When people think of home-field advantage in football, the first thing they think of is crowd noise. And while that may be the most crucial advantage that comes with playing at your home stadium, it’s not the only important upper-hand that the home team gets.
There’s the difference in locker rooms, familiarity with the elements, the possible influence that the fans have on the officiating….
But one thing you probably never thought of was the kicking view. Specifically, how the home team uses the jumbotron to aid their own field-goal kicker, while also making things as hard as possible for the opposing kicker. And it doesn’t take much to do this either, as the Pittsburgh Steelers showed during their game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Heinz Field.
A tweet from ‘The Underdog Football Show’ host Josh Norris illustrates how the Steelers aided Chris Boswell’s 36-yard attempt, while making things difficult for Randy Bullock as he attempted a 26-yard attempt earlier in the game.
You’ve got to admit, that Steelers logo sure does give Boswell a nice target to aim for, while Bullock has to pretty much watch himself as he attempts his kick. Both guys would end up making their field goals, which is exactly what you’d expect on kicks of 36- and 26-yards, no matter what the distraction may be.
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