By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Sep 27, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I'm not exactly Alec Baldwin, but I'm a fairly hairy guy. Strangely, my facial hair grows somewhat more slowly than the rest of the hair on my body.

So commence your ridicule; I present you my 2011 Brewers playoff mustache (day five).

In my defense, I just started growing this tickler on Friday, so it's pretty new. I don't even exactly know why I decided to try it on for size, although surely a tribute to John Axford is part of it.

Maybe it's because I've always found mustaches hilarious, and when the Brewers reached the World Series in 1982, I'm guessing many more Milwaukee fans were stachin.' Perhaps I can be their good luck charm this time around and propel them to victory.

Or at least that's what I am telling my wife.

Meanwhile, I feel totally ridiculous this week, walking into the bank, into Whole Foods or anywhere else, forgetting about the "dustache" slowly taking root on my face. I find myself explaining to people that this is a playoff mustache, not a real mustache. Most people seem confused and disinterested.

But this is just a dry run of sorts, because on Friday, I'm guest-hosting Fox 6's "Real Milwaukee." As the demographics of and "Real Milwaukee" might not be exactly the same, I don't want their viewers' first impression of me to be a guy with precious little live TV experience who wears creepy, patchy mustache.

So the 'stache will be gone for 24 hours before I start it up again, this time for real. And I'll grow it as long as the Brewers remain in the playoffs – which, hopefully, will be a long time. Even if the Brewers advance to game seven of the World Series, I won't look much like Axford, but it'll be the best I can do.

Go Brewers. Go mustaches. Go Milwaukee!

Andy is the founder and co-owner of He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.