While the reasons for this correlation between TCU Football and the equity markets could be numerous, my own guess is worker productivity. My antidotal analysis:
Enter the '07 football season. TCU's football program is steadily trending north. Preseason talk is at an all time high (think Dow 14,000). Most real frog fans I know begin to lose focus, more so than usual, at work around early August. Daily time at work shifts dramatically from 85% work to 95% searching for Tommy Blake news on message boards. Boss comments he's ready for the season to start so can resume status as productive corporate cyborg. Still everything is going ok and the Frogs knock off Baylor w/ ease, and head down to play Texas Cal-Berkeley.
Game ends. Immediately begin search for ways to channel out every UT fan that has come out of the T-shirt wood work to talk shit. Succeed by dedicating 100% of time expressing hatred of UT and researching beloved frogs. Enter Airforce. A defeat that could only be dealt w/ by college theme party meets New Years Eve meets 21st birthday meets St. Patrick's Day meets Gameday-like alcohol consumption on a Thursday night, leading to a very inopportune (work-wise) Friday hangover/sleep-in. Given the severity of this two week physical and emotional hangover, a resulting stock price decline makes perfect sense. Could the frogs continue to play this way, leading to a worldwide unemployment rate of 100%?
I've spent the last few days in deep meditation- I went to church, a synagogue, a mosque, and a Cherokee Shaman in search of guidance and meaning into TCU's football dilemmas. Nights were spent in the beautiful inner confines of Amon G. Carter Stadium.
My thesis is simple gentlemen: the wheels of global commerce rest on the TCU Football season. It is the reason we work. It is the reason we live. It will be the reason we triumph. The technical fundamentals are looking up, and by all accounts a market rally this week indicates a glorious return to TCU victory. God have mercy on us all if I'm wrong.