Skip to comments.NFL trends point to Romney win, but Redskins Rule still to be decided
Posted on 11/02/2012 7:25:58 PM PDT by DFG
When the Redskins meet the Panthers at FedExField this Sunday, more will be on the line than a mitigation of Washington's 3-5 record. As commentators are certain to remind viewers, the result of Washington's last home game before a presidential election has the eerie ability to predict the outcome of said election. If the Redskins win, the incumbent wins; if the Redskins lose, the incumbent loses.
This is true in 17 of the past 18 elections. But as I pointed out in September, there is no reason this predictive wizardry should be the exclusive privilege of Washington's team. In fact, one can gin up such a rule for any team.
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As a Giant fan, I always root for the Redskins to lose, this time even more so.
I too am a suffering redskins fan, lol. If it means Romney wins, I can take another redskins loss, kind of used to it by now.
The Redskin rule no longer applies.
this rule was broken in 2004 when the Skins lost but GWB won....
The Panthers aren’t very good this year, so I don’t think they’re going to win, but there are always upsets. The Panthers are in the same division as my New Orleans Saints, but the Saints really aren’t contenders this year, but even if they were, and they had a chance of the Super Bowl, I would rather have the Saints miss out than have Obama for 4 more years. Besides, didn’t this streak break in 2004 when the Redskins lost and George W. won anyway? And where are they playing? Doesn’t it have something to do with whenter or not the Redskins are playing at home or not?
Forget the last sentence. I see that they are playing at home.
Robert Griffin is from my hometown, so I am pulling for the Redskins. I am counting on Obarky’s losing, either way.
“The Redskin rule no longer applies.”
Why is that?
2004 they lost to Green Bay and Bush won.
I would love to see some of these superstitions broken. Redskins winning. Pheh. Number of halloween masks sold. Pheh. Grade school children voting. Pheh. It’s just more media manipulation to formulate their predetermined outcome.
Romney is a shoe in since Pittsburgh beat Philly.
I feel a historic landslide unlike any this country has seen. And a media that goes with him. F.R needs to go mainstream as it is the leader in the new media movement.
Your entire post: from your lips to God’s ears!
If the historic Red Sox WS triumph wasn’t an omen for a Kerry win in 2004, then nothing that happens in the NFL, or any other sport, has any political meaning. JMHO.
Fwiw the Redskins lost to the Packers in 2004, but we all know how that turned out. Funny thing though, I was at the game at Soldier Field last week and the Panthers almost kicked the Bear’s asses I wouldn’t be shocked to see them get some range on the Skins this week.
Diehard, long-time Skins fan living in CA now.
Snyder is a disaster, Jack made him look like chopped liver.
I want obummer to lose BIG but I’m a 40 year + fan of the Redskins and I don’t want to see them lose. Oh, what a dilemma!
As a longtime Panthers fan, saying they aren't very good is like saying Chris Christie's a bit plump, LOL. I've waited YEARS for my team to play better football than high-school level, and I'm still waiting.
C’mon. They beat my Saints earlier this year.
THE REDSKINS FACTORIf the Washington Redskins win their game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, then President Obama will win the election. That is the learned opinion of one Steve Hirdt, an Elias Sports Bureau executive who developed his intriguing Redskin Rule upon discovering a correlation between the teams results and presidential election results 12 years ago.
I was shocked to see it lined up exactly right, that whenever the Redskins won their last home game prior to the presidential election, the incumbent party retained the White House, and whenever the Redskins lost their last home game prior to the election, the out-of-power party won the White House, Mr. Hirdt tells ESPN.
The rule held true for all 15 presidential elections from 1940 to 1996, following the teams move to Washington from Boston in 1937, he says, though he had to tweak it in 2000 to accommodate the runoff between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
Redskins Rule 2.0 established that when the popular vote winner does not win the election, the impact of the Redskins game on the subsequent presidential election gets flipped. So, with that, the Redskins loss in 2004 signaled that the incumbent would remain in the White House, reasons Mr. Hirdt, adding that the rule returned to its old standards in 2008 when Washington lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rule is 18 for 18 predicting the presidential elections since 1940, he concludes.
As if Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton didnt already have enough pressure, observes ESPNs Bill Hofheimer, an analyst and spokesman for the sports network.
First quarter just ended. Panthers 7, Redskins 3.
I am a life-long Redskins fan and have seen them play at RFK and FedEx Field. Go, Panthers!!
The ref did not admit he blew the whistle.
Panthers - 14
Redskins - 3
LOL! Yeah, I heard that while listening to online radio.
No Redskins touchdown yet...
It must be Buffalo Wild Wings. “Gee, I wish the Panthers would win...”
End of 3rd quarter, still Panthers ahead 14/6
I was at that game! There were an awful lot of GB fans at the stadium :-(
5.15 left to the game, still 21/6 Panthers. Fans are starting to leave the stadium.
29 seconds left, 21/13 Panthers.
It’s all over but the voting :-)
Redskins lost 21 to 13 against the Panthers, Romney’s gonna win. I’ll have an early Jameson.
Just one more nail in that Bastards coffin!
Get the f*** out of our house you country wrecking commie f*** and take that fat ass and your illegal alien relatives with you!
FU for ruining our country.