Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers just won the White House for Governor Mitt Romney. Or depending on how you look at things, Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins just lost the presidential race for Barack Obama. You heard it here. Write it down. Lock it in. With polling showing every possible result anyone could want, hope for, or even fear; is there really a better place to turn for answers than the absolutely ridiculous and absurd? Is there really that much of a difference?
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.
And guess what? The Redskins went down at home Sunday afternoon.
ROMNEY WINS!! ROMNEY WINS!! ROMNEY WINS!! ROMNEY WINS!! ROMNEY WINS!! ROMNEY WINS!!
I told you the NFL leans Right.
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.
Okay, so recent history’s a bit of a push. I can live with that.