2290Statistical study re road trip performance?
- Jun 28, 2003One of the writers for Baseball Prospectus, Gary Huckabay, wrote an
article in which he speculated that a road team's performance might
be adversely affected on the first day of a road trip, because of the
hassle of travelling.
The article can be found here:
(but, alas, it's only available to Premium subscribers)
My reason for mentioning this is because when I was reading the
article, I had a vague recollection of a statistical study that was
done which studied team performance at various stages of a road trip,
and that the conclusion drawn was that a travelling team's
performance tended to deteriorate as the road trip wore on.
I'm pretty sure that this study was a (professional) basketball study-
-weekly football schedules don't lend themselves to studies of "road
trips" and there's not that much published statistical studies of
hockey, period. I vaguely recall that it was a fairly simple study---
it only used winning percentage and, I believe, margin of victory
(which is why I don't think it was a baseball study). I don't even
know if the study was in depth enough to control for quality of
Am I misrecalling? Hallucinating? If so, HAVE there been any
similar studies done--for basketball or any other sport?
Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.
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