Looking back at Philadelphia pro athletes' Movember mustaches

Looking back at Philadelphia pro athletes' Movember mustaches

With another Movember in the books as of last Saturday, it’s time for The 700 Level to take a look back at some of the fine mustaches that adorned the upper-lip areas of your favorite Philadelphia pro athletes.

Yes, mostly Flyers are featured. Sorry.

A relentless search of the interwebs and social media didn’t produce any clear evidence that any Eagles grew a Movember mustache. The Phillies aren’t in season so Cole Hamels’ superb effort from the beginning of the season was disqualified from contention.

It should be noted that most of the Flyers are still sporting their respective looks even though we’re now five days into December. Despite that detail, this is written in past tense since Movember is over.

[Related: All facial hair posts on the Level]

Got all that?

Here we go…

Steve Downie

Downie, who scored his first goal back with the Flyers last night during the team’s 6-3 victory in Detroit, sported a magnificent mustache during Movember. It’s hard to tell but it looks like he may have even dyed it black, which would give him extra points.  Seriously, he looked like he should have been collecting mushrooms, stomping on the heads of Koopa Troopas and trying to save Princess Peach alongside Mario and Luigi. Bravo, Mr. Downie.

Spencer Hawes (USA Today)

We all know that Spencer Hawes loves him some America and isn’t afraid to let the public know how much he loves him some America. Well, his Movember ‘stache was so American that I can barely even put it into words. It was a hairy reminder of why we’re the No.1 country in the universe. Does he get a bonus since he also sported a mullet and a red, white and blue headband? You’re damn right he does. I like to imagine Spence spends his down time working on that mustache, wearing tank tops that feature the American flag and drinking Bud heavies.

Scott Hartnell (AP Image)

Hartsy has been known to rock all different kinds of facial hair during his time with the Flyers. His full-beard look from the 2010 Stanley Cup Final reminiscent of Yukon Cornelius and/or Rowlf from "The Muppet Show" is a personal favorite. This Movember, Scotty decided to go with the Hulk Hogan-esque Fu Manchu. It was a safe play by Hartsy but you can never go wrong with a Fu Manchu. Still a real solid look.

Claude Giroux (AP Image)

During Movember 2011, Giroux took the then-unprecedented step of dying his feather duster-like mustache. It produced a glorious result. This year, he decided to stay with the ginger ‘stache. While it wasn’t bad, it just doesn’t live up to what he had two years ago. To his credit, the fullness of it was still there and that’s key.  But the main lesson here is that dye is almost never a bad idea.

The Schenn Brothers (image via)

Luke Schenn is 24 years old. Brayden Schenn is 22 years old. Each sported particularly bad peachfuzz that I was able to grow in like sixth grade. They each get an “A” for effort but an “F” for execution. It’s not their fault, though. Genetics can be a kick to the groin sometimes. If it makes them feel any better, they’re professional hockey players and, well, I’m just a professional hockey blogger. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

BONUS: This photo of Hal Gill and Steve Downie (image via)

Oh my goodness. Where to even begin on this one? There’s so much going on here. Much like Hartnell, Gill went with the Fu Manchu. As stated above, you can never go wrong with a Fu Manchu. Didn’t’ think it was possible, but Downie’s mustache looked even more magnificent here. He looked like what Chuckie from the 90s kids TV show “Rugrats” would look like once he hit puberty. Kudos, gentlemen.

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Oh right, The Sixers: Toronto brings Philly to 0-3 with old-school clobbering

Oh right, The Sixers: Toronto brings Philly to 0-3 with old-school clobbering

Well, what a fun trip down memory lane that was. Just as they have seemingly spent much of the past four years doing, the Philadelphia 76ers traveled to Toronto last night on the second night of a back-to-back -- without Joel Embiid, natch -- and got minced. The Sixers got outpaced 36-19 in the first quarter and never recovered, eventually falling by a score of 128-94. 

It was another game where the things our rookies were good at, they were really good at, but the other stuff killed us. Ben Simmons ended with an impressive 18-10-8 -- even hitting a couple quasi-jumpers in the process -- but the way that the Raptors were able to shrink the floor against him and his ultra-limited range more or less strangled our half-court offense. The Sixers were -20 with him on the floor, and the cramped spacing partly led to a down night for our normally reliable shooters. (Robert Covington and J.J. Redick -- the former plagued by foul trouble -- couldn't even get their shots off, going a combined 1-3 from deep.) 

And Markelle Fultz's presence only exacerbated things, as he kept refusing to shoot from the perimeter, driving no matter how open he was. He made some nice plays and got to the line eight times, but his increasingly miserable FT form -- he shot the last one seemingly one-handed, with his other arm blocking his eyes -- shows why that's about all he's capable of at the moment. As suggested by Spike Eskin on a recent Rights to Ricky Sanchez pod, shutting him down until he can relearn how to shoot might be the move for our No. 1 overall pick at this point. He's not helping himself or the team playing like this at the moment. 

Of course, the biggest reason for the drubbing was the lack of Embiid. The team has no one to really hold down the middle without him at the moment -- Amir Johnson is our most reliable backup but he's something of a black hole on offense at the moment, and Jahlil Okafor (who got his first game action of the season) is still brutal when it comes to defensive decision-making. The team actually might look best at the moment sans Embiid with Simmons at the five, though that's not sustainable for long periods, especially when DeMar DeRozan is carving up our defense for 30 points on 8-12 (!!) shooting. 

Terrible throwback performance by the Sixers, and given that it's their third loss in a row to start the season, it may lead to a lot of understandable Same Old Sixers chatter. But don't forget how good that opening-night performance was against the Wizards, how much of the game against Boston we were leading for, and how tough a three-game stretch to start the season this was in general. I thought we'd go 0-3 and we went 0-3 -- next up is the Pistons on Monday, and in the couple weeks that follow, we play the Mavs, Hawks and Pacers. We wont' be winless for long -- though the sooner we can put one in the W column and avoid this team getting stuck in a peak-Process vortex, the better.