Today I unearthed an absolutely epic tidbit from the massively underrated Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. DAILY NEWS in a profile of longtime L.A. sportscaster Larry Burnett.
(Don’t even THINK about touching that ’stache tho)
For the piece Hoffarth actually had the stones to confront Burnett, who was also an ESPN SportsCenter anchor in the third epoch of the Mesozoic Age, about his hairpiece.
Yup, he wears a hairpiece.
He tried for awhile to go without it while calling games for the WNBA Sparks. He grew a beard, went clean on the top, kept the hair on the sides. It was a nice look, but one he says came about only because he had neck surgery at the time.
“The older you get, the more difficult it is to get a job especially if you’re new at it. I just remember that the bald guy wasn’t getting a lot of work, not that the hair guy is getting a lot either.
“It’s a very psychological thing. It’s all in your head. Sometimes it’s less hassle to just go natural, but I do look younger. And when you look better, you feel better, so I do (the hairpiece) for a business standpoint.
“It’s a very subjective thing, wondering, ‘Am I doing it for me? Or for the audience?’
“I guess this business is so cosmetic, sometimes you gotta play that game.”
Now that’s a piece of serious journalism.