bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: September 23, 2016

bender has posted 12 links and 1167 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 Fourteen

Toronto by 8
Edmonton by 19
Calgary by 19
Hamilton by 11

posted by bender at 06:40 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

New England by 10
Buffalo by 3
Tennessee by 5
Miami by 4
Jacksonville by 7
LOCK Green Bay by 8 LOCK
Cincinnati by 4
LOCK Carolina by 14 LOCK
New York Giants by 4
Tampa Bay by 7
San Francisco by 3
Kansas City by 5
San Diego by 6
Philadelphia by 7
Chicago by 3
New Orleans by 5

posted by bender at 06:35 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

New England by 10

posted by bender at 09:25 AM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Sorry. Sorting troubles.

No apologies necessary. I'm not Defending Costanza Champion for nothing!

posted by bender at 05:17 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

I saw my name at the top of the list and got excited! Then I noticed that I am actually behind most other people. :(

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

How many WTFs...

This drives me nuts. Oklahoma's KR did the same thing against Ohio State, though no one noticed until after the next kickoff. Why are guys in such a hurry to drop the ball?!

That said, I do not understand how the refs came to the decision to give Cal the ball at the 1 yard line.

posted by bender at 09:18 AM on September 19

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

Buffalo by 8
Baltimore by 4
*LOCK* Pittsburgh by 11 *LOCK*
Dallas by 2
Houston by 4
New England by 7
New Orleans by 4
*LOCK* Carolina by 9 *LOCK*
Detroit by 6
*LOCK* Seattle by 14 *LOCK*
Arizona by 12
Oakland by 10
Denver by 7
San Diego by 3
Green Bay by 9
Chicago by 5

posted by bender at 12:56 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

Hamilton by 15
Winnipeg by 19
Calgary by 14
Edmonton by 15

posted by bender at 12:51 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement and returning to LA Galaxy.

posted by bender at 09:49 AM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yikes! The League definitely needs to take some meaningful action on those hits.

posted by bender at 09:48 AM on September 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Montreal by 13
Winnipeg by 8
Edmonton by 15
Hamilton by 3

posted by bender at 10:49 AM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

My Costanza defense begins today!

Carolina by 7
Tampa Bay by 3
Tennessee by 3
Philadelphia by 13
Cincinnati by 8
New Orleans by 4
Kansas City by 14
Buffalo by 9
Chicago by 10
Green Bay by 10
*LOCK* Seattle by 13 *LOCK*
New York Giants by 5
Indianapolis by 2
Arizona by 5
Washington by 3
San Francisco by 6

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on September 07

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