One of the big trending stories today is that of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen shaving off his “lucky” playoff beard.
.@gregolsen88 shaves his playoff beard.
— NFL (@NFL) February 10, 2016
As a facial hair enthusiast myself, I can’t help but be a little upset about this. Part of me sheds a tear everytime I see a man take a razor to his face and kill off a perfectly good beard. However, it seems as though he didn’t grow the beard just for the sake of growing a beard… He did it because it was lucky… Kind of the football equivalent to hockey’s playoff beards.
Things we learned tonight: #Panthers TE Greg Olsen hates his beard.
So does his family.https://t.co/RuhQMsTQt5
— AtTheBuzzer (@TheBuzzerOnFOX) February 2, 2016
I guess that’s fair – someone who doesn’t normally grow facial hair wanting to go back to not growing facial hair. Even still, he grows a mean beard… It’s almost like a slap in the face to people who WANT to grow good beards but can’t. Then again, he may want to shave off the memory of coming so close but not winning the Superbowl. I guess the beard wasn’t so lucky when it mattered the most.
Fortunately for everyone, he documented the process with step-by-step photos, and tweeted them for the world to see.
— Greg Olsen (@gregolsen88) February 9, 2016
This was rather timely, as I was also just recently recovering from the shock of a local gent who I happen to know shaving off his incredible beard. You might know J.P. Contois from being the drummer of local bands Mokomokai and Altarus (whose hiatus I really hope comes to an end soon…). Whenever I’d see either of those groups play, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by two things: J.P.’s incredibly skilful and hard-hitting drumming… and his beard. Until very recently, he looked more like this:
And this Mokomokai promo photo from a couple years ago showcases his beard wonderfully:
Sadly, J.P.’s beard is no more. A couple days ago he posted this photo:
While he didn’t take step-by-step photographs, he WAS kind enough to share a photo of the “rat scorpion” that his beard braid turned into:
Jeez… It almost looks like a Poison Whiptail…
Now I’m not a fan of shaving, and that should be plenty obvious now… But if you’re going to do it, do it right and preserve it like this guy did:
Then again, Moustache March is just around the corner, and it might be time for a change for me too… We’ll see about that.