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Home Advantage

One of my less marketable interests is etymology, particularly the origin of popular expressions and figures of speech. One of my slightly more marketable interests is in challenging assumptions – seeing whether things that are “taken for granted” have any basis in truth. (Yes, in a way, I guess I am Adam Savage’s evil, sarcastic twin…)

Anyway, even though I really have no interest in sports, people keep talking to me about them – which is really annoying – and the idea of “home field advantage” keeps coming up. Is this belief, that teams win more often at home, actually grounded in reality? This afternoon, while eating lunch, I decided to find out.
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