bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: February 17, 2019

bender has posted 17 links and 1,508 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: The Sunday Huddle

I can dig it.

posted by bender at 05:25 PM on February 17, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Prohibited Expression of Interest Edition

Philadelphia by 4 (Tuesday)
SLAM Golden State by 14 (Tuesday) SLAM
Houston by 3 (Wednesday)
Golden State by 2 (Wednesday)
SLAM New Orleans by 5 (Thursday) SLAM

posted by bender at 01:59 PM on February 12, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Thank You For Trading Dennis Edition

SLAM Philadelphia by 6 (Friday) SLAM
Minnesota by 5 (Friday)
Oklahoma City by 3 (Saturday)
L.A. Lakers by 4 (Sunday)
SLAM Golden State by 10 (Sunday) SLAM
Dallas by 5 (Monday)

posted by bender at 12:54 PM on February 07, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Super Bowl 0x35 Edition

LOCK Patriots 24-34 Rams LOCK

FIRST FG: Greg Zuerlein (LA)
FIRST TD: Julian Edelman (NE)
PASSING: Tom Brady (NE)
RUSHING: Todd Gurley (LA)
RECEIVING: Julian Edelman (NE)
SACK: Trey Flowers (NE)
OOPS: Tom Brady (NE)
MVP: Todd Gurley (LA)
ADS: Doritos

posted by bender at 04:16 PM on February 03, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Don't Trade Dennis Edition

SLAM Washington by 8 (Wednesday) SLAM
Portland by 4 (Wednesday)
SLAM Toronto by 11 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Golden State by 15 (Thursday) SLAM

Boston by 3 (Friday)
Houston by 5 (Friday)
Golden State by 7 (Saturday)
Oklahoma City by 6 (Sunday)

posted by bender at 03:40 PM on January 29, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Harden in the Garden Edition

Toronto by 7 (Friday)
Golden State by 5 (Saturday)
Oklahoma City by 3 (Sunday)
SLAM Golden State by 12 (Monday) SLAM
SLAM L.A. Clippers by 9 (Monday) SLAM

posted by bender at 10:12 PM on January 24, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Conference Championship Round

LOCK New Orleans by 10 LOCK
Kansas City by 3

Passing Yards - Drew Brees
Rushing Yards - Sony Michel
Receiving Yards - Michael Thomas
Points - New Orleans
Sack - Trey Flowers

posted by bender at 11:35 AM on January 20, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: I Have a Hoop Dream Edition

Well, the dates mixup potentially cost me points for the first two games because it looked like they had already passed when I came to make my picks so I didn't pick them, but I wouldn't say anything can be done about that.

Indiana by 4 (Thursday)
SLAM Oklahoma City by 12 (Thursday) SLAM
San Antonio by 2 on ESPN (Friday)
L.A. Clippers by 5 (Friday)
Philadelphia by 5 (Saturday)
SLAM Houston by 8 (Saturday) SLAM
New Orleans by 7 (Monday)
Philadelphia by 5 (Monday)
Golden State by 5 (Monday)

posted by bender at 01:21 PM on January 16, 2019

SportsFilter NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Divisional Round

Kansas City by 7
LOCK L.A. Rams by 7 LOCK
L.A. Chargers by 3
LOCK New Orleans by 10 LOCK

Drew Brees
Ezekiel Elliott
Michael Thomas
Patrick Mahomes
New Orleans

posted by bender at 03:31 PM on January 12, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: Tank for Zion Edition

Indiana by 6 (Thursday)
SLAM New Orleans by 8 (Thursday) SLAM
SLAM Oklahoma City by 8 (Friday) SLAM

L.A. Lakers by 7 (Saturday)

posted by bender at 02:43 PM on January 10, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Here's the video of the Kentucky goaltending on the free throw.

Now, I watched that SBNation goaltending video yesterday, and I assumed that Georgia still had men on the lane. I don't actually see where Kentucky thought they were gaining an advantage by goaltending. It's plausible that they didn't know there would be a technical foul and additional free throw, the SBNation gave the impression that they understood this rule as written. As such, I would think that picking up the free throw rebound and heaving a 3/4-court shot has better odds than UGA missing both technical free throws and then UK executing a slightly closer buzzer-beater.

posted by bender at 12:55 PM on January 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I stumbled across this video series that SBNation put together and it is fantastic.

It's a collection of short (~5 minutes) videos where two people discuss Weird Rules in sports. Why do they exist? Have they been broken? What are the unintended consequences?

That is definitely fpp material, right there grum. No need to bury it in a daily huddle

I watched several of those yesterday evening, and they were quite fun!

posted by bender at 08:45 AM on January 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think the final call was correct (down by contact short of the end zone). He was obviously tripped, and the moment his arm made contact with the ground he still had recognizable control of the football.

One of the closer replays showed that the ball was dislodged as he tripped. He may have regained it as he fell, but since it had come loose, losing it as he hit the ground would make it fumble.

posted by bender at 08:43 AM on January 08, 2019

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Speaking of bad calls, the refs even got this one right on the field before they took a second look and screwed it up:

posted by bender at 02:59 PM on January 07, 2019

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I agree with all of NoMich's comments.

posted by bender at 11:35 AM on January 05, 2019