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Oct. 31, 2004

Dubya hoping for a W

by Pratik Bhandari, Page Editor
Right now, in the White House, the President is the biggest Washington Redskins fan in the world.

Ever since 1936, harkening back to the early days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the winner of the Presidential election has been predicted based on who wins the last Redskins home game in November. If the Redskins win, the incumbent party wins the election and vice versa.

The amazing coincidence between the Redskins game and the presidential election has even been a cause for concern among the players. According to The Washington Post, cornerback Fred Smoot said, "It's kinda hard to say, because I want this game. We need this game. I'm hoping John Kerry can reverse the curse. I'm wishing him luck. This is the millennium for things to be broken."

Even Redskins fans are divided over whom to root for in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. Junior Michael Arbit, a Redskins fan, says, "I'm rooting for the Packers even though I'm a Redskins fan so that Kerry will win, or at least have every advantage possible for the election. If the game didn't correlate so closely to who wins the election, I'd have probably rooted for the Redskins."

The Redskins game predicting the election is just one of many interesting election predictors around the world. For example, have you seen all those Halloween masks of Bush and Kerry? Supposedly, whichever candidate has the most masks sold wins the election. This has held true ever since 1980. According to, President Bush is leading so far this year, but Kerry is closing the gap.

Anyway, the Redskins game coincidence has even affected me. As you can see on the Silver Chips Online football predictions for this week here, I'm rooting for the Packers this week.

But hey, what happens if the game ends up tied?

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  • Brian Kowalski (View Email) on October 31, 2004
    So is this supposed to be valid for the last game in November 2003? Or is it supposed to be October? Obviously, today's game is not the "last home game in November". It's just a little confusing.
  • Michael Bushnell (View Email) on October 31, 2004
    Actually, its the last home game before the election. I know what Pratik meant, but it's worded in a very confusing way to the point that its incorrect. Aside from that, nice writing.
  • Pratik Bhandari on October 31, 2004
    Sorry, it is supposed to be for the last home game in october.
  • Michael Bushnell (View Email) on October 31, 2004
    Pratik, its just the last hoime game before the election. No need to confuse people or anything like that.
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