Mad Dog wrote:So this season has caused me often to wonder if those of us STH's that faithfully attend games, scream our voices hoarse and feel we are "contributing" to home wins, are actually making a big difference.
In a season with no 12's at any home games, the Seahawks just won the division with one of the best records in their history. They were 7-1 at home. The last year they had 12's in the stands they were 4-4 at home.
There is nothing like the atmosphere at Qwest/CenturyLink/Lumen Field on gameday, but are we really contributing as much as we think we are?
Not that I'm giving up my seats any time soon, but this year has certainly been eye opening.
I think the HFA noise factor in recent years has been less of a factor for these reasons: The defense were able to rely on crowd noise at home to help disrupt timing and therefore it creates an inconsistency in their game home vs away. AND the crowd noise at home is also now expected, so most teams just plan for it. I think this year without the 12s it forced the team to be more consistent at home and away which is a big thing.
As a fellow STH I will also say in the last few years I've noticed a change in WHEN noise is being made during the game. The issue is majority of fans today in the stands only get loud during the snap, the thought process being let' aid that false start stat we love to see. Where HFA really occurs with noise is when noise is being made as soon as the last play is called dead and the opposing team is trying to make on the field playcalling. IN the loudest years 2012-2014 you have footage of opposing QBs screaming their asses off trying to get playcalls out, having to take timeouts, and well that's where the noise HFA is. Today though you have people making noise when they line up, the opposing squad has already made playcalls even before the huddle (the Niners even said they started doing this to combat the noise factor). So the only real HFA is "energy" during a comeback. During 2012-2014 I would start screaming my ass off as soon as the last play call went dead and others quickly joined me. in the last few years if I attempted this others looked at me like I was being stupid and starting too early. So our HFA regarding crowd noise has also become less of a factor for that reason. It's not the amount of noise at peak its really WHEN and how long that noise is being made. But hey everyone has the right to sit down and enjoy their game vs losing their voices they paid for those seats.