Elsewhere, colleague Geddes disses the playoff beard on the grounds that “Not shaving: anyone can do it,” and goes on to wax nostalgic about moustaches.
Au contraire. As I sort of argue in a column for the current issue of the magazine, the playoff beard is the most perfect form of masculine status display precisely because any (guy) can do it. Manliness is going through one of its predictable crises (which seem to coincide with recessions), and growing a beard is one of the last, perhaps final vestiges, of male solidarity.
Or something like that. Here’s the column.