Friday morning after I did some chores, I threw it on NHL Network ahead of the Winter Classic. “I’m sure something interesting must be going on in the pregame coverage,” I said to myself, hoping for the best.
I was greeted by this face.
It appears an unshaven homeless man has wandered up to the dais pic.twitter.com/dlUFwotnpT
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) January 1, 2016
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the man behind three demoralizing lockouts and the unprecedented popularity and financial growth of his sport, has grown a salt and pepper beard – and a somewhat hideous one at that. Bettman also sported a less pronounced version of the beard during last year’s Winter Classic.
I was not the only one who noticed.
Gary Bettman is growing a beard which is almost reason enough to shave
— Jeremy Hogue (@jhogue60) January 1, 2016
it's practically a state occasion for the #NHL & Gary Bettman doesn't shave today? his beard should be left for his league's work stoppages.
— Jason Bornstein (@DyHrdMET) January 1, 2016
Gary Bettman's beard is just not good
— Adam Mercer (@Adam_Mercer_30) January 1, 2016
"Turns out, liquor before beer, you're NOT in the clear." – Gary Bettman pic.twitter.com/6xDU2Jvy9u
— Ian Altenbaugh (@IanAltenbaugh) January 1, 2016
Bettman got that grizzled vet beard
— Jobless in 3 days Billy Chilly (@Billy_chilly) January 1, 2016
@PR_NHL Bettman's beard gives him credibility.
— J&L Cowie (@bigh_lilh) January 1, 2016
For some reason, I hate Gary Bettman less with a beard.
— Matt Corkum (@HalifaxTech) January 1, 2016
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun had a one-on-one interview with Bettman and it was the first thing he asked about.
“Actually some have suggested that this is my version of a playoff beard,” Bettman said. “If I have the beard, it’s cloudy and 40 degrees, which are ideal [Winter Classic] conditions. I didn’t want to tempt fate.”
It was also the first thing Sportsnet’s Scott Oake asked about too.
“Actually, it’s a tribute to George,” Bettman said, referring to HNIC’s George Stroumboulopoulos. “Someone suggested it’s like a playoff beard — if I keep the beard, the weather’s perfect for the Winter Classic. But if you ask my wife, it should’ve been gone yesterday.”
Yeah, probably. But do you, Gary. Do you.
— Corey David (@coreydavid11) January 1, 2016
What do you guys think?
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