bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: December 05, 2016

bender has posted 12 links and 1206 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

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

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

Recent Comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Minnesota by 3
Denver by 3
Detroit by 5
Green Bay by 3
Kansas City by 7
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK
Miami by 4
Philadelphia by 5
Chicago by 2
LOCK Oakland by 17 LOCK
LOCK New York Giants by 10 LOCK
San Diego by 7
Washington by 6
LOCK Seattle by 13
Indianapolis by 7

posted by bender at 09:59 PM on December 02

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Can I propose that we establish the double of winning the regular season Costanza and the playoff championship as a "bender"? The coin taketh away, and the coin giveth!

posted by bender at 08:30 PM on December 01

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

(I also think the Super Bowl should be played in the previous year's winner's home stadium. Imagine a Lambeau Field Super Bowl.)

I wouldn't go so far as to give it to last year's winner, but I don't see why it isn't acceptable to simply rotate the Super Bowl through all of the league's stadia.

To the topic of this post, quite simply, it's long overdue. There's really no explanation why it took so long to get here, but good news. I'm also amused by the part of this piece that references the other tweaks to the All Star Game to help prevent ties, as if it really should matter if the ASG ends in a tie.

posted by bender at 02:04 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

Minnesota by 3

posted by bender at 10:03 AM on December 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition

SLAM Cleveland by 9 SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 10 SLAM
Cleveland by 5
Denver by 4

posted by bender at 01:09 PM on November 30

Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash


posted by bender at 10:53 PM on November 29

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

Detroit by 8
LOCK Dallas by 12 LOCK
Indianapolis by 3
Tennessee by 3
Buffalo by 3
LOCK Atlanta by 14 LOCK
New York Giants by 6
New Orleans by 4
Miami by 5
LOCK Houston by 6 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 3
Oakland by 7
New England by 7
Denver by 3
Philadelphia by 5

posted by bender at 04:27 PM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Ottawa by 8
Henry Burris

posted by bender at 04:22 PM on November 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Michael Jordan of Greatness Edition

San Antonio by 8
New Orleans by 8

posted by bender at 09:43 PM on November 22

Jurgen Klinsmann Out as U.S. Men's Soccer Coach

That was fast.

I don't know enough about soccer coaches to have a strong opinion of one versus another. The Klinsmann USMNT expanded on the Bradley era with more goals overall and some great results that went along with some head-scratching results. The thing that stands out to me about the Arena era is a very defensive style and a lot of 0-0 and 1-0 matches. Was that his style or just the players that were available at the time? I guess we'll see...

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on November 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Blocked PAT for 2 Points Edition

Yikes, what a miserable week that was.

Carolina by 3
Minnesota by 7
LOCK Dallas by 14 LOCK
Cincinnati by 5
LOCK New York Giants by 10 LOCK
Detroit by 8
Pittsburgh by 5
Kansas City by 3
Tennessee by 3
Miami by 3
New England by 6
Seattle by 5
Green Bay by 3
Houston by 3

posted by bender at 03:14 PM on November 17

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 15
Calgary by 11

posted by bender at 03:09 PM on November 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: All Hail the Clippers Edition

Toronto by 3
SLAM Los Angeles Clippers by 8 SLAM
Minnesota by 5
Chicago by 2
Golden State by 7
Los Angeles Clippers by 9

posted by bender at 02:04 PM on November 15

Shohei Ohtani hits a ball out of a domed stadium.

Does Japan have designated hitters? How much playing time does this guy get now?

posted by bender at 11:30 PM on November 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: I Blame Bill Belichick Edition

Screwed yourself out of a lovely Costanza there, NoMich.

LOCK bender *wins* Costanza LOCK

Cleveland by 3
Atlanta by 5
Tampa Bay by 6
New Orleans by 2
Green Bay by 9
Jacksonville by 2
Carolina by 3
LOCK New York Jets by 8 LOCK
Washington by 3
San Diego by 3
LOCK Dallas by 11 LOCK
Arizona by 5
LOCK New England by 10 LOCK
New York Giants by 6

posted by bender at 12:23 PM on November 13