Redskins Rule Versus The World Series: Which Will Predict The Next President?

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(Redskins photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)/(Giants photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Redskins photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)/(Giants photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Over the course of the last 18 elections stretching all the way back to 1940, the “Redskins Rule,” as it has come to be known by, has correctly predicted the election results an astounding 17 times.

So how does it work? It all comes down to a football game. Should the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent party will remain in office. However, if the visiting team wins, the Redskins Rule predicts a change in the Oval Office. Since the Carolina Panthers defeated the Redskins on their home turf 21-13 last Sunday, that should translate into a win for Governor Romney.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the results here.

The winner of the World Series during an election year also has some bearing on who will become our next president. An American League champ signals a Republican president, while a National League victory means a win for Democrats. The rule has proven correct the last 3 elections (better than the Redskins Rule over the same period) and 13 of 18 overall. The San Francisco Giants won it all this year, pointing towards Obama remaining in office.

These conflicting statistics demonstrate why this year’s election is so important. Make sure your voice is heard by going out and voting, because in the balance lies the fate of one of the greatest issues ever facing our nation: determining which is truly the greatest sport in America, football or baseball. We leave this to you, Jack listener. Don’t screw it up.


-Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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