Shaggy see, shaggy do
SUMMIT COUNTY – If you see some hair sprouting in unusual places this week – like on the faces of normally clean-shaven public officials and other High Country citizens – don’t be alarmed. It’s not an insurgency, just a way of rallying support for the Broncos and quarterback Jake Plummer, who are set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC title game at Invesco Field this weekend.It’s “Shaggy Week,” according to town of Breckenridge spokesperson Kim DiLallo, who said that Ernie Blake cooked up the idea along with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper as they watched the Broncos battle the New England Patriots last Saturday night.
“We decided that, if the Colts lost and the Broncos have another home playoff game, it would be a fun way to create some excitement,” said Blake, adding that he’s already spoken with all the other Summit County mayors about the hair-raising celebration of the Broncos’ playoff success. The trend may spread statewide, according to Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League.”We’ve challenged every mayor in the state,” Mamet said, explaining that he sent out the message via e-mail Monday morning.
“There’s nothing I can really do except let it grow a little more,” Frisco Mayor Bernie Zurbriggen said with a chuckle. Zurbriggen, who already sports a healthy set of whiskers, said he passed on the challenge at the Summit Rotary Club meeting Tuesday morning.”I told them I would grow the hair on my legs,” Dillon Mayor Barbara Davis said. “I think it’s a great idea for men, to take a week off from shaving and have an excuse for it. Although I don’t know if their significant others will agree.” Davis added that she had just met Silverthorne Mayor Lou DelPiccolo at the rec center, hair growth in progress.”It’s not exactly well under way,” Delpiccolo said of his whisker-growing effort. “Looking shaggy? Yes. Looking like a beard? I don’t think so.
“I think it’s a silly enough idea that you can’t afford not to support it.” But will it work?”I think the Broncos are looking good. I think they have a very good chance of winning. Whether the whiskers have anything to do with it or not, I don’t know,” Delpiccolo said.
It’s worth a try, he concluded.”You never know, it could help create a positive vibe and energy. You can’t exclude that possibility.”Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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