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Superbowl Gods and how they tell us who they want for President.

Updated on November 13, 2016

February 7th, 2016 I, like so many other Americans across this great land watched the Super Bowl. The game pitted two of the top defensive teams in the league against each other in the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. While the offensive units for these two teams seemed to be missing in action, the defense definitely made up for the offensive unit’s misgivings. However, the quality of play or lack thereof is not why I am writing this article. I was inspired to write this article based on a commercial that kept popping up during breaks in play. You may remember the commercial on “Super Bowl Babies”, where children all stand together; proudly claiming they were the result of their parents getting all hot and bothered by the big game. Yes, apparently Super Bowls are a greater aphrodisiac than oysters, chocolates, caviar and wine put together. With that are Super Bowls a good indicator of who will win the next presidential election (or who should win). Let us look at the table below.

There seems to be a pattern of when AFC teams win the Super Bowl and when NFC teams win. This pattern is very distinct, as if the Football gods were trying to tell us who should be the next president based on whether an AFC or NFC team wins the Super Bowl. Oh, you do not believe in the football gods and their vengeance for not following their wishes, well let's look at what happens when Democrats and Republicans choose not to follow the path of the football gods.

Political Party
Denver (AFC)
N.Y. Giants (NFC)
N.Y. Giants (NFC)
Patriots (AFC)
Rams (NFC)
Cowboys (NFC)
Washington (NFC)
Washington (NFC)
Bush Sr.
L.A. Raiders (AFC)
Pittsburgh (AFC)
L.A. Rams
Pittsburgh (AFC)
Dallas (NFC)
Green Bay (AFC)
Oakland Raiders

Football Player


What happens when an AFC Team wins the Super Bowl? If an AFC team wins the Super Bowl, a Republican most likely will be elected president. If a Democrat wins, the Presidency during a year an AFC team wins the Super Bowl then he will be a one-term president, or the presidency will end in controversy almost as if the universe needs to correct itself.

What happens when an NFC Team wins the Super Bowl?

When an NFC team wins the Super Bowl, a Democrat will most likely be elected. However, when a Republican somehow wins the Presidency in a year when an NFC team wins the Super Bowl they will either be a one-term president or have controversy.


Does bucking the AFC/NFC trend curse the President? Since 1967 there have been 13 Super Bowls played during the year of a presidential election. Prior to 2016, the AFC won the Super Bowl 5 times in 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, and 2004. During those years, a Republican won the Presidency every time except 1976 when Jimmy Carter won. Jimmy Carter would become a one-term president.

Since 1967, and prior to 2016, the NFC won the Super Bowl 7 times. During those years, a Democrat won the Presidency 4 times in 1992, 1996, 2008, and 2012. During 1972, Richard Nixon bucked this trend only to have his presidency cut short due to Watergate. In 1988, George Bush Sr. seemed to beat the curse of the Republican Party-NFC correlation, only to fall victim to the one-term presidency status. Finally, in 2000, George W. Bush bucked this trend and he was re-elected in 2004. However, did George Bush really buck this trend? The 2000 Super Bowl will always be remembered for one great defensive play by Mike Jones during the closing seconds of the game. The L.A. Rams were up 7 points with mere seconds left in the game. The Tennessee Titans lined up tight end Frank Wycheck over Mike Jones. The play was for Wycheck to run a route, which would pull Jones with him leaving Tennessee’s other receiver, Kevin Dyson, on single man coverage. Initially, the play seemed to work well as Jones began to follow the Tight End Wycheck. However, something tipped Jones off concerning the offensive scheme and he dropped off his man. Kevin Dyson was able to fool his assigned defender and break for the goal line. The Tennessee Titans quarter back, Steve McNair threw a bullet to Kevin Dyson at the 5-yard line. Dyson seemed to have a clear path to the goal line for what appeared to be a sure game-tying touchdown. However, in what may have been the greatest defensive play in the history of the Super Bowl, Mike Jones closed a 3-yard separation in a second and fought to drag and pull Dyson away from behind. Both players knew this would be the last play of regulation, as a tackle in bounds would result in the clock running out, and a score would tie up the game and send it into overtime. Dyson sensing the shear moment of the game twisted and turned his body, desperately trying to break the grip of Jones and stretch the ball over the goal line. Jones meanwhile was frantically grabbing at any body part he could hold onto of the mighty receiver. When the play ended and the clock struck zero the ball rested less than 2 inches from the goal line. This close play in my mind mimicked the 2000 election between Al Gore and George Bush. Maybe this was a sign Al Gore should not have given up his legal challenge for the presidency. If he had fought, he might have found that the NFC football gods would have given him the close win and kept the NFC-Democrat trend going. However, Al Gore dropped the Supreme Court challenge and turned his back on the gods. In another twist, because it was Al Gore who dropped the challenge and not Bush, the gods decided that Bush could not be punished for this break in trend. In fact, angered by Gore's actions the gods rewarded Bush with another win. The gods anger showed its full fury during the infamous halftime show when it called forth the powers of the "wardrobe malfunction." Never had powers such as this been released since Pandora's box. However, once this evil was released not even the gods could put it back. This is why so many celebrities have wardrobe malfunctions to this day.

Football God


2016 Election

If history holds true then a Republican should win the 2016 election. However, if a Democrat bucks the trend will a curse follow that candidate via a one-term Presidency or worse fully uncover a scandal?

2016 Election Results

As of 8:17 a.m. EST, November 9, 2016 it appears that the Republican nominee Donald Trump has garnered enough electoral votes to win the election, even with several states still not "officially" decided. It appears that the Football Gods desires have been fulfilled. In many ways this election was exactly like the NFL playoffs this past year. In the Super Bowl, the two leaders of their teams Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) and Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) played what can only be described as an ugly game. Much like the two lead candidates. The Carolina Panthers had more first downs (21-11); More passing first downs; more rushing first downs; better 3rd down efficiency; more total offensive plays; 121 more total yards; more total drives; more yards per play; More passing yards; and more time of possession than the Broncos. On paper they were the team to beat. However, they committed 12 penalties for 102 yards compared to for 51 yards by Denver. They also committed 4 turnovers to 2 for Denver. In essence, much like the Panthers -- Hillary's campaign could not get out of its own way with the various scandals and dropped the ball to a team they were favored to beat. Seems like the Football Gods were not only telling us who would win, but how as well. Let's see in 4 more years if the Football Gods speak and to whom they are speaking to. In fact, I am going to include whether this Super Bowl had a hidden message about the rise of a potential third party candidate.

Do you believe the Football Gods tell us who they want as our President?

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© 2016 James


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    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      You've obviously given this a lot of thought, or else were engaging in a bit of Super Bowl wine sipping of your own. Statisticians will tell you we need 23 tries in order to establish a pattern. I'll probably be dead by then, but somebody will obviously be there to document it. The zero factor of assassinated Presidents was popular speculation for a time, but then Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both bucked it. Very well written hub, and a lot of fun.

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      CJ Kelly 

      2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Fun hub. Sharing everywhere. Welcome to Hub Pages.


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