Yesterday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers topped the rival Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals . What does this mean? Obviously, the Flyers will advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is awesome. But, it also means, I have to stare at my coworker’s ridiculous playoff beard for another two weeks, at least.
Most sports fans can identify which athletes routinely relied on their lucky shorts, chicken or chalk to prepare for a contest, but where did the playoff beard come from? The tradition began in the 1980’s and was started by the New York Islanders during the franchise’s glory days, when they won four consecutive titles from 1980-1983. It is not definitive, however, if the practice began as a superstition or simply because there was no time, as games were played on consecutive nights.
The ritual of not shaving from the time you enter the playoffs until the point of elimination has trickled down into college and high school hockey, but also across all other sports. The trend became so popular, in 2009 the NHL Beard-a-Ton was started to raise money for team-specific charities and has since raised in excess of over one million dollars.
These are just a few of our favorites...who grew your favorite playoff beard?
We have been keeping you updated as our new NBA Authentic Warm Up Jackets arrive and are pleased to introduce you to the final three! Check out the Pistons, Hawks and Heat.
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Before there were video games and the internet, young sports fans passed the time away playing some of these board games from the 1950s-1980s. Do you remember them? Let us know if there any sports games that bring back some of your childhood memories!
1983 NBA Bas-Ket Ball Game.
1985 National Pro Hockey Game.
1980s Kick-Off Football Card Game.
1979 Half-Time Football Dice Game.
1966 All-Star Baseball Game.
1960s All American Football Game.
We saved the best for last! Check out this amazing 1950s Marx-O-Matic Basketball Game!
Coming next month, it's the 1995 - 96 Seattle SuperSonics.
This jersey will also be available in Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf.
They have some pretty unique elements, including the rally squirrel and the phrase "Happy Flight".
Click here to learn more and to watch a video showing the making of the ring.