Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Hair today, gone tomorrow?
The buzzword in the NFL is hair — long hair, copious amounts of bushy thatch — and whether it should be allowed in the league.
Herm Edwards, the Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach, leads the way in suggesting that long hair on NFL football players either be cut or somehow tucked away from the names plastered on the back of their jerseys.
The proposal will be reviewed in May at the next NFL owner’s meeting, after hearing feedback from the players. See the full story here at espn.com http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3323895
Hair has nothing to do with X’s and O’s, first downs or spying. But it does have to do with taste and dress code, according to Edwards.
For me, it seems unsafe and just gross. Watching it on high definition TV just magnifies the effeminate locks.
Imagine running around on a field with Troy Polamalu (pictured, No. 43), and getting your hand tangled in his unruly mass. Polamalu receives instant whiplash or paralysis in my eyes, similar consequences from grabbing the face mask of a player.
Not to mention that hair on anybody else’s head other than mine kind of gives me the willies. Especially long man-hair.
So the proposal is out there.
I don’t think the NFL can mandate a league-wide hair cut, nor should it. While not in the NFL, half of Hawaii’s lineup would send a barber into retirement if the NCAA adopted the same scheme. But putting your ponytail into a bun can’t be that troublesome. Girls do it all the time.
To me, it wouldn’t be any different than issuing school uniforms or dictating that TV reporters be freakishly well-groomed.
Is it a big deal, or not? What do you think?