bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: October 15, 2021

bender has posted 20 links and 1,742 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 Pickem Week 6: Chucky Got Chucked Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 3
Dolphins by 4
Packers by 12 (lock)
Bengals by 5
Colts by 8 (lock)
Rams by 6
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Vikings by 5
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 2
Broncos by 10
Patriots by 3
Steelers by 3
Titans by 7

posted by bender at 07:00 PM on October 14, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 3
Bengals by 5
Vikings by 12 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Washington by 5
Panthers by 14 (lock)
Titans by 3
Texans by 2
Raiders by 7
Browns by 3
Cowboys by 12 (lock)
Cardinals by 5
Chiefs by 3
Ravens by 14 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:48 AM on October 08, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 5: Urban's Daily Grind Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 11:11 PM on October 06, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 2
Bills by 14 (lock)
Bears by 7
Cowboys by 5
Colts by 3
Browns by 3
Saints by 14 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 4
Rams by 5
Seahawks by 3
Ravens by 7
Packers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 5
Raiders by 4

posted by bender at 10:43 AM on October 03, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 4: 66 Yard Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 13 (lock)

posted by bender at 08:50 AM on September 30, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

Revised picks:

Bills by 7
Browns by 10 (lock)
Ravens by 9 (lock)
Titans by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Saints by 6
Giants by 3
Steelers by 8 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Broncos by 3
Raiders by 7
Rams by 4
Vikings by 3
49ers by 5
Cowboys by 7

posted by bender at 10:11 AM on September 26, 2021

See Jordan Spieth's Moon Shot


posted by bender at 11:22 AM on September 25, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 3: Cardiac Cardinals Edition

My picks:

Texans by 2

posted by bender at 01:42 PM on September 23, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 2: Pay Chandler Jones the Money Edition

My picks:

Bears by 3
Browns by 7 (lock)
Colts by 3
Bills by 3
Patriots by 3
Eagles by 14 (lock)
Steelers by 6
Saints by 10 (lock)
Jaguars by 2
Cardinals by 5
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Cowboys by 4
Seahawks by 4
Ravens by 3
Packers by 3

posted by bender at 06:10 PM on September 17, 2021

Qualifier Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open

Wow! That is incredible. Congratulations to her!

posted by bender at 11:51 AM on September 12, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7
Falcons by 3
Bills by 7 (lock)
Vikings by 4
49ers by 5
Titans by 12 (lock)
Colts by 2
Washington by 4
Panthers by 2
Jaguars by 3
Chiefs by 6
Dolphins by 3
Saints by 6 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Bears by 3
Raiders by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 05:18 PM on September 07, 2021

Bishop Sycamore, Patron Saint of Football

This Bishop Sycamore thing is wild. My friend sent me this article yesterday, also on Awful Announcing. This part particularly got my attention:

"They had an address that they reported to have school out of. I go to that address and no one is there. I ask the people there if they've ever heard of these people, and they said "No, never heard of them. There's no school here." Which led to them obviously being declared not a school for OHSAA purposes, and led to their school charter being revoked by the Ohio Department of Education."

posted by bender at 12:02 AM on September 02, 2021

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