Football Wisdom

You never know where you will find wisdom; I’ve been finding a lot in the sports columns lately, thanks to TMQ, Gregg Easterbrook, ESPN.com

Hillary Tempts the Election Gods: “I’m in, and I’m in to win.” So began the announcement Hillary Clinton sent to her supporters. Matt Hasselbeck [quarterback for Seattle Seahawks] once said at the coin flip of a playoff overtime, “We want the ball and we’re gonna score.” That didn’t turn out so well. [They lost.]

Unload Your Sorghum Futures, Buy Stocks: The Wall Street Journal predicted last week that the Bears-Colts Super Bowl pairing will cause the stock market to rise in 2007. Whenever a team in the original, premerger NFL wins the Super Bowl, the market usually rises that year; whenever a former AFL team or expansion team wins the Super Bowl, the market usually declines. This indicator has held for 32 of the 40 Super Bowls thus far. Because the Bears play the Colts, an original-NFL victory is assured; the Indianapolis Colts were in the original premerger NFL as the Baltimore Colts.

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