If the Dallas Mavericks' beard-growing pact has taught us anything, it's that making a promise your team can't back up is a dangerous thing.
Back in the end of January, Dirk Nowitzki and a few choice members of the Mavericks started growing beards, vowing not to shave until the team crept back to .500. At that point, they were 21-28, still seven games below their mark.
Fast-forward two months and Dallas has improved quite a bit, but the Mavericks remain a game below .500 and dangerously close to reaching the end of the season without the opportunity to shave off their face fur.
Will they decide to hang onto the beards over the summer, waiting to shave until the start of next season, or is the end of this season and the inevitable early vacation the end of the hair growth?
Whatever the result, the Dallas pact has got me thinking about what a fun idea it is for a struggling team.
What other beard pacts could we see throughout the league, and who would be the best at putting on a few extra ounces of face weight?