bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: September 24, 2020

bender has posted 20 links and 1,664 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

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 3: Pay Dak Prescott Edition

My picks:

Dolphins by 7

posted by bender at 09:33 AM on September 24, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Stars in 5
Top goals: Joe Pavelski
Top goalie (save %): Anton Khudobin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Stars
Top assists: Miro Heiskanen
Conn Smythe: Joe Pavelski
Tiebreaker: 25

posted by bender at 12:36 PM on September 19, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

Revised picks:

Bears by 4 (not locked)
Cowboys by 7 (not locked)
Packers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Colts by 3 (not locked)
Dolphins by 2 (not locked)
Jets by 3 (not locked)
Rams by 7 (not locked)
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 4 (not locked)
Cardinals by 7 (not locked)
Chiefs by 5 (not locked)
Texans by 8 (not locked)
Seahawks by 7 (not locked)
Raiders by 4 (not locked)

posted by bender at 10:46 PM on September 17, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 4

posted by bender at 08:37 AM on September 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You guys are alright.

posted by bender at 09:06 AM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Something I've mused over before, since the city is Tampa, but there is a Tampa Bay. Is the team the Tampa Bay / Buccaneers or the Tampa / Bay Buccaneers?

posted by bender at 04:20 PM on September 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Atlanta Braves: hold our co-cola.

Kudos to the Marlins, who, after going down 11-2 after 2 got it back to a competitive 13-8 after their half of the 4th, before the rest of the wheels fell off.

posted by bender at 03:10 PM on September 10, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

My picks:

Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Bills by 4
Bears by 7
Vikings by 6
Patriots by 12 (lock)
Washington by 5
Panthers by 3
Colts by 7
Ravens by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 3
Saints by 4
49ers by 4
Rams by 14 (lock)
Giants by 3
Broncos by 4

posted by bender at 08:51 AM on September 09, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2 Leader: Geneparmesan

My picks:

Golden Knights in 6
Islanders in 5
Top goals: Denis Gurianov
Top goalie (save %): Semyon Varlamov
Team scoring most goals: Golden Knights
Team giving up 0 goals: Islanders

posted by bender at 11:57 AM on September 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

rcade, I asked a friend who has been running a league that I have also been in. His response:

"Negative. The admin has to create their team before the league is renewed. There are free transfers Week 1 so they can always make revisions." (as also noted by prof)

posted by bender at 09:52 AM on September 03, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

Real change requires buy-in from everyone. Leaders included.

This is part of why I had some hope as a result of these protests by athletes. America is obsessed with sports. A protest like this--not just individual athletes like with the kneeling during the national anthem but entire teams or even leagues would certainly get attention and force a conversation.

Of course, if they only take off a game or two and then get back to playing, it will be forgotten, and people will move on. If they are able to carry it on until some demands are met, then they could achieve something. Of course, what those demands are is the tricky part. The solutions here are not easy or quick to achieve, and results will be even slower to measure. And of course, the athletes are not necessarily the ones who should be negotiating them--though more than a few athletes have exhibited that they are well qualified to be part of that process. I'm thinking something like agreements by cities/governments to meet with community and advocacy organizations to determine and implement policy changes. Not single meetings but some schedule or framework--something that can be viewed as a commitment to reform.

posted by bender at 11:26 AM on August 28, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Boycott Game 5 of Playoff Series

I will hand it to the players for taking it upon themselves to answer complaints against the violent protests with a meaningful peaceful rebuttal. This protest, now tacitly backed by the league with the cancellation, actually has a chance to move the needle.

I understand the Mariners and Padres also look like they won't be playing.

posted by bender at 06:49 PM on August 26, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2

My picks:

Stars in 5
Islanders in 6
Lightning in 7
Canucks in 6
Top goals: Bo Horvat
Top goalie (save %): Semyon Varlamov
Team scoring most goals: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Lightning

posted by bender at 12:37 PM on August 22, 2020

Thom Brennaman Makes Anti-Gay Comment on Hot Mic During Reds Game

The apology, where he paused mid-thought to call a homerun, was also quite bizarre.

posted by bender at 09:29 AM on August 20, 2020

Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grand slam draws ire of manager Jayce Tingler, Texas Rangers

What unwritten rule will he break today?? Tune in to find out!

posted by bender at 10:40 PM on August 19, 2020