At 8pm EST tonight, the puck will drop on THE greatest sports champion series in the world.
Obviously, we’re slightly biased because we pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe hockey since we’ve started this blog. I mean, not like we didn’t follow hockey closely before WUYS but we’ve progressed to a Beautiful-Mind-writing-on-the-window level of crazy. But I honestly believe that there is no greater trophy in the history of sport.
Yesterday was the Stanley Cup Finals Media Day, when all the players don their Tuesday best (hooded sweatshirts), trims up their playoff beards (except Dustin Penner), and face the press gauntlet.
Not only does the day allow writers to ask important (and totally ridiculous) questions of the players but it provides us with amazing photos of playoff beards.
Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Media Day at Prudential Center.
Got a craving for some Penncakes.
- Just when you thought Mike Richards couldn’t get any dreamier, he goes and does this.
Dustin Brown. Fully committed to this Amish look.
*harumph* *crosses arms*
A beard like a beautiful sunset
Richards and I ’bout to tear this mutha up!
You’re welcome. 🙂
If you go seven months without seeing an acquaintance, you might greet them with, “Wow, you look so….” The word the Devils and Kings need here is hairy. These teams last met in October and it’s a wonder if they’d recognize each other now without the numbers on their backs.
Each team has been presented with one trophy this year. Both captains opted not to touch their Conference chalices, but only one will lift the Cup in 2012.
Will a playoff beard be the first to kiss Lord Stanley’s prize, or find itself waiting to see whom the captain hands the Cup to next?
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Captain Brown vs. Captain Parise.
Foxiness can come in many ways, shapes, and forms.
Sometimes it can come in the way of physical beauty. Other times from athletic prowess. Still other times from humanistic endeavors like building houses for the poor.
In the case of Dustin Penner, it comes in two ways.
The Facial Hair and The Funny.
Dustin Penner is…subdued.
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When combined, this two forces have amazing foxy force
, thus this week’s honor for the hero of Game 5.
There are few who can doubt that Penner’s “Man of the Mountain” facial hair is a thing of wonder. Clearly it is one of the best things about the Kings’ unexpected journey from #8 seed to the Stanley Cup Finals. (Besides the stellar goaltending of Jonathan Quick)
I’m legit obsessed with it. Its fullness and ebony hue are exquisite. It just looks SO RIGHT AND PERFECT.
If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.
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Then add to that his dry and witty sense of humor, and well, I’m in love.
Other reasons why I’ve seen fit to bestow this great honor –
- He shares a birthday with my mom. Momma Chuck would approve.
- He’s 6’4″, 245 lbs – a whole lotta lumberjack for us to love.
- He LOVES the LA Kings twitter. So do we, Dustin.
- He’s funny, just like his mom and grandpa. Now this is a family BBQ what we’d love to go to. DP and I would crush the competition in the three-legged race
- He injures himself eating a stack of delicious pancakes…then buts that self-deprecating humor to good use by hosting a charity breakfast at a local IHOP.
- He leads the Kings in penalty minutes (26) and has 10 points (3 G, 7 A) in 14 playoff games this season.
- He scored the OT winner in Game 5 vs. the Coyotes to send the Kings to their 1st Stanley Cup Finals since 1993. Like a boss.
- He’s rocking the hillbilly smile and he don’t care who knows it.
So, come on! Get on board this Kings bandwagon. I even saved you a seat!
So fluffy. Want to touch.
The letter “A” is awarded only to the best. Students with the highest scores. Products with the best quality. Restaurants with the cleanest kitchens. We all know Alvin didn’t lead The Chimpmunks just because he had the best dance moves. The very presence of an “A” denotes greatness.
We love (OK, worship) our NHL team captains. But in life, it’s rare that a “C” should outrank an “A.”
To keep the status quo, this week we salute one NHL alternate captain from each remaining playoff team. These men are first in our books — leading by example on and off the ice, above and below the chinstrap.
Here are our top marks for how “A” beard should look.
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Matt Greene’s bears. So blond, it glows.
In case you missed it yesterday, check out our post from Puck Daddy!
In this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, the fates select which beards will have a chance to realize their true potential.
Five teams remain. Five beards (OK, six) have emerged as top contenders for Beard of the Year.
None of these teams made it past the second round last season, so the promise of greater bearded glory shines bright. Some faces are familiar, some are new. All are hairy.
Read more [HERE]
Back when we listed the most common playoff beard types, you may recall we included the “Maybe Don’t” category. This is the circular file where well-intentioned and enthusiastic efforts are stored until perfect attendance awards are handed out. ‘A’ for effort and all that. Since then we have admired the burgeoning beauty of many beards.
Now that the playoffs are three weeks old, it’s time to show cards on a few manscapes that are struggling to make the cut.
Read more of our article on Puck Daddy [here]…
Ready to lead a cavlary charge.
Check us out every Thursday through out the NHL Playoffs on Puck Daddy!
April 19, 2012 –This early in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, beards are like second-round berths and regulation wins – shiny hopes and dreams. It’s barely Week 2 and, at best, most players are sporting only peach fuzz or the beard equivalent of an off-season weekend bender.
Some have already grown all they’ll ever manage.
But a few prime specimens have begun to emerge as top contenders for the coveted Beard of the Year award. Can they go all the way? Or will they be forced, defeated and follicle-free, to the back nine before they have reached their full potential?
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