bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: May 07, 2021

bender has posted 20 links and 1,716 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

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

There's been a string of bad baserunning calls recently, but this one is a real head-scratcher. Also, what is the possible rationale that the runner's basepath is not reviewable--it's really frustrating when it's clearly wrong and they can't even look at it.

posted by bender at 10:24 AM on May 03, 2021

Will a 'Super League' blow up global soccer? Here's what we know after bombshell announcement

Holden, that rationale rings true to me. Do you (or anyone) believe that an alternative is plausible wherein La Liga merges with another league or two that similarly have a small number of teams who dominate--such as, say, French Ligue 1 and/or Portuguese Primiera Liga--to create a border-spanning league with a deeper and more competitive top flight that still administers in the same fashion as current leagues (i.e. 20 teams/38 match season and relegation/promotion)?

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on April 21, 2021

Mean Green Pitcher Strikes Out Every Batter in Perfect Game

I don't understand how this could happen:

NCAA records list two other pitchers with 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game, but neither of those was a perfect game.

Dropped ball on strike three and the batter actually made it to first base? That's the only thing I can think of.

NoMich, I think this leaves open the possibility that some batter(s) reached base (by walk or hit), but that all 21 outs were recorded via strikeout.

posted by bender at 11:43 AM on April 12, 2021

Mean Green Pitcher Strikes Out Every Batter in Perfect Game

Say whaaaat?? Wow!

posted by bender at 11:39 AM on April 12, 2021

Baylor Bears Win First NCAA Basketball Championship

I agree beaverboard, you would think with all of the hoopla around March MadnessTM the NCAA would have produced something comparable with the crystal football for the basketball champions by now.

posted by bender at 09:19 AM on April 07, 2021

Jeff Bezos Looking at Buying Washington Football Team

If Amazons doesn't get traction, Bezos could name the team after another of his properties, the Washington Posts.

posted by bender at 02:29 PM on February 25, 2021

Edmonton's Ex-Eskimos Have 7 Possible Replacements

I have discovered the Delta State "Fighting Okra," so all is not lost on the Botanical Nomenclature front.

Unfortunately, Delta State is officially the Statesmen, and only unofficially the Fightin' Okra. It's high time they drop the pretense and officially adopt the latter, if you ask me.

posted by bender at 03:57 PM on February 10, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Leonard Fournette
Receiver: Travis Kelce
Player with interception: Sean Murphy-Bunting
Player with sack: Sean Murphy-Bunting
Player with first turnover: Tyreek Hill
Super Bowl MVP: Leonard Fournette
Tiebreaker: 57

TB 37-30 KC

posted by bender at 05:10 PM on February 07, 2021

Tom Brady Leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl 0x37

Between the Lightning's Stanley Cup, the Rays' trip to the World Series, and now the Bay Buccaneers going to the Super Bowl (In their house!), it has been a truly exceptional year for sports in Tampa.

posted by bender at 10:01 AM on January 25, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Packers by 7 (lock)
Bills by 4 (lock)
Passer: Josh Allen
Rusher: Aaron Jones
Receiver: Stefon Diggs
Player with interception: Darnell Savage

posted by bender at 09:43 AM on January 23, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Divisional Round

My picks:

Packers by 7
Bills by 10 (lock)
Browns by 3
Saints by 12 (lock)
Passer: Drew Brees
Rusher: Aaron Jones
Receiver: Travis Kelce
Player with interception: Darnell Savage

posted by bender at 12:22 PM on January 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Browns fans are feeling pretty special this morning

*Not related to Bill Belichick

posted by bender at 09:04 AM on January 11, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bills by 7
Seahawks by 10 (lock)
Buccaneers by 4
Titans by 7
Saints by 12 (lock)
Browns by 2 (lock)
Passer: Drew Brees
Rusher: Derrick Henry
Receiver: DK Metcalf
Player with interception: Carlton Davis

It's Bender's time to shine! Go Titans!

posted by bender at 08:59 AM on January 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Champion: Truthhurts

Is second Costanza in the relegation zone? /asking for a friend

posted by bender at 03:55 PM on January 04, 2021