bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: May 03, 2016

bender has posted 10 links and 1092 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)
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

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

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

I would like to take Nashville in 7.

posted by bender at 09:56 AM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Serie A goalkeeper does not dare to Zlatan.

posted by bender at 05:36 PM on April 27

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 2

Dallas in 6
San Jose in 6

Tampa in 6
Washington in 5

PP: Washington
Goals/Game: Dallas

posted by bender at 12:18 PM on April 27

SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Now

Dallas in 5
St. Louis in 6
Anaheim in 7
San Jose in 6

Washington in 5
NY Rangers in 6
NY Islanders in 6
Detroit in 6

posted by bender at 10:30 AM on April 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Ernie Els had a rough first hole at Augusta today.

posted by bender at 05:12 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Nice job, NCAA, in setting up the blowouts in the semis so that we could have a classic of a title game!

posted by bender at 11:45 PM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

John Oliver rips elitist' New York Yankees over ticket policy NSFW

Here's a link for that John Oliver Yankees piece. I have no idea if John Oliver knows anything about baseball, but he certainly has a way with taking down asshattery.

posted by bender at 12:43 PM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

The Braves are doing their part to prove to the terrorists that America won't be defeated.

posted by bender at 09:14 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Holy crap, A&M just came back from down 11 with a minuteish to play to force overtime! Largely without putting UNI on the line.

posted by bender at 10:28 PM on March 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Have you ever gone to your local NFL stadium and thought, "This stadium is nice, but it could really use a moat?" Not anymore!

posted by bender at 04:36 PM on March 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This summer's Copa Amrica Centenario draw is out.

posted by bender at 11:32 AM on February 22

Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies

I was just coming here to post this, too. That is one hell of a story to be swept under the rug for 13 years.

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on February 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

I had both teams correct and locked plus three other correct answers, so I should have 29 instead of 19 for last week. I was also going to ask a similar question to Goyoucolts regarding the last question. Do those points get awarded after the winner has been determined (and just perhaps change the final order), or do they get awarded to the player with the most points after all other points have been awarded but before the winner has been determined?

LOCK Carolina by 16 LOCK
Carolina 34, Denver 17 (total 51)
First FG: Graham Gano
First TD: Ted Ginn, Jr.
Passing: Cam Newton
Rushing: Jonathan Stewart
Receiving: Demaryius Thomas
Sack: Luke Kuechly
Interception: Luke Kuechly
First Turnover: Peyton Manning
MVP: Cam Newton
Spofite: bender

posted by bender at 09:32 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

In the same vein, here's an early list of prop bets.

I'll take:
- SB winning team scores more points than Trump % points in NH primary
- No appearances by Left Shark
- and way over on +/- 2 announcer mentions of dabbing

posted by bender at 09:57 AM on February 01

Denver Beats New England to Reach Super Bowl 50

That's fair in as far as the clock is concerned (for some reason was under the mistaken impression that the clock ran from boot to whistle on a touchback) and in the field position (for some reason, I had remembered both of those possessions ending inside the ten), but I do think Denver's play-calling would not be so conservative if they did not have the 8-point lead. Seemed their strategy in the last several possessions was "don't do anything stupid."

I agree that simply adding up the field goals is a bit too simple, though I feel like if they were as conservative as they were with an 8-point lead, they would have been even more conservative with 5-point or 2-point leads.

All of that said, there's an argument for kicking the field goal on drive #1 with 6 minutes left. It's not the decision that I would have made, but you can certainly make the point that there is plenty of time to get the ball back and score a touchdown to win. Where this breaks down is that drive #2 had 4th & 6 at the 14 with 2:25 to play. Assuming that NE had kicked the first field goal and was down 5 at the time, kicking a field goal at that point is almost giving up. No coach should be making the decision to kick the field goal under those circumstances. If we take this to the extreme and say it's 4th & goal from the 14, maybe you consider kicking, but this is the AFC Championship Game, and you are playing the #1 defense in the league. When you need a touchdown and you are that close to the endzone, you go for the touchdown.

posted by bender at 11:07 AM on January 25