History GrowingTheBeard / Sports

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.
17th Aug '14 8:01:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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** There were arguably two distinct beard-growing moments. The first was when Zuffa took control of the organisation. The second was the legendary bout between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at the end of the first season of TheUltimateFighter.

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** There were arguably two distinct beard-growing moments. The first was when Zuffa took control of the organisation. The second was the legendary bout between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at the end of the first season of TheUltimateFighter.Series/TheUltimateFighter.
27th Jul '14 3:43:58 PM bt8257
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** Similarly, Dwight Clark's "The Catch" was the moment the San Francisco 49ers went from plucky underdog to dominant team of the 1980s and 1990s.

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** Similarly, Dwight Clark's "The Catch" by Dwight Clark was the moment the San Francisco 49ers went from plucky underdog to dominant team of the 1980s and 1990s.
27th Jul '14 3:43:35 PM bt8257
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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 Super Bowls, winning six of them, and are now considered one of sports greatest franchises.

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* The Immaculate reception 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.
17th Jul '13 9:37:49 AM FirebirdMaximus
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15th May '13 8:45:40 AM FirebirdMaximus
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* It's difficult to remember now, but...there was a time that the Miami Heat basketball team was flatly atrocious. Then they went out and got a certain coach named Riley. It would be several years before a title, but the team became a contender almost immediately. A few years after their title, they did this AGAIN by signing [=LeBron=] James and still having enough salary cap room for the rest of the team.
* Hiring coach Bill Parcells in almost any capacity is an automatic grown beard for almost any team.
** Hiring Billy Martin to manage was arguably the baseball equivalent of growing a beard. Besides his notoriously five separate stints with the New York Yankees (with back to back American League pennants in 1976-77 and the World Championship in the latter), Martin took three other teams (the 1969 Minnesota Twins, the 1972 Detroit Tigers, and the 1981 Oakland Athletics) to the playoffs. Martin even helped the 1974 Texas Rangers to an 84-76 record (good for second place) after they had two consecutive 100+ loss seasons. Martin's greatest weakness however besides his combative personality and alcoholism, was his tendency to burn out young pitchers.

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* Hiring coach Bill Parcells in almost any capacity is an automatic grown beard for almost any team.
** Hiring Billy Martin to manage was arguably the baseball equivalent of growing a beard. Besides his notoriously five separate stints with the New York Yankees (with back to back American League pennants in 1976-77 and the World Championship
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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.
* In 2010, San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson has done this literally and figuratively. His growth of a full beard has coincided with his evolution from a pitcher who would give Giants fans heart attacks every 9th inning into one of baseball's elite closers.



* 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.
** Similarly, Dwight Clark's "The Catch" was the moment the San Francisco 49ers went from plucky underdog to dominant team of the 1980s and 1990s.
* The Washington Capitals hockey team, there have been times in recent history when the team just sucks, even with star player Alexander Ovechkin. But then, in the middle of the 2007-08 season, when they seemed to be heading for another disappointing season, they fired then coach Glen Hanlon and hired Bruce Boudreau. Then suddenly, the Capitals managed to make a huge turnaround and ended up winning their division and reach the playoff in that same season. Since then, they had continued to dominate their division and are one of the big contenders to win the Stanley Cup. They even managed to win the franchise's very first President's Trophy (Given to the team with the best regular season record in the league) in the 2009-10 season.
* A slower Growing the Beard took place for the UFC. In the early days, it was very nearly fights with no rules, had no weight classes, and saw fighters going through many fights in one night during tournaments. Starting at UFC12, weight classes were introduced, and more rules were adopted up to UFC28, which was the first sanctioned event.
** There were arguably two distinct beard-growing moments. The first was when Zuffa took control of the organisation. The second was the legendary bout between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at the end of the first season of TheUltimateFighter.
* 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.
* Tennis. Before the 80's tennis was a boring, dull sport to both play and watch. The very strict rules and coaches did not help. Then came the 80's. Antipathetic and borderline insane players such as John [=McEnroe=] and Ivan Lendl arrived. They threw their rackets, insulted and defied the coaches (to the point that the coaches were scared of them), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wore short pants]]. The quality and ratings of the sport increased immeasurably.

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* The Immaculate reception In what is generally considered probably the Growing most literal application of this trope, 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, Chicago Bears, Bulls, White Sox, and are now considered one of sports greatest franchises.
** Similarly, Dwight Clark's "The Catch" was the moment the San Francisco 49ers went from plucky underdog to dominant team of the 1980s and 1990s.
* The Washington Capitals hockey team, there have been times in recent history when the team just sucks, even with star player Alexander Ovechkin. But then, in the middle of the 2007-08 season, when they seemed to be heading for another disappointing season, they fired then
Blackhawks all won their championships under a coach Glen Hanlon and hired Bruce Boudreau. Then suddenly, the Capitals managed to make a huge turnaround and ended up winning their division and reach the playoff in that same season. Since then, they or manager who had continued to dominate their division and are one of the big contenders to win the Stanley Cup. They even managed to win the franchise's very first President's Trophy (Given to the team with the best regular season record in the league) in the 2009-10 season.
* A slower Growing the Beard took place for the UFC. In the early days,
facial hair. [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/73906065/Video-No-facial-hair-no-Chicago-championships Steve Rosenbloom]] says it was very nearly fights with no rules, had no weight classes, and saw fighters going through many fights in one night during tournaments. Starting at UFC12, weight classes were introduced, and more rules were adopted up to UFC28, which was the first sanctioned event.
** There were arguably two distinct beard-growing moments. The first was when Zuffa took control of the organisation. The second was the legendary bout between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at the end of the first season of TheUltimateFighter.
* 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.
* Tennis. Before the 80's tennis was a boring, dull sport to both play and watch. The very strict rules and coaches did not help. Then came the 80's. Antipathetic and borderline insane players such as John [=McEnroe=] and Ivan Lendl arrived. They threw their rackets, insulted and defied the coaches (to the point that the coaches were scared of them), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wore short pants]]. The quality and ratings of the sport increased immeasurably.
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* 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.
* In what is probably the most literal application of this trope, the Chicago Bears, Bulls, White Sox, and Blackhawks all won their championships under a coach or manager who had facial hair. [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/73906065/Video-No-facial-hair-no-Chicago-championships Steve Rosenbloom]] says it best.
* In the early and middle 2000's, superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was known for being [[TheAce the unchallenged best player]] in the regular season but [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut sucking in the playoffs]]. In the 2006 AFC Championship, [[TheRival the dynastic powerhouse New England Patriots]] were leading 21-3 at [[DarkestHour halftime]] and everyone assumed this would be another Patriots-Colts CurbStompBattle. Peyton grew the beard by engineering a huge comeback to win 38-34, then led his team to a smooth 31-17 victory over the Bears in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, his teams' performances after that run are very similar to what they were before, but that game was enough to silence those who said he wasn't good enough to win a ring.

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* It's difficult to remember now, but...there was a time that the Miami Heat basketball team was flatly atrocious. Then they went out and got a certain coach named Riley. It would be several years before a title, but the team became a contender almost immediately. A few years after their title, they did this AGAIN by signing [=LeBron=] James and still having enough salary cap room for the rest of the team.
* The signing of NHL legend Mark Messier by the New York Rangers in 1991 signaled that the Rangers were serious about winning.
* In the early and middle 2000's, superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was known for being [[TheAce the unchallenged best player]] in the regular season but [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut sucking in the playoffs]]. In the 2006 AFC Championship, [[TheRival the dynastic powerhouse New England Patriots]] were leading 21-3 at [[DarkestHour halftime]] and everyone assumed this would be another Patriots-Colts CurbStompBattle. Peyton grew the beard by engineering a huge comeback to win 38-34, then led his team to a smooth 31-17 victory over the Bears in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, his teams' performances after that run are very similar to what they were before, but that game was enough to silence those who said he wasn't good enough to win a ring.
* In 2010, San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson has done this literally and figuratively. His growth of a full beard has coincided with his evolution from a pitcher who would give Giants fans heart attacks every 9th inning into one of baseball's elite closers.
* 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.
* In what is probably The Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Ever since the most literal application of this trope, team was founded in 1999, they had been the Chicago Bears, Bulls, White Sox, and Blackhawks biggest laughingstock in the Major Leagues, finishing in last place in all won but one season. Then, after the 2007 season, they exorcised the "Devil" from their championships under name, becoming just the "Rays." The very next season, they won the American League pennant, and ever since, they've been a coach or manager who force to be reckoned with in a division that had facial hair. [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/73906065/Video-No-facial-hair-no-Chicago-championships Steve Rosenbloom]] says it best.
previously been dominated by the Yankees and the Red Sox.
* Tennis. Before the 80's tennis was a boring, dull sport to both play and watch. The very strict rules and coaches did not help. Then came the 80's. Antipathetic and borderline insane players such as John [=McEnroe=] and Ivan Lendl arrived. They threw their rackets, insulted and defied the coaches (to the point that the coaches were scared of them), and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wore short pants]]. The quality and ratings of the sport increased immeasurably.
* A slower Growing the Beard took place for the UFC.
In the early days, it was very nearly fights with no rules, had no weight classes, and saw fighters going through many fights in one night during tournaments. Starting at UFC12, weight classes were introduced, and more rules were adopted up to UFC28, which was the first sanctioned event.
** There were arguably two distinct beard-growing moments. The first was when Zuffa took control of the organisation. The second was the legendary bout between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at the end of the first season of TheUltimateFighter.
* The Washington Capitals hockey team, there have been times in recent history when the team just sucks, even with star player Alexander Ovechkin. But then, in the
middle 2000's, superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was known of the 2007-08 season, when they seemed to be heading for being [[TheAce another disappointing season, they fired then coach Glen Hanlon and hired Bruce Boudreau. Then suddenly, the unchallenged Capitals managed to make a huge turnaround and ended up winning their division and reach the playoff in that same season. Since then, they had continued to dominate their division and are one of the big contenders to win the Stanley Cup. They even managed to win the franchise's very first President's Trophy (Given to the team with the best player]] in the regular season but [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut sucking record in the playoffs]]. In the 2006 AFC Championship, [[TheRival the dynastic powerhouse New England Patriots]] were leading 21-3 at [[DarkestHour halftime]] and everyone assumed this would be another Patriots-Colts CurbStompBattle. Peyton grew the beard by engineering a huge comeback to win 38-34, then led his team to a smooth 31-17 victory over the Bears league) in the 2009-10 season.
* Hiring coach Bill Parcells in almost any capacity is an automatic grown beard for almost any team.
** Hiring Billy Martin to manage was arguably the baseball equivalent of growing a beard. Besides his notoriously five separate stints with the New York Yankees (with back to back American League pennants in 1976-77 and the World Championship in the latter), Martin took three other teams (the 1969 Minnesota Twins, the 1972 Detroit Tigers, and the 1981 Oakland Athletics) to the playoffs. Martin even helped the 1974 Texas Rangers to an 84-76 record (good for second place) after they had two consecutive 100+ loss seasons. Martin's greatest weakness however besides his combative personality and alcoholism, was his tendency to burn out young pitchers.
* 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 Bowl. Unfortunately, his teams' performances after that run Bowls, winning six of them, and are very similar to what they were before, but that game now considered one of sports greatest franchises.
** Similarly, Dwight Clark's "The Catch"
was enough the moment the San Francisco 49ers went from plucky underdog to silence those who said he wasn't good enough to win a ring.dominant team of the 1980s and 1990s.
22nd Apr '13 12:16:03 AM lelouchaznable
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* In what is probably the most literal application of this trope, the Chicago Bears, Bulls, White Sox, and Blackhawks all won their championships under a coach or manager who had facial hair. [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/73906065/Video-No-facial-hair-no-Chicago-championships Steve Rosenbloom]] says it best.

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* In what is probably the most literal application of this trope, the Chicago Bears, Bulls, White Sox, and Blackhawks all won their championships under a coach or manager who had facial hair. [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/73906065/Video-No-facial-hair-no-Chicago-championships Steve Rosenbloom]] says it best.best.
* In the early and middle 2000's, superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was known for being [[TheAce the unchallenged best player]] in the regular season but [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut sucking in the playoffs]]. In the 2006 AFC Championship, [[TheRival the dynastic powerhouse New England Patriots]] were leading 21-3 at [[DarkestHour halftime]] and everyone assumed this would be another Patriots-Colts CurbStompBattle. Peyton grew the beard by engineering a huge comeback to win 38-34, then led his team to a smooth 31-17 victory over the Bears in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, his teams' performances after that run are very similar to what they were before, but that game was enough to silence those who said he wasn't good enough to win a ring.
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