Is Anderson cursed?

Mr. Fabiano, like most sports fans, is a big believer in jinxes, curses and other sporting abnormalities. Especially the famed Madden Curse. Anything to get an edge, right?

But there is one curse that most fantasy football enthusiasts are overlooking: the all-star curse of Atlee Hammaker.

Hammaker had a breakout year for the San Francisco Giants in 1983, earning a spot on the All-Star Game with a 1.70 ERA at the break. And that’s where the trouble began. Hammaker allowed seven earned runs in 2/3 of an inning, including a grand slam to Angels outfielder Fred Lynn. He was never the same. Hammaker drifted through the rest of his career, topping 10 wins only one more time in 1987. The same year he allowed a three-run home run in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series as the Cardinals defeated the Giants.

Compare that to the year Browns quarterback Derek Anderson had. Anderson lost the starting job to Charlie Frye last year, only to rebound to become one of the top quarterbacks in fantasy football. Anderson passed for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns. Mr. Fabiano believes that Anderson has the surrounding cast to succeed.

But what about that Pro Bowl performance?

Anderson played the entire second-half of the Pro Bowl and completed only 10 of 26 passes for 103 yards and an interception as the NFC rallied to win. A very Atlee Hammaker-like performance. In fact, it is believed that Hammaker has jinxed any professional athlete who struggles in all-star games. And if he didn’t, he should have.

Remember the curse of Atlee Hammaker when you are selecting your fantasy football quarterback. And don’t be afraid to rub it in when your poor buddy selects Anderson.

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