William Connolley, who tends to be a little truth-challenged when it comes to matters Mc, said over at Fleck:
Incidentally, note that this “Hockey Team”stuff is a figment of McI’s.
Now I’ll admit to having some fun with this, but the term originated over at realclimate (and it wasn’t just an incidental use). I think that the first use of the term was on Jan. 27 here:
Rather, as demonstrated in IPCC(2001) [see this comparison here] and numerous additional studies since, it is what is perhaps more aptly termed the “Hockey Team”–that is, the multiple independent reconstructions and model simulations that now indicate essentially the same pattern of hemispheric mean temperature variation in past centuries, that support a “Hockey Stick” description of past temperature changes.
A few days later (and the blog had justed started), I said , having a little fun with forming lines, see the link.
Now it seems that we’re playing against an entire Hockey Team. First things first, what should the team be called: the Kyoto Flames? the IPCC Heat? the Blades? the Fever?
I’m a little worried about their skating skills. It looks like Mann can skate backwards, but what about Hughes? So many decisions, so little time.
A few weeks later on Feb 18, 2005, Schmidt and Ammann, used the term here:
The wider climate science context is discussed here, and the relationship to other recent reconstructions (the ‘Hockey Team’) can be seen here.
In Sept. 2005, they used the term again as follows:
So for this round at least, it looks like ‘Hockey Team: 2, MM: 0′.