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.

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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.

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story). 

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

DETROIT -- Brandon Dubinsky scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the surging Columbus Blue Jackets won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Lukas Sedlak got his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 13 games. Cam Atkinson contributed a short-handed goal in the first period for Columbus.

Dylan Larkin's power-play goal in the second was the only scoring of the night for the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Sam Gagner scored into an empty net with 13.9 seconds remaining (see full story). 

Staal scores in 6th round of SO to lift Wild over Oilers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of a shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.

Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won three straight.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. He entered with a league-best .946 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers, whose four-game losing streak began with a 2-1 home overtime loss to the Wild last Sunday.

Staal scored on a backhand deke before Nugent-Hopkins fired wide in the sixth round (see full story). 

Raanta, Rangers beat Blackhawks, 1-0, in overtime
CHICAGO -- Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime, Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his former team and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday night.

Derek Stepan passed from the boards to a streaking Holden in the middle of the ice, and he beat Scott Darling on the stick side for his fourth goal of the season.

Darling was going for his second straight shutout while subbing for injured starter Corey Crawford but had to settle for another solid performance.

Raanta, who made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2013 and played for the Blackhawks for two seasons before he was traded to New York, improved to 15-0-3 in 20 career appearances at the United Center.

The 27-year-old Raanta had 17 saves in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Winnipeg, and coach Alain Vigneault opted to give him a second straight start over Henrik Lundqvist because of his recent play and his success in Chicago (see full story).

Oshie, Johansson, Grubauer lift Caps over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson each scored a goal, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored, helping Washington beat Buffalo for the third time in 15 days.

Kyle Okposo scored and Robin Lehner made 25 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost three of their last four.

Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 6:43 into the second period when he lifted a shot from the right edge of the crease past Lehner. Jay Beagle drew two defenders into the corner and sent the puck back to a wide open Oshie for his ninth goal of the season (see full story).