Icing the kicker works (kind of) 

September, 30, 2010
09/30/10
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Today's winners in Statistics & Analytics:

Rob Bironas, Austin Collie, Twitter users everywhere

Today's losers:

Larry Fitzgerald, Sean Payton, Jeff Wilkins

First things first: This blog has finally made it to Twitter! Do you and me both a favor and start following all the action: @PKStatsBlog

Now, on to today's news: Icing the kicker works ... kind of. I think.

I know that's no way to make a statement. Usually we clarify things a lot more definitively around here. So before we get to why I'm hedging my conclusions a bit, let's take a moment to appreciate how contradictory the evidence is about whether or not it's effective to call a timeout just before a kicker tries a field goal.


To read about the evidence that indicates that icing the kicker might work, you must be an ESPN Insider.

Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

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