bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: February 20, 2020

bender has posted 18 links and 1,610 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
CFL 2018 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
2019 NL Wild Card Game Milwaukee at Washington
2019 World Series Game 3 Houston at Washington

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)
TCF Bank Stadium (University of Minnesota)
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)
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)

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 (Nürnberg, Germany)
A. le Coq Arena (Tallinn, Estonia)

Recent Links

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It: The most common complaint against VAR—or any form of video review in sports—in one of aesthetics. If referees insist on stopping the game for several minutes to double check every key play, the thinking goes, all the drama and intensity and emotion of the biggest moments will be lost, and the celebrations of fans will be replaced by hesitance and trepidation while they wait to confirm that what they just saw with their own eyes actually happened. It’s a fine argument, one that at least a strong minority of sports fans would agree with. But most leagues around the world have chosen to ignore it. If the game gets delayed for a bit, they’ve decided, that’s okay, because it’s a small price to pay to avoid controversy and make sure officials are making an objectively correct call.

posted by bender to soccer at 04:34 PM on June 24, 2019 - 8 comments

Altuve Ruled Out on Fan Interference in ALCS Game 4: Mookie Betts tries to make a play at the wall on a Jose Altuve hit, and the umpires rule that a fan interfered and call Altuve out.

posted by bender to baseball at 09:22 AM on October 18, 2018 - 20 comments

Mesut Özil is leaving the German National Football Team over DFB's reaction to a photo he took with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in May.: Mesut Özil tweeted a three-part statement Sunday regarding the photo incident, his Turkish heritage, and the backlash he has received--particularly from DFB President Reinhard Grindel. He concluded, "It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't."

posted by bender to soccer at 01:27 PM on July 23, 2018 - 4 comments

TBT Announces Elam Ending to Be Used in All TBT2018 Games: First implemented during TBT’s play-in round in 2017, the “Elam Ending” – designed by Mensa member and basketball super fan Dr. Nick Elam – eliminates deliberate fouling at the end of games, ensures the final minutes are played at the same pace and flow as the rest of the game, and guarantees every game ends on a made basket. Under the rule, at the first dead ball after the four minute mark in the fourth quarter, the game clock shuts off. A Target Score is set by adding seven to the leading team’s score. The first team to reach the Target Score wins.

posted by bender to basketball at 04:14 PM on July 22, 2018 - 6 comments

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 — 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, 2018 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Tahoe, does the math change if additional players (or teams) sue the Astros? Also, does it make a difference that he is not looking to be the recipient of the damages, but to punish the team with the money going to charity?

And from a precedent standpoint, while I think you raise a very important point that courts would be reticent to open up the world of suing over the types of things that you have listed, an argument could certainly be made that it is the repeated, long-term nature of the Astros' cheating practices that set them apart.

posted by bender at 02:47 PM on February 11, 2020

MLB Ponders Radical Playoff Changes

1. I like moving to best of 3 vs. the current WC sudden death. [And I say that with the caveat that last year's NL WC game (specifically B8/T9) was the greatest sports moment I have ever been present for.]
2. Increase from five to teams? I would expect to move past five teams sooner or later, but six feels like the right number to me.
3. The live selection idea sounds ridiculous, though I don't necessarily have an argument against tahoemoj's rationale.

posted by bender at 01:20 PM on February 11, 2020

Blockbuster Trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox (and the Twins)

To be fair, the generational talent that the Nationals got no return for is Anthony Rendon, not Bryce Harper. Harper was certainly very popular and talented, but compared to positional peers, this offseason's loss of Rendon is likely to hurt a lot more.

To the topic at hand, I think it's fun just to have a 3-team trade in MLB--with some stars, no less--as that seems to be rather rare. It definitely seems surprising to see a multi-All-Star Betts leaving Boston for an unknown (at least to me) player, though I suppose if the Sox figured they were going to lose him at the end of next season, they might as well trade him now for something.

posted by bender at 01:19 PM on February 07, 2020

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x36 Edition

Kansas City by 7

FIRST FG: Robbie Gould (SF)
FIRST TD: Raheem Mostert (SF)
PASSING: Patrick Mahomes (KC)
RUSHING: Raheem Mostert (SF)
RECEIVING: Travis Kelce (KC)
SACK: Dee Ford (SF)
INTERCEPTION: Bashaud Breeland (KC)
OOPS: Raheem Mostert (SF)
MVP: Patrick Mahomes (KC)
ADS: Pepsi
Tiebreaker: 87

posted by bender at 08:03 PM on February 01, 2020

Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash


posted by bender at 10:04 AM on January 27, 2020

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Conference Championship Round

Tennessee by 4
LOCK San Francisco by 7 LOCK

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Derrick Henry
3. Davante Adams
4. Logan Ryan
5. Logan Ryan

posted by bender at 04:00 PM on January 18, 2020

Astros fire A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow after MLB report into sign-stealing

I'll say, I think the Astros received a pretty steep penalty. I don't believe vacating the title would ever be on the table for MLB, and I recognize that punishing the individual players for a team practice--though warranted--would be difficult to implement. The suspensions left the Astros with tough decisions to make, and they made the prudent ones. They were going to need someone in both of those positions for this season, which has not yet even started. They would not get good/qualified outside interest if it is for one year only while they wait out the suspensions, so either they temporarily promote from within or they take some placeholder for an entire season--or they fire them and look to hire for longer term.

The other side of this is that there is likely some amount of other cheating going on that is either not known or not public. I don't think that every team is cheating, but I bet that others are doing similar things, and MLB may even have some other evidence. They are trying to walk the line of being heavy-handed enough to discourage future cheating without locking themselves into such a harsh penalty that would cripple the league if they had to hand it down to multiple teams at the same time.

posted by bender at 12:18 PM on January 14, 2020

NFL Playoff Pick Em: Divisional Round

Minnesota by 6
Tennessee by 2
LOCK Kansas City by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 7

1. Patrick Mahomes
2. Derrick Henry
3. Tyreek Hill
4. Za'Darius Smith
5. Kansas City

posted by bender at 12:39 PM on January 11, 2020

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em

Buffalo by 3
Tennessee by 2
New Orleans by 4
Seattle by 7

1. Drew Brees (Saints)
2. Derrick Henry (Titans)
3. Julian Edelman (Patriots)
4. KJ Wright (Seahawks)
5. New Orleans

posted by bender at 11:08 AM on January 04, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I understand that there was no year 0, and the 1st decade started with year 1, just like the 1st century and the 1st millennium. In the same way, the 21st century started in 2001, the 203rd decade would start in 2021. HOWEVER, a decade can be any set of 10 years, and since no one says "203rd decade," the 2020s start in 2020, because 2020 fits the pattern of years that end with twenty-something.

So in closing, a decade started today, and a decade will also start a year from now. Thanks for coming to my TED talk.

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on January 01, 2020

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: Crunch Time Edition

LOCK Buffalo by 8 LOCK
Cleveland by 3
LOCK Green Bay by 8 LOCK
LOCK Kansas City by 12 LOCK
LOCK Minnesota by 13 LOCK
LOCK New England by 18 LOCK

Tampa Bay by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 9 LOCK
LOCK Dallas by 5 LOCK

Denver by 4
LOCK L.A. Rams by 14 LOCK
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK

Indianapolis by 2
LOCK Baltimore by 13 LOCK
LOCK Tennessee by 6 LOCK

Seattle by 5

posted by bender at 11:31 PM on December 27, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 16: Another Fine Mess in Jacksonville Edition

Tampa Bay by 2
New England by 7
San Francisco by 3
LOCK Atlanta by 9 LOCK
LOCK Baltimore by 17 LOCK

New Orleans by 3
LOCK Indianapolis by 10 LOCK
Miami by 4
N.Y. Jets by 3
Washington by 3
Detroit by 4
L.A. Chargers by 6
LOCK Philadelphia by 8 LOCK
LOCK Seattle by 14 LOCK

Chicago by 5
Green Bay by 4

posted by bender at 10:54 PM on December 20, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: NFC Least Edition

LOCK Baltimore by 17 LOCK
LOCK New England by 18 LOCK

Detroit by 3
Chicago by 3
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Kansas City by 10 LOCK
N.Y. Giants by 2
Philadelphia by 5
Seattle by 6
Oakland by 1
Arizona by 2
Minnesota by 7
L.A. Rams by 10
LOCK San Francisco by 14 LOCK
Buffalo by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 12 LOCK

posted by bender at 04:07 PM on December 12, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Color Analyst Tim Ryan Edition

Chicago by 5
LOCK Atlanta by 8 LOCK
Buffalo by 2
Cleveland by 2
LOCK Green Bay by 8 LOCK
LOCK Minnesota by 11 LOCK

New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Jets by 6
Tampa Bay by 3
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
Jacksonville by 4
Tennessee by 5
New England by 3
Arizona by 1
L.A. Rams by 4
LOCK Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

posted by bender at 09:56 AM on December 05, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: Offensive Rams Edition

LOCK Chicago by 14 LOCK
Buffalo by 4
New Orleans by 8

LOCK N.Y. Jets by 10 LOCK
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Philadelphia by 17 LOCK
Green Bay by 5
Pittsburgh by 1
Carolina by 2
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 4
LOCK L.A. Rams by 15 LOCK
Denver by 3
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
New England by 3
Seattle by 7

posted by bender at 11:13 AM on December 01, 2019