Clippers are growing playoff beards (Video)

The Clippers are joining the storied tradition of growing playoff beards to build team unity for the postseason. Chris Paul says the players were discussing ideas for what they should do and they thought about growing their hair out. They ran into some trouble there because of the bald players like Chauncey Billups, so they settled on beards.

Here are some of the quirky highlights from the video:

    - Blake Griffin says he can’t grow a mustache
    – Chris Paul said he can’t grow a full beard
    – DeAndre Jordan only grows hair on one side of his face

Griffin said players aren’t allowed to take down their beards, but they can touch up the edges to keep it shapely. I dunno about that, a real playoff beard goes untouched.

H/T I am a GM

Grow a Playoff Hockey Beard with LBS for Charity, Get Featured on the Site

It’s that wonderful time of year again. The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on Wednesday which means most players involved won’t shave until their team gets knocked out of the postseason. Some squads are going with playoff mullets, but most are expected to rock the traditional playoff beard in a hope that it will bring them luck.

In the past, we’ve written about the recommended playoff beard guidelines and that should help you get caught up with the tradition. Two times during my life, once during college and another in the early years of the site, I decided to grow a playoff beard with my team. While the grizzled whiskers can get annoying, joining your squad in a show of solidarity can’t be beat.

So here’s the deal: LBS is challenging you to grow a playoff beard in support of your team. Starting now, you don’t shave until your team gets knocked out of the postseason. If you choose to participate, send us beard progress reports and pictures and let us know who your team is, and we’ll feature you on the site. Then, after your team either wins the Stanley Cup or gets eliminated, LBS will make a donation to the charity of your choice on your behalf.

If you already have a team, this will be a great chance to join forces with them and unite. If you don’t, it’s a fun opportunity to choose a team so you’ll have a vested interest in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. My team is the Boston Bruins and I’ve picked them to reach the Cup, so I’ll be rolling in stubble for several weeks.

Come on, tell me you don’t want to wind up looking like this in a few weeks!

Ben Roethlisberger Shaves Beard After Losing Super Bowl XLV

Like so many other athletes (and writers), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was growing out his facial hair in the form of a playoff beard. It was no Brett Keisel beard, but it got grizzly pretty quickly.

Immediately after losing the game, Roethlisberger took a razor to his face realizing his postseason luck had run out:

Two losses for Roethlisberger in the same night, or what I call a perfect evening.

Recommended Playoff Beard Etiquette

The NHL playoffs begin Wednesday and the NBA playoffs start a few days after that. What does that mean? It’s time to start thinking about playoff beards! You know those hairy, unshaven neck beards that develop this time of year in hopes that your team will make it all the way? So gentlemen (and hormonally unbalanced females) let’s talk about what to do with your face fuzz.

1. Get started now. The playoffs will be here before you know it and if your team has made it, it’s time to start that beard. This is your chance as a fan to share something in common with your favorite players; you will both be sporting a grizzly mess on your face as a sign of your dedication to winning.

2. Throw away your razors. Don’t let that silver temptress get to you. You need to stick to your guns on this one, mister. As itchy and unattractive as your face and neck get, don’t you dare shave that thing. As much as your wife/girlfriend, co-workers and others close to you complain about how you are beginning to resemble a mountain man, you must sport that thing with pride.

3. Buy a beard guard. Part of the joy of sporting the playoff beard is the way that it gets to run wild on your face. Don’t you dare wash your manly mane. In doing so, you may just wash away the magic that has nestled itself inside of your facial hair. So go out and invest in a beard guard because I’m not telling you not to shower, but how badly would you feel if you ruined your team’ss chances of advancing in the postseason because your chin felt a little gross?

So that’s it fellas.  Fans and players unite in growing those lovely, grizzly, itchy playoff beards that we all love so much. And feel free to send me a picture of your progress. Larry has even tracked his playoff beard progress in the past, why not join the tradition?

The great unwashed [Canada.com]