The “Fear the Beard” campaign of Kansas State-induced fan support for Jacob Pullen is certainly all the rage right now. I guess beating the number one team in the country, followed by your coach wearing a fake beard in your honor at the post-game press conference, has a way of solidifying your arrival. Hell, it doesn’t even matter that Pullen had a subpar game against the Longhorns (2-15 from the field, 0-6 from behind the arc) because K-State still won, thanks to their underrated frontline.
With all due respect to the west coast basketball blog, FeartheBeard.org, but it looks like Pullen and his fearful beard have taken over that moniker for at least the next couple of months.
To wit, in order to prepare for the game against Texas, K-State officials ordered 1000 beards — the same Martin was wearing after the game — to be distributed to students. The results, as you could see if you watched the game last night, were pretty tremendous. There’s nothing like seeing a bunch of college students cheering for their team while wearing fake beards.
Here’s hoping “beard outs” continue as long as K-State’s season does. Oh, and just in case you were wondering why Pullen is receiving so much love — well, besides the beard, of course — he’s averaging 19.3 while shooting over 40% from behind the arc. In fact, Pullen might just challenge Kansas’ Sherron Collins as the best guard in the Big 12.
The K-State/KU game should go a long way in determining that outcome.