bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: December 14, 2018

bender has posted 17 links and 1,486 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

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: Miracle in Miami Edition

LOCK Kansas City by 10 LOCK
LOCK Houston by 14 LOCK
Denver by 3
LOCK Atlanta by 13 LOCK
Buffalo by 2
LOCK Chicago by 11 LOCK
Cincinnati by 5
Dallas by 5
Minnesota by 4
Tennessee by 4
Jacksonville by 7
Baltimore by 4
Seattle by 4
New England by 5
LOCK L.A. Rams by 10 LOCK
New Orleans by 7

posted by bender at 05:45 PM on December 13, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: His Name is Luka Edition

SLAM New Orleans by 9 SLAM
Toronto by 3
Houston by 5
SLAM Dallas by 10 SLAM
SLAM Philadelphia by 7 SLAM
Oklahoma City by 4

posted by bender at 10:43 AM on December 12, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 14: Shut the F--- Up, Thielen Edition

LOCK Tennessee by 9 LOCK
Buffalo by 5
LOCK Carolina by 8 LOCK
Atlanta by 7
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Miami by 3
New Orleans by 10
N.Y. Giants by 4
LOCK Houston by 10 LOCK
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 14 LOCK
San Francisco by 3
Dallas by 5
Pittsburgh by 7
Arizona by 4
L.A. Rams by 6
LOCK Seattle by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 01:32 PM on December 06, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Don Knobler Edition

SLAM Toronto by 12 (Wednesday) SLAM
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Wednesday)
SLAM Boston by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
Houston by 3 (Thursday)
Detroit by 5 (Friday)
Golden State by 7 (Friday)

posted by bender at 11:39 AM on December 04, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: So Dumb He Punched a Helmet Edition

LOCK New Orleans by 14 LOCK
Atlanta by 4
Cincinnati by 3
LOCK L.A. Rams by 21 LOCK
LOCK Green Bay by 12 LOCK
Miami by 7
LOCK Chicago by 13 LOCK
Carolina by 3
Indianapolis by 7
LOCK Houston by 18 LOCK
Tennessee by 6
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
LOCK New England by 10 LOCK
LOCK Seattle by 10 LOCK
L.A. Chargers by 4
Philadelphia by 4

posted by bender at 03:58 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: Dončič Means 'Nowitzki' in German

Would it be possible to get the post the day before games start for the week? I don't know where to find which games it's going to be, so there's often a small window for seeing the post and making picks in time.

Toronto by 5 (Thursday)
L.A. Clippers by 4 (Thursday)
San Antonio by 5 (Friday)
SLAM Portland by 9 (Friday) SLAM

posted by bender at 03:53 PM on November 29, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That Steven Marcus link includes a link to his last several ballots, all of which have no more than 4 players selected. It's like he thinks they'll take his votes away if he votes for anyone other than just the ones elected that year (even though he was wrong about that on a couple).

posted by bender at 01:14 PM on November 27, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition

LOCK Dallas by 7 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 17 LOCK
Buffalo by 4
LOCK Cincinnati by 10 LOCK
New England by 7
Philadelphia by 3
LOCK Tampa Bay by 9 LOCK
Carolina by 4
Baltimore by 6
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 9 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 7
Indianapolis by 4
Minnesota by 5
Houston by 4

posted by bender at 11:36 PM on November 22, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Vince Carter Edition

Oh, looks like all of this week's games were yesterday.

posted by bender at 11:25 PM on November 22, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Bowl Edition

Whoops, too late for the first game.

LOCK Dallas by 7 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 17 LOCK

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by bender at 01:53 PM on November 22, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm not sure if this is FPP-worthy, but I'll just put it here: Farting Controversy Clouds Grand Slam Of Darts Quarterfinal.

posted by bender at 06:20 PM on November 19, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Simultaneous Possession Edition

LOCK Seattle by 5 LOCK
Atlanta by 3
Carolina by 6
Tennessee by 5
Tampa Bay by 4
Washington by 7
Pittsburgh by 7
Baltimore by 2
Arizona by 2
LOCK L.A. Chargers by 13 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 10 LOCK
Chicago by 5
Kansas City by 3

posted by bender at 07:56 PM on November 15, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The article says he's a criminal justice major. I'm sure this video won't haunt him in a job interview...

posted by bender at 01:29 PM on November 15, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

LOCK Seattle by 5 LOCK

posted by bender at 12:50 PM on November 15, 2018

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Tyson's Mighty Beard Edition

Minnesota by 4 (Wednesday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Wednesday)
Houston by 4 (Thursday)
L.A. Clippers by 4 (Thursday)
Toronto by 4 (Friday)
SLAM Milwaukee by 9 (Friday) SLAM

posted by bender at 04:45 PM on November 14, 2018