It may be another losing season for the San Francisco 49ers, but you can't say they didn't try to shake things up. They fired Mike Nolan and replaced him with Mike Singletary, who tried to fire up his charges by benching them and showing them his hindquarters. And, now, the entire team is growing mustaches in advance of Sunday's season finale with the Redskins.
Actually, the reason for the follicle fervor isn't about getting a victory. The 49ers are holding an 80s throwback game and are extending the fun to 80s throwback facial hair. The idea came from the offensive line, who were inspired by photos of 80s stars like Randy Cross, John Ayers and Ray Wersching.
Quarterback Shaun Hill, brooding after his three interceptions against the Rams, said he came to work Monday and was inspired by the burgeoning lip neighbors his teammates were sporting.
"The only stat that matters is the stat at the end of the game, and we won that stat," Hill said. "So, I woke up very happy about that and to walk into work today and see all the glorious mustaches, I mean that just brightens your day."
Hill's favorite is kicker Joe Nedney's. Hill described it as a "garage full of broom bristles."
Alas, their 6-9 record provides a reminder that it was more than mustaches that made the 80's Niners football royalty. Should still be a lot of fun, though.