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Kimmel/Letterman Copying DeShawn/Gooden

(NBAE via Getty)

For all my talk about being a great source for professional athlete facial hair news, I've been woefully lacking on three recent major stories.

1) In yesterday's Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Drew Gooden provides an update on his beard-growing contest with DeShawn Stevenson.

"There's been a lot of years since you've heard of someone growing a beard or having a beard growing contest," Gooden said. "Kimmel and Letterman copied me and DeShawn. Once again, I decide to do something and someone copies."

Gooden also suggests allowing fans to choose his hair style next season, a prospect which I endorse in the strongest manner possible.

2) The Boston Globe wisely asked some New England sports folks about the Letterman beard. Here's the Patriots' Dan Koppen:

The Pats offensive lineman, who's sporting a big red beard himself, finds facial hair to be "warmer" and "more manly," though he admits that there's an "itchy stage" that can be annoying. Of Letterman's and O'Brien's beards, Koppen said he hopes their look leads to higher ratings. "I think people appreciate the hard work that goes into it and the dedication. I'm glad they're doing it. If they need some more tips, send them to me."

3) The American Mustache Institute, run by D.C. native Aaron Perlut, has been doing groundbreaking work on Jason Kidd's mustache. From writing the team to defend Kidd, to decrying the premature shave, to issuing an official statement of mourning, AMI truly lived up to its billing as "the ACLU of mustached Americans." From the statement:

It lived a life most of us would envy. But, in the end, NBA point guard Jason Kidd's New Year's mustache never really had a chance and ended up in a bathroom basin, dead after less than a week of life.

"We salute Jason Kidd for having the guts to grow a 'stache when many said he couldn't," said Aaron Perlut, executive director of The American Mustache Institute. "Sadly, Kidd disappointed us all. Now, his mustache is gone and there's a void above his lip and in the hearts of mustached-Americans everywhere."

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
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