As some of you may have gathered, there is a division among The Blaze ranks as we approach Sunday evening. Your Blaze editor-in-chief is happily based in Pittsburgh. Blaze writer Jon Seidl has defected from his native Wisconsin to the bright lights of New York City. But he likes to cling to the idea of some vestigial devotion to the Green Bay Packers.
Jon sent me some link to Packer namby-pamby land the other night. Whatever.
I have a throwdown challenge for Jon. More on that in a second.
A few weeks ago we focused on the sexual disciplines of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
Today I'd like to laud the follicular disciplines of Steelers defensive end Brett "The Deisel" Keisel:
Keisel began growing his beard early last summer. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he doesn't regret it:
"I truly believe I have the greatest beard of all time," he said.
How's that for humility?
It's hard to argue with Keisel, isn't it? His beard certainly is in the conversation of great beards. You see the picture on this page. Maybe you've seen his new "Respect The Beard, Fear the Deisel" T-shirt. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and go to brettkeisel.com. You will see a wide- and wild-eyed Keisel and all his hair looking back at you. You likely will want one of the shirts, which is a good thing because a big hunk of the proceeds will go to his two favorite charities, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Homeless Children's Education Fund.
"The beard is powerful," Keisel said. "It has magical powers. Hopefully, it'll create some magic on Super Bowl Sunday."
Keisel is not the only one with a beard, of course. In fact, Blaze writer Jon Seidl has a beard. A couple of weeks ago he joined me on The B-Cast show to talk about it. He explained that in his adult life he has only shaved his beard completely one time. His wife (perhaps his wife-to-be at the time) mentioned that she had never seen him without a beard. He shaved it off. She promptly asked him to begin regrowing it right away. She instructed him to never shave it off again.
I've never worn a beard. I think the longest I've ever gone with out shaving is maybe three days.
I think you can see where this is heading.
Here is my proposed wager: If the Steelers win on Sunday -- Jon must shave for a week. If the Packers win -- I won't shave for a week.
Point of order -- the loser can pick the seven day period -- but it has to be completed (seven days in a row) within 30 days.
If Jon is truly confident in his Packers, then this should be a pretty safe bet for him.
And he can suspend his search for bizarre YouTube videos of me. The one of me passing out on live TV in Erie, PA is not online. But I did once help write a song about Steelers running back Jerome Bettis. There are a couple of versions of that out there. That song was written and produced in 48 hours on a Super Bowl weekend. The Steelers won. Maybe it's time to write another song...