This weekend past was the NFL Week One weekend. It shouldn’t have been that big of a deal. College football has been going on for a couple of weeks. High school and midget or little league football might have been happening for close to a month in some places. And even pro football hasn’t been unheard from with nationally televised pre-season games. But this was the official week. The week when football at all levels was played and the games counted. And there must have been much concern over the summer months because the coaches are all bald.
On Sunday when they spend lots of time aiming the cameras at the coaches along the sidelines during the game that you care about and are watching and all the others that they show during the half-time and post-game reports during and after the game you care about, most of those coaches were hairless. Ditto for the college coaches on Saturday. Even on the Friday night local news and in the Saturday morning paper, many of the high school coaches that got some PR time showed off their newly shorn former locks. Bald we tell you! They are all bald!
They will say they are making a statement, showing off their toughness, deliberating declaring themselves to be the more testosterone laden version versus the one across the field on the opponents’ benches. They are the cross between The Rock and Bruce Willis. Hmmm, let’s look a little closer.
We think they are all shaving their heads because they want to mask their receding hairlines. For many men, it’s not an easy thing to deal with. It’s much easier to design a successful pass rush when you look as menacing as the rushers. Half-time pep talks go over bigger when you just have to grunt and let the bad locker room lighting reflect the sheen from a recent shave. But when everybody is doing it, it’s not so cool.
We’re estimating close to 75% of the coaches spotted on the sidelines displayed the all over haircut. (Oddly, those coaches with hair seemed to be wearing hats.) Where the threat (of whatever) showed when the shaved head was one in a hundred, at 100 out of 100 they are just all the same model. It is sort of like when the coaches stopped wearing suits on the sidelines and went for golf shirts. The first few added to their menace repertoire as everyone could see their muscles bulging against the stretchy fabric. Now they just look ready to hit the late night appetizer specials at the tavern down the street.
So, is the shaved head going to be the new fashion statement for this year’s sideline strollers? Perhaps. It’s not necessarily a bad look. It’s just that those who are sporting it should remember why they favor the clean crown. And remember that cross between The Rock and Bruce Willis? Do it enough times and somebody is going to end up looking like a cross between Mr. Clean and Humpty Dumpty.
Now that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you.