bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: July 16, 2020

bender has posted 19 links and 1,634 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

An 82-game season? A universal DH? Key takeaways from MLB's 2020 proposal: MLB owners approved a proposal that aims to have Major League Baseball back in early July. Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly plans to present the proposal to players Tuesday.

posted by bender to baseball at 09:31 AM on May 12, 2020 - 2 comments

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

Recent Comments

The Washington Redskins

rcade, I was thinking the same thing about Redtails. I understand why it's different from the previous name, but do you really want to have to continually field questions like "How is [name redacted] offensive to Native Americans, but Redtails isn't offensive to African-Americans?" by people who never wanted it changed in the first place? That's an answerable question, but save yourself the hassle and go with something else.

posted by bender at 01:39 PM on July 13, 2020

MLB owners and players agree to a 60-game 2020 season

So, on the new rules for this season, do we think the universal DH or the runner on 2nd for extra innings are one-and-done or here to stay?

I miss sports as much as anyone around here, but in addition to FLsportsman's concern, I'm also skeptical that the US will pull off any sustained sporting activities this year, as we don't appear to have the collective attention span or commitment to stick to the required COVID-19 measures. I'd very much like to be proven wrong on that.

posted by bender at 01:37 PM on June 26, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

*Thumbs Up*

posted by bender at 01:31 PM on June 26, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I do not know much about NASCAR or Bubba Wallace, but even for a black (apparently) driver, this strikes me as a fairly significant statement given the venue. I hope some other drivers join him--which could really move the needle.

posted by bender at 11:26 AM on June 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Indeed. (Re: Joey Votto)

posted by bender at 09:50 AM on June 08, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Nobody say "Carpe Peloris!" around the President. He might get ideas.

posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 01, 2020

Excuse Me, Aren't You Johnny Bench?

I loled.

posted by bender at 09:08 AM on May 18, 2020

An 82-game season? A universal DH? Key takeaways from MLB's 2020 proposal

Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle tweeted out a number of concerns regarding personnel safety and availability of testing he hoped to be addressed in the proposal.

posted by bender at 09:34 AM on May 12, 2020

When Will Sports Return? Not Anytime Soon

ESPN had marble racing and slippery stairs among some other things on last night. I could live with that for at least a little while.

posted by bender at 11:20 AM on May 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Only a meme shared by a high school classmate on facebook. It did not include a citation, but it didn't have any misspelled words either, so it seemed legit. No word on whether having drunk bleach was necessary to the outcome either.

posted by bender at 01:51 PM on April 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Or they could use that Field of Dreams field they're building in Iowa and have the ghosts umpire the games. You can't get COVID-19 from a ghost, right?

posted by bender at 09:42 AM on April 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Alex Cora is suspended through 2020? Apparently MLB's ban hammer is still in social isolation.

Every player and manager should file a grievance with the league over their current punishment, since they have the same sentence as the guilty folks.

posted by bender at 10:46 AM on April 23, 2020

The PGA Plans a June 11 Return

I was thinking about this a couple of weeks ago.* If there is a sport to return first in the era of COVID-19, golf seems like the most straightforward for people to do a thing and generally stay away from each other. Also it's outside.

*I believe it was when I got a bit wistful that there would be no Masters (at least at the usual time) and was thinking that maybe there was a way to pull it off while also managing the highest-rated Masters of all time.

posted by bender at 06:17 PM on April 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by bender at 09:15 AM on April 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by bender at 01:22 PM on March 30, 2020