bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: September 19, 2017

bender has posted 13 links and 1294 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

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

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

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

Recent Comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 3
Baltimore by 11
LOCK Carolina by 13 LOCK
Indianapolis by 2
Tennessee by 4
Kansas City by 10
New England by 3
Pittsburgh by 7
Tampa Bay by 7
L.A. Chargers by 2
LOCK Oakland by 21 LOCK
Dallas by 5
L.A. Rams by 4
LOCK Seattle by 14 LOCK
Green Bay by 6
Detroit by 4

posted by bender at 10:45 PM on September 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Cincinnati by 3

posted by bender at 01:27 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Hamilton by 8
Toronto by 9
B.C. by 6
Montreal by 1

posted by bender at 01:25 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Dr. J, it looks like the weekly score column is a bit wonky....

I am also showing 1 point in the weekly points column, though I didn't score any. I had a previous total of 30, though, so the only change would be to change 1 to 0.

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm amused by this line, "Mississippi State proudly tweeted the hilarious moment," and I think "proudly" belongs in quotation marks. Louisiana Tech may have made the initial mistake that cost them a ridiculous amount of yards, but the three Mississippi State D linemen who swatted, flubbed, and booted the ball 62 yards down the field and ultimately failed to recover it were the inept ones. Good on La Tech #81 who ultimately reclaimed the ball. The fuzzy video makes it tough to tell, but I believe he is the slot receiver on the far side who appears to run a button-hook to the goal line and then sprint 93 yards the other way to save his team some points.

posted by bender at 04:21 PM on September 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

CFL Picks:
Montreal by 5
Saskatchewan by 12
Ottawa by 7
Edmonton by 16

posted by bender at 12:35 PM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

New England by 7
Buffalo by 2
Philadelphia by 6
Tennessee by 6
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
LOCK Detroit by 12 LOCK
LOCK Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK
Chicago by 3
Cincinnati by 4
Indianapolis by 5
Carolina by 5
Green Bay by 4
Dallas by 3
Minnesota by 3
L.A. Chargers by 3

posted by bender at 12:32 PM on September 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Ottawa by 6
Saskatchewan by 18
Calgary by 15
Toronto by 11

posted by bender at 03:57 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Who's with me? Strike a blow for the proletariat!

Sounds like a plan.

posted by bender at 11:55 AM on August 27

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 16
Edmonton by 15
Ottawa by 16
Toronto by 15

posted by bender at 02:59 PM on August 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Winnipeg by 9
Ottawa by 4
Calgary by 8
Montreal by 19

posted by bender at 01:23 PM on August 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Ottawa by 7
Montreal by 2
Winnipeg by 6
B.C. by 2

posted by bender at 04:37 PM on August 10

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You and I should join forces. I never have any idea what direction to go out of the gate, but I somehow manage to cobble together a respectable squad by the end.

posted by bender at 11:19 AM on August 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Toronto by 2
Ottawa by 17
Edmonton by 9
Saskatchewan by 10

posted by bender at 03:16 PM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 16
Saskatchewan by 18
Calgary by 14

posted by bender at 09:25 AM on July 27