History GrowingTheBeard / Sports

6th Apr '17 8:26:35 AM megarockman
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* The signing of NHL legend Mark Messier by the New York Rangers in 1991 signaled that the Rangers were serious about winning.

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* The signing of New York Rangers trading with the Edmonton Oilers for NHL legend Mark Messier by the New York Rangers in 1991 signaled that the Rangers were team was serious about winning.winning the UsefulNotes/StanleyCup and ending the sing-song taunts of "19-40!". Messier captained the team to a Cup victory in 1994.
24th Mar '17 2:54:16 PM greenday61892
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* The Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Ever since the team was founded in 1999, they had been the biggest laughingstock in the Major Leagues, finishing in last place in all but one season. Then, after the 2007 season, they exorcised the "Devil" from their name, becoming just the "Rays." The very next season, they won the American League pennant, and ever since, they've been a force to be reckoned with in a division that had previously been dominated by the Yankees and the Red Sox.

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* The Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Ever since the team was founded in 1999, 1998, they had been the biggest laughingstock in the Major Leagues, finishing in last place in all but one season. Then, after the 2007 season, they exorcised the "Devil" from their name, becoming just the "Rays." The very next season, they won the American League pennant, and ever since, they've been a force to be reckoned with in a division that had previously been dominated by the Yankees and the Red Sox.



* The Immaculate Reception is generally considered the Growing the Beard moment among Pittsburgh Steelers fans. Prior to this, the Steelers were considered a joke, with only five winning seasons in 40 years. After the reception, the Steelers have gone on to appear in [[strike:seven]] a record Eight Super Bowls, winning six of them, and are now considered one of sports greatest franchises.

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* The Immaculate Reception is generally considered the Growing the Beard moment among Pittsburgh Steelers fans. Prior to this, the Steelers were considered a joke, with only five winning seasons in 40 years. After the reception, the Steelers have gone on to appear in [[strike:seven]] a record Eight eight Super Bowls, winning six of them, and are now considered one of sports greatest franchises.
28th Oct '16 9:47:21 PM 3rdStringPG
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* Growing the Beard seems to be a thing for San Francisco [=49ers=] quarterbacks. Steve Young was a bust for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their laughingstock period (see above), but he would back up Joe Montana for several years and eventually emerge as one of the NFL's finest signal-callers when he became a starter. Years later, Alex Smith would do the same when he rose from epic first-overall bust to capable starting QB. He's still well above average now that he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, it looks like another presumptive draft bust, Blaine Gabbert, is closing in on growing his NFL beard. He was solid as a replacement for the suddenly-ineffective Colin Kaepernick in the 2015 season, though it remains to be seen whether he can continue his strong performance in 2016 and beyond.

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* Growing the Beard seems to be a thing for San Francisco [=49ers=] quarterbacks. Steve Young was a bust for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their laughingstock period (see above), but he would back up Joe Montana for several years and eventually emerge as one of the NFL's finest signal-callers when he became a starter. Years later, Alex Smith would do the same when he rose from epic first-overall bust to capable starting QB. He's still well above average now that he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, it looks like another presumptive draft bust, In 2015, Blaine Gabbert, is closing in on growing his NFL beard. He was solid as Gabbert subverted this trope when he had a replacement for the suddenly-ineffective pretty decent season after taking over from Colin Kaepernick Kaepernick, but in 2016, was back to being the 2015 season, though it remains to be seen whether he can continue his strong performance in 2016 and beyond.same old guy who flamed out with the Jaguars.
5th Sep '16 11:53:22 AM 3rdStringPG
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* With the quality of PBA games declining and uneven trades being the norm in the league, and with men's college basketball arguably plagued by draconian rules and the ability of some schools to "hoard" blue-chip high school recruits, Philippine women's volleyball seems to have Grown the Beard in the 2010s. It does also help that the sport produced marketable stars (e.g. Alyssa Valdez, Michelle Gumabao) and keeps on doing so, and that both collegiate and commercial leagues are getting more coverage than basketball on sports sites such as ''Rivals''' Philippine arm.

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* With the quality of PBA games declining and uneven trades being the norm in the league, and with men's college basketball arguably plagued by draconian rules and the ability of some schools to "hoard" blue-chip high school recruits, recruits and foreign stars, Philippine women's volleyball seems to have Grown the Beard in the 2010s. It does also help that the sport produced marketable stars (e.g. Alyssa Valdez, Michelle Gumabao) and keeps on doing so, and that both collegiate and commercial leagues are getting more coverage than basketball on sports sites such as ''Rivals''' Philippine arm.
23rd Aug '16 6:28:57 AM 3rdStringPG
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* With the quality of PBA games declining and uneven trades being the norm in the league, and with men's college basketball arguably plagued by draconian rules and the ability of some schools to "hoard" blue-chip high school recruits, Philippine women's volleyball seems to have Grown the Beard in the 2010s. It does also help that the sport produced marketable stars (e.g. Alyssa Valdez, Michelle Gumabao) and keeps on doing so, and that both collegiate and commercial leagues are getting more coverage than basketball on sports sites such as ''Rivals''' Philippine arm.
23rd Aug '16 5:53:37 AM 3rdStringPG
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* The 1926 World Series could be seen as a grow the beard moment for the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first time they had ever been in the World series. They faced the Yankees, who were in their fourth World series in six years. The Cardinals beat the Yankees 4 games to 3, after almost losing the series 3-2. The last out of the series was made by second baseman Roger Hornsby against Babe Ruth himself when he tried to steal the base. From then on, the Cardinals went on to be the NL team with the most World series wins.
* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started life as a franchise by losing their first 26 games. In 1979, just their fourth year of existence, they went to the NFC Championship game behind the arm of prodigal quarterback Doug Williams. They spent most of the next two decades as a perpetual laughingstock, so much so that when Bo Jackson was drafted by the team he decided to play baseball instead. In the late '90s they hired Tony Dungy and quickly became a defensive powerhouse, but failed to win a championship. In 2002 they grew yet another beard, hiring Jon Gruden, who immediately took the team to the SuperBowl, defeating his old team, the Oakland Raiders.

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* The 1926 World Series could be seen as a grow the beard moment for the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first time they had ever been in the World series. They faced the Yankees, who were in their fourth World series in six years. The Cardinals beat the Yankees 4 games to 3, after almost losing the series 3-2. The last out of the series was made by second baseman Roger Rogers Hornsby against Babe Ruth himself when he tried to steal the base. From then on, the Cardinals went on to be the NL team with the most World series wins.
* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started life as a franchise by losing their first 26 games. In 1979, just their fourth year of existence, they went to the NFC Championship game behind the arm of prodigal quarterback Doug Williams. They spent most of the next two decades as a perpetual laughingstock, so much so that when Bo Jackson was drafted by the team team, he decided to play baseball instead. In the late '90s they hired Tony Dungy and quickly became a defensive powerhouse, but failed to win a championship. In 2002 they grew yet another beard, hiring Jon Gruden, who immediately took the team to the SuperBowl, defeating his old team, the Oakland Raiders.



** Similarly, "The Catch" by Dwight Clark was the moment the San Francisco 49ers went from plucky underdog to dominant team of the 1980s and 1990s.

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** Similarly, "The Catch" by Dwight Clark was the moment the San Francisco 49ers went from plucky underdog to dominant team of the 1980s and 1990s.1990s.
* After previous attempts to grow the figurative beard ended up with little more than light stubble, the Los Angeles Clippers have grown a pretty thick one since 2011. That was when young, talented big men Blake Griffin and [=DeAndre=] Jordan were joined by superstar point guard Chris Paul. Since 2011-12, the Clips have made the playoffs five straight times, and while they've yet to get really close to the Finals, it's at least a huge improvement from their previous status as the NBA's lovable losers with a not-so-lovable owner (Donald Sterling).
* The Philippine Basketball Association's Growing the Beard moments came in the mid-late '90s. Several things happened to help the PBA grow its beard. Alaska won a Grand Slam (winning all three conferences in a season) in 1996 with a team many believe was the best in the '90s, if not in the entire history of the PBA. Crowd darling Ginebra ended its DorkAge, as Marlou Aquino, Noli Locsin, and Bal David made them contenders, and a legit threat to powerhouse Alaska. In the mid-late '90s, a plethora of Fil-Foreign players made their debut, and while some of them (Sonny Alvarado, Al Segova, Robert Parker) turned out to have phony credentials and got banned from the league, they greatly increased the league's talent level while adding lots of size and athleticism. And former Philippine national team coach Ron Jacobs made his comeback, leading the San Miguel Beermen to success, and introducing a more deliberate, low-scoring, defense-oriented "scientific" style of gameplay that resonated with Filipino fans and influenced other coaches to do the same.
* Growing the Beard seems to be a thing for San Francisco [=49ers=] quarterbacks. Steve Young was a bust for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their laughingstock period (see above), but he would back up Joe Montana for several years and eventually emerge as one of the NFL's finest signal-callers when he became a starter. Years later, Alex Smith would do the same when he rose from epic first-overall bust to capable starting QB. He's still well above average now that he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, it looks like another presumptive draft bust, Blaine Gabbert, is closing in on growing his NFL beard. He was solid as a replacement for the suddenly-ineffective Colin Kaepernick in the 2015 season, though it remains to be seen whether he can continue his strong performance in 2016 and beyond.
9th Jan '16 7:58:10 AM jayjackson670
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** Similarly, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays started his transition to fringe player to MLB all-star and home run champ around the same time he grew out his beard
25th Dec '15 8:36:13 AM kquinn0830
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** Inverted at one point during his career with the New York Jets. After the team fell to 5-5 for the 2015 season, Fitzpatrick trimmed his beard and the team went on a four game win streak with him leading two final minute drives.
18th Dec '15 11:15:46 AM deven0711
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* The Boston Red Sox literally and figuratively grew the beard in 2004, where they managed to come back from three games against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series, and win their first World Series in 86 years against the St. Louis Cardinals. They would win again in 2007 and nine years later.
30th Jan '15 6:26:40 PM mewmdude77
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* The 1926 World Series could be seen as a grow the beard moment for the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first time they had ever been in the World series. They faced the Yankees, who were in their fourth World series in six years. The Cardinals beat the Yankees 4 games to 3, after almost losing the series 3-2. The last out of the series was made by second baseman Roger Hornsby against Babe Ruth himself when he tried to steal the base. From then on, the Cardinals went on to be the NL team with the most World series wins.
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