Creating a distraction

Keith Groller

Morning Call

Nice move by Andrew Bynum. With 76ers fans frustrated that the savior who was going to lead the franchise back to the days of Moses is out until January, Bynum has distracted them with his new 'do. After all, who can hate Captain Kangaroo?

Bynum beware. Bizarre hair did nothing to soften Don King's image as someone who would shave his mother's head if he could make a buck.

The worst? Troy Polamalu, because while others like Dennis Rodman needed their hair for hype, Polamalu has become more famous for his locks than his licks on the field.

Taking a bad Gamble

Barry Stavro

Los Angeles Times

Hairdo historians will note that the early-and-mid-70s was a classic era for big hair in the sports world.

Artis Gilmore, then with the ABA's Kentucky Colonels, was a 7-2 star with a towering Afro. Not only could he play, but his 'do fit the outcast, misfit league he played in.

That same look, however, didn't work as well on the baseball diamond.

Remember left-handed slugger Oscar Gamble, with the iron wrists and lovely power stroke for the Indians, White Sox and Yankees in the mid-70s? He also sported an Afro. But when Gamble stepped into the batter's box with his batting helmet shoved on tight, his hair was squashed and it looked as if he was instead wearing a pair of jumbo-sized Mickey Mouse ears.

Only when Gamble sprinted on the base paths, and his helmet flew off, was his dazzling Afro in full view.

Artist known as Rodman

Shannon Ryan

Tribune reporter

I would say it's a 1-million-way tie among every athlete who has ever sported a mullet. But then I remembered Dennis Rodman. He went Jackson Pollock on his locks.