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Sportin' mullets -- the best of sports mullets



The mullet is back. Well, actually, that's not entirely true. The man who helped make the mullet famous is back. Barry Melrose, proud wearer of the mullet (which did to hairdos what the Pinto did for cars), is back behind an NHL bench as the newly named coach of the Lightning. But in case you hadn't noticed, the mullet is gone. At least from Melrose's head. Here's hoping he brings it back, for old time's sake. To get him in the mood, here's a trip down memory lane with some memorable sports mullets.

Agassi Andre Agassi
The tennis great tried to make up for the hair he was losing on top by going long in the back. (As if we weren't going to notice.) This wasn't his worst idea of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Uh, that would be dating Barbra Streisand. That's pretty much the ace of bad ideas. But the mullet was a close second.

Gretzky Wayne Gretzky
The Great One set about a billion official NHL records and one unofficial NHL record: worst use of hair. This was the worst thing to come out of Canada since Paul Anka wrote (You're) Having My Baby. Notice how Janet Jones didn't marry him until he chopped off the raccoon tail.

Johnson_2 Randy Johnson
The Big Unit has become the Michael Bolton of baseball. He has the worst mullet going and he refuses to give it up even though the darn thing went out of style about six seconds after Billy Ray Cyrus' Achy Breaky Heart hit the airwaves. Cyrus is a first-ballot Hall of Famer when it comes to mullets, the Babe Ruth if you will. And even he was smart enough to give it up.

Jags_2 Jaromir Jagr
The hockey star sported the "colek''’ or "deka.'' Those supposedly are the Czech words for the mullet haircut. We can only guess that he kept the style so long because he never learned the English phrase, "Yes, please, can I have a haircut that doesn't make me look like a total doofus?''

Melrose_2 Barry Melrose
Of course, we have to remind Barry what he looked like in our attempt to sway him once again to the dark side. And were not trying to suck up to the new coach, but he was one of the few guys who actually got away with it, especially when he loaded it up with the Castrol 30W or whatever that was he put in his hair.

See a special slide show of memorable mullets.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:42pm]


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