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.
We now have results for 28 of the 31 rules I proposed for the other NFL franchises. Of those, 18 point to a Romney win and 10 point to an Obama win--meaning Romney has the NFL's zero electoral votes all locked up. Three more rules are set to be adjudicated this weekend, and the last is, somewhat strangely, not occurring until after the election--a paradox that threatens to sink the whole concept that football games can predict electoral events.Read More »from NFL trends point to Romney win, but Redskins Rule still to be decided