SpyGate. Performance-enhancing drugs. Violent fights at strip clubs in Vegas. Spousal abuse. Domestic violence. Concussive head injuries.
Of all the 'citizenship' issues facing the NFL, which one do you think they're choosing to focus on lately? If you guessed any of the above, you'd be wrong. Instead, a report surfaced on SI.com Wednesday that the NFL is debating new rules about hair length.
The rule banning long hair on the field was proposed by Kansas City. It does not require players to get haircuts, but does "require them to tuck it up inside their helmets," said Atlanta president Rich McKay, chairman of the league's competition committee.
An example of the dangers of long hair given in the article was Troy Polamalu, who "had his hair grabbed by Kansas City's Larry Johnson and was thrown to the turf after an interception against the Chiefs."
So apparently the Chiefs are saying Polamalu shouldn't have been allowed to tempt Johnson with all those flowing locks just crying out to be grabbed. Maybe Johnson should find a more sportsmanlike way to stop Polamalu? Just a thought.
But really, isn't some Home for Lost Boys around the league on the verge of taking in Pacman Jones? (It could even be us!) Aren't there a few more pressing issues when it comes to player safety?
Even aside from that, it would just be a bummer for me as a fan of the offensive line of the New England Patriots to see their 'rally mullets' curtailed by the scions of decency at league headquarters. Without his fierce fiery mane, I'm afraid my boy Matty Light especially might be at a disadvantage in future playoffs.