bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: November 17, 2017

bender has posted 13 links and 1330 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

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Tennessee by 3
Jacksonville by 7
Detroit by 9
Green Bay by 3
Miami by 11 LOCK
Minnesota by 4
New Orleans by 10 LOCK
Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Arizona by 4
L.A. Chargers by 8 LOCK
Denver by 7
Oakland by 7
Philadelphia by 6
Seattle by 4

posted by bender at 04:52 PM on November 16

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

Cleveland by 5
L.A. Lakers by 8
Boston by 6
SLAM Houston by 11 SLAM
San Antonio by 4
New Orleans by 3

posted by bender at 08:51 PM on November 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

LOCK Carolina by 14 LOCK

posted by bender at 07:02 PM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Arizona by 5
New Orleans by 11
Chicago by 3
LOCK Detroit by 14 LOCK
LOCK Tennessee by 11 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 6
N.Y. Jets by 3
Minnesota by 5
Jacksonville by 6
LOCK L.A. Rams by 12 LOCK
Atlanta by 3
LOCK San Francisco by 9 LOCK
New England by 4
Miami at Carolina on ESPN (Monday)

posted by bender at 11:45 AM on November 12

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

Ottawa by 10
Edmonton by 7
Maher (Ottawa)

posted by bender at 11:37 AM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

rcade, unfortunately I also locked Miami last week, so I should take a hit for that miss.

Arizona by 5

posted by bender at 09:57 AM on November 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: It's Spelled 'Antetokounmpo' Edition

SLAM Boston by 16 SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 12 SLAM
Cleveland by 4
Denver by 5
SLAM San Antonio by 9 SLAM

posted by bender at 09:13 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I think allowing this is a bad idea because the NFL penalizes so harshly for defenders who hit someone after the play. Playing possum blurs the line on when a play is over. A defender who tackled Hilton after he pretended to be down and got up is risking an unsportsmanlike conduct call.

I understand this position, but a player on the ground does not need to be tackled. Andre Hal is running by the play and can easily touch Hilton without fear of being penalized for unnecessary roughness or late hit. Furthermore, blowing the play dead rewards the player who failed to make the tackle and punishes Hilton, who made a heads-up play. He first dives to try to maximize yardage, but then when he realizes he was never touched, he gets up and continues. That's smart football.

posted by bender at 09:10 AM on November 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That is a very nice tribute, grum. Gone too soon indeed.

posted by bender at 09:10 AM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congratulations, Reever! For my next trick, I will attempt to repeat last year's CFL Pick 'em double-reverse: regular season pick 'em Costanza followed by a playoff pick 'em title.

posted by bender at 09:28 PM on November 06

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Me too.

Indianapolis by 11

posted by bender at 08:40 PM on November 02

Astros Win World Series

Has Texas, by virtue of being twice a strike away, suffered the most on that list? I vote yes.

If we extend the range of time back to include the 1997 World Series, that's another blown game-7 9th-inning lead for Cleveland.

posted by bender at 04:31 PM on November 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

Oh, I should have been using the lucky coin?! I've just been using the regular coin all season, and see where that's gotten me...

Hamilton by 15
Winnipeg by 11
Edmonton by 2
Toronto by 16

posted by bender at 10:03 AM on November 02

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: That Was a Touchdown Edition

Buffalo by 7
LOCK Tennessee by 14 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Giants by 3
LOCK Philadelphia by 13 LOCK
Atlanta by 4
Jacksonville by 2
LOCK Houston by 8 LOCK
San Francisco by 5
Seattle by 7
Kansas City by 6
Lock Miami by 8 LOCK
Detroit by 7

posted by bender at 10:13 PM on November 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: No D in Cleveland Edition

New York by 6
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 11 SLAM
Golden State by 5
L.A. Lakers by 3
Washington by 5
SLAM Oklahoma City by 8 SLAM

posted by bender at 12:50 PM on November 01