To some, football is a brutal game symbolic of America’s tumultuous racial history, where fat white men command fast-twitch-muscle fiber-having Mandingo bucks to run—but then get mad if a brotha celebrates a touchdown by dancing and/or having interracial DP with lily white cheerleaders.
To others, football is an incredibly passionate and sensual sport. A virtual orgy where the fun doesn’t start until the big guy bends over and has his balloon knot molested by a tall stud who wants the ball(s) all the time.
But to most, football is the REAL American pastime—an elegant and beautiful sport that transcends politics and race, even among Americans that call a barbeque a “carne” and love to let you know that “We didn’t cross the border, holmes. The border crossed us!”
What I find interesting is the number of NFLers with dreadlocks. The trend was started by Dolphins’ cornerback Al Harris in ’97, now nearly 200 players have locks according to ESPN . Whether for style or spiritual reasons it’s refreshing to see such manly, aggressive warriors care about their hair while giving an aesthetic shout-out to the Motherland. By “care” I mean players like the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald have full-on salons in their homes.
But like cornrows and baldies in the NBA and Jheri curls in baseball (and who knows what in hockey since the only black player in the NHL I’ve heard of is the guy who got a banana thrown at him), locks might have another five good years left of NFL popularity. Let’s just hope players can learn from Jerry Rice’s mistake and know when to let go. A receding hairline is one thing, a complete retraction demands immediate action.
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7 Responses to “Doesn’t It Seem Every NFL Player Is Wearing Dreads?”
Rob Brown Says:
October 4th, 2011 at 6:54 pm
WTF is a balloon knot! Do I really want to know?
October 4th, 2011 at 8:20 pm
Meant to comment on the red riding hood blog but this one was funny too:)
Rodney El Padrino Davis Says:
October 5th, 2011 at 6:03 am
Jerry Rice and McNabb ………..I’ve seen plenty of guys with dread overs.Balding in the middles , so they pull hair over the balding spots
Duane Gilleylen Says:
October 5th, 2011 at 6:04 am
Yeah… when mine starts to go im going to pull it into a top knot like a samurai
Dewan Gibson Says:
October 5th, 2011 at 6:04 am
Lol. You gotta know when to walk away with pride, or spend a few dollars for the front to back transplant.
Brandon M. Smith Says:
October 5th, 2011 at 6:05 am
I remember when it was only Ricky Williams & Edderin James…lol
Noah Veil Says:
October 15th, 2011 at 7:57 pm
The gray-on-black color scheme is brilliant, and spares you from the annoyance of readers who rise before dark.
Couldn’t read much of your piece on the fasta rasta in the NFL. But you missed a great story on the action — joined in by most players and even some of the on-field officials – of showing solidarity and support for our men and women in uniform celebrating the end of DADT by wearing pink accessories, from wrist bands to leggings to kerchiefs and .
As the only major sport that begins each play with two rows of the biggest guys bending over facing one another with their butts in the air while another puts his hands up on the crotch of one of the big guys, this is a natural.