(Be sure to read Royce’s column about the 2010 Oklahoma gubernatorial election at The Lost Ogle.)
My wife loves basketball. She enjoys the tempo of the game and the fact that all players have to play both offense and defense. She recognizes when a player is getting out of control and complains about poor shot selection as much as I do. On the other hand, she is not so good with distinguishing players apart.
It started when we were in college and she constantly cheered for Joe Adkins when Desmond Mason had the ball and vice versa. Me explaining that Joe was wearing #35 while Mason wore #34 fell on deaf ears. What we learned is that she could differentiate the players by their hair style.
This also led to her creating her opinions of said players based more on the way they styled their hair than on their skill on the floor. For instance, her favorite OSU player was Andre Williams because his afro made him stand out. The player she hated as much as I dislike Kobe Bryant was the point guard from Missouri (Wesley Stokes) because she thought his rastafarian hairdo meant he was a thug who clotheslined grandmothers as they crossed the street for fun.
Anyway, the point of this story is that basketball player hair has always been a topic of discussion around Matthews Manor. Because of that, I’ve noticed a recent trend going on among the roster of the Thunder.