Live Chat today at 11 … (sometimes) annual Paul Mara Beard contest underway


Just a reminder: Our first post-season Live Chat is today at 11 a.m. Be there. Or else. Josh Thomson, 26, will be handling duties from practice.

Also, our friend Manny (aka Mannu, Nanny, Embellisher, Diver and many other non-complimentary names) is again running the official unofficial Paul Mara Playoff Beard Contest.

Here’s the info, from Manny:

As the newly structured NHL playoffs begin many of us must be forced to call our manhood (or lack of womanhood) into question.  Sprouts that begin to develop on our faces will be allowed to grow unruly rather than trimmed in the spirit of American professionalism.  As our Jewish friends ask every Pesach, “Why? Why is this night different from all others?”  Because, my friends, it’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Because it’s the Cup!

So in the spirit of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and in support of your heroes, the New York Rangers, we will be hosting The 5th Sometimes Annual, 2013-2014, Paul Mara Playoff Beard Contest.  All boneheads wishing to participate should e-mail their “before” picture to the official contest e-mail:  Pictures will be posted on the official contest website:

As acting contest chairman I can guarantee fairness, equality and a chance for boneheads of all genders, creeds and sympathies.  I also promise to not just to willy-nilly award the prize to Sally (as usual).  I can also guarantee that, although Nasty has won in back to back years, this contest is not rigged.

Beards are no longer just for Avatars.

Be sure to check in with the official website as there will be all sorts of updates for tips on how to grow a beard as well as regulations for the contest.

Photo by Getty Images.


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  1. Good morning, boneheads!

    It’s a different feel when the playoffs start and your team is in it. Congrats, and enjoy everyone.
    Tough choice here: which game to watch, BJs/Pens or Montreal/Tampa?

  2. By the way, Mason may not be ready tomorrow. But even if he is, his playoffs experience is exactly 4 games. And his record is 0-4. He was in Columbus in 2009 when they had their only playoffs run and got swept by Detroit.

  3. I know. I don’t like watching 2 games simultaneously even if they start 30 min apart. We all have our idiosyncrasies. :-)

  4. Matty"BubbleWrapRitchieRocket!!!!!!"Boy on

    Our best players will be our best!! Nash will be ‘gooder’. The Rocket will be a super glider. Marty will find his touch!!! Brass will have a new back!! Hank will shut them down. And our new weapon, “SUPER ZUCC” will show the world he is for real!!!

    LGR!!! LGR!!! LGR!!!!!

    It’s almost game time!!!

  5. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Matty – ZUCC is for real, he ended the year as the Rangers point Champion. Next year St. Louis might give him a run for his money, but then again they don’t get paid the same money. Zucc still wins.

  6. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Next year the point champ will be someone not on the roster this year…

    Book it

  7. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Mrs Sioux put her first ever Bracket Challenge in the Bonehead league. All on her own I might add, outside of me giving her the password to get in.

    I’m still stumped on Toews vs Oshie.

    Any last minute changes out there, advice?????

  8. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    In a strange turn of events the rangers dress 9 Fwds and 9 d men for game one, rotating on the right if mcdonut is mcilrath, Bickel, and Falk.

    If any flyer cheap shot artist attempts to hot mcdonut they are immediately forced to drop the gloves by one of the 3 and taken off the ice in matching penalties.

  9. Is Richie a “transformer”? From horse to rocket in the blink of an eye…awesome.

  10. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Wicky is already in the lead for the Avatar beard contest, that skull is clean shaven.

  11. I’ll reserve words and remain in terse mode until I see how the Rangers preform on the ice…tomorrow is the first movement of a four part symphony…

  12. This week feels like it already had 2 Mondays and 3 Tuesdays…or maybe I just suck eggs at being patient. Let’s go already!!!

  13. It’s Eugene Ormandy vs. Lenny Bernstein, and we know who was more composed…oh, it’s hockey tomorrow night? We’ll take them to the dance.

  14. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    So it’s Richie Rocket Richard, the Captain of the Conn Smythe, our fearless leader of the post season.

    The Hobit wizard as our point champion.

    And the KING!

    As our main event feature presentation.

    I’m not sure Nash or MSL will be in the show, maybe as stage hands.

  15. iDoodie Machetto on

    ““It’s been fun to watch (McDonagh),” Leetch said in a phone interview on Monday. “He’s always had the skating. He reminds me of (Hall of Famer and four-time Stanley Cup champion) Scott Niedermayer so much, how he can take those strides and be able to reel people in while back-checking and how he closes in on one-on-ones.”

    Leetch must have been reading what I’ve been saying for he past couple of years!

  16. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Come to think about it. When’s the last time you threw a Hat on the Ice, for a Hat trick?

  17. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    Mine was Eight years ago. My son was in his last squirt tournament as a Fargo Flyer, he scores his 3rd goal, so I flipped it over the glass. It was the game winner, the score ended 4-3.

    It was the only hat on the ice. I didn’t care I was proud of him, and thought he deserved the hat. He gave me my hat back, for Famous Dave’s Barbeque.

    I still have the hat, he told me never to do that again. It was his last hat trick.

  18. Sioux -Hat Trick- Get in the Game on

    I also have the puck. The ref of the game, flipped the puck to me, because he knew it was the last game he would play as a squirt.

  19. If I was at a game and someone scored a hat trick I would feel like it was my duty to throw my hat regardless of what hat I was wearing.

  20. Ok, I get it. There is where you tell me that locals rules and yuppie insects like me shouldn’t be surfing the break, right?

  21. Listen you snot-nose little [Cooke], I was takin’ shrapnel in Khe Sanh when you were crappin’ in your hands and rubbin’ it on your face.

  22. If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. *It’s not tragic to die doing what you love.*

  23. Special agent Utah! This is not some job, flipping burgers at the local drive-in! Yes! Your surf board bothers me! Yes! Your approach to this whole damn case bothers me! And yes! YOU BOTHER ME!

  24. You know nothing. In fact, you know less than nothing. If you knew that you knew nothing, then that would be something, but you don’t.

  25. You’re a real blue flame special, aren’t you, son? Young, dumb and full of gum, I know. What I don’t know is how you got assigned here. Guess we must just have ourselves an asham shortage, huh?

    ~PG-13 version edited for content

  26. I’m pretty content with Point Break. Who needs hockey? I have a copy of that movie on DVD in my office.

  27. So on top of blogging, emailing, tweeting, listening to music and watching movies, what else do you do *at* *work*?

  28. I’m not convinced Manny is _really_ a diver because it’s very hard to dive in skinny jeans.

  29. Why don’t you guys spend more time taking kitschy “before” pictures for the bear/beard contest and less time listening to Carp poke fun at me!

  30. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    “I’m actually wearing Urban Slim Fit Khakis right now, Booby”

    I seriously worry about you. You make Elton John look like bear grylls.

  31. I’ve seen quite a few reporters picking the Sharks to win the Cup. I’d have to see them make it out of the Round 1 first.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone need tickets for Easter? I’ve got mine up on Stubhub for like $175 each, but I’d be willing to sell them to a Bonehead for $145 per (aka my takehome after Stubhub fees). Face value is $117 each. 208 2nd row, seats 2 and 3. The 2nd row has extra leg room. Plus, my section is right outside of the men’s room and the tower stairs, which makes your life a lot easier.

    If interested, e-mail

  33. Doodie Machetto on

    The LA Kings are a really bad matchup for the Sharks, but if the Sharks get through it, I really like them to come out of the west.

  34. @DarrenDreger Sources say *Paul Maurice* has agreed to a multi-year extension as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets. #TSN

  35. I really have no idea about that series. I don’t think the Kings are as good as people think and I think the Sharks are just primed to win that matchup. But I can’t see them getting past the Ducks.

  36. I also have the Sharks out in the 1st round. Also, have the Ducks coming out of the West, and I’m a little surprised that someone else picked them.

  37. Final … I can’t even remember the stupid acronym I gave it. Hits thrown plus hits absorbed per 60 …

    Derek Dorsett: 19.2
    Daniel Carcillo: 19.2
    Justin Falk: 17.4
    Jesper Fast: 16.4
    Brian Boyle: 15.0
    Ryan Callahan: 14.1
    Chris Kreider: 13.5
    J.T. Miller: 13.3
    Benoit Pouliot: 12.7
    Dan Girardi: 11.0
    Mats Zuccarello: 10.0
    Kevin Klein: 9.9
    Taylor Pyatt: 9.7
    John Moore: 9.6
    Dominic Moore: 9.4
    Carl Hagelin: 9.4
    Derick Brassard: 9.1
    Anton Stralman: 8.8
    Michael Del Zotto: 8.0
    Marc Staal: 7.6
    Ryan McDonagh: 6.1
    Derek Stepan: 5.1
    Raphael Diaz: 5.0
    Martin St. Louis: 4.3
    Rick Nash: 3.1
    Brad Richards: 2.7

  38. That sounds right but I have no idea what I made it stand for and google isn’t helping.

  39. Peter Bockman on

    Well it’s 11:18 and there is no post about a chat screen or “read more”. So that’s it then. Maybe another time. I was hoping to chat Rangers playoffs hockey. .

  40. Peter Bockman on

    Ooops sorry. My mistake. The link is on the home page of the LOHUD website, not here in the Rangers blog.

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