On April 14th, three men including myself, decided to take on the LBS Playoff Beard Challenge. We all decided to grow our beards in support of our hockey teams and vowed not to shave until our teams were eliminated from the playoffs. Arsen dropped out of the contest after a week, unable to take on the burden of keeping the beard. I and Chad Margulius of IntheOT.com decided to keep it going. Low and behold, our teams met in the Stanley Cup Finals, and we ended up keeping our beard for two months — the longest possible amount of time. I decided to break out all the stops for Game 7 and went all out, coloring my beard black and yellow for the occasion:
The move paid off. After two grueling months of complaints, homeless comments, and constant ridicule, it was all worth it. The Bruins won. I had grown my playoff beard out two previous times in my life, but never had seen this kind of success. This time it worked. I feel badly for Chad who put in the same effort only to see his team blow 2-0 and 3-2 series leads, but one of us was going to end up disappointed. It’s too bad because as dedicated fans, we both deserved it.
Anyway, there are plenty more pictures of the playoff beard that you need to check out. Here’s one of me looking like Kimbo Slice with the grizzly beard: