Skins should root for McCain

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Led by cornerback Leigh Torrence, who has taken to wearing Obama T-shirts, the majority of denizens of Redskins’ locker room are rooting for the Democrat in tomorrow’s presidential election. History says they shouldn’t be. Washington has made the playoffs in just one of the last 27 autumns with a Democrat in the White House. That was in 1999 when Norv Turner’s team broke a 25-year jinx dating to 1945 when Harry Truman first lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In contrast, the Redskins have qualified for postseason in 15 of the 35 years since with a Republican in the White House and are in good shape to make it 16 of 36 with a 6-2 record at midseason 2008.


—David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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