RealClearSports
Advertisement

A Scientific Study of Home Field Advantage

SB Nation

Two Saturdays ago, the Seattle Seahawks became the first team with a 7-9 record to appear in an NFL postseason game. Thanks to the league's method of determining home-field advantage, the Seahawks hosted the New Orleans Saints in Seattle.

Thanks in part to Marshawn Lynch breaking off a Nathan Arizona-style run, the Seahawks engineered a massive upset of the defending Super Bowl champions. They surely also benefited, though, from the raucous Qwest Field crowd. The next week, the Seahawks traveled to Chicago, where they lost to the Bears and were thoroughly out-played through most of the game. The Bears were a better team than the Saints were a week prior, to be sure, but the Seahawks weren't the same team without their 12th Man and, perhaps just as importantly, their subsequent...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Regular-Season Champions Lack Staying Power

Scott Kacsmar, SI - May 11, 2012

It is the growing sports epidemic of the 21st century, where being the best team in the regular season of any of the four major professional leagues has never meant so little for the postseason. In fact, not only are the... more »

Top 10 Lowest Seeds to Win a Championship

RCS Staff, RealClearSports - May 8, 2012

Whenever a professional league or the NCAA considers revamping its postseason structure, a prime goal is to preserve the integrity of the regular season. Major League Baseball recently was caught up in this argument when it... more »

Sports Ethicist Rules: Fair or Foul?

Jeff Neuman, RealClearSports - May 17, 2012

Good morning. Sports Ethics court is in session, the self-declaredly Honorable J. Neuman presiding. First case! 1. ┬áMartin Brodeur, Devils goaltender, states after Game One in which the Rangers blocked more shots (26) than the... more »

Rivera, Seau Showcase Fragility of Talent

Tim Joyce, RealClearSports - May 6, 2012

When Derek Jeter arrived in the major leagues in 1995, the soon-to-be superstar displayed an innate modesty and reverence for the sport. That season Jeter had the good fortune of playing alongside pinstriped legend Don... more »