Bill Barnwell of Grantland on icing NFL kickers:
By all accounts, the evidence in favor of icing the kicker is scant at best. Kickers like Adam Vinatieri have suggested that they actually appreciate getting a practice kick in a game situation. And even if you chalk that attitude up to the famed garrulous swagger of kickers, the statistical evidence suggests that icing really has little to no effect on kickers.
Barnwell has evidence to support his theory and it’s very interesting. I always suspected that this idea of icing kickers was stupid. I wish there was someway we could get rid of the last second timeouts which are more annoying than anything.