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The Weedin Jersey Curse – Why I Won't Be Getting a Locker or Lee Jersey for Christmas

I’m ecstatic about the two huge news items of the week – Jake Locker’s return to Washington for his senior season and the impending Cliff Lee trade to the Mariners.  But, don’t expect me to run out and get their jerseys or put them on my Christmas list.  Why?

It’s the curse.

You’ve heard of the Curse of Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox.  You’ve probably even heard of the Curse of the Billy Goat and the Chicago Cubs.  I never put much credence into curses until it happened to me.

Every jersey I ever bought or have been gifted has spelled doom for the player.  Here’s the evidence…

1 – Brian Bosworth.  Right after he became a Seahawk in 1987, I went out and purchased a #55 jersey.  The next thing you know, The Boz is getting run over by Bo Jackson and run out of the NFL after 3 years as a bust!  24 career games and 4 sacks.  Nice.

2 – Mark McGwire.  I am a huge baseball fan and I was mesmerized by the Big Mac-Sammy Sosa home run chase in 1998.  My daughters bough me a McGwire jersey.  The next thing you know, he becomes a poster child for the performance-enhancing steroid era and his reputation is out the window.  Nice.

3 – Michael Sinclair.  After Sinclair led the Seahawks and the NFL in sacks in 1998, he signed a big new deal.  I went out and bought a white #70 jersey.  This was a no-brainer.  Great guy, great player, lifetime Seahawk.  The next thing you know, he develops diabetes and is out of the NFL three years later never having come close to double-digit sacks again. Nice.

4 – Deion Branch.  Right after the Seahawks traded for Branch, he became the big new name on the team, wearing his lime-green gloves. I received his #83 jersey as a Christmas present in 2006. This was going to break the curse.  The next thing you know, Branch has become the oft-injured Hawk who has never materialized into the player we expected or was when he was with New England. Today, he’s barely hanging on as a reserve.  Nice.

Note – I did buy a #7 Brock Huard University of Washington jersey (see photo) AFTER he left for the NFL. It was on clearance and I got it for a great price.  I hope the curse didn’t have anything to do with the multiple head injuries that cut short his NFL career.


Anyway, you can see my problem.  As much as I want to support these guys, I can’t take the chance and have that on my conscience.  Maybe I just need to go out and buy a Larry Fitzgerald, Vladimir Guerrero, or Oregon Duck jersey so it will curse them.


it will probably backfire.  And then I’d be stuck with them, too!

If anyone knows how the Curse of the Bambino was broken, give me a call!


© 2009 Dan Weedin – All Rights Reserved

2 thoughts on “The Weedin Jersey Curse – Why I Won't Be Getting a Locker or Lee Jersey for Christmas

  1. Dan,
    Why not use this to your advantage? Instead of getting jersies of your favorites, get ja jersey of someone you don’t like. For example, say you dislike the Colts. Get a Manning jersey and see what happens. That way you turn your “curse” into gift, see?
    Just an idea…
    Your ol’ buddy,


    P.S. Merry Christmas to you, Barb, and the girls.

  2. I thought of that Tim…only problem is if it backfires then I’m stuck, right? I want to get a Larry Csonka jersey. He was my first football hero. I figure he’s been retired now for about 30 years so he’s safe!

    Merry Christmas to you too, old pal. Hope we can re-connect in person in 2010!


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