Oct 28 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints fans wearing masks of Mitt Romney (left) and Barack Obama (right) pose for a photo before the game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, the NFL and the Presidential Election


Election day has finally arrived and the nation will make a choice between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to serve as President for the next four years. That is, unless you believe the outcome of the elections hasn’t already been determined on an NFL field…

The “Redskins rule” has become a well-known “predictor” of what will happen on Election Day. The rule states that if the Washington Redskins win their last home game before the election, the party occupying the White House will keep control of the presidency. If the Redskins lose their last home game before the big day, the opposite party will claim the presidency. The rule held true for 17 of the 18 elections since the Redskins moved to the greater D.C. area.

That’s good news for Mitt Romney supporters as the Redskins fell to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

If you’re an Obama supporter, there is still hope and it comes from the Detroit Lions. Yahoo! News columnist Chris Wilson put together a piece in which he comes up with a rule for every team in the NFL. The rule he found for the Lions has held true in 13-straight elections and goes like this:

If Detroit’s opponent is charged with at least 20 percent more penalties than Detroit in the last home game before the election, the Republican wins. Otherwise, the Democrat wins.

The Lions’ last home game was 10/28 against the Seattle Seahawks. The Lions committed five penalties to the Seahawks’ 2. According to the rule, Barack Obama will win re-election.

One “rule” says Romney wins, another says Obama wins. In one sense the “rules” are probably accurate as not even they can agree on who will win.

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