Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tangled Up In Blue

I was going to make the Bob Dylan reference in my last update, but I forgot. Fortunately, it's just as relevant here. Reaching the end of the most unnecessarily long election, I realized there was a reason Obama won; he had momentum on his side. It wasn't political momentum, but rather the kind associated with his party's color. Confused? Just look at this map of the election results (courtesy of fivethirtyeight.com).
All of his states are blue, and all of McCain's states are red. This year, we've seen all sorts of blue things succeeding, and red things left to wither and die. Continue after the jump to see what I mean.

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Early in the year, in the 2008 Pro Bowl, the NFC beat the AFC. I couldn't find a good picture of the two jerseys, but trust me, the NFC one is blue, and the AFC one is red.
In the HD format war earlier in the year, Blu-Ray prevailed while HD-DVD went the way of the Betamax. Note the cases' colors - the former has "blue" in its name, even!
Best Buy may be the most ironically named store ever, but they seem to be succeeding over Circuit City, who is closing many stores in the near future.
Both seem to be thriving in stores, but Rock Band is just so much more awesome that I had to include it.

So, is there a pattern here, or am I just crazy?

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