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.

Peter Keating

ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. His column, The Numbers, appears in every issue.

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