bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: October 21, 2016

bender has posted 12 links and 1180 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 Eighteen

I'm staring at a shiny new CFL Pick 'Em Costanza to sit on the shelf next to last season's NFL Pick 'Em Costanza if I don't turn it around bigly. I'm pulling out the big guns for this week's picks: a 2000 Virginia (my current home state!) quarter.

Hamilton by 11
Calgary by 9
Saskatchewan by 1
B.C. by 2

posted by bender at 10:07 AM on October 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

LOCK Green Bay by 17
Los Angeles by 5
Baltimore by 4
Miami by 3
Cincinnati by 8
Tennessee by 3
Minnesota by 7
Kansas City by 3
Jacksonville by 2
Detroit by 10
San Diego by 6
Tampa Bay by 4
Pittsburgh by 3
LOCK Arizona by 8 LOCK
LOCK Denver by 10 LOCK

posted by bender at 02:53 PM on October 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 10
New York Giants by 6
New Orleans by 7
New England by 4
Tennessee by 4
Jacksonville by 7
Los Angeles by 3
Philadelphia by 14
Pittsburgh by 10
Buffalo by 3
Oakland by 5
Atlanta by 6
LOCK Green Bay by 10 LOCK
Houston by 4
New York Jets by 4

posted by bender at 08:39 PM on October 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Ottawa by 9
B.C. by 12
Saskatchewan by 13
Montreal by 19

posted by bender at 10:54 AM on October 14

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Denver by 10

posted by bender at 04:25 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Ottawa by 18
B.C. by 5
Montreal by 12
Calgary by 11

posted by bender at 05:36 PM on October 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition

Arizona by 7
Indianapolis by 4
Minnesota by 5
New England by 7
LOCK Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK
Philadelphia by 6
Miami by 8 My Titans also suck.
Baltimore by 5
LOCK Denver by 8 LOCK
Los Angeles by 3
Cincinnati by 3
San Diego by 2
Green Bay by 7
Tampa Bay by 3

posted by bender at 09:27 AM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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posted by bender at 08:47 AM on October 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Throw the Ball Jameis Edition

Cincinnati by 10 (Thursday Huddle)
Indianapolis by 14
LOCK New England by 10 LOCK
Atlanta by 4
Cleveland by 5
Detroit by 3
Oakland by 8
New York Jets by 7
Houston by 7
Denver by 7
San Francisco by 3
Arizona by 10
San Diego by 8
Pittsburgh by 5
New York Giants by 2

posted by bender at 03:49 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cincinnati by 10

posted by bender at 12:56 PM on September 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Winnipeg by 3
Hamilton by 15
Ottawa by 12
Toronto by 8

posted by bender at 09:21 AM on September 29

Packers Returner Ingeniously Exploits Out-of-Bounds Rule

You were correct, though, that it is dead once he touches it, so the margin of error is a bit larger than if he had to actually secure it. -- Now I have the funny image of a player on his stomach with his toes on the chalk frantically swatting at a ball just out of reach.

posted by bender at 03:50 PM on September 27

Packers Returner Ingeniously Exploits Out-of-Bounds Rule

Is this substantially different from quickly snapping the ball to get an offside penalty before an opponent jumps back? You noticed that your opponent has made a mistake and exploited it. Besides, if the intent is to force teams to kick the ball in play to encourage returns (or touchbacks), then plays like this provide a buffer of kickers not trying to kick it near the sidelines. There's still plenty of field to kick to.

Beyond that, in this video of the play, the ball is actually bouncing away from the sideline, and Montgomery only just reached it--two steps ahead of a Lions cover man. If Montgomery misjudges it and/or it bounces a couple inches further from the sideline, at best, the Packers are hit with Illegal Contact from their own 2 yardline as Montgomery comes back into the field to grab the ball. At worst, and probably more likely, it's a Lions TD.

I don't think this is a problem that needs solving.

posted by bender at 03:10 PM on September 27

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