bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: August 16, 2019

bender has posted 18 links and 1,546 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
CFL 2018 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

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It: The most common complaint against VAR—or any form of video review in sports—in one of aesthetics. If referees insist on stopping the game for several minutes to double check every key play, the thinking goes, all the drama and intensity and emotion of the biggest moments will be lost, and the celebrations of fans will be replaced by hesitance and trepidation while they wait to confirm that what they just saw with their own eyes actually happened. It’s a fine argument, one that at least a strong minority of sports fans would agree with. But most leagues around the world have chosen to ignore it. If the game gets delayed for a bit, they’ve decided, that’s okay, because it’s a small price to pay to avoid controversy and make sure officials are making an objectively correct call.

posted by bender to soccer at 04:34 PM on June 24, 2019 - 8 comments

Altuve Ruled Out on Fan Interference in ALCS Game 4: Mookie Betts tries to make a play at the wall on a Jose Altuve hit, and the umpires rule that a fan interfered and call Altuve out.

posted by bender to baseball at 09:22 AM on October 18, 2018 - 20 comments

Mesut Özil is leaving the German National Football Team over DFB's reaction to a photo he took with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in May.: Mesut Özil tweeted a three-part statement Sunday regarding the photo incident, his Turkish heritage, and the backlash he has received--particularly from DFB President Reinhard Grindel. He concluded, "It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't."

posted by bender to soccer at 01:27 PM on July 23, 2018 - 4 comments

TBT Announces Elam Ending to Be Used in All TBT2018 Games: First implemented during TBT’s play-in round in 2017, the “Elam Ending” – designed by Mensa member and basketball super fan Dr. Nick Elam – eliminates deliberate fouling at the end of games, ensures the final minutes are played at the same pace and flow as the rest of the game, and guarantees every game ends on a made basket. Under the rule, at the first dead ball after the four minute mark in the fourth quarter, the game clock shuts off. A Target Score is set by adding seven to the leading team’s score. The first team to reach the Target Score wins.

posted by bender to basketball at 04:14 PM on July 22, 2018 - 6 comments

Greg Schiano's Kickoff Idea Takes Spotlight Again As The NCAA Mulls Over New Proposal: Schiano's Plan: Replace all kickoffs with a punting situation, including after the opening coin toss and to start the second half. So, as an example, when Team A scores a touchdown, it immediately gets the ball back on a fourth and 15 from its own 30-yard line. It can punt it back to Team B — the most likely outcome and a safer play since the bigger collisions usually happen on kickoffs. Or it can line up and go for the first down, essentially replacing an onside kick with an offensive play that would require more skill than luck.

posted by bender to football at 01:23 PM on March 21, 2018 - 5 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

BC by 9
Edmonton by 1
Hamilton by 18
Calgary by 18

posted by bender at 04:09 PM on August 15, 2019

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

I'll try to keep up with mine better this season.

posted by bender at 01:02 PM on August 09, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Calgary by 18
Montreal by 6
Ottawa by 11
Hamilton by 7

posted by bender at 10:54 AM on August 08, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Toronto by 15
Saskatchewan by 1
Montreal by 3
Calgary by 2

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on August 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Ottawa by 18
Edmonton by 6
Winnipeg by 6
Saskatchewan by 10

posted by bender at 01:35 PM on July 25, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

:( Missed last week's picks while on vacation.

Calgary by 1
Winnipeg by 16
Montreal by 6
Saskatchewan by 16

posted by bender at 09:15 AM on July 18, 2019

Only 12% of Men Think They Could Win a Point Off Serena Williams

Before I would be willing to consider whether this result is misogynistic or not, I would like to know if the results are different if the question is "Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Novak Djokovic?" or even "Do you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off a grand-slam champion tennis player?" My hunch is that a handful of responders did similar calculations to what rcade outlined up top and decided a fluke point is possible, and they would do the same calculation regardless of the name at the end of the question. That said, wouldn't it be amusing to talk to the guy who understands he has no chance against Djokovic but thinks he could take (a point from) Williams?

posted by bender at 11:40 AM on July 15, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


posted by bender at 04:54 AM on July 06, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Out of the country, missed a few games:

B.C. by 6
Saskatchewan by 5

posted by bender at 04:51 AM on July 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

That was as impressive a game by England today as I've seen so far in this tournament. That team can definitely do some more damage.

posted by bender at 10:37 PM on June 27, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Winnipeg by 1
Hamilton by 4
B.C. by 7
Saskatchewan by 15

posted by bender at 02:24 PM on June 26, 2019

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It

Rcade, I agree on all counts. I'm for it, but I don't want to work out the kinks at the World Cup.

posted by bender at 04:46 PM on June 24, 2019

VAR Has One Job, And It's Failing Miserably At It

I was noting to friends I was watching Brazil-France with yesterday, right after the VAR review that ultimately disallowed Gauvin's goal in the first half, that there has been a lot of disagreement between Unkel and the final VAR decisions. Maybe the matches I've watched have or have not been a representative sample, but I feel like in more than half of the VAR reviews I've seen, Unkel's interpretation was subsequently contradicted by the ref's decision.

Though I think I generally agree with the conclusion of this piece: "When the freakin' rules analyst can't even look at the same replays the ref is looking at and come to the same conclusions as her, it should be crystal clear just how impossible it is for VAR to do its job." There are clearly different interpretations of what constitutes a clear and egregious mistake that needs correction, and some work is also necessary to streamline the VAR decision process.

posted by bender at 04:45 PM on June 24, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Saskatchewan by 11
Edmonton by 2
Hamilton by 12

posted by bender at 06:19 PM on June 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

During a game last week, the Nats' tv guys were debating, "Would you rather have a lineup of speedsters or power hitters?" I lean toward the speedsters, mostly for the reasons that Howard_T just outlined as well as the presumption that the fast guys tend to be worth a bit more in the field as well.

posted by bender at 03:29 PM on June 18, 2019