Look, I’m just gonna say this right off the bat. I’ll probably take some heat for it, or piss off some of you, but I’m not going to tiptoe around it.
If you’re not on the team, or at least paid by the team…you don’t need to grow a playoff beard.
Is it a big deal? No. Is it any of my business? Nope. Does it really do any harm? Of course not. But if something had to be a big deal in order for me to bitch about it, pretty sure I wouldn’t have been blogging for the last 18 months.
This is just one of the things that’s always bothered me. It’s a dial or two above the “We” people, on the Le Cap Sports Fan Ridiculousness- O- Meter
First off, I’m not the superstitious type… I’m rational. So I don’t care what shirt I’m wearing, or where I’m sitting on the couch, or where I was the last time…. it’s all BS to me. I fully understand that I have no control over the little men inside the TV set. So just because they are growing a beard, doesn’t mean I have to*. What’s next…dropping the gloves in the produce section? Handshake lines after every conference room meeting?
Secondly, I freely admit, hockey isn’t my jam. And the hardcore hockey fan is a rare breed, especially in Boston. So maybe I just don’t get it. But someone really needs to explain to me why you growing a beard helps a bunch of guys who don’t know you — and will never know you grew the beard — win hockey games.
It’s kind of insane. It’s at the very least worse than bringing a glove to a baseball game… which is a whole nutha rant altogether.
In conclusion, you fan how you fan, and I’ll fan like sane people. You wanna grow a playoff beard…you do you. Just please, for your own sake, don’t admit it in public. Just say you’re trying something new.
*Full Disclosure: I do have a beard. It was my own decision, I keep it year round, and never let it get too long. And I don’t consider myself a “beard guy”. I’m not into beards, I don’t talk about beards, nor do I have any hipster oils.