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Bloop: Vin Scully’s Thoughts on Tulowitzki’s Mullet

Posted by Neil Paine on August 19, 2010

With a hat tip to Wezen-Ball, here's legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully trying to make sense of Troy Tulowitzki's hairstyle:

27 Responses to “Bloop: Vin Scully’s Thoughts on Tulowitzki’s Mullet”

  1. Gonzo Says:

    Fantastic. I love how he pauses and lets me soak in the game. The Phils TV crew doesn't shut up for one cotton pickin minute. Non stop jabbering about anything and everything that's boring.

  2. Michael Poplawski Says:

    Didn't the Dodgers see Randy Johnson, like, 25 times? I'd have thought ol' Vin would have known his haircuts...

    "Mullet" was George Brett's nickname, by the way.

    The German term for "mullet" (sported by many soccer players, especially in the 1980s and 90s) is Vokuhila. Sounds like something exotic, but it's just a formation from "vorne-kurz-hinten-lang", or "front-short-back-long". "froshobalo" if you want to liven up a boring party!

    The Finns have something even better to call the hairstyle: they call it lätkätukka, or "hockey hair"!

  3. Curt Says:

    I love his last comment on the subject. "So it's just a lot of hair, the Mullet. Hmmm."

    C'mon Vin. The mullet might be a bit before your time, but do you not remember Billy Ray Cyrus? You almost have to be dead to not know what a mullet is.

  4. purple Says:

    wow isn that annuncer that far out of touch with reality?

  5. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    Can't say as I disagree with Gully; but then, the last time I was in fashion, so was Elvis>

  6. Smed Says:

    Can't blame Vin on that - he probably does not know of pop culture, nor would he care.

  7. Ghost of Horace Clarke Says:

    wow isn that annuncer that far out of touch with reality?

    Really? That's like saying....Dude, that painting's pretty regards to the Mona Lisa. That announcer?? Yeah that guy who's been around since about the same time jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.

  8. Barry McClure Says:

    Mr. Scully is classic. His thoughts on Tulowitzki’s Mullet certainly brought a smile to my face. It is also refreshing to come across someone who obviously does not keep up with pop culture. God bless you Vin. May you have continued good health so that baseball fans can hear your call for years to come.

  9. Jeff Says:

    Vin Scully is a real treasure for Dodger fans. It isn't really baseball without him calling the game. No announcer is like him.

  10. Stats Says:

    Vin Scully "does not know of pop culture?" Go back about fourteen years and Vinnie was doing all of the dance moves to the Macarena song. Scully is very much in touch with reality. Enjoy him doing live play-by-play while you can. Scully's broadcasting career has been in extra innings all of this century. Sadly the bottom of the last is going to happen soon for the maestro.

  11. Blasey Cake Says:

    The mullet is pop culture? Who knew? That a small group of inbred agricultural types considers it stylish doesn't mean that a genius like Vin ought to know or care.

  12. night owl Says:

    Vin must not be a hockey fan.

  13. Johnny Says:

    Purple must not be big on spelling or punctuation.

  14. rico petrocelli Says:

    If Vin got one would itbe a Scullet???

    The term mullet was "apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by U.S. hip-hop group the Beastie Boys", who used "mullet" and "mullet head" as epithets in their 1994 song "Mullet Head".

    The modern mullet began to appear initially in the late 1960s, Welsh pop singer Tom Jones sporting one. Glam rock artist David Bowie wore a proto-mullet in the early 1970s. Florence Henderson featured a mullet in the opening sequence of the television sitcom The Brady Bunch (1973–4 season), Paul McCartney sported a mullet throughout the 1970s. The hairstyle achieved further popularity in the late 1970s and 1980s among entertainers with receding hairlines such as the rock performers Michael Bolton and Phil Collins.

    The mullet remains a moderately popular hairstyle among certain social groups in various Western countries — Spain most especially. In the U.S. and Canada, the mullet is particularly associated with blue collar men, fans of country and heavy metal music, and ice hockey players.

  15. Spartan Bill Says:

    Vin Scully is 82 years of age, and does every home game, every Western Division road game, and makes 1 or 2 road trips east of the Rockies each year as well. The 1st 2 innings he simulcasts both the TV and Radio solo. In the 3rd inning radio cuts away to the other broadcasters and Vin continues and does the remainder of the TV broadcast solo. Unlike many lead announcers vin stays around for the 9th (and if necessary the 19th) inning.

    As far as I know he is the only PBP guy who doesn't have (or need) a color guy.

    Let's spot him 20 years, he is still more in touch than most 62 year-old broadcasters you may want to compare him too.

  16. farrpar Says:

    Business in the front, party in the back.

  17. Stu Baron Says:

    I haven't heard or even thought about Scully in years. I'll never forget his act during the 1986 World Series, when he seemed to be rooting hard for the Red Sox against the Mets. It's as if he resents the Mets for replacing his beloved Dodgers, physically and emotionally, in New York. His silence when Wilson's grounder went through Buckner's legs was deafening!

  18. RoundRock15 Says:

    I love Vin Scully... what amazes me most about this clip is that he was reading a Colorado newspaper's account of a game he had already announced - in Los Angeles! He did his job, punched the clock, got some sleep, woke up the next morning and didn't just read the L.A. Times, but the visiting team's newspaper account of the game he himself had just worked. I find that remarkable, and no doubt one of the reasons he's the best in the business.

  19. Roger Says:

    God bless Vin Scully... His call of Koufax's perfect game reads like an epic poem.


  20. John Q Says:

    Wow, Hearing Vin Scully's voice brings back a lot of memories of watching the "Game of the Week" on NBC back in the 70's-80's when I was a kid. There was always a sense that the game was more "authentic" or "important" when Scully would do the broadcast.

  21. Dave V. Says:

    Vin Scully is the best - thanks for posting this as it made me smile 🙂

  22. Dodger Codger Says:

    There is no other voice in baseball to match Vin Scully. His lack of tonsorial expertise here notwithstanding, he brings so much to a broadcast beyond the basic ball-strike-safe-out humdrum or "when I was playing" patter heard in 90% of the other broadcasters.

    He has managed to move with the times and still keep the past alive at the same time; he's made references to iPods, twitter, and other 21st century technology along with telling fascinating facts from events at Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, and Normandy Beach.

    Me, I would listen to him read the phone book. And I know he'd leave me wanting more.

  23. MikeD Says:


    I'm not really sure who is out of touch here: The 82-year-old just discovering a mullet in 2010, or the 25-year-old who wears a mullet in 2010. Me think it's the latter.

  24. Reif Says:

    It should be pointed out that Tulo is growing a mullet to raise money for charity. He is not doing it because he thinks it looks good.

  25. tim Says:

    I didn't know what a mullet was either until a few years ago, when someone pointed out that I had one. I cut the back after that.

  26. MikeD Says:

    Reif @24,

    Thanks for the info. My faith has been restored in a fine player.

  27. pcg Says:

    Having lived most of my life in SoCal, I've had the great privilege to hear so many games called by Mr. Scully. While everyone talks about Buck's call of Gibson's HR in 88, I heard Scully's version in real-time and it's the only one I hear in my head all these years later. Even more than Dodger baseball, I've associated ANY baseball with his classic voice, great storytelling, and oh right a fantastic cadence and call of a game. (Incidentally Joe Buck and Tim McCarver can't hold Scully's dirty jock.)

    This is one of the reasons I love him: he has grandfatherly charm in spades. He's a real person, more specifically a real 82-year-old, commenting on an aspect of the culture, even while he still does his job better than men 1/3 his age.