Incumbent has followed 'Skins' lead since '36


LANDOVER, Md. -- John Kerry supporters have a welcome omen for their candidate: The Green Bay Packers defeated the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

If history holds, the 28-14 result portends a victory for Kerry
on Tuesday because the result of the Redskins' final home game
before the presidential election has always accurately predicted
the White House winner. If the Redskins win, the incumbent party
wins. If they lose, the incumbent party is ousted.

"Oh, yeah, he's going to win. It's guaranteed," said Packers
safety Darren Sharper, a Kerry supporter. "I don't have to vote
now. Don't even have to go to the polls. Saved me a trip on

The streak began in 1933, when the Boston Braves were renamed the Redskins. Since then, beginning with Franklin Roosevelt's
re-election in 1936, the trend has held, including a 2000 Redskins
loss to the Tennessee Titans that predicted George W. Bush's win
over Al Gore.