bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: October 20, 2018

bender has posted 17 links and 1,457 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

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 7: Paul Allen Memorial Edition:

LOCK Denver by 11 LOCK
L.A. Chargers by 3
Chicago by 4
Buffalo by 7
LOCK Miami by 17 LOCK
Minnesota by 9
Philadelphia by 7
LOCK Tampa Bay by 13 LOCK
LOCK Jacksonville by 10 LOCK

Baltimore by 5
LOCK L.A. Rams by 14 LOCK
Dallas by 4
LOCK Kansas City by 14 LOCK
Atlanta by 3

posted by bender at 01:27 AM on October 20, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Ottawa by 11
Edmonton by 11
Montreal by 4
Calgary by 10

posted by bender at 09:41 AM on October 19, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Paul Allen Memorial Edition:

LOCK Denver by 11 LOCK

posted by bender at 02:41 PM on October 18, 2018

Altuve Ruled Out on Fan Interference in ALCS Game 4

Wouldn't this create the expectation that home fans should intentionally mess up a fielder's chances of robbing a home run by getting there first? Today the expectation is that fans should do what we can to back off.

I don't think this is happening or would happen. Balls are flying toward the seats at 100 mph, and fans are trying to catch them and/or not get hit by them, and we are only talking about the handful of occurrences when the ball is right at a wall and both player and fan can reach it. I don't think fan-intentionally-sabotaging-player is a problem that really needs a solution, but I'm fine with your stipulation of calling fan interference when a fan does something egregious and obvious to interfere.

What I don't like is the umpire having to decide what he thinks would have happened. That is what happens with the current rule, and that is also what happens when he has to decide which side of the wall he thinks the contact occurred on. Either extend the walls (etc.) so that interference can't happen, or let a fan try to catch a ball that is flying in his direction and happen to get in the way of a player making a catch every now and again. Surely that's better than an umpire calling "Catch" when the ball actually hit the dirt, right?

I'm not trying to defend a brother umpire, but I think Joe West made a really great call in a high-pressure situation.

I also think he probably made the right call by the book. I just don't like the rule.

posted by bender at 12:33 PM on October 18, 2018

Altuve Ruled Out on Fan Interference in ALCS Game 4

Would solve the issue but hard to implement. And to what extent - would a buffer be required around the entire diamond, including dugouts / etc.?

I agree. In some situations it would be relatively easy, and in others, it would take quite a bit of effort. My vote would be to make the easy changes and then eliminate the fan interference rule. If a ball touches a fan and is not caught by a player, it should simply be treated as if it landed where that fan is standing--foul, homerun, whatever.

posted by bender at 11:05 AM on October 18, 2018

Altuve Ruled Out on Fan Interference in ALCS Game 4

I'm not particularly interested in whether or not they got this call right or not. I find it frustrating that MLB has a fan interference rule that applies to anything other than someone jumping over the rail and running onto the field. Either (1) let fans sit close to the action, and get over the fact that occasionally fans and players are going to touch each other while reaching for the same ball, or (2) engineer it out of the ballparks. I am absolutely for option 1, but those fans are 0% wrong for reaching for that ball, and it is ridiculous that the rule allows the umpires to decide that a ball that was not caught was actually an out.

posted by bender at 09:29 AM on October 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

lol @Sebastian & @kiarawillson92

posted by bender at 10:09 AM on October 17, 2018

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em

SLAM Boston (Tuesday) by 11 SLAM
Golden State (Tuesday) by 6
New Orleans (Wednesday) by 4
Dallas (Wednesday) by 3
Philadelphia (Thursday) by 5
L.A. Lakers (Thursday) by 3
Toronto (Friday) by 4
Golden State (Friday) by 5
SLAM L.A. Lakers (Saturday) by 9 SLAM

posted by bender at 06:26 PM on October 16, 2018

Usain Bolt scored two goals in his first professional soccer start

Love it!

posted by bender at 10:48 AM on October 13, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Jets Run for 323 Yards Edition

LOCK Philadelphia by 5 LOCK
Atlanta by 4
Cincinnati by 3
Cleveland by 7
Seattle by 4
LOCK Miami by 9 LOCK
LOCK Minnesota by 10 LOCK

Indianapolis by 1
LOCK Carolina by 10 LOCK
Houston by 3
L.A. Rams by 7
LOCK Dallas by 13 LOCK
Tennessee by 6
Kansas City by 3
LOCK Green Bay by 8 LOCK

posted by bender at 10:45 AM on October 13, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Toronto by 6
Saskatchewan by 18
Edmonton by 1
B.C. by 14

posted by bender at 10:27 AM on October 12, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Jets Run for 323 Yards Edition

LOCK Philadelphia by 5 LOCK

posted by bender at 12:37 PM on October 11, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: First Down Browns Edition

Lock New England by 14 LOCK
Tennessee by 7
Cincinnati by 4
Cleveland by 1
Green Bay by 7
Kansas City by 7
Denver by 5
LOCK Pittsburgh by 7 LOCK
LOCK Carolina by 10 LOCK
Oakland by 2
Philadelphia by 7
San Francisco by 6
Seattle by 3
LOCK Dallas by 11 LOCK
LOCK New Orleans by 10 LOCK

posted by bender at 12:42 PM on October 05, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: First Down Browns Edition

I'm not sure if the game has started yet or not, but I'll put in a pick anyway.

LOCK New England by 14 LOCK

posted by bender at 08:34 PM on October 04, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Wow! 0fers two weeks in a row. I'll have to switch from a nickel to a quarter to turn this ship around!

Winnipeg by 17
B.C. by 19
Montreal by 6
Saskatchewan by 11

posted by bender at 12:44 PM on October 04, 2018