This one is too good not to double-up this week:
Thanks to a reader:
I can’t be the first one who has brought Jon Hamm’s new beard to your attention, but I may be the first one to send you screenshot of him rocking that beard whilst holding a baby snow leopard (from Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live – clip here). Enjoy.
Previous BOTWs here.
One of dozens of hirsute portraits by Greg Anderson Photography of the participants in the 2013 Beard And Mustache Championships in New Orleans a couple weeks ago. This one is Scavullo meets young Gandalf. I am not worthy.
Update from a nerd:
As your friend and LoTR superfan Stephen Colbert would happily point out, Gandalf was never young. The Istari – the wizards – were spirits sent to Middle Earth by the Valar in the form of old men.
Nevertheless, pretty rockin’ beard.
Let’s hear it for Aaron Paul, the unforgettable Jesse on Breaking Bad.
(Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images.)
The Age Of The Hairy Us is indeed upon us. Boston has the best record in baseball this season (NYT), but more importantly, they have the most facial hair:
The Boston Red Sox take their craft seriously. Catcher David Ross owns a special comb. First baseman Mike Napoli has reached a level of forestation so impenetrable that a family of squirrels could be living on his face. And pitcher Andrew Miller has stayed true enough to the cause that he said his wife had “given up the battle.” The Red Sox have done two things exceptionally well this season: play baseball and grow beards. … For the team, beards have become more than a hobby. “Baseball players are superstitious,” Miller said, “and it seems to be working.”
Hence the rise of beard-tugging:
The new home run celebration involves yanking on them like a church bell. “I’m pretty sore,” Mike Carp said after his game-winning grand slam against the Rays last week. “I just got 25 or 26 tugs.”
Tomorrow is “Dollar Beard Night” at Fenway Park, where admission for the bearded is just a buck. Tug on …
(Photo: After yet another Red Sox home run, this one in the bottom of the eighth inning by Mike Napoli, right, he gets the beard pulling treatment from teammates Jonny Gomes and David Ross as he comes back to the dugout. By Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.)
A reader flags it from Reddit:
The caption reads, “I commissioned a friend to knit me a viking hat, turned out way better than expected.”
A reader delivers “the state of my beard”:
Mine’s rocking right now as well, after a summer of benign neglect. Grayer, but solid. I’ll be showing it off on CNN next week. Stay tuned. Previous BOTWs here.
by Chris Bodenner
A reader writes:
Over the weekend I was in Montreal, where I happened to stumble across a spectacular exhibit promoting urban agriculture and horticulture. The event dates back to 1998 and has shown every few years since in different cities around the world. One of the exhibits stood out to me as possible beard of the week material. I humbly submit to you, “grass beard”.
Previous honorees here and here.
by Chris Bodenner
A reader writes:
This is my friend and her fiancé. This recent photo indicates he is peaking just in time for the wedding.
Check out last week’s honoree here.
A reader writes of a recent post:
“Don’t worry, it isn’t going to be a daily feature.” Please change your mind, Andrew. I’m a beard-wearing subscriber, and while I don’t need extra motivation to scour the Dish three or four times a day, seeing a “beard of the day” on the site would be fucking awesome. And if getting enough submissions for a daily pic is an issue, make it your “beard of the week” instead. What do you say?
Attached is a picture taken just before I left Afghanistan in 2012.
I. Am. Not. Worthy.