Schematic coverage, martial arts add layers to sports commentary at Champion Barbershop

Table of Contents Hyleck Foster – client from Gaffney, South CarolinaSteven Taylor – barber from TallahasseeAli Christmas – barber from EnglandAhsaf Raham – client from New OrleansBee the Barber – barber from Fort Lauderdale Chop Shop is a weekly summertime feature with commentary of hot-button local and national sports topics […]

Chop Shop is a weekly summertime feature with commentary of hot-button local and national sports topics from barbershops. This week’s debates were from the barbers at Champion Barbershop. 

The barbershop is more than a place to get a haircut, line-up or beard trim. It’s a social lounge with open and unfiltered conversations on everything from politics to personal affairs. 

In this mix, sports debates are always a frequent topic of discussion.

The banter spans all areas with passionate opinions, predictions of a season and trash talk favoring or dismissing teams.

Hyleck Foster gets a haircut from Ricardo Campbell at Champion Barbershop on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Foster is a volunteer coach at North Florida Christian School. He discusses NFC football and his fanhood for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Champion Barbershop – located on 1964 W. Tennessee St. – features a diverse group of fans across multiple sports.

This past weekend, the barbers and patrons shared commentary about high school football, college football, NFL, NBA and martial arts. 

In addition to wins and losses, these topics covered an analytical breakdown of on-the-field schemes and blockbuster offseason trades.

Hyleck Foster – client from Gaffney, South Carolina

Big Bend football: “I’m a volunteer at North Florida Christian. We have to take it game by game and get 1% better each day. Deandre (McCray) was a great guy on and off the field. He showed a lot of leadership. We have some young guys that can fill his shoes. Not quite Deandre, but collectively, we’ll play as one.”

North Florida Christian varsity football players practice various offensive plays Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Being a South Carolina Gamecocks fan in Tallahassee: “It’s fun being a Gamecocks fan in Tallahassee. Florida State’s not too hot right now. Coach (Shane Beamer) needs to get it together. We’ve been mediocre ever since Steve Spurrier left. We need to play South Carolina football. We need the Marcus Lattimores of the world. We have to block out all the noise from Clemson.”

Steven Taylor – barber from Tallahassee

Florida State 2021 outlook: “It’s going to take some year for us to build. Once we build, we’ll be back. I’m going to stick with them and watch them. I know we’re not where we used to be.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receivers Mike Evans, left, and Chris Godwin take part in a celebration of the team's Super Bowl 55 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, following a boat parade Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fanhood: “I think we can go back-to-back. Mike Evans is going to show up again. Every time the ball is near him, he gets a pass interference call. That alone tells you he puts the fear of God in other teams. There’ll be some teams out for us who are strong. But I don’t think anyone can stop the Bucs.” 

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