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Lucky Mustaches, Lucky Hair

(By Eric Gay - AP)

The above photo is already two days old, but it's still pretty awesome: Dirk and friends, all ringed-out. The problem is, the German basketball team hasn't been particularly hysterical in discussing their wondrous hair choices.

The Croatian water polo team, on the other hand, understands how to play the media hair game to perfection. They're growing lucky mustaches, if you didn't know.

"It's for good luck, but we can't talk about it, it's a secret, if I tell you, it will ruin it," Igor Hinic told Reuters....

The team began cultivating facial hair after goalkeeper Josip Pavic showed up to a training camp with a mustache.

"We have spent three months together training, maybe it was too much, and we have gone little crazy," said Barac Samir, who sports one of the team's thickest moustaches.

The best part of all of this is that I was riding to the kayaking venue on a packed media shuttle, trying to call up the American Mustache Institute home page. It wasn't working. I feel asleep. And then, suddenly, as I snoozed, the page loaded and my laptop began blaring out the seminal anthem "I Like Mustaches," while the Italian kayaking beat writers stared at me.

Thanks to Reader Polly for the tip.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 12, 2008; 2:14 PM ET
Categories:  NBA , Olympics  
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