Superstitions in sports is nothing new. One common trend happens to be when everyone on a team grows a beard for a common cause. Typically, that’s at the beginning of the playoffs as comradery for winning. But how about as a way to help a losing situation?
This may be a first. The Dallas Mavericks are growing beards until they hit the .500 mark in terms of winning percentage, says DallasNews.com. Currently, they are seven games below, so this could get very ugly. Especially win the all-star break around the corner.
Nowitzki said the mostly team-wide beard pact was started about two weeks ago by O.J. Mayo, Dahntay Jones and Vince Carter.
“We said we’re not going to shave until we’re back to .500,” Nowitzki said. “So it’s been rough. There’s been some itching going on. And since we’re still down seven games below .500, that’s a long way to go.”
Nowitzki said the trimming of beards in the neck area is allowed, which is a good thing “because it was getting stuck on my shirts and stuff.”