First this from our founder and idol and long-lost friend who traded his skates for spikes, leaving this whole mess to me.
Great job, Sammy! We miss you, bud. Stop by any time at all.
And if any of youse want to volunteer to do a guest blog post, well, there’s still a whole bunch of time to kill here. If so, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
And our great friend, and somewhat zany Bonehead, Manny (or iManny, or Mannu, or Nannu, or whatever), sent along this message about the sometimes-annual playoff beard contest which (thankfully!) he took off my hands the last two seasons:
This season The Fifth Sometimes-Annual, 2013-2014, Paul Mara Playoff Beard Contest was once again in full swing as the New York Rangers made the playoff for the fourth straight season. Unlike most of those other seasons, this one lasted a while. There was a very long, deep run that ended with a heartbreaking, but mostly expected, defeat at the hands of the mighty LA Kings.
This season saw a record number of contestants with 22 entries. While not everyone submitted an after picture, or followed through with the actual beard growing, there was a vicious competition for the overall title. Hundreds of votes were cast.
After all the votes were tallied, SeeeDubbb (photo, right) took home the crown with nearly 24 percent of the vote. He not only grew one of the best beards this competition has ever seen but he did so in a home filled with wooden Mallards. Further, he founded the gang, Mallards for Peace, during the playoff run.
Special mention must be giving to Tony from AZ who has persevered over the last few seasons, remained a loyal fan and a loyal contestant. Stay healthy, Tony. We’re all with you!
(Message from Carp: “Atta Boy, Anthony!!!!”).
Photos: Paul Mara from Getty Images; Sam Weinman from @samweinman on Twitter; SeeeDubbb courtesy of, well, SeeeDubbb (duh).