You may have noticed some political reporters paying extra close attention to the result of this afternoon's football game between the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers. They aren't football fans, they're just looking to see if they can guess the result of the election. Here's why.
What they're paying attention to is what's known as the "Redskins Rule." Deadspin's Isaac Raunch explained the rule Sunday morning in a post about sports indicators of the election results:
"In 17 of the 18 presidential elections since the Redskins moved to DC in 1937, a Redskins loss [in their final home game before the election] has preceded a loss for the incumbent, while a Redskins win has preceded a win for the incumbent."
Going into Sunday's game, the Redskins were riding a wave of momentum because of the stellar play of their rookier quarterback, Robert Griffin III. They were playing a team with a 1-6 record who, in weeks prior, didn't look like they could tie their own shoelaces properly, much less play top flight football. Things were looking up for the Democrats.