In case you’ve been stuck in a time machine or under a rock, there will be a presidential election next week. Being the scholar of the political spectrum, I figured it was time to go back and look at the success of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the same year presidential elections are being held. Let’s just say there’s a little bit of good news and a whole lot of bad news.
For this comparison, I went back to the year 1972. That of course was the “Immaculate Reception” year and the beginning of the end for Richard Nixon as well.
|Year||Presidential Winner||Steelers’ Final Result|
|1972||Richard Nixon||11-3, Lost AFC Title Game to Miami|
|1976||Jimmy Carter||10-4, Lost AFC Title Game to Oakland|
|1980||Ronald Reagan||9-7, missed playoffs|
|1984||Ronald Reagan||9-7, Lost AFC Title Game to Denver|
|1988||George H.W. Bush||5-11, missed playoffs|
|1992||Bill Clinton||11-5, Lost Div. Round to Buffalo|
|1996||Bill Clinton||10-6, Lost Div. Round to New England|
|2000||George W. Bush||9-7, missed playoffs|
|2004||George W. Bush||15-1, Lost AFC Title Game to New England|
|2008||Barack Obama||12-4, Won SB XLIII over Arizona|
|2012||Barack Obama||8-8, missed playoffs|
Over those 11 elections, the Steelers recorded one Super Bowl victory, lost in the AFC Championship Game four times, lost in the Divisional Playoffs twice and missed the playoffs altogether four times.
To take things a bit further in elections years, the Steelers finished those seasons with an average of 9.9 wins and 5.7 losses. Keep in mind that 1972 and 1976 the NFL was still playing a 14-game schedule rather than the 16-game schedule we know today. If you’re interested in success in terms of republicans vs democrats…
Three of the four seasons where the Steelers made the playoffs, a Republican was elected. In three of the four years where the Steelers lost in the AFC Championship Game, a Republican was elected. Obviously that stat changes when you consider they won the AFC Title game in 2008 when they won the Super Bowl. Lastly, the two times the Steelers lost in the divisional round, both times were during the elections of Democrat Bill Clinton.
So if you’re looking for a way to vote that would spell success for your Steelers, there’s really no clear answer. When you consider that the only time they won a Super Bowl during an election year season it was under a Democratic winner, then maybe that makes you think Hillary Clinton should be your choice.
Then again, these are just numbers right?