bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
ZIP: 20124
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: November 20, 2020

bender has posted 20 links and 1,682 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 11: Hail Murray Edition

The standings I see have zeros for everyone

posted by bender at 08:44 AM on November 20, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 3
Browns by 7 (lock)
Saints by 9 (lock)
Washington by 7 (lock)
Lions by 3
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Ravens by 4
Texans by 2
Broncos by 2
Chargers by 14 (lock)
Colts by 7
Vikings by 7
Raiders by 3
Rams by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 09:25 AM on November 19, 2020

The Miami Marlins make history with hiring of Kim Ng as general manager

Thumbs up!

posted by bender at 04:55 PM on November 13, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

Revised picks:

Browns by 7
Panthers by 2
Eagles by 3
Packers by 14 (lock)
Lions by 5
Raiders by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 7
Bills by 6
Rams by 7
Steelers by 17 (lock)
Saints by 4
Ravens by 6
Bears by 5

posted by bender at 03:51 PM on November 13, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

My picks:

Titans by 12 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:44 AM on November 12, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


posted by bender at 11:23 AM on November 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 9: Undefeated Steelers Edition

My picks:

49ers by 4
Falcons by 8 (lock)
Bills by 7 (lock)
Titans by 3
Ravens by 4
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Lions by 3
Washington by 5
Jaguars by 3
Chargers by 7
Steelers by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 17 (lock)
Buccaneers by 3
Patriots by 3

posted by bender at 09:35 AM on November 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks, NoMich, that was delightful

posted by bender at 09:05 PM on November 04, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager


posted by bender at 08:57 AM on October 30, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

The White Sox were actually decent this year--2nd in the AL Central and made the playoffs--after several years of not being in the mix. Why did they fire Rick Renteria?

posted by bender at 08:56 AM on October 30, 2020

Dodgers Player Learns Covid-19 Test Was Positive During World Series Clincher

Turner is the responsible one for his being on the field.* It is not the league's or team's responsibility to lock him in a room--though it certainly is in their interest to do so. He should receive a hefty punishment (fine and suspension) for ignoring protocols returning to the field and potentially putting a lot of people in danger. I hope for his and many other people's sake that his brashness doesn't spark a new outbreak.

That said, the fact that he had been in the dugout and interacting with his teammates until he was removed from the game means that at least some of them had already been exposed to him. That doesn't excuse him exposing more people on the field after the game, but if there are additional infections it may be difficult to know if it was from during the game or after the game.

*If, however, it was known earlier in the day/game that he had tested positive but was allowed to remain in the game, then that is likely someone other than his fault. Though that is a different discussion either way.

posted by bender at 09:40 AM on October 29, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 8: Don't Score Todd Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 4
Bills by 3
Titans by 10 (lock)
Browns by 2
Lions by 5
Packers by 7
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Rams by 7
Ravens by 2
Chargers by 4
Bears by 3
Seahawks by 6 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Buccaneers by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 09:30 AM on October 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

After the called strike two on the previous pitch, I was sure that Phillips was about to strike out, probably chasing something. What happened, WOW!

Phillips kept running to 3rd (blocking Arozarena's retreat option if he needed it).

I noticed this in one of the extended replays, and I was like "What is he doing rounding second?? Or even at second?" I get that he was excited, but with two outs and the winning run ahead of him, he presented an (admittedly unlikely, but still legitimate) opportunity for the Dodgers to get out #3 even if Arozarena somehow made it back to 3rd.

posted by bender at 03:08 PM on October 25, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 7: Tank for Trevor Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 4
Falcons by 5
Browns by 3
Titans by 7
Saints by 10 (lock)
Bills by 3
Washington by 2
Packers by 7
Cardinals by 5
Chiefs by 12 (lock)
Patriots by 6
Chargers by 14 (lock)
Raiders by 10 (lock)
Rams by 12 (lock)

posted by bender at 08:31 AM on October 22, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chase Claypool Edition

My picks:

Titans by 1
Colts by 3
Falcons by 4
Patriots by 12 (lock)
Giants by 3
Ravens by 7
Browns by 2
Panthers by 5
Lions by 3
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Rams by 7
Chiefs by 5
Cardinals by 7

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on October 17, 2020