The presidential election isn't until Tuesday, but the "Redskins rule" has already determined the winner: Mitt Romney.
Why? Because the Carolina Panthers beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday, of course.
It only makes sense that the outcome of an NFL game involving the team based in the nation's capital (or, these days, in nearby Landover, Md.) would determine who would be living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Actually, it doesn't make any sense at all. But somehow or another, it almost always seems to work out that if the Redskins win the last home game they play before a presidential election, the incumbent party gets the victory that Tuesday -- and vice versa.
It has worked out that way in 17 of the 18 elections that occurred since the team moved to Washington. The one exception came in 2004, when George W. Bush somehow overcame a Redskins loss and was reelected. That led to closer scrutiny the Redskins rule.