bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: August 19, 2018

bender has posted 16 links and 1,424 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

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

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 nations winningest women with its most-medalled men.

posted by bender to olympics at 12:57 PM on August 15, 2016 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Winnipeg by 14
B.C. by 1
Edmonton by 14
Calgary by 18

posted by bender at 10:49 AM on August 17, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Now this is a brutal way to lose a baseball game.

posted by bender at 04:37 PM on August 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I did not see the match, but I was wondering the same thing. It was the 95', so maybe they thought that the whistle was about to blow? Even so, that is a huge gamble in a level match.

posted by bender at 09:12 AM on August 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Wayne Rooney makes a game-saving tackle in front of an empty net and then fires across a perfect cross for the game-winner at the other end.

posted by bender at 08:17 AM on August 13, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

Edmonton by 6
Winnipeg by 14
Montreal by 11

posted by bender at 11:34 PM on August 09, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Csar Hernndez circles the bases on a bunt thanks to Diamondbacks' errors.

posted by bender at 05:15 PM on August 08, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Ottawa by 3
Edmonton by 14
Montreal by 15
B.C. by 12

posted by bender at 05:33 PM on August 02, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Montreal by 1
Toronto by 12
Ottawa by 13
Saskatchewan by 8

posted by bender at 08:50 AM on July 25, 2018

TBT Announces Elam Ending to Be Used in All TBT2018 Games

I also read this article from Sports Illustrated that discusses many of the same points but does eventually get to a couple arguments against the proposal. I find "disadvantage to the team in the lead" a little more compelling than "no more buzzer-beaters"--which is fairly well defended by Elam. That said, while recognizing that this proposal may increase the chance of comebacks, which can certainly be construed as an advantage to the trailing team, I'm not sure how big an advantage (vs. the current alternative) this is, and the improvement in game play is worth it to me.

posted by bender at 11:17 AM on July 23, 2018

TBT Announces Elam Ending to Be Used in All TBT2018 Games

I only just heard of TBT Friday, and I'm not sure how I feel about the tournament itself, but having just watched one of the games, I think this new tweak on the end of the games has a lot going for it. That said, I have a hard time seeing our established leagues implementing such a radical change.

posted by bender at 04:17 PM on July 22, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Saskatchewan by 1
Ottawa by 12
Toronto by 14
Montreal by 2

posted by bender at 02:32 PM on July 19, 2018

SportsFilter World Cup Pickem Final: Make Your Picks

France 1-2 Croatia AET
10 minutes

posted by bender at 12:29 AM on July 15, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Is there a World Cup pick 'em for 3rd place and finals?

posted by bender at 04:02 PM on July 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Those are great!

posted by bender at 11:09 AM on July 12, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 9
Edmonton by 9
Winnipeg by 15

posted by bender at 11:06 AM on July 12, 2018