playoff beard?

Are you familiar with the concept of the playoff beard?  Well, it is a hockey tradition, where players stop shaving as soon as the playoffs begin, and don’t shave again until their team is eliminated or they win.  Some players are able to grow true mountain man beards like Kris Draper and some players are notorious for not being able to grow one, like one of my least favorite players Sidney Crosby.

I started growing a beard a little while ago, mostly out of a bout of indolence.  Many of my friends noticed, and questioned why I had decided not to shave.  I usually gave different answers, and was often encouraged to shave, although I did receive compliments now and again.  After about 3 weeks, I couldn’t stand the feeling any longer, so I decide to shave.  I have been told that I gave up too early, but I might not ever be able to do it.  Anyway, I had a little fun with my razor and decided to document the many faces I ended up with below.

Full beard.

Full beard from the side.  I can’t tell which view makes it look worse better.

I shave my cheeks basically to give the wide chin strap.  I don’t have the stuff do do a real chin strap, but don’t worry, this is just as bad.


The goatee.  I’m not really a fan of how this looks on most guys, but it might actually suit me.  I say this because there are clear patches in the rest of my beard.  Plus I can still play with it in deep thought at work.

The hipster mustache and soul patch.  I like this look even less than the goatee on other people, but I could be a good hipster – just need some thick frames brah.

Finally, the pure stache.  One of the reasons I gave for sticking with my full beard was in anticipation of “Movember”, which is one of the months dedicated to growing a mustache in support of prostate cancer charities.  I simply wanted to guage how long I had to plan in advance to have some sort of tache.  Don’t want a Sidney Crosby experience here.  It’s not quite Dad mustache status, but I bet my family will say that I look like my Dad, who I have rarely seen without his famous mustache.

And finally, clean shaven.  I had a lot of fun with it, and I’ll probably grow one again sometime – I might even stick with it next time.  And actually, I had some excellent luck in lab the final week of my beardedness, so I might have to get it back just to keep things on a roll at work.

What do you guys think?  Should I avoid facial hair altogether?  Which look is the best for me?

3 thoughts on “playoff beard?”

  1. Yup! As soon as I saw the pic with the goatee, I thought you looked like your Dad when he grew HIS playoff beard. When I saw the mustache alone one, I freaked out! I never realized you two look so much alike before! Scary. Tell me, friends of Nick, is he saving bits of wire and string for later use in home repair projects yet? 🙂

  2. You do really look like your Dad with the tash!!!! I definitely don’t dig the chinstrap, or hipster soul patch. The goatee could work though 🙂

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