The best thing I saw last week: Look at that hair!

The following is an opinion column written by a Forum New Service editorial staff member. It does not necessarily reflect the views of this publication.

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Perham sophomore Jaxson Vetsch shows off his mullet after the Yellowjackets' 28-0 win over Park Rapids on Oct. 26, 2021. (Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune)

I go through the same routine for getting quotes from players and coaches for every football game.

Win or lose, the team I’m covering always has a meeting in the end zone before the players are dismissed. I typically stand behind the coaches and try finding the player I want to talk to before I lose him in the crowd.

On Tuesday night, I covered the Perham-Park Rapids football game. While the Yellowjackets were celebrating, I was looking over the questions I had written down to ask Gordy Enyart-Martinez, a defensive end who had a monster game. I picked up my head for a split second and saw an abnormal amount of mullets.

I’m 25-years old, and I’m still clinging to my last years of recognizing trends. Mullets, for men and women, are definitely back. If you think it’s a gross look, you were likely born before the year 2000. I don’t mean that offensively at all. But kids are kids, and they do things like bring back mullets and jnco jeans.

I immediately pulled out my camera and snapped a shot of Jaxson Vetsch, a sophomore who wasn’t shy about letting his hair fly. There were more. Either the Perham football team has a lot of kids who unironically like mullets, or it’s playoff season.


I love a good team haircut style. You’ll see it a lot in hockey, where kids will bleach their hair or get a wacky kind of cut. And unless you have a good reason not to, I think it should be encouraged.

Every year I watch the state high school hockey tournament regardless of who’s playing. I love high school hockey and the spectacle about it. Annual viewers know the tradition of every kid skating out to the blue line as their name is called on camera.

A YouTube account called “Game On! Minnesota” has produced yearly videos selecting the All Hockey Hair Team. What started as a fun bit on the internet has turned into a national sensation over the last decade, and it wouldn’t be possible without the kids doing fun things with their hair.

If you’re 16-18, that’s the perfect time to do something fun with your hair because you’ll never get to do it again. Believe it or not, my hair used to go down past my shoulders before the powers to be decided 22 was a good age for my hairline to stop trying. Now I’m bald and committed to a beard forever.

The best thing I saw last week was a bunch of kids having fun in the spirit of being a team. Something as simple as a haircut could be more significant than sports. It’s a sign of camaraderie and taking things easy. In high school, you should never take yourself way too seriously. Go get that haircut. Take a risk. Do something fun.

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Jared Rubado

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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