No wonder the Eagles rarely make it to the Super Bowl. Philadelphia's job record is worse than the team.
RiseSmart, an outplacement technology company in California, posits that the results of the Super Bowl game can readily be predicted by looking at the jobless rates of the two competing cities. The one with the lowest rate usually wins the title.
It's been that way 21 out of the last 26 contests - which is as far back as RiseSmart tracked the data.
"Could it be a coincidence? Of course - but it is certainly an interesting correlation," wrote Sanjay Sathe, CEO of RiseSmart. "Who's to say that a city's economic prosperity, as measured by jobless rates, doesn't have at least some effect on fan support, team morale, and other factors that could influence the game's outcome?"