bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: November 25, 2015

bender has posted 10 links and 1053 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 97 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

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)

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

Fifa scandal: Jack Warner banned for life by FIFA: More than four years after quitting football, the governing body’s ethics committee today announced the outcome of an investigation into Sepp Blatter’s disgraced former vice-president, who is also facing criminal charges in the United States over an alleged £100 million fraud. Warner’s ban begins at the same time as Fifa’s 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

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

Recent Comments

College Football Belt Backlog

According to this college football reference site Arkansas State was 1-8 in 1954 after going 8-0-2 in 1953. I'm wondering if the sparse records for 1954 were because they were playing in some lower division of college football. In any event, if that site is correct, they had almost certainly lost the belt to someone else by the time they played Mississippi State in October.

posted by bender at 05:00 PM on November 24

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Hmm, I do not. If you can find it, that's great. If not, I'll just pick tonight's game:

New England by 17 Sure, let's lock it in.

If the Patriots win by any amount, I'll match last week's score!

posted by bender at 05:06 PM on November 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Was there a post from me from around 1:45 yesterday? It did not show up here. Even if my late picks for the 1:00 games can't count, I should still get my picks for the 4:00 games.

posted by bender at 04:12 PM on November 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Justin Meram scores the fastest goal in MLS playoff history.

posted by bender at 09:43 PM on November 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Tennessee by 5

posted by bender at 10:09 AM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This, of course, is what sometimes makes the end of CFL games a crazy affair.

Why can't you just try to return a missed field goal for a touchdown, you know, like normal people? I don't even know what I've just watched there.

posted by bender at 05:11 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

posted by bender at 10:18 AM on November 16

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Green Bay by 5
Tennessee by 3
St. Louis by 7
Miami by 6
Pittsburgh by 7
Dallas by 3
New Orleans by 10
Baltimore by 4
LOCK Oakland by 11 LOCK
Denver by 7
New England by 9
Arizona by 10
Cincinnati by 21

posted by bender at 09:43 AM on November 13

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Hamilton by 4
BC by 19

posted by bender at 09:23 AM on November 13

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

Buffalo by 4

posted by bender at 02:49 PM on November 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Unfortunately, those 6 points would only convert to 4.52 in the NFL pick 'em.

posted by bender at 03:35 PM on November 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Toronto by 19
Ottawa by 2
Calgary by 8
Saskatchewan by 5

posted by bender at 09:19 AM on November 05

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 19
Buffalo by 4
St. Louis by 7
LOCK New England by 21 LOCK
Tennessee by 3
New York Jets by 14
Oakland by 4
Green Bay by 5
Atlanta by 7
New York Giants by 4
Denver by 10
Dallas by 3
Chicago at San Diego

posted by bender at 09:16 AM on November 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Washington football team has taken a slightly different tack in defending (?) their team name. Basically, "Yeah, it's offensive. ... So?"

posted by bender at 05:36 PM on November 03

Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt, Make Mike Mularkey Interim Coach

Meanwhile, the AFC South is so bad, the Titans are still in contention at 1-6. Here's hoping someone wins the division at 6-10!

posted by bender at 03:44 PM on November 03