Who needs an election when you have football?

I’m sure at least some people here–and hopefully more than the three or so who know the significance of “Iverson for Billups“–are aware of the “Redskins Rule.” That is, every year since 1936, the Washington Redskins’ final home game before a presidential election has predicted the outcome of the race, with the exception of 2004. If the Redskins win, the incumbent party wins the election; if they lose, the opposing party wins.

So what’s the story this year? The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the ‘Skins 23-6 Monday night to remain one game ahead of the (clearly superior) Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. Washington was simply dominated, and one can only hope the same will happen to the master of straight talk tonight. Notably, the Redskins’ last home game on the eve of an election came in 1984–and we all know what happened that year.

6 thoughts on “Who needs an election when you have football?

  1. Ben

    I didn’t see the game, but was that one of his lines? Now that I think about, it kind of makes sense. That’s mildly disturbing that we apparently think so similarly…At least I didn’t say that Obama…could…go…all…the…way.

  2. Ben

    I didn’t see the game, but was that one of his lines? Now that I think about, it kind of makes sense. That’s mildly disturbing that we apparently think so similarly…

    At least I didn’t say that Obama…could…go…all…the…way.

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