As if losing to the New England Patriots was not bad enough, fans of the Indianapolis Colts have now been hit by another significant blow after it emerged quarterback Andrew Luck has shaved off his much-loved beard.
Luck threw two TD passes at Gillette Stadium but was unable to prevent the Colts succumbing to defeat, with the Pats progressing into the conference final to face Denver Broncos thanks to a 43-22 victory.
The 24-year-old also threw four interceptions in New England and, while conceding the better team had won, was angered at himself for turning over possession on too many occasions.
"Obviously, they beat us fair and square and we didn’t deserve it," he told reporters. "I’m disappointed in myself – I can’t commit that many turnovers and have a chance to win against a good team like this.
"I’m proud to be a part of this team – guys never quit, guys never stop fighting. We had our chances and we just couldn’t get over that hump. The Patriots deserved to win.”
Luck has since taken drastic measures to ease the pain of the loss by taking clippers to the facial hair that had garnered almost as much press as his throwing arm in recent weeks.
Our most sincere condolences go out to all of those who had become emotionally attached to Luck's fuzzy effort, and GMS can only hope next season offers a return of the beard.