It all started back in 2011. I was trying to find some excuse not to shave each day before heading to work at WJW FOX 8. There is an unwritten rule put forth years and years ago that television personalities need to stay cleanly shaven. There are some exceptions to the rule in the television world. But in general, facial hair--even today with beards in style--is a no-no. Anyway, I approached my boss with a weird idea. What if I grow my beard until the temperature reaches 60 degrees. After all we were in the midst of one of the coldest winters in decades. It would be a slap-in-the-face to old man winter. Everyone was sick of the cold and snow. We could promote it on our morning show. I could make fun of the beard. Most of all, I wouldn't need to shave for an extended period of time. I was hoping for 3-5 weeks tops. In the end, the whole "no shaving until 60 degrees" beard lasted around 30 days. I shaved it off in stages. My kids had a great time coloring it.
|Scary beard in 2011. I think I colored it if I remember|
|Beard early 2014|
|Beard in February 2014|
|Shaving the beard in stages|
|March 14, 2014|
Week 5 came and went with no win...
So did week 6 and on and on...
|Week 14 - Day 101|
|December 14, 2016|
The Browns were now 0 and 14. The attention has been a bit overwhelming. Never did I think that my beard would last this long. Remember, this was all an excuse not to shave for a few weeks at best.
|After Browns win against San Diego - Day 107 - Christmas Eve|
Most people understood the intention was not a serious one even as the "0-for" beard evolved. I've always been a Browns fan since I was a kid. I remember the glory days of the 1980s. I remember the day the Browns left in 1995. I remember walking into old Cleveland Stadium to buy a seat in 1996. My basement is decorated in Cleveland sports memorabilia spanning 30 plus years. This season was as tough for me as it was for all of Cleveland. I can't imagine how tough this has been on the Browns organization.
So I want to thank everyone who has followed this since September 8th. Its December 25th. I just finished applying some Beard Oil to my 106 day old growth knowing that the end of the beard is at hand. My family is rejoicing. It's truly been an exciting ride.
Tomorrow, December 26, during the morning show on WJW FOX 8 we will shave it off in stages. I'm sure I'll need many band-aids.