bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: July 24, 2021

bender has posted 20 links and 1,730 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

Yankees Fan Throws Baseball at Red Sox Outfielder


posted by bender at 12:27 PM on July 18, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Am I weird that every time I hear or read his name I sing "Ciro Immobile" to the tune of "La Donna e Mobile" to myself, and I wish someone would rewrite the rest of the song?

posted by bender at 10:53 AM on July 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

"I was sure that Hovland, Korda and Steve Stricker were good bets," the unidentified bettor told Betfair. "But I was a little unsure on Harris English."


posted by bender at 01:11 PM on June 30, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Wild results yesterday! Spain and France both blew 3-1 leads in the last 15 minutes? Switzerland showed me something I wasn't expecting yesterday--against a France squad that also seemed to be getting it together.

posted by bender at 09:45 AM on June 29, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

I much prefer a decision based on one team scoring more than the other versus an arbitrary road goals tiebreaker. And if it loosens up the first legs as Ricardo suggests, that, too, would be a win.

posted by bender at 08:08 AM on June 25, 2021

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I agree that for the length of CPR, I was not feeling optimistic. That is a very positive development.

posted by bender at 01:38 PM on June 12, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter

Yeah, I would have liked if I at least had to click on something to see the percentages so that I wasn't swayed before I even considered it. Oh well. Let's go Poland!

posted by bender at 02:47 PM on June 11, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter


posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 10, 2021

Enter the European Soccer Pick'em on SportsFilter


posted by bender at 03:05 PM on June 10, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle


posted by bender at 08:56 AM on June 09, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I was watching, too, though not here (obvs). Very entertaining match, and certainly encouraging to come back from down twice. I don't want to read too much into a single result, but I think there's reason to be rather encouraged from this one, especially with such a young team.

posted by bender at 02:41 PM on June 07, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

What's the opposite of TOOTBLAN?

posted by bender at 10:16 PM on May 27, 2021

Enter the NHL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Capitals in 5
Predators in 7
Oilers in 5
Avalanche in 5
Lightning in 5
Islanders in 7
Canadiens in 7
Golden Knights in 6
Top goals: Ovechkin
Top goalie (save %): Andrei Vasilevskiy
Team scoring 6 goals: Golden Knights
Team giving up 0 goals: Capitals

posted by bender at 05:11 PM on May 19, 2021

Wild thangs: Double-A team draws 13 walks in an inning

I've been on the mound for one of those innings. Much lower stakes in my softball league, but I can only imagine how that feels in front of a stadium of fans.

posted by bender at 08:19 AM on May 10, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thanks, Howard_T. I always appreciate your insight in baseball rules/officiating discussions.

posted by bender at 05:03 PM on May 04, 2021