bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: January 17, 2018

bender has posted 13 links and 1360 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

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

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it: The FIFA Council made it official, unanimously approving an expansion of the menís World Cup field. Starting in 2026, the field will increase from 32 to 48 teams. There will be 16 groups of 3 teams, with the top two finishers in each group advancing to a 32-team knockout stage.

posted by bender to soccer at 04:12 PM on January 10 - 20 comments

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

Recent Comments

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Jo Jo Edition

SLAM Oklahoma City by 23 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM

posted by bender at 10:45 AM on January 17

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

From what I've found, the line was MIN -5.5, so it was not a cover. Now, if the Vikings had kicked the extra point...

posted by bender at 09:21 AM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Atlanta by 7
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
Minnesota by 4

1. Drew Brees (NO)
2. Le'Veon Bell (PIT)
3. Michael Thomas (NO)
4. Deatrich Wise (NE)
5. Minnesota

posted by bender at 02:02 PM on January 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: 10 Count 'Em 10 Games Edition

Oklahoma City by 5 (Wednesday)
SLAM Golden State by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM Toronto by 9 (Thursday) SLAM
San Antonio by 7 (Thursday)
Golden State by 3 (Friday)
Phoenix by 5 (Friday)
SLAM Minnesota by 9 (Sunday) SLAM
Memphis by 4 (Monday)
Cleveland by 5 (Monday)
L.A. Clippers by 5 (Monday)

posted by bender at 09:29 AM on January 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: 10 Count 'Em 10 Games Edition

Oklahoma City by 5 (Wednesday)
SLAM Golden State by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM

posted by bender at 04:28 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Forget Beltre's huge surplus, they Yankees paid $212.3M for 9 years and got $212.8M value out of him during that time. I don't care if that's amazing valuation, dumb luck, regression to the mean or what, that's incredible!

Disclaimer: I have no idea how to calculate WAR, and I only looked briefly at the dollar value link in the article. I'm just amazed by that level of precision over such a long contract. I'm even willing to ignore the fact that the Yankees had several entries on the list, and their only better result would still only rank as "accurate valuation."

posted by bender at 03:53 PM on January 08

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

If "Thirty Days in the Hole" means those who locked KC cannot comment on SpoFi for the next month, the traffic will consist of Bender talking to himself.

I know you're all anxiously awaiting my very insightful analysis of how the Titans are going to pull the upset in Foxboro next Saturday.

posted by bender at 07:57 PM on January 07

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

Tennessee by 3
L.A. Rams by 2
LOCK Jacksonville by 10 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
1. Matt Ryan (ATL)
2. Mark Ingram (NO)
3. Michael Thomas (NO)
4. Kevin Byard (TEN)
5. LA Rams

posted by bender at 12:55 PM on January 05

Play SportsFilter's NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest

I wanted this sweater to be the prize but they're not made for all NFL teams.

Hopefully the winner of the pants isn't an Arizona Cardinals fan (or is also a University of Arizona fan...)

posted by bender at 12:49 PM on January 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It seems UCF will be raising a title banner and throwing a parade at Disney World. Good for them!

posted by bender at 09:53 PM on January 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Auld Acquaintance Edition

Cleveland by 4 (Wednesday)
Oklahoma City by 6 (Wednesday)
Houston by 5 (Thursday)
L.A. Clippers by 4 (Thursday)
SLAM Boston by 12 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Washington by 9 (Friday) SLAM

posted by bender at 02:11 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

We can only hope that the exclusion of undefeated UCF as well as the Big Ten (which was generally agreed as the strongest conference and backed it up with a 7-1 bowl record, including 3 New Year's 6 wins) increases the pressure for an expanded playoff. Regardless, good on UCF for an incredible turnaround from winless two years ago to undefeated today!

I'm an Ohio State alum I probably would have made the same decision that the CFP committee made a month ago, but it's a shame they could only pick 4 teams. Naturally, there will always be arguments at the cut line, but expanding the field to 8 gets us a lot closer to settling things on the field rather than making subjective decisions of how we thing teams who didn't play each other would fare in hypothetical matchups. Now, my preferred solution would be that we make room for the quarterfinal round by eliminating conference championship games (and particularly their rematch potential), but I feel that's pretty unlikely.

posted by bender at 12:40 PM on January 02

Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

Its nice to have both the Bills and the Titans back in the playoffs after lengthy lags for both. Of course, with both of them sporting wild cards, they'll have to win a couple games if we're to get to see them play each other.

posted by bender at 01:54 PM on January 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 17: All the Marbles Edition

LOCK Detroit by 7 LOCK
Houston by 4
LOCK Minnesota by 13 LOCK
LOCK New England by 6 LOCK

N.Y. Giants by 4
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK
LOCK Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK

Carolina by 6
LOCK Kansas City by 8 LOCK
LOCK Tennessee by 7 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Rams by 14 LOCK

Miami by 3
Oakland by 6
LOCK Seattle by 17 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 13 LOCK
LOCK Baltimore by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 12:58 PM on December 31

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: City Edition Edition

Houston by 6 (Thursday)
SLAM Portland by 5 (Thursday) SLAM
Washington by 5 (Friday)
Philadelphia by 2 (Saturday)

posted by bender at 04:25 PM on December 28