Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It's Getting Pretty Hairy....

I promise this is not going to become a hockey blog (not that there's anything wrong with that). But as a former recreational player and a former Lightning season ticket holder, hockey has been at the forefront lately with the home team in the Eastern Conference finals. What a game last night, eh? Sure, it was a disappointing loss, but the frequent end-to-end action was great fun to watch! I'm no expert, but the Bolts seemed to collapse in the second period, leading to five (count 'em, FIVE!) Boston goals in that period alone! Our boys in blue seemed to be scrambling a lot... looked like they were on a penalty kill for much of the time, even when they weren't. Despite closing the gap, they still came up short, losing Game Two 5-6. Back home tomorrow night for Game Three, and hopefully they'll settle down and win it. I know some of you readers have tickets, so be sure and cheer really loud for me!

Now, what's your opinion of the playoff beard? Seems the tradition started with the Islanders in the 80's, and has since spread through the NHL and beyond. Some of the guys look good sportin' the facial fuzz, others should maybe just break out the Barbasol and scrape it off before they embarrass themselves further. Although from a spectator's perspective, the raggedy ones can be very entertaining to look at. All in all, I think it's a pretty fun tradition. In fact, I'm thinking of participating by not shaving my legs until the Bolts are out of the playoffs! (Hmmmm... maybe not.)

Playoff beard hat available
You can always get a fake one... the folks at Beardo have a knitted hat/beard combo available, with a foldaway beard. Even comes in Tampa Bay Lightning colors (though they call it Toronto colors). Probably a bit too warm for this area though. Maybe we should start a new playoff tradition here that's better suited for warm spring weather... any suggestions?

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