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Alfred Fincher And B.A. Baracus, Via Kareem Moore And Shaun Suisham

Posted by Matt Terl on August 12, 2009 – 1:07 pm

Linebacker Alfred Fincher decided to go with the mohawk look a few days into camp, as Brian Murphy at Homer McFanboy has exhaustively documented. I had asked Fincher about the cut — “I was just trying to break up the monotony of camp and try to shake things up,” he told me — but then he got dinged up the next day and the whole thing started to seem like a bad omen for him, so I didn’t follow up.

According to Murphy, half the team liked Fincher’s look and the other half didn’t. But when kicker Shaun Suisham and safety Kareem Moore were in the ice bath discussing Lendy Holmes‘s hairstyle the other day, the conversation quite naturally turned to the team’s other notable haircut, and they came out solidly in favor.

“I had a Mohawk before,” Moore was explaining. “In college. Mine was nice, though. I had the mohawk fade. Like it was high, but my sides were like they are now. And I had little designs on the side.”

“Would that be a frohawk?” Suisham asked.

Moore paused for a second, thinking.

“This one wan’t a fro. Cause I had this” — Moore motioned to the sides and top-sides of his head — “cut down short, but all this strip in the middle right here was high.”

I asked if it was like Fincher’s mohawk, and both players reacted immediately.

“That’s Mr. T, man,” Suisham said, as if everyone knew that.

“Yeah,” Moore said, “like Mr. T., he got a classic Mohawk. He doesn’t have the new one.”

“It suits him though,” Suisham said. “It looks good.”

“Oh no, it does,” Moore agreed, “‘Cause he’s like Mr. T. ‘Pity the fool.’ Put him in the A-Team.”

Sure, why not. You’ve got Coach Jim Zorn as Hannibal, the unorthodox leader who loves it when a plan comes together, Fred Smoot as the charismatic Templeton “Faceman” Peck, and Chris Cooley as the zany “Howling Mad” Murdock. Call it the Z-Team and let’s get filming.

In the meantime, here’s a compilation of Mr. T’s greatest threats and insults to shout while you watch Fincher make tackles in Baltimore tomorrow.


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