The Washington Redskin rule and the 2012 elections
So regardless of all the hundreds of millions of dollars blown much like powdered cola, supposedly the 2012 presidential election may come down between the NFL's game between the Redskins and the Panthers.
There are many superstitions, omens, indicators and predictors that determine the results of a presidential election. None has greater accuracy than the "Redskins Rule," as noted by the Elias Sports Bureau in 2000. It goes something like this: Since the Redskins moved from Boston to Washington, D.C., in 1937, there have been 18 presidential elections. If the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent party has held office.
Although not perfect, and we are talking superstition, this has held true in 17 of 18 presidential elections. In 2004, the visiting Green Bay Packers defeated the Washington Redskins, 28-14. George Bush held onto his presidency, defeating John Kerry. That election had to even be reviewed by the officials. (Too bad there was no political equivalent of a coach throwing a red flag on the play for that one.)
Bush had secured the electoral votes but not the popular vote. Otherwise, it could be a perfect 18 of 18 instances this had occurred. The rule worked 17 of 18 times, resulting in an accuracy rating of 94.4 percent.
So who are you routing for ?
Sunday afternoon, let RG3 and Cam Newton just go all out until the last second, and whichever team has the ball last has a chance to win the game. There is much more at stake than a win in the win-loss column between these two teams. The future of the country over the next four years needs a clear-cut winner.
Although it has not happened in the NFL in four years, let's hope the game does not end in a tie.