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bender
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Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: December 01, 2022

bender has posted 21 links and 1,813 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
NFL 2022 Playoff 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
2021 USA vs. El Salvador WCQ

Stadia I've been to:

Football:
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)

Baseball:
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)

Basketball/Hockey:
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)

Soccer:
Columbus Crew Stadium
Jesse Owens Stadium (Ohio State University)
RFK Stadium (DC United)
Frankenstadion (Nürnberg, Germany)
A. le Coq Arena (Tallinn, Estonia)
Audi Field (DC United)
Lower.com Field (Columbus Crew)

Recent Links

World Cup 2022 Draw: Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Netherlands, Senegal Group B: England, Iran, USA, Scotland/Wales/Ukraine Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland Group D: France, UAE/Australia/Peru, Denmark, Tunisia Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

posted by bender to soccer at 01:56 PM on April 01, 2022 - 8 comments

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

Recent Comments

NFL Pickem Week 13: Going for 2 to Win Edition

My picks:

Bills by 7
Falcons by 4
Bears by 3
Lions by 4
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Giants by 5
Eagles by 7
Ravens by 4
Browns by 4
Seahawks by 7
49ers by 5
Chiefs by 7
Raiders by 2
Cowboys by 14 (lock)
Buccaneers by 7

posted by bender at 03:10 PM on December 01, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Thanks, beaverboard.

posted by bender at 02:36 PM on December 01, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Speaking of the way youth soccer is reffed, does anyone else have the experience of refs being real sticklers about how the ball is thrown in. I recall refs frequently calling for a throw-in do-over because one foot came off the ground or because the ball went over a shoulder instead of straight over the head. All the more interesting to me, as I can't help but notice pro footballers getting away with these same throws. To this day, I'm not actually sure if those throws were actually against the rules or if the leagues were just trying to make some point via refereeing.

posted by bender at 10:05 PM on November 30, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

My picks:

Bills by 17 (lock)
Cowboys by 5
Vikings by 7
Browns by 3
Titans by 8
Dolphins by 12 (lock)
Bears by 5
Commanders by 7
Broncos by 2
Ravens by 6
Chargers by 7
Seahawks by 11 (lock)
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
49ers by 6
Eagles by 7
Colts by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:16 PM on November 23, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 11: Jeff Sunday Edition

My picks:

Titans by 3
Bears by 3
Bills by 12 (lock)
Eagles by 7
Jets by 7
Saints by 5
Giants by 17 (lock)
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Texans by 4
Raiders by 5
Vikings by 7
Chargers by 2
Bengals by 7
49ers by 5

posted by bender at 08:51 AM on November 16, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 10: J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 7
Buccaneers by 4
Bills by 7
Bears by 10 (lock)
Titans by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 21 (lock)
Dolphins by 13 (lock)
Giants by 28 (lock)
Saints by 5
Raiders by 4
Cowboys by 14 (lock)
Rams by 5
49ers by 5
Eagles by 17 (lock)

posted by bender at 01:48 PM on November 10, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 9: Lost Vegas Edition

My picks:

Chargers by 5
Dolphins by 4
Bengals by 10 (lock)
Packers by 3
Colts by 6
Bills by 7
Vikings by 4
Jaguars by 7
Seahawks by 7
Rams by 6
Chiefs by 6
Ravens by 7

posted by bender at 06:49 PM on November 04, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 8: Retirement Looking Pretty Good Edition

My picks:

Ravens by 7
Jaguars by 3
Falcons by 4
Cowboys by 17 (lock)
Dolphins by 3
Vikings by 17 (lock)
Raiders by 5
Jets by 10 (lock)
Eagles by 21 (lock)
Titans by 14 (lock)
Colts by 3
Rams by 7
Seahawks by 2
Bills by 7
Browns by 3

posted by bender at 05:18 PM on October 27, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 7: Drag Russell Wilson Edition

Revised picks:

Patriots by 4 (lock)

posted by bender at 05:22 PM on October 20, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 7: Drag Russell Wilson Edition

My picks:

Cardinals by 5
Bengals by 9 (lock)
Cowboys by 23 (lock)
Titans by 17 (lock)
Commanders by 3
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Giants by 14 (lock)
Ravens by 14 (lock)
Jets by 7
Texans by 4
Seahawks by 3
49ers by 3
Dolphins by 7
Patriots by 4

posted by bender at 05:22 PM on October 20, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 6: Roughing the Passer Edition

My picks:

Bears by 4
49ers by 5
Browns by 7
Jets by 3
Jaguars by 3
Dolphins by 5
Bengals by 7
Giants by 7
Steelers by 1
Rams by 14 (lock)
Cardinals by
Chiefs by 3
Eagles by 9
Chargers by 12 (lock)

posted by bender at 03:13 PM on October 13, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 5: NFC Beast Edition

Revised picks:

Colts by 4
Giants by 06
Bills by 014 (lock)
Browns by 03
Vikings by 04
Lions by 02
Seahawks by 06
Jets by 07
Buccaneers by 06
Titans by 07
Jaguars by 08 (lock)
Panthers by 03
Rams by 04
Cardinals by 03
Ravens by 05
Chiefs by 012 (lock)

posted by bender at 07:59 PM on October 06, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 5: NFC Beast Edition

My picks:

Broncos by 5

posted by bender at 07:35 PM on October 06, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 5: NFC Beast Edition

My picks:

Broncos by 5

posted by bender at 07:24 PM on October 06, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 5: NFC Beast Edition

My picks:

Broncos by 5

posted by bender at 05:35 PM on October 06, 2022