Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Strange Bedfellows

With the Phillies' success and the Eagles being the early-season Eagles (2-3 for the third time in five or six seasons), I haven't focused too much on them yet. But a friend, BBoz, brings up an interesting observation about the Eagles, the Cowboys, the Super Bowl, and political history. All of what follows comes from him:

Who will you vote for on November 4, 2008?

A vote for a Republican President is a vote for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have appeared in two Super Bowls: Super Bowl XV on January 25, 1981, and Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6, 2005. In both of those years, the President was a Republican: 1981 – Ronald Reagan; and, 2005 – George W. Bush.


Conversely, a vote for a Democrat for President is a vote for the Eagles' nemesis, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have played in and won a Super Bowl during every Democratic presidential administration in the Super Bowl era. The Cowboys have appeared in eight Super Bowls: Super Bowl V (1971), VI (1972), and X (1974) were played during a Republican administration.

However, subsequent to 1974, the Cowboys were in Super Bowl XII (1978), XIII (1979), XXVII (1992), XXVIII (1993), and XXX (1995). In those five years, the President was a Democrat: 1978/1979 – Jimmy Carter; and 1992/1993/1995 – Bill Clinton.

Remember, when you throw that switch for President this November, you are deciding more than the direction of the nation, you are sealing the fate of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philadelphia Eagles:

Super Bowl

Opponents

Score

Date

President

XV

Oakland Raiders (win) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

27-10

January 25, 1981

Ronald Reagan, Republican

XXXIX

New England Patriots (win) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

24-21

February 6, 2005

George W. Bush, Republican


Dallas Cowboys:

Super Bowl

Opponents

Score

Date

President

V

Baltimore Colts (win) vs.

Dallas Cowboys

16-13

January 17, 1971

Richard M. Nixon, Republican

VI

Dallas Cowboys (win) vs. Miami Dolphins

24-3

January 16, 1972

Richard M. Nixon, Republican

X

Pittsburgh Steelers (win) vs. Dallas Cowboys

21-17

January 18, 1976

Gerald Ford, Republican

XII

Dallas Cowboys (win) vs. Denver Broncos

27-10

January 15, 1978

Jimmy Carter, Democrat

XIII

Pittsburgh Steelers (win) vs. Dallas Cowboys

35-31

January 21, 1979

Jimmy Carter, Democrat

XXVII

Dallas Cowboys (win) vs. Buffalo Bills

52-17

January 31, 1993

Bill Clinton, Democrat

XXVIII

Dallas Cowboys (win) vs. Buffalo Bills

30-13

January 30, 1994

Bill Clinton, Democrat

XXX

Dallas Cowboys (win) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

27-17

January 28, 1996

Bill Clinton, Democrat

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

And as a Steelers fan, I guess I should vote for Nader?

John Roach said...

Sadly, it doesn't seem to matter who's President--the Steelers win whenever. That hurts to think about...

Kurt said...

If I vote 3rd party, do both the Eagles and Cowboys cease to exist? If so, I'll gladly burn my vote this year...

Kurt said...

Regarding your poll... one entry noticeably absent is Bake McBride. Not only did he roam the outfield like a gazelle, but he did so while breaking new frontiers in terms of hairstyle. A bit of stretch? Not when you see all of the college and pro athletes in whose hair is billowing out of their headgear.

GS said...

Very interesting stats, but after reading about the Eagles game vs. Washington, I don't have to worry about who wins the Presidential race as far as the Eagles are concerned.....