For a Barack Obama fan from Philly still reeling from Sunday’s brutal Eagles loss here’s some salt for those wounds: The results of the game means Mitt Romney will win the White House.
Yahoo’s Chris Wilson devised a computer program to determine a pattern predicting the presidential election by every NFL team. The idea was spurred by the Redskins Rule, a pattern that’s held true every cycle but one since 1940. “If the Washington Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent party retains the White House. Otherwise, the out-of-power party wins.”
His must-read piece and results are here.
Wilson found that in 15 out of the last 16 elections this was also true: “If Philadelphia scores at least one offensive touchdown per nine first downs in its second away game, the Democrat wins the White House. Otherwise, the Republican wins."
As us weary Eagles fans know, the Arizona Cardinals’ defense, and a few painful turnovers, kept Philadelphia out of the end zone the entire game.
Of course, Wilson’s post is largely tongue-in-cheek, an effort to show that attempting to find patterns to predict political elections is silly, and the results random.
But if you’re an Obama fan who believes these types of events are interconnected, that the universe doesn’t operate in coincidences, Wilson’s findings might give you pause. Three team’s rules were decided in Sunday’s games, the Eagles, the Jets and the Texans. And all show a Romney victory.