bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: May 25, 2018

bender has posted 14 links and 1391 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
CFL 2017 Pick 'em Costanza

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

Greg Schiano's Kickoff Idea Takes Spotlight Again As The NCAA Mulls Over New Proposal: Schiano's Plan: Replace all kickoffs with a punting situation, including after the opening coin toss and to start the second half. So, as an example, when Team A scores a touchdown, it immediately gets the ball back on a fourth and 15 from its own 30-yard line. It can punt it back to Team B ‚ÄĒ the most likely outcome and a safer play since the bigger collisions usually happen on kickoffs. Or it can line up and go for the first down, essentially replacing an onside kick with an offensive play that would require more skill than luck.

posted by bender to football at 01:23 PM on March 21 - 5 comments

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

Recent Comments

Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered

Yes, very good speech.

posted by bender at 08:26 AM on May 25

NFL to Punish Players Who Don't Stand During Anthem

I hope that some team (or large portion thereof) opts to stay back for the national anthem and then comes out together when it's done and kneels together on the field. Surely, when it's not during the anthem, no one will find it objectionable anymore, right?

I feel like the NFL thinks they have quashed this, but they have probably actually just escalated it--particularly since they made this decision without the players.

posted by bender at 12:57 PM on May 24

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Washington Capitals are now 0-10 in games after winning the first two games on the road of a playoff series...

The Capitals' series have been amazingly brutal on the home teams:

- Round 1 vs. Columbus: Road team won 5 of 6 (To counter the above narrative, Columbus won the first 2 on the road before Washington tore off 4 in a row.)
- Round 2 vs. Pittsburgh: Road team won 3 of 6
- Round 3 vs. Tampa Bay: Road team has won 4 of 4

posted by bender at 02:29 PM on May 18

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

USA needs a coach.

posted by bender at 04:43 PM on April 20

Arsene Wenger is Leaving Arsenal

Will they rename the club after the new manager?

posted by bender at 08:32 AM on April 20

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Take the Shot Markelle Edition

Cleveland by 7 (Tuesday)
L.A. Clippers by 4 (Tuesday)
Utah by 4 (Wednesday)
SLAM San Antonio by 7 (Thursday) SLAM
Golden State by 6 (Thursday)
SLAM Cleveland by 8 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Portland by 11 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Houston by 9 (Sunday) SLAM

posted by bender at 05:56 PM on March 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

...but goddamn if he isn't the most entertaining player during his lifetime.


posted by bender at 12:40 PM on March 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: 140 to 79 Edition

SLAM Washington by 12 (Friday) SLAM
Boston by 5 (Friday)
SLAM Houston by 13 (Saturday) SLAM
SLAM Washington by 8 (Sunday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 9 (Sunday) SLAM

posted by bender at 02:42 PM on March 23

Greg Schiano's Kickoff Idea Takes Spotlight Again As The NCAA Mulls Over New Proposal

The AAF post that included the elimination of kickoffs reminded me of this other piece that I had read a couple weeks ago but forgot to post. This is quite a radical idea, though apparently not a recent one. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but it is interesting.

posted by bender at 01:27 PM on March 21

UMBC Beats Virginia in First 16-Over-1 Win Ever

Just for fun, we can add a single extra team, Albany, as Stony Brook defeated Albany (69-60) on 3/3/2018, and Albany defeated UMBC BY 44 POINTS (83-39) on 1/21/2018.

posted by bender at 11:46 AM on March 18

NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Home Stretch Edition

Oklahoma City by 6 (Friday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Friday)
SLAM Washington by 9 (Saturday) SLAM
Minnesota by 5 (Saturday)
Minnesota by 4 (Sunday)
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 13 (Sunday) SLAM
Cleveland by 7 (Monday)
Golden State by 6 (Monday)

posted by bender at 01:36 PM on March 16

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Send In The Tanks Edition

Minnesota by 6 (Thursday)
Washington by 5 (Friday)
SLAM Minnesota by 8 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Houston by 9 (Saturday) SLAM

Philadelphia by 4 ESPN (Sunday)

posted by bender at 09:21 AM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I believe the Washington Post caps the number of articles you can read for free per month. Since it's March 1, try again, perhaps?

posted by bender at 09:17 AM on March 01

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I want to know why curling is separated into men's and women's disciplines. I would love to see curling become form-your-own-team-of-four. Is there any good reason why that shouldn't be the case? Perhaps we should ask the Russian curler busted for doping?

posted by bender at 03:13 PM on February 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Coach Yourself Edition

SLAM Cleveland by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 7 (Thursday) SLAM
Minnesota by 4 (Friday)
SLAM L.A. Lakers by 8 (Friday) SLAM
Oklahoma City by 3 (Saturday)
SLAM Cleveland by 11 (Sunday) SLAM
Washington by 6 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 06:25 PM on February 22