PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — Eagles fans are still reeling after the Bird’s were defeated by the Redskins on Sunday. But that game could have more implications than just the NFC East.
“The ‘Redskins Rule’ is one of these bizarre predictor factors that people talk about,” said Drexel University political science professor Dr. Bill Rosenberg.
The rule said in Washington’s final home game before a presidential election, if the Redskins win, the incumbent party stays in the White House. If they lose, the other party takes over.
Dr. Rosenberg says it’s an interesting rule…
“Well I think what they do is give everyone an opportunity to discuss politics in a fun way.”
…but he isn’t buying into it:
“I probably would not invest in the ‘Redskins Rule.’ Being from Philadelphia I think a lot of people aren’t going to want to look to the Redskins as sort of the direction the way the country is going to go.”
whether you believe in it or not, it has been pretty accurate
“The fact that it’s held up over time is interesting,” says Rosenberg.
Since the Redskins relocated to Washington in 1937 the rule was accurate 17 of 19 times. Both times it was wrong happened in the last 12 years.