Last edited by theticalanti; 06-18-2016 at 05:27 PM.
You forgot about the NHL playoffs. Sorry, Canadian bias. Anyways, I'm sure it has mostly a positive effect, but sometimes the need to validate their fans can backfire and make them perform worse so it could work both ways and there are a variety of factors to consider like you mentioned that can sway the outcome one way or the other imo.
"Nothing happens until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change."
(15 pages in) An interesting discussion when read in conjunction with the Japanese value of ganbarimasu ie: doing one's absolute best (in most any task) - and with the stated goal of some martial art training of pushing practitioners to their limits, and then slightly further.
Reason is a whore.