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Up for Adoption: Playoff Beards

While I understand that my beloved BON is primarily a college sports site, I have an unusual (for a Texan) and intense love of ice hockey. With that love comes all of the insanity and odd traditions that hockey fans celebrate. Specifically, the mighty playoff beard.

It seems that in the past few years (or going much farther back in some sports) the 'Horns find themselves in "the playoffs" in a couple of sports. Seeing as many of us already celebrate No Shave November and March Mustache Madness, I find it totally appropriate to bring the playoff beard tradition to college sports. On a personal note, I've already embarked on a few of my own quests for baseball and basketball (football is kind of a futz until we get the playoff for which many of us so dearly yearn).

In addition, many athletes from sports other than hockey have adopted the tradition, including Ben Roethlisberger and many members of the Houston Astros. I realize that college level playoffs aren't typically a 2-month affair like they are in hockey, but the possibilities are practically endless.

As soon as the NCAA baseball tourney starts, I encourage y'all to sacrifice your clean-shaven mugs for the good of Longhorn Nation. I already have a little of a head start on you (and hopefully will maintain a health lead if my Red Wings manage to pull through in Game 7).

Before I go, a few rules for those unfamiliar with the art of the playoff beard.

1. As long as your team keeps winning, keep away from the razors and trimmers.

2. If your team suffers a defeat, you're permitted a trim, to rid yourself and your team of the bad vibes.

3. If your team wins a playoff series, you're allowed to trim. Just to keep things semi-presentable.

What are your thoughts, BONizens?

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