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The 25 Stages Of Growing A Playoff Beard

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1. Your favorite hockey team makes the playoffs.

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While the playoff beard concept has been adopted in other sports, it's really a hockey thing. For the sake of this piece we'll focus on the NHL.

2. You have the internal struggle: To grow or not to grow?

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Will I look good with a beard? Will my boss hate me? Will I get too hot?

3. You finally decide: it's the year of the beard.

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We're doing this, it's playoff beard time!

4. You find yourself a beard buddy.

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If we do it together, maybe people wont think we're so weird.

5. Playoffs start; shaving stops.

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Let's go!

6. Your beard starts to show.

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This 5 o'clock shadow makes me look distinguished; I will be rocking the full playoff locks in no time.

7. You wonder how long it will take for you to look like you belong in ZZ Top.

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It'll be to my waist by the time we are in the conference finals!

8. Things get itchy.

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You start to question your decision making process.

9. The first round of the playoffs ends, hopefully your team is still in.

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Let's give credit where credit's due, and credit is due to my beard.

10. Your beard isn't filling in the way you wanted it too yet.

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What do I have to do to look like an adult? Does Rogaine work on beards?

11. You coworkers/classmates become concerned for your well being.

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You may hear them whispering about whether you are having a personal crisis, but they don't quite know how to bring it up to you.

12. Your significant other demands that you shave.

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You seriously consider ending the relationship.

13. Your team makes it to the conference finals!

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No going back, beardo

14. You cannot stop touching your face.

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Look at me with all this facial hair

15. You start to refer to your beard by a nickname.

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Bonus points if you didn't make up the nickname yourself.

16. Your boss intervenes.

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"Yes, sir/ma'am, but you do understand that I have my reasons."

17. The beard finally looks good.

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This is excellent. I am never getting rid of this awesome beard!

18. Your team makes it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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My BEARD did this! IT WAS MY BEARD!

19. Things start getting hairy.

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Oh yeah, I have a real beard!

20. Fellow fans want to touch your beard for good luck.

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After a while, it becomes kind of weird having people ask whether they can touch your beard at random.

21. The beard has taken on a life of it's own.

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But... But... you just looked perfect last week, beard.

22. You've transformed into a historical figure/Game of Thrones Character/Average Hipster.

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I swear, this is about hockey and not LARPing or artisanal cheese.

23. Finally, your preferred team wins it all!

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IT WAS MY MAGICAL BEARD!!! WE DID IT!!

24. For a brief moment, you consider keeping your beard forever.

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It's the beard of DESTINY!

25. But all good things must come to an end.

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You shave it off. It takes forever. You can't wait until next season.

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