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 NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.