bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: August 31, 2016

bender has posted 12 links and 1155 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

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

B.C. by 15
Montreal by 3
Winnipeg by 6
Calgary by 19
Hamilton by 1

posted by bender at 05:01 PM on August 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

B.C. by 19
Montreal by 10
Edmonton by 18
Calgary by 17

posted by bender at 09:53 PM on August 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Ottawa by 4
B.C. by 6
Edmonton by 15
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by bender at 09:07 AM on August 18

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As long as it means "taking a break to smile at the cameras while cruising to victory in a 10-second race."

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posted by bender at 02:20 PM on August 15

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky in the Same Relay? It Could Happen.

This particular idea may strike me a bit as trying to wish into existence another way for the US to win an Olympic medal, but I like the idea of an overall effort to add more mixed-gender events.

posted by bender at 01:00 PM on August 15

WGN Anchor Goes on Epic Rant About Rules for Covering Olympics

Good stuff right there.

posted by bender at 02:03 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Montreal by 6
Toronto by 6
Saskatchewan by 3
B.C. by 4

posted by bender at 08:43 AM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Winnipeg by 13
Montreal by 6
Saskatchewan by 2
Ottawa by 16

posted by bender at 08:46 AM on August 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Winnipeg by 8
Montreal by 6
B.C. by 17
Ottawa by 14

posted by bender at 01:26 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm going to vote for Ron Wright, but that is a solid effort by Mike Mayers (all the more impressive for only recording 2 outs in the 1st). Can someone build a baseball field in a cornfield in Iowa so "Moonlight" Heitman can get one more shot at glory?

posted by bender at 03:33 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Gators LB Cristian Garcia helps stop sexual assault behind bar

posted by bender at 10:37 AM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 5
Saskatchewan by 9
Edmonton by 9
Toronto by 10

posted by bender at 08:23 AM on July 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Toronto by 5
Edmonton by 16
Montreal by 13
Saskatchewan by 14

posted by bender at 08:10 AM on July 13

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Bender Like Pick' Em

Only if it can be the lead-in to the Jamie Vardy biopic, Leicester? I hardly knew her!

Also, I just noticed that I was in last place after group play, and yerfatma was in the lead, and well.. Presumably that means that increasing those scores as I noted would not result in me winning.

posted by bender at 11:05 PM on July 12

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Thanks! And thanks, rcade, for more complicated calculations than the average pick 'em! Yes, I was sure that Portugal was done when Ronaldo went out, but apparently the whole theme of the tournament was that Portugal managed to do just enough to advance every single time. I even found myself feeling bad for Ronaldo when he came off, which is a far cry from when I laughed at him when he missed the penalty kick against Austria. Mostly, I'm thrilled that someone scored so we didn't have another penalty shootout!

I like grum's 75/20/5 breakdown for winners/scores/props, which is pretty close to where we were. I think that he's in the right area of weight for each of those categories, and I think he's also on to something with increasing the group play points, as there are so many more picks there. I liked, though, the milder escalation of points from round to next round that we had in this game, versus, for instance the one he laid out where points/game doubles each round until it quadruples to the final. A quick calculation on the scores per round from our game (excluding props):


Of course the final is the most important game, and I understand that the following statement is a bit over-simplified (because I'm not going back to calculate everyone's different scores), but if our scoring system had the final round being worth double the semifinal round, it would have been worth 320 instead of 120. If all of the other scores were the same, that is enough points to potentially move any person on the scoreboard (except the last two, who only picked the group stage) to the top. That is a lot riding on one pick, which is a 50/50 proposition.

All of that is to say that I like the way the points broke down (and not just because I won!), except like grum suggests, I would increase the group play points, since those represent so many more games. If we doubled the group play points, for instance, to 40 (for 1st or 2nd place), 30 (for 3rd place advancers), and 20 (add for group winners), you end up with 40% for the group stage and 20%/17%/13%/10% per round combined between picks and scores, with 80% for picks and 20% for scores. I think that prop bets were probably at a good level.

posted by bender at 09:58 PM on July 12