Tuesday marked the second time since 1940 that the Washington Redskins have failed to predict the presidential election, according to popular football lore. That lore has a name -- the "Redskins Rule" -- and it holds that if the Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent president will win the White House. But the Redskins lost their Nov. 4 game against the Carolina Panthers, and President Obama still won.
The rule has been "disproved" once before, in 2004, when the Redskins lost to Green Bay and George W. Bush still won over John Kerry. At the time, the man who discovered the correlation tried to tweak it so that it still applied, reported the Washington Times. The "revised Redskins Rule" holds that if the Redskins win, the party that last received a majority of the popular vote will also win. Neither iteration explains Obama's victory Tuesday night, to the detriment of both the rule and the Redskins' records.