|No that is not Peter Sagan. Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
But maybe only if you match the big head with the correct athlete ...
|um, that is no way to get an autograph. Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
I stumbled upon what might be the real story behind the big head. No, it is not parental support of a child super-athlete (although a fine use for a big head). The historical purpose of the big head brigade lay not in attention, but in distraction.
Now that is distracting!
The first big head showed up at a college basketball game in California. The year was 2002, the image was of Michael Jackson. The purpose was to distract the free throw shooter from behind the basket. Read the story here: How big heads became a part of college basketball culture.
In the world of cycling, the big head will remain a show of support for a favorite rider.
But I am guessing big heads will not be allowed at the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII, where tickets are selling for $650-2600 a seat. That kind of money buys a seat with a view no one would want obstructed by a large cut out head blocking their view as the Denver Broncos defeat the Seattle Seahawks (that is what will happen -right?!). Go Broncos!