I watched the Redskins-Panthers game very closely this afternoon and even listened to part of the 4th quarter on my car radio into work. Why? Well, the Eagles weren't playing, and neither were the 76ers, even though their game was taking place. But more importantly, I wanted to see who would win Tuesday's presidential election.
And now we know. Mitt Romney will be the 45th president of the United States. Frankly, I'm not sure why we're going ahead with the sham pretense of voting:
Carolina Panthers fans are likely pretty pleased with their team's ability to win for the first time since Week 2, but one man is likely even happier.
History dictates that the Panthers 21-13 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field bodes well for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. In the 18 presidential elections that have taken place since the Redskins moved to Washington in 1937, 17 have been predicted by the team's performance in its final home game prior to the election.
If the Redskins win at home, the incumbent party usually wins the presidential election. If the Redskins lose at home, the challenger usually prevails.
The only time the rule hasn't come through was in 2004, when the Packers beat the Redskins 28-14 in the final game before the election. Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau, who popularized the rule, claims that while that result should have meant that challenger John Kerry would have won the White House, it still holds true because the Democrats actually won the popular vote in the 2000 election.
I also watched the game because I wanted to see the much hyped Robert Griffin III -- who was terrible. Maybe Romney promised him a cabinet position. Maybe because the Redskins loss happened early in the afternoon, I hear there are as many as 35,000 lunatics fanatics watching Romney in Yardley right now.
Mittstock. What is this world coming to?