End of an era in Minnesota: Allen cuts his mullet

It’s the end of an era in Minnesota. Vikings fans will ask for generations, “Where were you when you found out Jared Allen cut his mullet?”

Allen’s mullet is an indelible image of the Vikings, much like the cold rising from the frozen turf of Metropolitan Stadium. But like the old Met, the mullet is no more. Just another legend in the storied history of the Vikings.

Imagining Allen without his mullet would be like picturing Billy Johnson without his white shoes, Lester Hayes without Stickum coating his hands or Brett Favre in a Vikings uniform. (All right, scratch the last one but add your own in the comments.)

But how could this happen? Well, some people claim that there is a woman to blame. And indeed, Allen cut his mullet for his upcoming wedding.

“The things men do for love,” Allen told the team’s official Web site.

But to quote the great Meatloaf, “I will do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” Seriously, she went into this relationship with Allen and the mullet, but I digress.

The only question left, will those locks go up on eBay?

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