Posted on September 28, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
Speculation about a looming victory for Teddy Roosevelt has reached an all-time peak, with dozens of media outlets reporting that an October victory for Teddy is in the cards. A feature article is expected on the front page of Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, and even the Nats themselves have gotten in on the act.
Everybody including the president of the United States seems to have an opinion these days on when it’s going to happen. Today’s WTOP listener poll seems to point to next week as the date, but we think the choices are inadequate, thus we introduce the OFFICIAL LET TEDDY WIN READER POLL. We’ll keep it open until Teddy Wins, or until after the playoffs, whichever comes first.
Don’t like the choices? Share your theory in the comments below.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
With the Let Teddy Win movement becoming national news, the Nationals are ironically trying to jump on the bandwagon.
The Nationals social media team introduced the #Teddyin2012 hashtag, implying that they somehow want to see Teddy win, along with a new Teddy-focused page on Nationals.com.
The page prominently features the quote from Teddy’s “Man in the Arena” speech that has been featured on Let Teddy Win t-shirts and was quoted by Arizona Senator John McCain in the recent Ken Burns video that has been running on various ESPN shows this week.
The team also announced that fans attending next week’s final homestand of the season October 1-3 will receive a Teddy-themed giveaway.
The first 20,000 fans On Monday October 1st will receive Eye Black Strips (“Teddy” for one eye and “26” for the other). On Tuesday the 2nd, it’s Teddy bumper stickers for the first 20,000 fans, and on fan appreciation day Wednesday the 3rd, it’s Teddy pins for the first 20,000 fans.
I think I need at least 40 sets of those eye black strips.
“Gotta believe when they clinch first place that that’ll be the day when perhaps…,” Ravech said on tonight’s show, before cutting himself off.
Teddy, meanwhile, lost again today in the final race of the homestand. The hero of San Juan Hill was forced to cut the outfield corner when Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln formed a makeshift blockade in centerfield.
George Washington took the win.
And if you missed it the first time:
Video: McCain calls for congressional investigation into Nationals presidents race
Posted on September 21, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
For years now, many Nationals fans have been advancing a common theory about the presidents race: Teddy will win when the Nationals win.
From the Nationals Park stands to the Red Loft bar to Twitter and online discussion forums, the only thing up for debate among many fans is the exact timing. When they make the playoffs. When they win the division. When they finish their first winning season. When they host their first playoff game. When they win a pennant. When they make the Worlds Series. When they win the World Series. Everybody has a theory.
On Thursday night, the first of those milestones passed. The Nationals clinched their first playoff berth, and if the chatter on Twitter is any indication, quite a few people are expecting a Roosevelt victory Friday night at Nationals Park.
“If, say, Teddy wins during the Nationals’ first home playoff game, and the Nats subsequently lose that game,” Hamilton writes, “the ‘When will Teddy win?’ discussion will devolve into ‘The Curse of Teddy.’
Hamilton’s solution? “Avoid the decision. Announce he’s reached his (between) innings limit for the season, and shut him down. It worked with Strasburg.”
Personally, I don’t know when Teddy’s going to win. I just know I have to be there when it happens.
White House spokesman Jay Carney opened Thursday’s press briefing aboard Air Force One with a prepared statement about the presidents race as an example of the possibility for bipartisanship in Washington.
“Senator McCain gave an important interview the other day,” Carney said, calling Teddy’s losses “an outrage.”
“I agree with Sen. McCain,” he continued. “I’m comfortable saying my boss agrees with Sen. McCain.”
Carney went on to note that president Obama has long been a fan of Theodore Roosevelt.
The White House has posted the full transcript here.
Posted on September 18, 2012 by Presidents Race Fan
As usual, Teddy Roosevelt pulled up the rear but stole the show, as ESPN’s E:60 ended Tuesday night with an eight minute Ken Burns-narrated feature story on the conspiracy surrounding Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt.
ESPN’s Michael Johns set out to produce the definitive piece on the Let Teddy Win movement, and by all accounts, a new bar has been set. The mini-documentary featured the Let Teddy Win blog along with interviews with Senator John McCain and the great great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt himself, Winthrop Roosevelt.
“Theodore Roosevelt is one of the great presidents in history,” McCain says in the video. “I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the fact that one of the truly great presidents in history has never won a race. I’m outraged. That’s why I’m calling for congressional hearings to right this horrible wrong.”
The Arizona senator called Teddy’s losing streak “one of the more traumatic experiences I’ve had as I watch my hero, my childhood idol, being treated in such a cavalier fashion.”
“He is Mount Rushmore’s Rodney Dangerfield,” Burns intones has he describes Teddy’s lot in modern day Washington, “a legendary president that gets no respect.”