Wednesday January 30, 2013 Let's talk Mohawk
Updated: 6:24pm, January 30
Updated: 6:24pm, January 30
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The UF marketing department, in honor of junior forward Will Yeguete’s very unique and ... um ... pointed look, pegged Wednesday night’s basketball against South Carolina as “Mohawk Night.”
The first 1,000 students to roll into the O’Connell Center to see the fourth-ranked Gators (16-2, 6-0) square up on the Gamecocks (12-7, 2-4) will be issued faux mohawks to put on their heads and thus pay homage to the “do” that has graced Yeguete’s noggin for the better part of the last two seasons.
Yes, and the one that makes cameo appearances on junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin every now and then.
“Mine is different than his,” Yeguete said. “Mine is more aggressive. His is a little piece of [garbage].”
Wilbekin, who will be sporting his mohawk for the game, likes his look.
“His is like the power mohawk,” Wilbekin said of Yeguete’s. “Mine is kind of like Pau Gasol ... a finesse mohawk.”
OK, that did it.
We decided an informal poll was in order.
Let’s talk ‘hawk.
Whose mohawk is better, Will or Scottie’s?
* Billy Donovan: "Scottie. Will's is too high.
* Casey Prather, the first of this junior class to actually mohawk up (did it as a freshman): “I like ‘em both. They’re different. But I think I like Will’s better. It’s nice and shaped up.”
* John Pelphrey, assistant coach: “Will’s looks like some piece of armor. Like a helmet some warrior would have worn centuries ago. Scottie’s is more GQ.”
* Kenny Boynton: "Gimme Scottie's. Look at Will's. It's too big."
* Pat Young, who went mohawk for the NCAA Tournament his freshman: “I’m staying out of this.”
* Preston Greene, strength and conditioning coach: “Neither. They’re both stupid. Gimme the standard military look -- high and tight.”
* Michael Frazier: “Will’s is bigger, but I like Scottie’s. Nice and short and shaped.”
* Matt McCall, assistant coach: “Will put the patent on the thing. Look at it. He’s rockin’ the ‘hawk. With Scottie you just never know. One day he goes 'hawk, the next he doesn’t.”
* Mike Rosario: “I kind of like Scottie’s better because it’s not too much hair on top, but Will’s is definitely more legit. Just one big line on top of his head.”
* Dorian “Doe-Doe” Finney-Smith: “Will is known for the ‘hawk, man. But Scottie’s is pretty smooth. He’s got the curly hair and keeps it close and tight.”
* Rashon Burno, assistant coach: "Will. It's higher. You gotta have height."
* David “Duke” Werner, trainer. “Definitely Will’s. Bigger, more pronounced.
* Erik Murphy: “I could care less.”
In the spirit of Yeguete’s power ‘hawk and Wilbekin’s pretty boy ‘hawk, here’s a look at some other famous mohawks.
Mr. T. Went 1-1 vs Rocky.
Wes Studi as the evil Magua in "Last of the Mohicans." Killed Madeline Stowe's father ... then ate the guy's heart. Mean dude.
2012 National League Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper. Has since trimmed it back. Goin' with the mature, veteran look ... at age 20.
Actress Demi Moore. Not sure if this was before or after the pregnant nude pose (or maybe halfway to the "G.I. Jane" look).
Soccer icon David Beckham. Needed to bend his hawk a little more.
Robert DiNiro as the infamous Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver. You talkin' to him?
Chris "Birdman" Anderson. Absolutely no offensive game, but a colorful player.
NFL Hall-of-Famer and Super Bowl XVII MVP John Riggins, then with the Jets. Also colorful. "Loosen up, Sandy baby! You're too tight."
Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson, who will never be in the Hall of Fame.
Extreme skier Glen Plake. Extreme mohawk.
Rapper P Diddy. The understated 'hawk. Probably what Yeguete's looked in its infancy.
@GatorZoneChris (at Wednesday's shoot-around). ... OK, not so famous, but you get the idea. There will be a 1,000 of 'em in the house tonight.