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Monday, November 01, 2004

Are You Ready for Some Football...and Political Predictions?

For those of you who love sports, love football, or love Sportscenter like I do, you've probably already heard this curious little stat: For the past 15 presidential elections the performance of an NFL football team has accurately predicted the outcome of the election. That team is the Washington Redskins. If the Redskins lose on the Sunday before the election, the incumbant party loses the presidential election. If the Redskins win, the incumbant party wins the election. Four years ago, the Redskins lost to the Tennessee Titans two days before the election, and Al Gore lost as well...sort of. This year, the Redskins lost again, this time to the Green Bay Packers. I guess we'll find out tomorrow if this trend holds true.


  • You're blog is normally totally politics free, so I can't be sure, but I guess you'll be voting Kerry? I can't see you liking Bush, but then you probably don't like Kerry much either. Lesser of two evils, perhaps?

    By Blogger Fyse, at 10:20 AM, November 01, 2004  

  • Fyse, I like to think that I made this post without showing my political leanings, and I did it that way for a reason. This election--more than any other that I can remember--had really polarized the country. With few exceptions, people speak of the candidate they will vote for with fervor, and the opposing candidate then becomes the root of all evil. Furthermore, people believe that if the country was to fall into said opposing candidate's hands, well, we're sure to head straight downhill in a hurry. I have to admit that I feel that way. I vigorously support and believe in "my" candidate, and I think that the opposing candidate will lead this country to some of its darkest days. That being said, when I read a post by a blogger that I previously enjoyed and admired, and I find out that they support the other guy, my opinion of them and everything they have said thus far changes. Honestly, I even have a hard time reading their blog anymore. This sounds extreme, but it is true for me. I hope that when this election is over (and I hope it goes to "my" candidate), that I will feel differently about all my previous blogger friends who are supporting the "wrong" guy. But knowing how strongly I feel--and how my feelings about those who support the "wrong" candidate have affected my reading of their blogs--I have not made my political affiliation known, and I will not do so, probably ever. At least not on my blog(s).

    By Blogger Oz, at 11:45 AM, November 01, 2004  

  • I agree, although I won't go so far as to stop reading someone's blog due to their political inclination. I've tried my hardest to keep my blog 100% politics free, and I've succeeded thus far... unless you consider the Natalie Portman / Audrey Tautou post political. Hell, I hadn't even decided who I was going to vote for up until last week... but I'll be damned if I'm going to voice it on my blog. I respect my readership too much to bore them with my political views.

    By Blogger Dan, at 12:51 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • Oakland Baby.

    Them me boys.

    Happy Monday.

    By Blogger Vadergrrrl, at 1:12 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • Dan, What can I say? I feel very strongly, and I take some of the issues rather personally. Hopefully, this will be over in about 48 hours.

    Vader, Your boys are pretty pathetic this year. Just like my political views, you might want to keep your Raiders affiliation on the down-low. Now, the Eagles on the other hand...there's a team! :)

    By Blogger Oz, at 1:25 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • I see your reasoning for the impartiality, however, your comment to your post suggests you are anything but impartial. The part that confuses me is that on one hand, you say this election has really polarizied this country and I agree. On the other hand though, you say, (carefully without showing any affiliations), that you do indeed believe there is a "wrong" candidate to the point of not being able to read bloggers who support said candidate.

    So really, in essence, isn't that too a polarization of sorts?

    By Blogger Janet, at 4:26 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • Janet, I never said that *I* was impartial. I said that my post was impartial. I am not my post. I am a person. My post is a paragraph. I'll shout it out loud and clear for everyone to hear: I HAVE A DEFINITE PREFERENCE FOR OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!!!! See? No bones about it. I am just not stating that preference in my blog. Again, I am not my blog. Just because my blog does not reveal who I am voting for does not mean that I myself don't know who I'm voting for or care who wins. I also don't understand your statement: "you do indeed believe there is a 'wrong' candidate to the point of not being able to read bloggers who support said candidate. So really, in essence, isn't that too a polarization of sorts?" YES! YES, IT IS! And that's exactly why I am not revealing "my" candidate: because I do not want others to feel polarized by my blog. I also never suggested that polarization in and of itself was "bad." I just said that it exists. Get it? Got it? Good.

    Look what has happened by mentioning politics at all. I really just thought this was an interesting coincidence. Football game decides election for the past 15 presidential elections. Let's see what happens this year! Well, I won't make this mistake again.

    By Blogger Oz, at 5:03 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • All I was trying to say is I dislike someone who hits me over the head with their political views as much as the next girl, so in that way, we probably agree. These, are in fact, the blogs I avoid, mainly because I have nothing in common with those people. This is the same reason I don't make comments on the Red Sox victory for's out of my realm of what's known. I don't know about sports, so I don't write about sports.

    But now if you take a blogger I usually enjoy reading who simply differs in opinion from me, I wouldn't stop reading them altogether. I might not comment on that post or I might make a comment telling them WHY I disagree, but unless they offended me personally, I feel they have a right to believe what they believe. In turn, I hope they would take my comment in the nature it was intended.

    Case in point, our most recent blogging banter. I for one am glad you wrote this post, even if you're not.:)

    By Blogger Janet, at 5:49 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • Janet, Just like Dan, you are a better person than I am, and I applaud you for that. You wrote that you wouldn't stop reading a blog "unless they offended me personally." I am personally offended by people who like the "other" candidate. I have never felt so strongly that an election would have such an impact on my life and my country as I think this one will (hopefully I'm wrong). Believe me, I realize that I should not take someone else's preference for the next president personally. But like I said, I do. And honestly, when someone reveals that they are choosing the "other" candidate, I am shocked. Just shocked. I don't understand how anyone could pick that guy, especially not someone whose writing and ideas I had previously respected and usually agreed with.

    Again, I hope that once this election is over, I can put all of my emotions about this election behind me and move on--including reading the blogs of bloggers who disagree on this issue.

    By Blogger Oz, at 6:11 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • Whenever I see trends like this reported in the news, I have to wonder how many people are superstitious enough to believe that it will come true regardless of whether or not they vote, so they don't vote at all?

    At least that's what I thought when I heard this item on the news...

    Same with the poll predictions - sometimes people see their candidate is far behind, so they think, "why should I vote?". Although for this year's Presidential race, the polls are too close so I don't think that will be an issue.

    By Blogger Diva, at 7:20 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • It was a politically neutral post, Oz, which is why I felt the need to ask. I understand and respect your decision not to say, and I have to agree with you about politics in blogs. I've gone slightly political at times, but I hope not overly so. Fingers crossed you get the president you want, so long as it's the president I want too...

    By Blogger Fyse, at 9:24 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • Also, my college magazine requested articles for a 'debate' on the US election last week, and I was amazed by some of the repsonses. I too find it personally offensive that people can be SOOOO wrong. I guess that's the crucial point, that I don't see this as a matter of opinion but as cold hard fact.

    By Blogger Fyse, at 10:00 PM, November 01, 2004  

  • Diva, I was joking with a friend of mine who is being extra-insistant this year that everybody vote. So I said to her, "Oh, there's no point in voting. It was all decided by the football game!" She didn't appreciate my humor and got mad at me. :)

    Fyse, Yes, I guess the UK is possibly the one European country where you might have a more equal split between Bush and Kerry supporters. From what I hear from my European friends, it seems that most of the rest of Europe is pretty anti-Bush.

    By Blogger Oz, at 8:40 AM, November 02, 2004  

  • Actually, Britain is pretty anti-Bush as well, though probably not as much as the rest of the Europe. I could probably count the number of people I know who would vote Bush on one hand (though I doubt I have a very representative group of friends). That's why I was so suprised at the articles in the magazine. They were appallingly written and argued too, which annoyed me even more.

    By Blogger Fyse, at 11:51 AM, November 02, 2004  

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