bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: June 16, 2019

bender has posted 17 links and 1,531 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

The 15th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Hamilton by 2
Montreal by 1
Ottawa by 16
B.C. by 11

posted by bender at 10:20 AM on June 12, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You guys are alright.

posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 06, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yes! (?)

posted by bender at 02:12 PM on June 03, 2019

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round

My picks:

Warriors in 4
Top point scorer: Stephen Curry
Top rebounder: Draymond Green
Game 1 winner: Warriors
Most points single game: Warriors

Series MVP: Stephen Curry
Most technical fouls: Draymond Green
First Durant game: Game 3
Winning team points last game: 117

posted by bender at 06:27 PM on May 30, 2019

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em: Stanley Cup Final

My picks:

Blues in 6
Top goals: Brad Marchand
Top assists: Colton Parayko
Top goalie (save %): Jordan Binnington
Conn Smythe winner: Jordan Binnington
Top penalty minutes: Patrice Bergeron
Game 1 winner: Bruins
Team giving up 0 goals: Bruins

Tiebreaker: 29

posted by bender at 02:32 PM on May 27, 2019

UEFA's messing up

Ok, that was funny. At least on Southwest, you can still (usually) sit with your family, you just don't know where yet. A GA policy for the WWC tickets would be preferable to what they've described here.

posted by bender at 10:02 AM on May 24, 2019

UEFA's messing up

Absolutely. And in what universe can this be considered an acceptable policy? "When you placed your order, a message indicating not all seats would be located next to each other did appear, before confirmation of your purchase. Unfortunately we will not be able to modify your order."

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on May 23, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Warriors in 7
Bucks in 6
Top point scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Top rebounder: Draymond Green
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Bucks

posted by bender at 01:04 PM on May 14, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Bruins in 6
Sharks in 7
Top goal scorer: Logan Couture
Top goalie (save %): Curtis McElhinney
Team scoring 6: Sharks
Team with shutout: Hurricanes

posted by bender at 01:03 PM on May 09, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Raptors in 6
Bucks in 5
Warriors in 4
Spurs/Nuggets in 7
Top point scorer: Curry
Top rebounder: Harden
Top scoring team: Bucks
Team scoring 130: Bucks

posted by bender at 06:15 PM on April 27, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NHL Playoff Pick 'Em

My picks:

Blue Jackets in 6
Stars in 7
Islanders in 4
Sharks in 7
Top goal scorer: Mikko Rantanen (Colorado)
Top goalie (save %): Robin Lehner
Team scoring 6: Stars
Team with shutout: Blue Jackets

posted by bender at 04:00 PM on April 25, 2019

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