President-Elect Barack Obama Should Thank Leftwich and The Steelers

Matthew IrbySenior Analyst INovember 6, 2008

Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, whether you support the new President-elect Barack Obama or not, and whether you like sports or not, you can't help but be amazed by the relations of sports and politics.

What if on Tuesday morning, heck even late Monday night I would have told you that Barack Obama is going to be voted as the 44th President of the United States and that you could bet everything on that.

You would have laughed at me, argued the reasons why not, or just reminded me to go vote (I DID VOTE)!

But I'm serious about know that for a fact, I knew as soon as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

How did I know this?

The last home game for the Washington Redskins before the Presidential election (in this case it was the night before), the fate of the Redskins directly relates to which political party wins the popular vote and likely the White House.

If the Redskins win the home game before the election that the incumbent party will win the popular vote.  For example if the Redskins would have beaten the Steelers than Senator John McCain would have won the popular vote.  Now remember this has to do with the popular vote, not always the White House.


In this case the Steelers defeated the Redskins, and Senator Barack Obama won the White House.  This how now occurred 18 times and all 18 times it has come true.

Most can call this a freak coincidence, but I beg to differ, because this has happened 18 for 18 over 72 years. Think about it.