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Sunday, October 31, 2004

The score does not lie

The Washington Redskins have proved to be a time-tested election predictor. In the previous 15 elections, if the Washington Redskins have lost their last home game prior to the election, the incumbent party has lost the White House. When they have won, the incumbent has stayed in power.

The history:

On 30 October 2000 the Washington Redskins lost to the Tennessee Titans, 27-21 The Incumbent Party lost. Bush won.

On 27 October 1996 the Washington Redskins defeated the Indianapolis Colts at home Democratic President Bill Clinton won re-election over his Republican challenger, Senator Bob Dole of Kansas.

On 1 November 1992 the Washington Redskins lost to the New York Giants at home, 24-7, Republican President George H. W. Bush lost his re-election bid to Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas.

On 6 November 1988 the Washington Redskins edged the New Orleans Saints at home, 27-24, True to form, Vice-President Bush emerged victorious.

On 5 November 1984 the Washington Redskins bested the Atlanta Falcons 27-14, The next day, President Ronald Reagan handily defeated his Democratic challenger

On 2 November 1980 the Washington Redskins were trounced at home by the Minnesota Vikings, 39-14, Jimmy Carter failed in his re-election bid.

On 31 October 1976 the Washington Redskins were spooked by the Dallas Cowboys in a Halloween Day home game, losing 20-7 Democratic Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia unseated President Gerald Ford that year.

On 22 October 1972 the Washington Redskins edged the Dallas Cowboys, 24-20, The 7 November 1972 election resulted in the re-election of President Richard Nixon.

On 27 October 1968 the Washington Redskins lost a close game to the New York Giants, 13-10, sitting Vice-President Hubert Humphrey lost to former Vice-President, Republican Richard Nixon.

On 25 October 1964 the Washington Redskins beat the Chicago Bears, 27-20 President Lyndon Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.

On 30 October 1960 the Washington Redskins were pasted at home by the Cleveland Browns, 31-10. Like the Redskins, the Republicans lost; unlike the Redskins, the Republicans made the contest a very close one. (Kennedy bested Nixon by a mere 0.2% margin in the popular vote.)

On 21 October 1956 the Washington Redskins soundly defeated the Cleveland Browns at home, 20-9,the Republicans and their standard-bearer, Dwight D. Eisenhower, prevailed over the Democratic nominee, Adlai Stevenson.

On 2 November 1952 the Washington Redskins lost a squeaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home, 24-23 The Democrats' loss on 4 November 1952 was not nearly as close as the Redskins' had been.

On 31 October 1948, the Washington Redskins walloped the Boston Yanks at home, 59-21, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. Two days later, In one of the most stunning political upsets in U.S. history, President Harry S. Truman defeated his Republican challenger, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York.

On 5 November 1944, the Washington Redskins trimmed the Cleveland Rams at home, 14-10, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. And win the Democrats did, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt secured an unprecedented fourth term by defeating the Republican nominee, Thomas Dewey, on 7 November 1944.

On 3 November 1940, the Washington Redskins thrashed the Pittsburgh Pirates (forebears of today's Steelers team) at home, 37-10, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first as he thrashed Republican challenger Wendell Willkie of New York

On 1 November 1936 the Boston Redskins downed the Chicago Cardinals at Fenway Park, 13-10, predicting a win for the incumbent Democrats. Two days later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won his re-election over Republican Governor Alf Landon of Kansas.

And now todays result.

The Packers Beat the Redskins at home 28 - 14. GOOD BYE GEORGE BUSH

posted by Mike 3:54 PM


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