bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: January 23, 2022

bender has posted 20 links and 1,766 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
NFL 2020 Playoff Pick 'em Champion

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

Big Ten nixes fall college football season, eyes spring: Big Ten conference presidents and chancellors voted Tuesday to postpone all fall sports seasons, including football, amid the coronavirus pandemic with the hopes of playing in the spring.

posted by bender to football at 10:17 AM on August 12, 2020 - 1 comment

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

Recent Comments

NFL Playoff Pickem Round 2: Hand the Ref the Ball Edition

My picks:

Titans by 7 (lock)
Packers by 13
Buccaneers by 3
Bills by 5
Passer: Tom Brady
Rusher: Derrick Henry
Receiver: Tyreek Hill
Player with interception: Kevin Byard

3/3 in games I picked last week"too bad I didn't pick the first three. Go Titans!

posted by bender at 10:37 AM on January 22, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I saw on Twitter that this is the first ever playoff game where a team had 0 kicks and 0 turnovers--that every possession ended in either a touchdown or end of half. I'd hazard a guess that there aren't a lot of regular season games that meet those criteria either. Very impressive by the Bills, and I'd imagine extra satisfying that it happened against New England.

posted by bender at 01:33 PM on January 16, 2022

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

49ers by 3
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Rams by 4 (lock)

So that's not a great start, not picking the first 3 games. Better make some locks.

posted by bender at 01:28 PM on January 16, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

posted by bender at 05:39 PM on January 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

Well, -10's all around on the Jags!

posted by bender at 04:11 PM on January 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 18: All the Marbles Edition

My picks:

Broncos by 4 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Bengals by 8 (lock)
Packers by 11 (lock)
Vikings by 8 (lock)
Giants by 6 (lock)
Colts by 18 (lock)
Steelers by 5
Titans by 12 (lock)
Saints by 7 (lock)
Bills by 18 (lock)
Rams by 7 (lock)
Patriots by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 17 (lock)
Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 7

posted by bender at 01:59 PM on January 08, 2022

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic Can't Enter Australia

I appreciate Australia standing their ground here. If you're going to have a policy in place for public safety, your reasons for allowing individual exemption from it have got to be more compelling than "sports star wants to play in a tournament."

posted by bender at 09:47 AM on January 06, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 17: Streaky Dolphins Edition

My picks:

Bills by 14 (lock)
Giants by 7
Bengals by 6
Titans by 10 (lock)
Colts by 17 (lock)
Patriots by 20 (lock)
Buccaneers by 5
Eagles by 5
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Broncos by 7
49ers by 17 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Saints by 12 (lock)
Seahawks by 5
Packers by 14 (lock)
Browns by 4

posted by bender at 07:59 PM on December 31, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

Revised picks:

Packers by 14 (lock)
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Falcons by 3
Bengals by 6
Vikings by 7
Bills by 5
Jets by 10 (lock)
Giants by 4
Buccaneers by 7
Chargers by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Chiefs by 12 (lock)
Broncos by 7
Washington by 3
Saints by 14 (lock)

posted by bender at 01:34 AM on December 24, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 16: Cincinnati Nightlife Edition

My picks:

Titans by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 03:14 PM on December 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 15: Don't Kick Your Kicker Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 3
Raiders by 10
Colts by 4
Bills by 7 (lock)
Cardinals by 18 (lock)
Jets by 2
Cowboys by 6
Eagles by 5
Titans by 3
Jaguars by 2
Broncos by 14 (lock)
49ers by 17 (lock)
Rams by 8
Packers by 5
Saints by 9
Vikings by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 03:35 PM on December 16, 2021

Steph Curry Breaks NBA 3-Pointer Record at MSG

In that visualization, there's a big spike in shots from way downtown in the 2015-16 season, which seems interesting.

posted by bender at 10:39 AM on December 16, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 14: Franco Harris Edition

My picks:

Vikings by 3
Ravens by 7
Titans by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Saints by 4
Washington by 4
Falcons by 4
Seahawks by 6
Broncos by 17 (lock)
Chargers by 10 (lock)
Bengals by 3
Bills by 5
Packers by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 15 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:38 AM on December 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 13: Jacksonville vs. Jalen Edition

My picks:

Saints by 3
Falcons by 3
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Bengals by 5
Vikings by 4
Dolphins by 10 (lock)
Jets by 3
Colts by 7
Raiders by 4
Rams by 17 (lock)
Ravens by 16 (lock)
Seahawks by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Bills by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 08:41 AM on December 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 13: Jacksonville vs. Jalen Edition

Saints by 3
Falcons by 3
Cardinals by 10 LOCK
Bengals by 5
Vikings by 4
Dolphins by 10 LOCK
Jets by 3
Colts by 7
Raiders by 4
Rams by 17 LOCK
Ravens by 16 LOCK
Seahawks by 12 LOCK
Chiefs by 10 LOCK
Bills by 7 LOCK

posted by bender at 12:01 AM on December 05, 2021