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In Case You Haven’t Noticed, Hairstyle Gossip Has Been All The Rage This Week

Who says the stereotypical sports fan is a sloppy, knuckle-dragging troglodyte who could give a rip about fashion and style? Well, to be honest, I would, but how then could I explain our collective fascination with the hairstyles of professional athletes which has taken the internets by storm this week? First it was Troy Polamalu and the publicity stunt pulled by Head & Shoulders when the shampoo took out a $1 million insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London on the safety’s hair. Next up was the news that the St. Louis Cardinals all shaved their heads in some misguided attempt to inspire team unity and currently, everyone is talking about whether Manny Ramirez will show up sans dreadlocks when he makes his first appearance with his new team, the White Sox, due to the the team’s strict policy covering the appearances of its players.

Said White Sox GM Kenny Williams (via the Chicago Tribune):

“We have a certain way we like to have our players represent us, and that was discussed quite some time ago with one of my coaches,” Williams said Monday in response to a question about the Sox’s rules governing appearance and Ramirez’s dreadlocks.

“We’ll just wait and let you see how they decide to handle it. From my understanding, it’s not going to be an issue, and he’s going to make an adjustment and conform to how we like to have our players represented out there.”

The anticipation is simply killing me! You know what we need? More coverage entirely dedicated to the intersection of fashion and sports. I can see it now: ESPN Fashion! with Mario Lopez as the host. The guy has previous experience with the network on ESPN Hollywood (which shockingly lasted three entire episodes) and it couldn’t get much worse than that televised abomination, could it? Yeah, on second thought, I guess it could. But that doesn’t mean ESPN won’t take a shot.

Finally, since this post is about haircuts, I would be remiss if I did not make a reference to the song “Cut Your Hair” by Pavement. I believe that’s in the blogger bylaws, folks. Nothing I can do about it.

And one last thing: hey, Manny: NO BIG HAIR!!

Will Manny lose the dreadlocks? [Chicago Tribune]
Cut ups: Cardinals get new ‘dos [AP]
(previously at the Sportress: Head & Shoulders Took Out $1 Million Insurance Policy On Troy Polamalu’s Hair)