bad hammy wrote:The Washington Redskins have accurately predicted 17 out of the last 18 elections. If the Redskins win the game before the election then the incumbent party wins. If the Redskins lose, the opposition party wins. The cloud on the horizon: it was the 2004 election this predictor failed. In any event, go Steelers . . .
Of course, this sort of stuff is completely useless in prediction. A large number of 'results' are out there with a record history. Finding ones that match up with the election results is easy due to: 1) the large number of sequences to chose from; and 2) the large number of people with easy mechanisms to find common sequences. Since both the elections and the games are not just qualitative but quantitative, if there is any validity at all, there should be strong correlations in the numbers (as opposed to on/off). You can still find some at any point in time, especially when you can arbitrarily pick the cutoff date, but the number of good matches would go way down.