The Suns: No Longer Hairy?
Another untapped angle to tonight's game: the Suns are messing with a superstition, mid-streak? Never, ever mess with facial hair superstition. It's remarkable to me that this wasn't in all of this morning's previews. The media began covering the Phoenix winning streak beards last week, with Nash and Marion immediately complaining about itchiness and scruffiness.
Shawn Marion sported stubble during Thursday's practice, but said he wasn't participating. "I can't do it, man," he said. "My face gets too itchy."
The beards also gave birth to lines like this:
Those among the Suns still committed to those itchy winning streak beards will be looking haggard for at least two more days - although they had to survive another close shave against an inferior opponent to reach an even dozen....
But it almost felt more like a loss to a team that is looking in the mirror and not liking what it sees - patchy stubble aside - right now.
Nothing about them being the cream of the West? About how they were 'staching wins? About how their offense moves at Mach 3? About how the Kings might be monarchs, but the Suns were Imperial? But anyhow, then Nash apparently decided to sharpen his game before the road trip, according to the AP:
Nash's scraggly beard is probably not making the trip. He joined several other players in deciding not to shave until the streak is over, but he's choosing comfort over superstition.
"It's just a matter of getting some clippers because I'm scared to put a razor to it right now," he said.
Blogger The Rising Suns had a brief mention of the beards earlier this month, pointing out that Boris Diaw was having some difficulties growing facial hair, but no update this morning. (TRS on tonight: "Of course the Suns may just crush the Wiz and everyone just realizes at how average a team they are.")
(Remember last year, when Ilgauskas had a playoff beard that one blogger said made him look like "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with a low-post game," even though Z said he was tired of it and that he had to comb it in the morning?)
(And to keep the hockey fans happy, here's Jarome Iginla on whether injuries took him out of Calgary's sideburn-growing competition:
"No, genetics did," laughed Iginla, endlessly mocked for his playoff beard. "That is just a lack of growing. I guess to be a part of it I should grow a moustache or just grow my hair.")
(Remember this WaPo nugget, from nearly three years ago: "Rookie Jarvis Hayes shaved his head Thursday after weeks of letting it grow into an old-school natural. A week ago, Hayes said that he didn't plan on cutting his hair until the end of the season. "People were saying that I looked too much like my brother," Hayes said.")
Anyhow, I've already put in a call to Suns PR to try to find out what's left of the Beard Brigade. Let's hope all is not lost.
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