The LBS Playoff Beard Helps the Bruins Win the Stanley Cup (Pictures)

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:

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Bruins-Canucks, Playoff Beards Meet in Stanley Cup Finals

When the Stanley Cup Playoffs began, there were 64 different possible combinations of teams that could end up in the Finals. Yes, there was a 1.5% chance the Canucks and Bruins would be the last teams remaining. Low and behold, Boston and Vancouver each reached the Finals and now we’re left with a matchup of dueling playoff beards between myself and Chad Margulius of IntheOT.com.

In case you’re unfamiliar with what’s going on, back on April 14th three men decided to grow out their playoff beards in support of their hockey team. Our buddy Arsen dropped out early on and his Red Wings lost in the next round. But Chad Margulius from IntheOT.com and I continued to grow out our beards and the superstition has paid off. Both of our teams have reached the Finals.

I don’t know about Chad because his beard looks smooth, but I feel like a total schub with mine. I don’t even recognize myself in the mirror anymore. I feel like the ghost of a total stranger. Hopefully I’ll be able to shave in two weeks as a proud champion.

Chad has predicted the Canucks will win in six games. I’ll go with the Bruins in seven. Chad thinks the goaltender matchup is even, but he thinks Vancouver has the better scoring first line and that the Canucks are faster. He thinks Boston’s forwards 3-6 are better but that Boston is much weaker at less than even strength. For the rest of his analysis of the series, check out his site IntheOT.com.

I think the Bruins need to get inside Luongo’s head early in the series to rattle him. He almost fell apart a month ago against Chicago, and if the Bruins can do the same thing they’ll have a major advantage. I’m not as worried about the speed advantage for the Canucks because Tampa Bay was also faster than Boston. As long as the refs don’t call many penalties, leaving the teams at full strength, Boston should be fine.

In case you want to go back and look at the progress of our beards over time, here’s the background:

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Playoff Beards Move on to Conference Finals and Hopefully Stanley Cup Finals

On April 14th, three cleanly shaved men vowed to toss aside their razors and grow a playoff beard in support of their hockey teams. Our buddy Arsen dropped out after two weeks and as Karma would have it, his Red Wings lost in the next round. As of two weeks ago, both myself (a Boston Bruins fan), and Chad Margulius of IntheOT.com (a Vancouver Canucks fan) had mostly stubble. Now, as you can tell in the pictures above, we both have full on beards going.

Chad has been cleanly manicuring his beard as you can tell, but it’s getting pretty long for him. Regardless, it’s worked; his Vancouver Canucks have represented the top spot in the Western Conference well as they have beaten the Blackhawks and now the Predators. The Canucks will begin their Conference Finals series with the San Jose Sharks on Sunday in Vancouver. Be sure to stop by Chad’s site IntheOT.com for fun sports commentary (and don’t tell him I predicted a Bruins-Sharks Finals either).

As for me, this beard is just getting out of hand. I’ve never had a beard before in my life and when I started, I figured I might have to keep it for like six weeks but I didn’t realize it would be this hard. The beard is getting all bushy and nasty, and I have hair growing on my neck, cheeks, and all around my chin. It’s coming in brown and gold and red — just colors I never knew my body could produce. I desperately want to shave, and I’m embarrassed to go out in public … but the Bruins keep on winning, so it’s paying off. And if there’s one thing Bull Durham taught us, it’s you don’t screw with a winning streak, so I won’t.

Anyway, here’s to a Bruins and Canucks Finals, and in honor of the playoff beards, we invite you to grab a free razor courtesy of Gillette and take the Fusion Pro Glide Challenge. We have 350 free razors to give away, so pick yours up!

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The Playoff Beards Live On!

I was somewhat hesitant to post an update on the status of the playoff beard because the Bruins were in the middle of a tough series, but now that they gritted out their series with an overtime win over the Canadiens in Game 7, it’s time for an update.

Both myself and Chad Margulius of IntheOT.com have been growing our beards in support of our teams and had to face nerve-racking situations this week. For me, Boston had fallen behind 0-2 against the Canadiens, won three straight to take a 3-2 lead, and then lost Game 6. Thankfully they won Game 7 4-3 in overtime to advance.

For Chad, his Vancouver Canucks were looking at the ultimate collapse. The Canucks went up 3-0 on the defending champion Blackhawks, blew the 3-0 lead, and had to grit it out against Chicago in Game 7. Even with goaltending issues between Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, the Canucks won Game 7 to advance in the playoffs.

Next up for the Bruins is Philadelphia while the Canucks take on the Predators.

Now let me be the first to tell you that growing a playoff beard isn’t as simple as it looks. The third member to accept the playoff beard challenge, Arsen, couldn’t handle the beard and dropped out even though his Red Wings moved on. These things can get itchy and annoying, but you still have to sack up. In the immortal words of David Putty, “Gotta support the team!”

Here’s the background on the LBS Playoff Beard Challenge and a picture of how we looked when the playoffs began. Let me tell you, it’s only been two weeks and I don’t even recognize myself in the mirror. Scary.

LBS Playoff Beard Challenge Begins

The Stanley Cup Playoffs began on Wednesday evening, but for a Boston Bruins fan like myself, it doesn’t begin until Thursday night. With that in mind, I introduce to you the contestants brave enough to participate in the LBS Playoff Beard Charity Challenge. From left to right, we have the King Nut, myself, whose team is the Boston Bruins; Chad from IntheOT.com (check out his site for great insight) supporting the Vancouver Canucks; and site contributor Arsen, whose team is the Detroit Red Wings.

It’s not too late if you decide you want to man up and participate in the fun times. Get used to updates, because we’ll be posting them throughout the playoffs. All participants will have a donation made to the charity of their choice, with the person whose team lasts the longest getting the largest donation. You are now entering the no razor zone.