Photo: Ralph Notaro (Getty).
There have been a lot of crazy haircuts in sports. Some may be mistakes, no doubt about that, but otherwise there’s simply no other explanation. Except, perhaps, one: the outrageously-coiffed competitor in question thought such a crazy cut gave him/her an advantage.
Think about it: how many times have you been running your local court, marking your guy, boxing out like a boss, and then you look down at the guy’s shoes, and you have to stop for a second because they’re just so cool. As you’re thinking about how much you really want a pair and how much they might cost, you’ve lost your concentration. The next thing you know, your guy gets the ball deep in the lane for an easy layup, right past you and your old sneakers.
It’s the same idea with an outrageous haircut. You distract the guy marking you just long enough for a window to open and then– BAM! You’re cutting to the hole, on your way to a wide open dunk. Or, if you’re anything like me, you blow it by dribbling it off your foot.
No doubt similarly-motivated, the athletes below generally had much success. Fortunately for us, their barbers didn’t.