bill-swift - November 3, 2012
When two of the most dynamic and exciting players in the NFL will be meeting on the field this Sunday in Washington all eyes will be on the field (or at least the highlight reel) to see how last season's phenom (Carolina quarterback Cam Newton) measures up to this year's (Washington's Robert Griffin III).
With two guys like this comparisons are bound to be made. Both are big, athletic players; Newton stands 6'5" and weighs in at 245 pounds while RG3 is 6'2" and comes in at 220 pounds. More importantly is the way the two play—both are rare, legitimate dual threat quarterbacks; common in college football but something you don't see too much of in the NFL.
If you ask him though, RG3 would rather not be compared to Newton.
"I'd rather be compared to an Aaron Rodgers or a guy like that," Griffin said, via Rich Campbell of the Washington Times, "someone who has won Super Bowls."
Umm…yea, it has nothing to do with the lackluster season that Newton is having…
Comparisons aside, the world will be interested in this game for more than just the highlight reel these two are bound to create. No, this game will be watched for a much more important reason than that. Why?
The winner is going to decide whether Obama gets four more years in the White House or if the Mitt-ster is going to be moving in. A win for the Redskins in their last home game prior to the presidential election means the incumbent party stays in power and a loss means there is actual change coming.
Sound crazy? Since 1940 the winner of the presidential election has been predicted successfully by this game 17 out of 18 times, with the lone exception being the 2004 election. That year Green Bay beat the Redskins 28-14 which meant it should have been John Kerry taking the oath of office.
However, there is an explanation for this. Since Al Gore won the popular election in 2000, but lost the electoral vote the polarity of the predictor was reversed. All was made right again in 2008 when the Steelers beat the Redskins and the Democrats moved into the White House.
So with the fate of the nation on the line it looks like the deciding factor will not be the debates, any of the negative ads, or the rhetoric that has been filling the airwaves for months. It's going to be good ole fashioned football.
God bless America!