BBAO: Mourning Jared Allen's mullet

Even as NFL owners awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to New York/New Jersey, by far the most-discussed league-wide story Wednesday was the shocking and emotional decision of Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen to shave the mullet that has come to define his personality.

I thought it was funny enough to mention through Twitter, but far be it from me to hold back what's clearly become a lightning rod for the nation. Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com included a photograph of Allen's new banker look, one prompted by his upcoming wedding.

"The things men do for love," Allen said.

Over on our Facebook page, Kristina mentioned the dreaded "S" word: Samson. I'm sure Vikings fans are shuddering at possibility of Allen suffering a similar fate.

Via his own Twitter account, Allen sought to stem the tidal wave of confusion, shock and tears:

  1. Jared Allen JaredAllen69inc The mullet was trimmed for the wedding but the Moolay is more than just some hair, its a lifestyle! You gotta keep a positive Mullitude....

Yes. In this difficult time, let's all focus on the Moolay.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Who are the Green Bay Packers' true defensive playmakers? That's the question Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette is asking.

  • The Detroit Lions are at "full speed" for the rest of offseason workouts, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Chicago Bears chairman Michael McCaskey was in favor of the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times. I'll have more on that topic, and how it relates to the NFC North, later Wednesday.

  • Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com: "Early reviews from Chicago Bears minicamp indicated what most already knew about rookie tackle J'Marcus Webb. He possesses prototypical size, and natural athleticism, yet offensive line coach Mike Tice points out one simple but striking deficiency in the rookie's game. "What he needs to understand is what it takes to get better," Tice said. "What it takes to get better, first and foremost, is to accept coaching. Then he's got to take that coaching, go out and work on his trade."