bender's profile

Name: Jeff Zelek
Location: Clifton, VA
Gender: male
Member since: September 13, 2006
Last visit: June 28, 2022

bender has posted 21 links and 1,790 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:

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

we're carbon dating ourselves with the Hollywood Squares.

I'm quite confident that you guys are a good bit older than me, but I remember watching Hollywood Squares as a kid. Now were there new episodes or reruns in the late 80s/90s? Do I know who Charley Weaver is? I have no idea. But the point is I have seen the show! I also enjoy your anecdotal posts even when I have no idea what you're talking about.

posted by bender at 10:14 PM on June 13, 2022

Weirdest Pitching Ejection Ever

That was intense

posted by bender at 05:48 PM on May 04, 2022

Arizona Coyotes Are Moving to a 5,100-Seat Arena

If that Glendale study was conducted well, it's hard to imagine why they team thinks they could expect substantially different results in Tempe.

posted by bender at 02:01 PM on May 02, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Whoa! That was wild.

posted by bender at 08:56 AM on April 18, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I can't believe Bacot only missed a minute of play after rolling his ankle, and simply walked it off.

posted by bender at 02:47 PM on April 04, 2022

World Cup 2022 Draw

FIFA #1 Brazil has a group match on Thanksgiving Day, and USA plays England on Black Friday.

posted by bender at 01:57 PM on April 01, 2022

First known transgender athlete to win Division I national championship

That letter from the Governor of Utah is really quite something. The stats in the screenshot in the linked tweet are eye-opening, although the rest of his letter is a well-reasoned and thoughtful treatise on the entire process and what's at stake and how laws should be passed. Good for him for calling on his own party colleagues to put down the pitchforks and think comprehensively about what they're doing. Now, he does suggest that he expects his veto to be overridden, though he also appeals to their sensibilities in that he expects passage to result in a number of lawsuits and potentially big cost impacts.

posted by bender at 02:40 PM on March 25, 2022

Cleveland Browns Sell Their Soul for DeShawn Watson

This is a very disappointing signing.

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on March 19, 2022

MLB Will Ban the Defensive Shift

Me neither. I'm not saying I love it, but if the defense is so confident they know where the ball will go that they will leave gaps in some areas to load up in the hot spots, that does not sound like a problem that needs a regulatory solution.

posted by bender at 12:24 PM on March 08, 2022

Russia and Belarus Suspended From International Hockey Play

FIFA and UEFA have now booted Russia as well.

posted by bender at 01:26 PM on March 01, 2022

SportsFilter Playoff Pickem Champion: Ic23b

A Costanza just two years removed from my championship in this contest. The NFL really is the league with the most parity!

Congratulations ic23b!

posted by bender at 01:22 PM on February 20, 2022

Rams Win Super Bowl 0x38

The thing is, though, the make-up call should have happened in the third quarter, not at the end of the game when one of the teams was knocking on the door of scoring a TD that could determine the outcome of the game.

Definitely. Hard to say if the ref was intentionally making a make-up call or not, but if he was, that timing was brutal on Cincinnati.

posted by bender at 10:50 AM on February 14, 2022

Rams Win Super Bowl 0x38

The Rams' go-ahead TD drive--where everyone in the world knew the ball was going to Kupp, but they still got it to him over and over anyway--was very impressive. Of course, the defensive holding penalty that kept that drive alive was extremely weak, but I suppose that offset the non-called offensive pass interference on the Bengals' first play of the 2nd half.

Disappointed the Bengals couldn't hang on, but that was an entertaining and well-battled game.

posted by bender at 08:52 AM on February 14, 2022

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x38 Edition

My picks:

Bengals by 3 (lock)
Passer: Joe Burrow
Rusher: Sony Michel
Receiver: Ja'Marr Chase
Player with interception: Vonn Bell
Player with sack: Sam Hubbard
Player with first turnover: Matthew Stafford
Super Bowl MVP: Joe Burrow
Tiebreaker: 57, Cincinnati 30-27 LA

Fair to say, from a rooting standpoint, that Cincinnati is America's Team today?

My friend suggested that the Bengals should encourage any nearby "-boro"'s to change their spelling to "-burrow" and pick up any costs to do so, that it would make a fun historical nugget in the future.

Eating buffalo cauliflower, black lentils, and guacamole, and probably a combination in the form of nachos. Drinking a Baltic porter that my friend brought me from a friend's brewery in Connecticut and Bodhi DIPA that I brought back recently from Columbus.

posted by bender at 10:21 AM on February 13, 2022

What the USMNT Need to Qualify

[Double post]

posted by bender at 02:28 PM on February 06, 2022