Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/3/12
The, 3-5, Washington Redskins face off against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, in a game that could help turn around their season, or simply confirm their cellar-dwelling status.However, it seems a much bigger purpose surrounds Sunday’s grudge-match.The Washington Redskins could actually be playing to decide our next President.In what has become a scary accurate trend, the Washington Redskins’ most recent home game before the Presidential election generally tells us who will be the leader of the free world for the next four years.Forget soccer picking octopi or weather forecasting groundhogs, this is science. In what has been dubbed “The Redskins Rule,” if Washington wins their last home game before people head to the polls, then the incumbent party will win.If the Redskins lose their last home game before the election, then the challenging party wins. Meaning a Washington win puts President Obama back in the oval office and a Redskins loss gives Mitt Romney the codes to our red button.How accurate is this rule? Since 1940 – the year the Skins moved to D.C. – The Redskins Rule has been correct in 17 of 18 elections. It was perfect from 1940 to 2000 – George W. Bush was the only man to buck the trend in 2004 when he defeated John Kerry to remain the Commander-in-Chief.Yet, even with the momentary bump in the road, the rule was back in full swing in 2008 when it accurately predicted Barack Obama would defeat John McCain.NFL fans are already split along geographical lines, but now it appears Sunday's Washington/Carolina game will be split by which side of the aisle you sit as well.Rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, now has more on his shoulders than just trying to win a football game…it seems the fate of the free world rests only in his hands – don’t screw this up RG3. 1940: Roosevelt beat Wilke – Washington 37, Pittsburgh 101944: Roosevelt beat Dewey – Washington 14, St. Louis 101948: Truman beat Dewey – Washington 59, Boston Yanks 211952: Eisenhower beat Stevenson – Washington 23, Pittsburgh 241956: Eisenhower beat Stevenson – Washington 20, Cleveland 91960: Kennedy beat Nixon – Washington 10, Cleveland 311964: Johnson beat Goldwater – Washington 27, Chicago 201968: Nixon beat Humphrey – Washington 10, New York Giants 131972: Nixon beat McGovern – Washington 24, Dallas 201976: Carter beat Ford – Washington 7, Dallas 201980: Reagan beat Carter – Washington 14, Minnesota 391984: Reagan beat Mondale – Washington 27, Atlanta 141988: George H.W. Bush beat Dukakis – Washington 27, New Orleans 241992: Clinton beat George H.W. Bush – Washington 7, New York Giants 241996: Clinton beat Dole – Washington 31, Indianapolis 162000: George W. Bush beat Gore – Washington 21, Tennessee 272004: (only year it failed to predict the winner) Bush beat Kerry – Washington 13, Green Bay 282008: Obama beat McCain – Washington 6, Pittsburgh 232012 – Only RG3 Knows
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