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05-03-2011, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by token grinder View Post
I have no problem with the green men, yellow men, orange men, blue men, etc. I thnk it adds character to each barn they are housed in. I think this is a faliure on the NHL part if it was really them, or the Preds part if 2 guys in spandex actually get to them.
I agree. It adds to the atmosphere. And there's simply no way that these spandexed men can affect the on-ice action in any meaningful way.

According to the writers of the book Scorecasting, there's ample evidence to suggest that the crowd in general only has a meaningful impact on officiating and little impact on the players (home v. road call disparities are higher in more packed venues whereas player performance differences are negligible.)

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