Romney to win election ... if Redskins Rule holds true

U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney attends a...

U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney attends a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young

Eric Francis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

If history means anything, the Washington Redskins’ loss Sunday will have an impact on much more than the NFC East.

It could have wide-ranging implications on the free world.

That’s if you believe the Redskins Rule.

Simply put, since 1940, the outcome of the Redskins’ final pre-election game has led to shockingly predictable results from the U.S. electorate.

With only one exception in 18 elections (2004, when George Bush won despite losing the popular vote), a Redskins win means the incumbent stays in power and a loss means a new president takes office.

In other words, the Carolina Panthers’ upset of the ’Skins Sunday may be an indicator an even bigger surprise is in the cards in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. Robert Griffin III’s loss may just be Mitt Romney’s gain.

Now for more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering if Calgary hockey fans even flinched when hearing former Flame Curtis McElhinney was named AHL goalie of the month.

SLIPPERY SLOPE, INDEED

Several skiing and Olympic champions angrily weighed in on the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) narrow-minded decision to deny Lindsey Vonn and skiing a wonderful opportunity to give the sport rare exposure in North America by allowing her to race men later this month at Lake Louise. “I’m disappointed but not surprised at FIS’s decision to not allow @lindseyvonn to compete in the men’s race in Lake Louise,” wrote 2006 Olympic moguls champ Jennifer Heil on Twitter, which was retweeted by another female trailblazer, Hayley Wickenheiser. Canadian skier Mike Janyk retweeted “@fisalpine is a patriarchal men’s club with 1 woman sitting on the Alpine Ski committee.” 1992 Olympic downhill champion Kerrin Lee-Gartner also took to Twitter to support a highly-critical column in this space. “It’s frustrating to see an organization stand behind the rules they set and have full control over as if their hands are tied,” wrote Canadian team downhiller Kelly VanderBeek in an e-mail. “I think they’re missing an opportunity here and the way they’ve worded their decision, it appears as though they’re actively trying to shut the door on any further discussions of this happening. Too bad. It could have been something exciting and interesting to watch, without the need to put anyone in more danger or in harm’s way (which is often how attention is garnered...faster and bigger is better, right?). No added speed or extra long jumps needed to attract an audience here — just an old fashion boys versus girl.”

PARTING GIFTS

There’s a theory making the rounds suggesting the Calgary Stampeders put third-stringer Bo Levi Mitchell late into Friday’s game with an eye on losing, so the Stamps would avoid playoff nemesis Saskatchewan Roughriders in Sunday’s West semifinal. While it’s true the Roughriders have had the Stamps’ number in the playoffs since 2006 (winning all four meetings), the decision to play Mitchell had everything to do with ensuring the health of Kevin Glenn as John Hufnagel decides whether he’ll start Drew Tate or Glenn in the playoffs. As Sun football writer Ian Busby pointed out, both are former Gang Green pivots, making it a familiar storyline as former Riders quarterback Henry Burris was at the helm for all four Calgary playoff losses against his former team ... The CHLPA’s fate was essentially sealed the day they announced Georges Laraque as head of the fledgling union. The key to any level of success was establishing credibility, something that required leadership from someone who had management experience at the very least … While Eric Tillman was the most obvious hire for the Edmonton Eskimos, he was also the most obvious fire once he traded Ricky Ray … Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie scored five goals Sunday for the Niagara Ice Dogs, giving the recently signed 19-year-old nine goals his last two games. 

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