bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: April 18, 2019

bender has posted 17 links and 1,520 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

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

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it: The FIFA Council made it official, unanimously approving an expansion of the mens 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, 2017 - 20 comments

Recent Comments

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Nets in 6
Raptors in 5
Warriors in 4
Nuggets in 5
Celtics in 7
Trail Blazers in 7
Bucks in 5
Jazz in 6
Top point scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
Top rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Warriors

posted by bender at 01:42 AM on April 13, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Predators in 4
Jets in 6
Flames in 5
Golden Knights in 6
Lightning in 4
Maple Leafs in 7
Capitals in 5
Penguins in 6
Top goal scorer: Ovechkin
Top goalie (save %): Pekka Rinne
Team scoring 6: Golden Knights
Team with shutout: Washington

posted by bender at 01:43 AM on April 10, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Final Week: All the Marbles Edition

SLAM Oklahoma City (Tuesday) by 7 SLAM
Denver (Tuesday) by 4
Milwaukee (Thursday) by 3
SLAM Golden State (Thursday) by 8 SLAM
SLAM Indiana (Friday) by 5 SLAM
SLAM Denver (Friday) by 6 SLAM
SLAM Minnesota (Sunday) by 12 SLAM

Washington (Tuesday) by 4
Houston (Tuesday) by 5
Charlotte (Wednesday) by 5
SLAM Denver (Wednesday) by 17 SLAM

posted by bender at 02:28 PM on April 02, 2019

Steph Curry Taunts Refs, Then Dodgy Call Gives Warriors a Loss

Curry did enough to get a technical after tying the game.

Agreed. I understand why the Warriors were upset about the non-shooting foul that preceded that turn of events, but taunting the ref after making a shot is ridiculous. I would have liked to see a technical foul called there, and while I think you're right that most refs wouldn't call it in that situation, I don't actually think it would have been a particularly controversial call.

posted by bender at 03:37 PM on March 31, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Second-to-Last Week: LeBron's New Normal Edition

Oklahoma City (Wednesday) by 5
SLAM Utah (Wednesday) by 12 SLAM
Denver (Thursday) by 3
Boston by 6
SLAM Philadelphia (Saturday) by 9 SLAM
SLAM Golden State (Sunday) by 17 SLAM

posted by bender at 01:51 PM on March 27, 2019

NFL May Make Pass Interference a Replay Challenge

Laser tracking would work much better...

Fair enough. As long as we agree that this task can be better performed by our robot overlords, I'm not picky about which technology it is. While we're at it, can we project the first down line onto the grass so that people in the stadium can see it, too?

posted by bender at 11:54 PM on March 24, 2019

NFL May Make Pass Interference a Replay Challenge

I think I agree with everything with Howard posted, starting with booth review. I see no reason why the on-field referee has to be the one to do it, and it seems we could move quite a bit faster if someone else (whether in "the booth" or in some central location) could do that.

But regarding the review process, I think they should limit the review to a couple of looks at each camera angle. If the play is so close that it has be be viewed 15 times, frame-by-frame, then whatever call was made on the field is good enough.

And lastly--and not completely related to this discussion--why haven't we put GPS in the ball yet? Surely we have the technology to be able to determine exactly where the ball is on the field at any time. It is ridiculous that we use the chains to measure precisely 10 yards from a spot to determine if a first down was achieved, but the location of both that original spot and the final placement of the ball were established far less precisely by officials trying to decide visually--possibly from several yards away and at oblique angles to the yardage markers--where it should be. I'm imagining some sort of ear piece that beeps when the ball is over the correct position.

posted by bender at 04:01 PM on March 24, 2019

US women's national team take legal action over discrimination

Absolutely. USSoccer is long overdue on rectifying this.

posted by bender at 08:50 PM on March 10, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Knicks Win Knicks Win Edition

SLAM Philadelphia by 6 (Wednesday) SLAM
SLAM Denver by 6 (Wednesday) SLAM
Milwaukee by 6 (Thursday)
Oklahoma City by 2 (Thursday)
SLAM Houston by 8 (Friday) SLAM
Golden State by 5 (Friday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Saturday)
Philadelphia by 6 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 02:53 PM on March 05, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

But did his chances of making a World Series go up or down by leaving the Nats for the Phils?

I think both teams have made moves this offseason to improve their position. I think I like where the Nats sit vs. the Phillies due to pitching and young players like Soto and Turner (thus, no to your question), but I wouldn't say he took himself out of contention. I am wondering if the pressure that he has put on himself due to the spectacle of this offseason will be a motivator or a detriment.

posted by bender at 09:12 AM on March 04, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The majority of Nats fans I know (including myself) are disappointed that he is leaving--though we made peace with that a few months ago--mostly because we liked his personality and his highlight moments, but we are generally feeling pretty good about the future without him.

posted by bender at 02:11 PM on March 03, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: He Blew Through His Shoe Edition

SLAM Toronto by 12 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Oklahoma City by 8 (Friday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 11 (Saturday) SLAM
L.A. Clippers by 5 (Sunday)
New York by 5 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 03:41 PM on February 22, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I can dig it.

posted by bender at 05:25 PM on February 17, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Prohibited Expression of Interest Edition

Philadelphia by 4 (Tuesday)
SLAM Golden State by 14 (Tuesday) SLAM
Houston by 3 (Wednesday)
Golden State by 2 (Wednesday)
SLAM New Orleans by 5 (Thursday) SLAM

posted by bender at 01:59 PM on February 12, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Thank You For Trading Dennis Edition

SLAM Philadelphia by 6 (Friday) SLAM
Minnesota by 5 (Friday)
Oklahoma City by 3 (Saturday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Sunday)
SLAM Golden State by 10 (Sunday) SLAM
Dallas by 5 (Monday)

posted by bender at 12:54 PM on February 07, 2019