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Philadelphia Eagles Are Wildly More Successful Under Republican Presidents

Correlation is not causation, but superstitious Eagles fans may want to turn their state red every four years.

By NTK Staff | 02.06.2018 @2:03pm
Philadelphia Eagles Are Wildly More Successful Under Republican Presidents

The Philadelphia Eagles are basking in the glory of their Super Bowl win this week, but many fans are surely wondering how they can continue their championship ways. But the Eagles have seen long stretches of success and droughts of failure in recent history.

Over the past 30 years, the Eagles have appeared in two Super Bowls and six NFC Championships. In the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2017 seasons, the Eagles advanced to the conference championship, with the 2004 and 2017 seasons ending in the Super Bowl.

In the same period, the team experienced periods where they struggled to make any impact on the NFL.

What do all of their wildly successful seasons have in common? They all occurred under Republican presidential administrations. And their failed seasons often came during years of Democratic rule.

Of course it could just be coincidence, but NFL records over the last three decades show that the Eagles have enjoyed more prosperity when the GOP occupies the White House through the regular season.

During the fourteen combined years of Presidents Trump, Bush, Jr., Bush, Sr., and the last year of the Reagan administration, the Eagles have:

  • Averaged 11.2 wins a season (70.2 winning percentage)
  • Made the playoffs 11 times (78.6 percent of GOP years)
  • Won their division seven times (50 percent of GOP years)
  • Made the conference title six times (42.8 percent of GOP years)
  • Won their first and only Super Bowl under President Trump in 2017

The 11-plus-win average per season is a phenomenal statistic, meaning that the Eagles are usually at least in contention for the division title in GOP years. Meanwhile, they are consistently one game away from making the Super Bowl, with a 43 percent chance of reaching the NFC title.

Compare those statistics to the numbers from the presidencies of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Under sixteen years of Democrats, the Eagles have:

  • Averaged 7.9 wins a season (49.6 winning percentage)
  • Made the playoffs six times (37.5 percent of Democrat years)
  • Won their division only twice (12.5 percent of Democrat years)
  • Made the NFC title zero times (zero percent)
  • Made the Super Bowl zero times (zero percent)

On average, the Eagles would end each season under a Democrat with a losing record, finishing with a record barely below .500. The team’s playoff success is correspondingly poor.

Correlation does not equal causation, but the superstitious nature of sports fans often motivates them to wear lucky clothes or sit in a lucky chair on game day. If superstitious Eagles fans would like to see their team continue to win, they may want to consider voting for the Republican candidate every four years.

Before you laugh, consider another oft-cited football-politics connection. The final home game of the Washington Redskins, a divisional rival of the Eagles, is referenced every four years as a predictor of the winner of the presidential election.

According to legend, if the Redskins win their final home game before the election, the incumbent party retains the White House. If they lose, the incumbent party loses the presidential election. According to Snopes, the trend has scored a 90-percent rate over the last 20 elections.

Perhaps for the Eagles, the presidential election will predict football fortunes instead of the other way around.

Stats via Pro Football Reference.

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