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Ducks Gameday: Why Ovechkin Cares So Much About Getzlaf's Hair

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Getzlaf is bald, let's talk about it before tonight's Ducks @ Flames game.

This is Getzlaf's head. There is little hair on it.
This is Getzlaf's head. There is little hair on it.
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Alex Ovechkin called Ryan Getzlaf balled. It's true.

This old news now, but I'm going to talk about this anyway, as a way to avoid pretending to care about the Calgary Flames. Ducks can't win anymore anyway, so who cares about tonight's opponent?

Anyway, obviously Ovechkin isn't wrong. Getzlaf is superbald, and it took him an embarassingly long time to realize it was better to shave it all off than to go on living like he was with a quarter head of hair.

But why does Ovechkin care? What does another player's hair have to do with anything?

I think this is a personal issue for Ovechkin.

If you track Ovi's points production season-by-season, while also looking at his hair growth, you see an odd pattern emerging. For the first 4 seasons, his production stayed pretty consistent, even increasing a bit. You can say the same about his hair length.

Then, around the 2009-10 season, Ovechkin cut his hair. His production value began to plummet. And it stayed this way. I made a graph to demonstrate...

Clearly, Ovechkin wasn't trying to taunt Getzlaf, but rather, Ovi was offering some professional advice to improve performance.

Getzlaf might want to invest some of his millions into Rogaine or hair transplants or something.


Ducks @ Flames

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