bender's profile

bender
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Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: August 21, 2014

bender has posted 8 links and 873 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 97 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

My teams:
Ohio State Buckeyes
Tennessee Titans
US Soccer
Cleveland Indians
Washington Capitals
Columbus Crew
Vanderbilt Commodores
Washington Nationals
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

Stadia I've been to:

Football:
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 Redskins)
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)

Baseball:
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)

Basketball/Hockey:
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)

Soccer:
Columbus Crew Stadium
Jesse Owens Stadium (Ohio State University)
RFK Stadium (DC United)
Frankenstadion (Nuernberg, Germany)

Recent Links

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

Sochi Athletes Subject to Anti-Gay Law: Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko warned Thursday that athletes and visitors to the Sochi Olympics will be subject to the country's laws against promoting homosexuality, contradicting a statement from the International Olympic Committee that the government had promised they would be exempt.

posted by bender to olympics at 08:49 AM on August 01 - 2 comments

Mark Cuban Working on His Own College Football Playoff: Mark Cuban wants to create a playoff for Division I-A college football, and he's willing to offer schools millions of dollars to make it happen. He’s formed a limited liability company called Radical Football.

posted by bender to football at 08:48 AM on February 21 - 5 comments

Big Ten Conference Reveals New Logo and Honors Football History with Division Names and Trophies: The Big Ten Conference today made several announcements that complete a series of decisions prompted by the upcoming addition of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln as the conference's 12th member school. The conference revealed a new logo to be used for all sports beginning with the 2011-12 academic year and also unveiled names for its two football divisions and a list of names for 18 trophies to honor coaches, teams and student-athletes starting with the 2011 football season. The LEGENDS Division will include Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwestern, and the LEADERS Division will include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

posted by bender to football at 02:08 PM on December 13 - 26 comments

Why CONCACAF Is Killing the Best Rivalry in North America: They're killing the most important rivalry in American soccer. That's [Grant Wahl's] unavoidable conclusion after speaking to Chuck Blazer, the general secretary of CONCACAF, who confirmed that he expects FIFA to approve a new regional qualifying format for World Cup 2014.

posted by bender to soccer at 02:30 PM on October 04 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

Mike Carey, longtime NFL referee, avoided Washington’s games because of the name

This brings to mind what I heard yesterday afternoon on the DC ESPN radio affiliate AM 980. Kevin Sheehan was discussing and taking calls regarding Phil Simms' recent comments regarding referring to the team as Washington in the season opener. In defending the team name, his viewpoint was that Simms was being self-promoting in opposing the name but not declining to work the game or refusing payment for it. That didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but a number of callers chimed in to agree. I happen to think that Simms accomplishes more by making this statement and subsequently working the game, using only the name "Washington" than by working a different game.

Bringing it back around to Mike Carey, I certainly respect his personal stand, even if it was only for himself, and I think I understand why he felt that it needed to remain a secret. I kind of wish, though, that this had leaked out while he was still working, as he would have been able to say that he wasn't trying to go public with his view but that it was important to him. More importantly, it would have put the league in the position of having to either back him up or take some sort of action against one of their best referees, which actually could have spurred a change.

posted by bender at 02:55 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Winnipeg by 2
Edmonton by 3
Calgary by 10
B.C. by 3

posted by bender at 01:00 PM on August 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

Toronto by 17
Edmonton by 10
Calgary by 1
Montreal by 17
B.C. by 6

I would like to note that after going 0 for 12 through the first 3 weeks with tails=home/heads=away, I switched heads/tails in week 4 and have subsequently hit 13/16 correct picks and with this week's spread points (also determined "randomly" through a system of coin flipping and mashing buttons on a calculator) have scored 17 in that time.

posted by bender at 10:00 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Saskatchewan by 6
Edmonton by 8
Hamilton by 2
Calgary by 18

posted by bender at 11:55 AM on August 06

NFL Players Will Have Tracking Chips in Shoulder Pads

For the World Cup, I think they used SportVU to generate player distance run info.

Yes, it was a STATS system. I was surprised to learn that it was based on camera tracking rather than some sort of chip or sensor.

posted by bender at 10:55 PM on August 03

NFL Players Will Have Tracking Chips in Shoulder Pads

I'm looking forward to the on-screen graphics telling us the Michael Bradley covered more ground in 4 games in the World Cup than the entire NFL combined in week 1.

posted by bender at 08:22 PM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

Winnipeg by 3
Toronto by 3
B.C. by 9
Saskatchewan by 3

posted by bender at 01:35 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Sorry, in print sometimes it's difficult to tell if we're arguing or not.

As much as I love the World Cup and watch every US match, friendlies and all, I don't follow any club soccer nearly as closely. However, college football (which I follow much more closely) is heading down the same path as we have been discussing. Over the last few years, there has been a lot of conference realignment, and though it has died down for now, it seems like it could easily swing back around to consolidating into the fabled super-conferences or even getting rid of conferences altogether and consolidating the top teams into a smaller elite division, leaving the rest behind. The level of competition might increase, but the sport is richer for having a broader range of teams.

posted by bender at 12:25 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Well, you kind of focused on the part of my comment that I considered to be less important and ignored my point, but I'll address your comment anyway:

Yes, someone has to be at the bottom of the league, and I'm certainly not saying that that team won't be Manchester United. The size of the super league matters. If it's 8 teams, then sure, MU could be the worst, but if this thing ever happened, it wouldn't be that small. If it's 20 teams, maybe they are down at the bottom sometimes, but I have a hard time imagining a lengthy stay as the worst team of the lot. The Yankees (of the last couple decades) spend more money than everyone else. They've had a couple of lousy seasons, but that doesn't last long.

As for this league drawing all of the talent, I would fully expect that the vast majority of the elite talent in the world would want to play for one of these teams, and that talent is enough to fill 20 teams. We were talking elsewhere about who moves aside to make room for James Rodriguez at RM, and that's today. All of the teams would be stacked. Some would be better than others, but all of them would be incredible, and the increased worldwide exposure would vastly increase all of their values.

And like I said above, I am not interested in seeing this happen. Though as I think about it and the money that could be made, it kind of seems like only a matter of time before this starts to happen.

posted by bender at 09:39 AM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Does Man U really come out of that as valuable in 2024 as it was when this league began?

Setting aside for a moment that I don't really expect that a top flight team like Man U could spend a decade in the cellar of this hypothetical super league considering the vacuum that the league would have for all of the elite talent, yes, I do think that the worst team in this league would still enjoy a continental and global audience that is well beyond what they have now. This league is MLB, if baseball was the world's favorite game.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying I want it to happen, but if it did happen, no question I want my team in it, not out of it.

posted by bender at 10:51 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't see why not. The Browns are still extremely valuable, and their fans know they suck going into every season. It's worth quite a bit just to be on the biggest stage, never mind being the headliner.

posted by bender at 07:51 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

Calgary by 8
B.C. by 10
Hamilton by 15
Saskatchewan by 4

posted by bender at 09:16 AM on July 22

Pitcher Freaks Out Because of Bunt in 2-Run Game

I just... I've got nothing. Did Lewis also complain when the Blue Jays scored their first two runs?

posted by bender at 07:33 PM on July 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 4

Hmm, if a James (pronounced HA-mess) A. Garfield dollar coin wasn't enough to turn the tide, maybe I need to re-calibrate. I must have heads and tails backward, so now heads is home, tails is away.

Edmonton by 5
Ottawa by 9
Hamilton by 8
B.C. by 18

posted by bender at 04:20 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

posted by bender at 12:55 PM on July 14