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Ugliest Graph Ever

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Brace yourself. Here comes the ugliest graph ever. There’s just no real way or reason to clean it up. I could split it into a number of graphs that would say the same thing and be slightly prettier, but why? You’re all here for the Cut Shuuto anyway.

I took the data I crunched on Home Field Advantage and graphed it against average attendance for each club. I figured that it would either show absolutely no correlation, or that more of a crowd would have a very slight benefit for the home team (remember Accardo melting down under the pressure of the New York crowd?)

The results? Every year since 2002 there was an inverse relationship across the league, i.e. more attendance means a team plays worse at home. Some years it was actually rather significant. Even as a coincidence, that’s a pretty strange result. If anyone has a logical explanation to explain this away and can still see the screen well enough to type, I’d love to read it.

So shield your eyes, here it is…Each trendline is color coded to the dots for their respective year’s data.


Wait, I’ve got one. Teams produce less testosterone to defend their home territory if there are already obviously enough friendlies around to make the battle a foregone conclusion. Now that’s some pseudoscience!


Written by halejon

August 22, 2007 at 6:31 am

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