bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: September 01, 2015

bender has posted 9 links and 1008 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 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)
Byrd Stadium (University of Maryland)

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

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. Hes 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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

University of Illinois has decided that one week before the season opener is a good time to part ways with head coach Tim Beckman.

posted by bender at 04:38 PM on August 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Montreal by 8
Edmonton by 12
Winnipeg by 4
Saskatchewan by 12

posted by bender at 11:07 AM on August 26

Little League Team Throws Game at World Series

If the team was going to easily advance, there's certainly no problem (to me) with clearing the bench for a game that they did not need to win. The travesty is that the coach instructed all of his players to bunt. That would be absurd at the professional level, but certainly even worse when those players are kids. I would commend the tournament officials for their resolution to this situation for the same reasons that hincandenza mentioned.

Incidentally, I play in a large softball league in that just completed our tournament. Due to the size of the tournament (this year we had 68 teams) the league went to a group play/knockout round format a few years ago after several years of straight double elimination format, to make scheduling easier. I think it has generally been viewed as successful, but the one issue that has drawn a bit of consternation is tiebreakers, which are far less satisfying in softball than they are in, say, soccer, if they are anything other than head-to-head. Each year, a couple of pods end with a three-way tie at 2-1, and one of those teams gets bounced. The discussion of the past week looks like it could be headed toward turning the pods into mini double elimination brackets to eliminate that issue. With 5-team groups in this this little league tournament, I suspect ties are even more likely, so perhaps a format tweaking is in order for them as well.

posted by bender at 07:45 PM on August 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Montreal by 8
Hamilton by 14
Calgary by 9
Toronto by 16

posted by bender at 10:21 AM on August 18

Fantasy Premier League, Week Two

Last season I had an abysmal first half which I parlayed into a very solid second half, but alas, the hole was just too big. I may not have the injuries to replace after week 1 that I did last season, but my scoring output is no more impressive...

posted by bender at 12:10 PM on August 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Yes! I second the motion for Mr. Robot. Very compelling show.

posted by bender at 10:51 AM on August 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Edmonton by 2
Toronto by 19
B.C. by 12
Ottawa by 17

posted by bender at 10:50 AM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Maybe NoMich's hat is just an enormous hat with a regular-sized logo?

posted by bender at 10:32 AM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Edmonton by 14
Montreal by 14
Toronto by 11
Winnipeg by 18

posted by bender at 10:48 AM on August 05

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Mexico's last four goals in this tournament have been three penalty kicks and an own goal. That's a hell of a gameplan right there!

posted by bender at 01:54 PM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 6
BC by 8
Winnipeg by 16
Hamilton by 3

I'm also making next week's picks early due to some upcoming travel:

Week 6
Winnipeg by 15
Edmonton by 11
Montreal by 3
Hamilton by 15

posted by bender at 02:45 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

I'm making picks early for the next two weeks due to some upcoming travel:

Week 5
Calgary by 6
BC by 8
Winnipeg by 16
Hamilton by 3

Week 6
Winnipeg by 15
Edmonton by 11
Montreal by 3
Hamilton by 15

posted by bender at 02:56 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 8
Edmonton by 5
Saskatchewan by 4
Calgary by 6

posted by bender at 11:09 AM on July 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Edmonton by 11
Winnipeg by 19
B.C. by 13
Toronto by 2

posted by bender at 04:48 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The 20th annual Wife Carrying World Championships were held this weekend in Sonkajarvi, Finland.

posted by bender at 12:11 PM on July 07