Sunday, February 6, 2011

Packers 31-25, BTW

Ken would never rack up frequent flyer miles at the barber shop. Most of the time his hairdo was a don't. He'd leave it alone for awhile and then lop off whatever seemed to stick out too far for more than a few days in a row. Whatever you'd call the result, it was self-inflicted.

Born in the NW corner of Indiana to a family with several generations of mill workers and not enough vowels in their last name, he rooted for "da Bears." Nobody else... Not even other steel makers.

When they made the playoffs this season, Ken showed his solidarity with a rare trip to the barber... And came back with a "full Urlacher." It didn't help his team, and he didn't like the eventual match up for Super Bowl XLV.

"It's like Rae Dawn Chong (Steeler DB Troy Polamalu) is playing against Fabio (Packers LB Clay Matthews)... I can't watch."

I saw Ken a few times during the run-up to the game, in which he'd rebounded from "cue ball bald" to something in the Bob Hoskins - Phil Collins range. Then right after it ended, I ran into him at the elevator and asked if he knew who won the game.

"Probably Suave, or whoever sells the most conditioner," he mumbled.

Too soon... It's still about the hair.

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