bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: September 30, 2023

bender has posted 21 links and 1,868 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
NFL 2023 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:

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)
Audi Field (DC United) 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 4: 70 Point Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 02
Bills by 3
Bears by 1
Browns by 4
Bengals by 4
Colts by 7
Buccaneers by 3
Eagles by 12 (lock)
Vikings by 5
Texans by 2
Raiders by 6
Cowboys by 6
49ers by 4
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Giants by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on September 30, 2023

NFL Pickem Week 4: 70 Point Edition

My picks:

Lions by 7

posted by bender at 10:30 AM on September 28, 2023

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That's got to be one of the most lopsided NFL games ever

posted by bender at 08:17 PM on September 24, 2023

NFL Pickem Week 3: Season-Ending Injury Edition

Revised picks:

49ers by 12 (lock)
Titans by 2
Lions by 4
Saints by 6
Dolphins by 10 (lock)
Vikings by 4
Patriots by 3
Bills by 7
Texans by 3
Ravens by 11 (lock)
Seahawks by 5
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
Cowboys by 24 (lock)
Raiders by 4
Buccaneers by 4
Bengals by 7

posted by bender at 05:03 PM on September 21, 2023

NFL Pickem Week 3: Season-Ending Injury Edition

My picks:

49ers by 12

posted by bender at 04:58 PM on September 21, 2023

NFL Pickem Week 2: David After Dentist Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 3
Bills by 6
Bengals by 2
Lions by 10 (lock)
Titans by 4
Bears by 3
Jaguars by 3
Texans by 4
49ers by 7
Giants by 2
Cowboys by 7 (lock)
Broncos by 3
Dolphins by 3
Saints by 5
Steelers by 3

posted by bender at 12:48 PM on September 17, 2023

NFL Pickem Week 2: David After Dentist Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 6

posted by bender at 12:25 PM on September 14, 2023

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Everybody's a little Polish.

posted by bender at 10:54 PM on September 07, 2023

Enter the SportsFilter NFL Pickem

My picks:

Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Panthers by 3
Bengals by 7
Jaguars by 4
Vikings by 12 (lock)
Saints by 5
49ers by 4
Commanders by 7
Ravens by 7
Bears by 3
Raiders by 2
Eagles by 7
Dolphins by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 6
Giants by 7
Bills by 7

posted by bender at 06:08 PM on September 05, 2023

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Well, that is something.

posted by bender at 03:54 PM on August 08, 2023

Shohei Ohtani is very, very good at baseball.

Absolutely incredible

posted by bender at 11:05 PM on July 27, 2023

Bob Huggins Didn't Retire?


posted by bender at 01:51 PM on July 14, 2023

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


posted by bender at 09:23 PM on June 27, 2023

Belgian Shot Putter Overcomes Hurdles to Save Her Team

It feels a little weird to me that Belgium didn't have a sprinter available (not one of the injured hurdlers of course, but one of the other runners) rather than a shotputter. Though I suppose any non-hurdler was likely to come in last behind all of the other countries' hurdlers, so maybe that didn't make a difference. Good on her for doing it either way.

posted by bender at 05:02 PM on June 27, 2023

The Vegas Golden Knights Win First NHL Championship

I assume they are "Las Vegas Knights del Oro" on Hispanic heritage night.

What a stretch in the second period! I came in from a walk and it was 2-1; 13 minutes of game time later it was 6-1--with a dagger 2 seconds before intermission--and the game was over.

posted by bender at 10:30 AM on June 14, 2023