Domestic Violence Linked to Football Upsets
Local-team upsets match to an 8% upswing in abuse
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2009 6:42 PM CST
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) is tackled in the second quarter of yesterday's game in Chicago, a 24-20 upset by Philadelphia.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Losses by local NFL teams may trigger episodes of domestic violence among their fans, a new study suggests. Researchers examined domestic violence reports in 1995-2006 and found that upsets of home teams matched up with an 8% bump in incidents of domestic violence. The surge in violence almost doubled when traditional rivals, such the Bears and Packers, squared off.

The new violence occurred in the 3 hours following the game's end, supporting the notion that the painful loss triggered the episode. The researchers don't suggest that football is to blame: The upset likely just provides a trigger. "In a world without football, acts of abuse might merely get postponed, only to be brought on later by some other source of anger," writes Ray Fisman for Slate.

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Nov 25, 2009 7:41 AM CST
@Twiny - yes I am married and happily so. I don't watch pro sports and I don't drink, but if I did my wife would be smart enough to stay away from me in a nasty, alcohol-fueled temper. Sure, its easy to say "grow up and takes the loss like a man" but its not idiotic to realize that being rational goes out the window when certain conditions are met. Your post is personally offensive to me, as well. Idiot, indeed.
Nov 24, 2009 12:56 PM CST
I would like to take this opportunity to frivolously blame Michael Vick.
Nov 24, 2009 7:40 AM CST
So, Mrs. K are you saying that Obama's last ten months in office caused more domestic violence in the years 1995-2006, but only after football games? So what, immediately after a game loss men start thinking about how horrible the future will be when a person whose name they have probably not heard yet will someday be President? And that causes them to hit their spouse? Since this would only upset conservative football watchers, are you saying that conservative sports fans are more likely to hit their wives than liberal sports fans?