bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: October 23, 2019

bender has posted 18 links and 1,573 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)
TCF Bank Stadium (University of Minnesota)
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)
Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)

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 (Nürnberg, 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

Astros Exec Celebrated ALCS Win by Taunting Female Reporters

Agreed. I may have initially veered toward the wrong conclusion after reading whichever headline I saw or heard this morning, but after reading the SI piece shortly thereafter, it was clear that this guy was making an effort to be a dick. And that's separate, even, from whether or not Houston should have been interested in signing Osuna in the first place.

posted by bender at 01:12 AM on October 23, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Looks like I did, too.

posted by bender at 11:20 AM on October 21, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition

Kansas City by 5
L.A. Rams by 7
LOCK Buffalo by 9 LOCK
Jacksonville by 3
Detroit by 3
LOCK Green Bay by 7 LOCK
Houston by 7
N.Y. Giants by 6
San Francisco by 7
L.A. Chargers by 3
New Orleans by 7
Baltimore by 3
Dallas by 7
LOCK New England by 12 LOCK

posted by bender at 06:30 PM on October 17, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: J-E-T-S Edition

Kansas City by 5

posted by bender at 03:08 PM on October 17, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Jayson Werth was on the field last night after the game:

posted by bender at 04:15 PM on October 16, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This Nats fan isn't really down for the piling on of Bryce Harper that a lot of folks around here can't get enough of. However, this birthday's gotta sting quite a bit. He could have been spraying champagne around the locker room when the clock struck midnight.

posted by bender at 02:35 PM on October 16, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It is ridiculous that we ever learned his name.

posted by bender at 01:35 PM on October 15, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 6
Saskatchewan by 6
Winnipeg by 10
Edmonton by 8

posted by bender at 01:47 PM on October 10, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: One Less Gruden Edition

LOCK New England by 17 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 7
Cleveland by 3
LOCK Kansas City by 18 LOCK
Miami by 7
Philadelphia by 4
New Orleans by 4
LOCK Baltimore by 13 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Rams by 14 LOCK
Atlanta by 3
Denver by 4
Dallas by 7
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 10 LOCK
Green Bay by 6

posted by bender at 01:43 PM on October 10, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Edmonton by 7
Montreal by 7
Saskatchewan by 7
B.C. by 7

posted by bender at 09:28 AM on October 04, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: 902 Passing Yards Edition

L.A. Rams by 7
Arizona by 3
Tennessee by 3
Chicago by 5
LOCK New Orleans by 14 LOCK
Minnesota by 8
LOCK Philadelphia by 10 LOCK
Baltimore by 10
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK
Carolina by 4
Houston by 6
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 12 LOCK
Dallas by 5
LOCK Kansas City by 19 LOCK
San Francisco by 3

posted by bender at 02:29 AM on October 03, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Season suspension sounds like a reasonable penalty. I wouldn't complain if it was longer.

posted by bender at 04:28 PM on September 30, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Winnipeg by 12
Ottawa by 10
Saskatchewan by 6
B.C. by 10

posted by bender at 08:45 AM on September 27, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Minshew Mania Edition

grum and jjzucal, hedging your bets by taking the Chargers in both halves of the rare NFL doubleheader?

Green Bay by 6
LOCK Atlanta by 14 LOCK
New England by 7
LOCK Kansas City by 17 LOCK
Indianapolis by 3
L.A. Chargers by 4
LOCK N.Y. Giants by 8 LOCK
Baltimore by 7
Houston by 4
LOCK L.A. Rams by 13 LOCK
Seattle by 3
Chicago by 7
Lock Denver by 9 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
Pittsburgh by 2

posted by bender at 11:48 PM on September 25, 2019

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Three consecutive pitches from Stephen Strasburg yesterday:

posted by bender at 11:48 AM on September 22, 2019