(CNN) - John McCain may have gotten a bad sign about his White House chances only hours before voters weighed in at the polls
The Washington Redskins, whose pre-Election Day match-ups have a long history of correctly predicting the presidential race, seemed to forecast a victory for Barack Obama Monday night.
For 16 of the past 17 elections, the incumbent party holds on to the White House when the Redskins win their last game before Election Day. When they lose the game, the opposition party has gone on to win the presidential race.
The Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the Redskins Monday night, 23-6, suggesting Barack Obama is poised for a win.
But McCain should not despair - the tradition did not hold true in 2004. Green Bay beat Washington that year, but President Bush narrowly won re-election.