April 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Time for some sports science. Hey, wait. Where are ya’ll going? It’s like, sociology stuff. Come back. This is human behavioral science.
Upon examining tens of thousands of hockey games and hundreds of thousands of penalties, researchers have determined that players in black jerseys end up in the penalty box more than players wearing any other color jersey.
This breaks down to:
1) One possibility is that players wearing darker colored jerseys are more visible on the ice
2) …wearing dark colors somehow makes players more aggressive
3) …the referees had unconscious biases against black and other dark colors