bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: December 10, 2019

bender has posted 18 links and 1,597 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
2019 NL Wild Card Game Milwaukee at Washington
2019 World Series Game 3 Houston at Washington

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

NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Color Analyst Tim Ryan Edition

Chicago by 5
LOCK Atlanta by 8 LOCK
Buffalo by 2
Cleveland by 2
LOCK Green Bay by 8 LOCK
LOCK Minnesota by 11 LOCK

New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Jets by 6
Tampa Bay by 3
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
Jacksonville by 4
Tennessee by 5
New England by 3
Arizona by 1
L.A. Rams by 4
LOCK Philadelphia by 17 LOCK

posted by bender at 09:56 AM on December 05, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: Offensive Rams Edition

LOCK Chicago by 14 LOCK
Buffalo by 4
New Orleans by 8

LOCK N.Y. Jets by 10 LOCK
Tennessee by 3
LOCK Philadelphia by 17 LOCK
Green Bay by 5
Pittsburgh by 1
Carolina by 2
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 4
LOCK L.A. Rams by 15 LOCK
Denver by 3
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
New England by 3
Seattle by 7

posted by bender at 11:13 AM on December 01, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: Offensive Rams Edition

LOCK Chicago by 14 LOCK
Buffalo by 4
New Orleans by 8

posted by bender at 10:07 AM on November 28, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Winnipeg by 8
Andrew Harris

posted by bender at 06:02 PM on November 21, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Baltimore is Pretty Good Edition

Indianapolis by 5
Atlanta by 7
LOCK Buffalo by 14 LOCK
Lock Chicago by 7 LOCK
LOCK Pittsburgh by 14 LOCK

Cleveland by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 17 LOCK
LOCK N.Y. Jets by 10 LOCK

Philadelphia by 3
LOCK Detroit by 10 LOCK
LOCK Tennessee by 7 LOCK
LOCK New England by 14 LOCK

San Francisco by 3
Baltimore by 3

posted by bender at 05:58 PM on November 21, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Narrator: In the end, he did just that.

I guess what I meant was, is there a reason that he didn't do that before?

posted by bender at 11:34 AM on November 18, 2019

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Kaepernick's NFL workout sounds like a scam and a setup.

I don't disagree with that assessment, but is there a reason that Kaepernick couldn't set up his own workout on amenable terms?

posted by bender at 07:49 PM on November 17, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Miami 2-Game Winning Streak Edition

Cleveland by 2
Detroit by 7
LOCK Indianapolis by 7 LOCK
Buffalo by 3
LOCK Minnesota by 10 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 3
N.Y. Jets by 4
Atlanta by 5
LOCK Baltimore by 9 LOCK
LOCK San Francisco by 17 LOCK

Oakland by 4
New England by 3
L.A. Rams by 6
L.A. Chargers by 2

posted by bender at 12:28 PM on November 15, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Hamilton by 18
Winnipeg by 12
Zach Collaros

posted by bender at 12:25 PM on November 15, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Miami 2-Game Winning Streak Edition

Cleveland by 2

posted by bender at 05:04 PM on November 14, 2019

Houston Astros accused of electronically stealing signs in 2017

I feel like what will be telling about this will be how much reaction we get out of other players and teams. If there's a lot of outrage, that may or may not tell us anything, but if there's not a whole lot of hand-wringing, that may be an indication that the Astros have been caught doing something that a lot of teams are doing in some variety of form.

That is not a defense of the Astros, but I am definitely interested to know how much of this sort of thing is going on.

posted by bender at 03:38 PM on November 13, 2019

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Edmonton by 7
Calgary by 6
Sean Whyte (Edmonton)

posted by bender at 09:18 AM on November 08, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Miami Winning Streak Edition

Oakland by 3
Chicago by 3
LOCK Baltimore by 14 LOCK
LOCK Buffalo by 10 LOCK

Kansas City by 7
New Orleans by 7
N.Y. Jets by 3
LOCK Tampa Bay by 14 LOCK
LOCK Indianapolis by 10 LOCK

Green Bay by 4
L.A. Rams by 7
LOCK Dallas by 10 LOCK
LOCK San Francisco by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 11:42 AM on November 07, 2019

NFL Pick 'Em Week 9: San Francisco 51ers Edition

LOCK San Francisco by 37 LOCK
Houston by 7
LOCK Buffalo by 7 LOCK
Kansas City by 7
Miami by 3
Philadelphia by 3
Indianapolis by 4
Tennessee by 4
LOCK Detroit by 10 LOCK
LOCK Seattle by 8 LOCK

Denver by 3
Green Bay by 7
Baltimore by 3
LOCK Dallas by 10 LOCK

posted by bender at 07:28 PM on November 01, 2019

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty-One

Montreal by 10
Saskatchewan by 11
Hamilton by 1
Calgary by 3

posted by bender at 02:17 PM on November 01, 2019