November 23, 2004

Icing the Kicker Works: According to Science News, calling a timeout before a placekicker attempts a "pressure kick" (a kick "with 3 minutes or less remaining in the game (or overtime) and would create a lead or a tie for the team") decreases the probability of success. [via TMQ]

posted by kirkaracha to football at 01:21 PM - 5 comments

It is definitely interesting. You knew it had to have some effect, but reducing the odds of making the kick by that much is pretty significant.

posted by Meathooks at 01:51 PM on November 23

Great link. Maybe they'll tackle calling a TO in the nba before a big free throw next.

posted by justgary at 02:36 AM on November 24

I have to admit I was surprised by the results. I figured that they were pros and dealing with pressure's part of their job; plus, almost every time I've seen a team try to ice the kicker they've made the kick anyway.

posted by kirkaracha at 04:55 PM on November 24

great link seconded. i wonder if practicing icing the kicker would reduce the effect. you know, tell the kicker that he's got to make a kick in practice or else the rest of the team runs a lap around the field. and then stopping the kick right as he's getting set up and making him wait.

posted by gspm at 08:44 PM on November 24

Icing works, but you know what really throws them off? Hitting them with a cup full of beer.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:58 PM on November 24

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