More Bad News for McCain: Redskins Lose

Will the "Redskin Rule" hold?

Will the 'Redskins Rule' Hold for 2008?

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 23-6 trouncing of the Washington Redskins last night is of some small consolation to fans of the suddenly awful Dallas Cowboys.  It’s yet another nail in poor John McCain’s coffin, however.  As Dan Steinburg explains,

[T]hanks to the research of the Elias Sports Bureau’s Steve Hirdt, we learned in 2000 that when the Redskins would win their last home game before a presidential election, the incumbent party held on to control of the White House. When the Redskins lost their last home game before the election, the out-of-power party took over. Worked every time, all the way back to the franchise’s first game in Washington in 1937.

I blame it on the burgundy pants.  The Redskins have a classic uniform.  At home, they wear white jerseys with either burgundy or gold pants.  On the road, they wear burgundy jerseys with either white or gold pants.  Under no circumstances should they wear white jerseys with white pants or burgundy jerseys with burgundy pants.  It’s just not right.

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