Monday, November 03, 2008

Monday Night Football & the Presidential Election

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A Reason to Root for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Here's a good reason to have the NFL game on in your campaign office tonight: the Washington Redskins are playing, and the Redskins have proven to be good predictors of presidential elections.

Dating back to 1936 (when the team was still in Boston), the Redskins have had the uncanny knack for predicting national election outcomes by virtue of the performance on the field.

Here's how it works: if the Redskins win the last home game held before the presidential election, the incumbent party retains the White House (this year that's obviously McCain). If the Redskins lose, the challenging party (Obama) wins. And tonight, the Redskins host the Steelers in Washington on Monday Night Football.

In 17 of the past 18 elections, this has held to be true. The lone exception is the 2004 election, when the Packers beat the Redskins at home. However, in my mind, this only further proves that Ohio was rigged and George W. Bush stole the election in 2004. I'm just sayin'...

And of course if the Redskins win, I will completely disavow this post as rubbish on Tuesday morning.