, an in the park homerun to tie game 7 of the World Series would have gone down as an all-time classic play! I'm not sure that you could even fault the 3rd base coach for making the wrong call (given the likelihood of an out) and sending Gordon--though that should by no means be construed as me saying he should have done that. This may be the rare situation where either choice was the right decision.

posted by bender at 10:40 AM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Well, barring a miracle run down the stretch, it appears that my goose egg for the first 3 weeks has dug me too big of a hole to seal my fate for the Costanza. If only I'd known that Heads=Home from the beginning, I'd be solidly middle of the pack!

Hamilton by 10
Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 11
Montreal by 15

posted by bender at 09:53 AM on October 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

Montreal by 16
Saskatchewan by 12
Hamilton by 5
B.C. by 12

posted by bender at 10:18 AM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The .gifs aren't displaying on my laptop for some reason, but can anyone look closely enough at Dale Scott's head and determine if it is in exactly the same spot on both pitches?

It's hard to tell because his head is moving the whole time, but comparing where it is when it finishes with reference to the "S" in Stadium behind him, I would say that he is slightly to the right in the second one--making it all the more noteworthy that he called the pitch a strike, since it was slightly further away.

posted by bender at 08:09 AM on October 09

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

MLB doesn't help itself by scattering playoff games across four channels -- five if some games overlap and start on Fox Sports 2. Fans whose TV provider doesn't have MLB Network or FS2 are going to be thrilled when games are airing on those networks.

Seriously. What is up with that crap?!

posted by bender at 10:15 AM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That Tennessee checkerboard is very impressive.

posted by bender at 01:59 PM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

Imagine this: Bottom 9, 2 out, runners on 1st and 2nd, down by 3, #4 hitter at the plate. An IBB is apparent and is signaled. The catcher stands up and holds out his palm to the outside of the box. During those four pitches, the home fans have started a chant, the wave, booing the pitcher, cheering for the batter, they stand up, wave their rally towels, and put on their rally caps. The home manager puts in the pinch runner to increase speed on the bases. The decibels increase as the four pitches are thrown, all in anticipation of a possible grand slam to win, or a double to tie. To me, that is exciting. It's not 2 minutes wasted... in fact, a whole lot has happened! I certainly have not witnessed 35,000 fans disgruntled, bored, or falling asleep during this time-consuming boring baseball play. Have you?

//slow clap//

posted by bender at 08:19 PM on October 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

I may be unable to make picks for the next couple of weeks, so I'm going to make them now. No stealing!

Week 16
Toronto by 1
Ottawa by 1
Saskatchewan by 5
Winnipeg by 16

Week 17
Hamilton by 12
Toronto by 6
Winnipeg by 12
Saskatchewan by 8

posted by bender at 05:15 PM on October 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Ottawa by 13
Saskatchewan by 16
Edmonton by 10
Hamilton by 10

posted by bender at 08:42 AM on October 02

Royals Steal 9-8 Win Over A's in Epic 12-Inning AL Wild Card

Some people don't see it that way.

I think that piece is pretty accurate. The Royals had the leadoff hitter on in 9, 10, and 11, bunting him over to 2nd all three times. The cashed in a lot of free outs chasing the tying and later the winning run.

They were also extremely lucky on a couple of questionable steal calls. Dyson stealing third in the 9th with 1 out and left-handed Aoki up was a huge gamble. Watching it live, I thought the ump looked like he was going to call him out and then went with safe. The replay confirmed that it was very close (though the right call). Colon stole 2nd in the bottom of the 12th, which at least had more value to the Royals, but everyone knew it was coming, and if not for the catcher dropping the pitchout, he likely would have been thrown out.

It certainly was an exciting game, though, and I'm happy for the KC fans who, after almost 30 years, didn't get sent home after exactly 1 game.

posted by bender at 10:02 AM on October 01

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

I feel like the Powers That Be will realize that the money will come anyway thanks to the B1G Network and suchlike

I wonder about this, too. People have said similar things about Roger Goodell as well, but really, how hard is it to make boatloads of money for Michigan or the NFL? I'm not saying that I would be a good candidate, but I don't buy that these guys are irreplaceable from a financial standpoint, particularly when they are generating this much bad press which must (at least over time) have a cost.

posted by bender at 12:20 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Referees flagged Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah for celebration penalty after slide and prayer in endzone. GIF

Celebration penalties are dumb on the whole, but this in particular is no different than what any number of other players do.

posted by bender at 09:17 AM on September 30

Brady Hoke's Dangerous Incompetence So Bad ESPN Announcers Denounce It

Considering how bad Morris was, the fact that Brady Hoke is still employed at the University of Michigan nearly 48 hours after the game makes me think the AD should join the list of those who should be relieved of their duties as well.

There have been calls for that as well, though I would agree that this particular episode is sufficient reason on its own.

posted by bender at 08:29 PM on September 29