January 25, 2010 10:00 PM ET
If a sumo wrestler falls on a mat, and nobody's there to hear it, does it make a sound?
The noise level at the NFC championship game reached 102 decibels last night, so said Fox, which – according to this Decibel (Loudness) Comparison Chart — is the same level of sound as a snowmobile or a motorcycle.
SB Nation pointed this out yesterday and joked that Dick Vitale calling a Duke game would come in at 180 decibels, aka “the death of hearing tissue.” In the words of His Vitaleness, that's Super Duper Loud, baby! It got us wondering where other sports noises would fall on the scale. Our best guesses follow:
(Note: we are not scientists and even if we were, we would not have researched these answers.)
0 Decibels (weakest sound heard)
The sound of the city of New York holding its collective breath in anticipation of LeBron James’ possible arrival next season.
30 Decibels (whisper in a quiet library)
The sound of people cheering for Brett Favre in Green Bay this season.
90 Decibels (a train whistle at 500 feet)
The sound of any one of these hits from NHL legend Scott Stevens.
115 Decibels (sandblasting — sustained exposure may result in hearing loss)
The volume of Craig Sager’s wardrobe.
140 Decibels (A jet engine — short-term exposure can cause permanent hearing damage)
The sound of competitive eater Joey Chestnut’s stomach rumbling when he wakes up in the morning after eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
194 Decibels (The loudest sound possible)
The sound of Nick Saban's locker room tirade at the players who doused him with Gatorade at the BCS National Championship game.