Logan Paul is a self-made man. Well, actually self-made teenager.

He may only be 19, but Paul has built himself into a social media celebrity. When Vine debuted in 2013, Paul took an interest in the app. His Vine career started as a hobby, but it soon propelled him into the public image.

"Some of my original Vines took off," Paul says. "Those are the big kick-starters in the Vine world. I did the splits. Silly stuff like that. Physical comedy."

Paul's following took off. Today he has approximately 4.5 million Vine followers, 550K Snapchat friends, 454K Instagram followers, 164K Twitter followers, 171K YouTube subscribers and 40K Facebook likes.

For obvious reasons, Paul is surprised by his fame, but humble about it. Paul, who was a star wrestler and football player in high school in northeast Ohio, attributes his luck and skill to posting funny content that is consistent.

This summer, the Vine superstar is launching a campaign with Hanes. While wearing new Hanes X-Temp products such as underwear, T-shirts and socks, Paul will accept dares from his fans. Logan will perform the challenges in Vines with the hope he remains cool, dry and comfortable in Hanes X-Temp.

"I'm expecting crazy," he says. "Bring it on guys. Tweet me your craziest stuff."

Followers need to tweet dares with the hashtag #xtempstresstest @LoganPaul to make sure Paul gets his eyes on the text. He will continuously update his fans on his location and themes of his Vines. However, no one should be discouraged if they blink.

"Even if you don't know what the events are and don't know what's going on, tweet me a dare and maybe we'll fit it into the scenario because I want all the dares we can get," Paul says.

The campaign started one week ago in New Orleans at the Running of the Bulls. Unlike Pamplona, Spain, this festival does not involve real bulls. Instead, Paul dealt with people and objects. On Vine, he was dared to ole bulls.

"I dressed up in a matador costume, full on, and think I pulled it off pretty well," he says. "I oled a bull, I oled an Elvis, I oled a car and then I tried to ole a trash can, and got hit in the head with the trash can, hence the name of the Vine, "The World's Worst Matador."

The Vine can also be found at Hanes.com.

Michael Jordan released a Hanes X-Temp commercial Wednesday in conjunction with his 25-year anniversary as a spokesman for the brand. Paul joked with ThePostGame that he and Jordan are "on the same level," but made sure to confirm such conversation was jocular. MJ started advertising for Hanes before Paul was even born.

"It's very cool working with the same brand as Michael Jordan. It goes deeper than that," he says. "I've been wearing Hanes since I was just a little young Logan. And now that this platform that is a mobile application on an iPhone has allowed me to work with them? It's amazing."

A few years ago, Paul would have never been able to even fantasize about his career. Technology has given Paul an outlet to show off his adventurous and daring (quite literally) personality to the world. The Vine application was his dream recipe.

Paul's Vine experiences have spurred an acting career. Three weeks ago, Paul and his brother, Jake, moved on to Los Angeles to pursue film/TV aspirations. Paul attributes the little application on his phone for giving him an image.

"Vine gave me the outlet -- networks, feature film companies -- they go wow, this kid's kind of funny," he says. "There are eyeballs on me. Now, I'm going in for interviews because of this and getting really cool opportunities just because of this app. It makes it a lot easier to go into an interview and have people [say,] 'Oh, I know who you are. My son watches you.' And then we do the interview. It's a really cool head start."

Paul has no plans to halt his Vine-making. In fact, his tour with Hanes should only reignite his Vine flame and develop a greater number of followers. It may very well be his most exciting opportunity to connect with fans.

With that success comes the ability to dabble in other fields. That is where film/TV comes in. Paul may have a chance to expand his reach, along with Jake.

"Social media's great, but we want to go big," Paul says. "We want to be some of the biggest entertainers on the planet."

At heart, he is still just a kid taping a few videos. Paul wants to keep living in the moment.

Even if that moment is actually a six-second video with a few seconds cut out here and there.

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In the spring of 2012, Nike Baseball senior designer Matthew Hudson and product manager Jeremy Hewitt met with Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. At the Nike campus in Oregon, the company was studying mechanisms to improve baseball gloves. Hudson and Hewitt had taken tips from players, but they wanted to hear from the MLB superstar.

Gonzalez brought up two main desires for the perfect glove. He wanted a mitt with lighter weight and the ability to break it in quickly. "CarGo" hypothesized a mesh back would do the trick.

"We took that as a challenge to go back to the Nike headquarters and think, if we were trying to design a glove that was lighter weight and had very little, if not no break-in, what would we create?" Hewitt says. "The answer would not be a piece of cowhide with a mesh-back. We would tap into all the resources we have in our innovation kitchen."

The result is the Nike Vapor 360, a glove Gonzalez has been using since 2013, and other players have tested. The 2013 NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen, is expected to wear the glove for Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

Hudson hails from Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. "That is about as far away from baseball as you can get," he jokes.

A longtime soccer cleat designer, Hudson switched over to Nike's baseball department in a critical time for gloves. The vast majority of gloves in the industry feature traditional leather in a black or brown shade. Hudson did not see much turnover in the "foreign" sport.

"I was a very fresh pair of eyes," he says. "I think I was always pushing the boundaries, saying, 'Why can't we do this?' Everybody knew we needed to move the dial in baseball. We needed some disruption–something provocative."

Hudson and Hewitt, and Gonzalez, for that matter, saw parallels in the soccer boot industry to baseball gloves. Only a dozen or so years ago, soccer cleats displayed little variety. Most were black, leather boots. As this year's World Cup displayed, that bland trend is long gone. Soccer cleats are now predominantly made of lightweight synthetics and feature an array of colors.

"[Carlos] is a huge soccer fan," Hewitt says. "He's a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan. He's very in tune with what's going on in the soccer industry."

The Nike Vapor 360 still maintains a traditional level of leather, although it is altered. The palm features a leather design, but the material consists of a perforated pattern. The dimpled design helps the glove to be game-ready upon opening the box. While standard gloves sometimes take months of break-in, the Nike Vapor 360 is ready to play with right away.

The interior of the glove includes fused layers of performance synthetics, providing a distinct quantity of modern technology. A Nike Flywire lacing system in the pinky and thumb allows those areas to be customized for the user. A soft PORON foam by the wrist keeps the glove comfortable on the skin.

To keep the mitt light, Nike's TrueAdapt heel construction is used on the palm to limit interior layers. The webbing also features a lightweight, high-frequency molded web that retains strength (think actual spider web). The new synthetic structure does not deter from durability, while making the product lighter.

A year after Hudson and Hewitt met with Gonzalez, they provided him with a prototype for 2013 spring training. The idea was to learn from the Nike Vapor 360's use in a series of exhibition games. Gonzalez would then go back to a leather glove.

"We said, 'This is a prototype. We expect you to break it. We want you to break it. We want you to show us where and how it broke, so we can go back and improve it and make it better,'" Hewitt says.

When Hudson and Hewitt visited Gonzalez at the end of spring training to retrieve their prototype, his answer surprised them.

"He refused to give it back," says Hewitt. "He said, 'You can't make me go back. I won't.'"

Coming off two Gold Gloves in three years (2010, 2012), CarGo made the bold decision to stick with the new synthetic glove. Nike wanted to make sure it provided Gonzalez with the best product possible, at that point, for regular-season games.

"We sent him a fresh prototype that had some changes. We sent it to him on Opening Day. They were playing in Milwaukee, and it arrived 50 minutes before the first pitch," Hewitt says. "He took it out of the box and actually used it that night. He had two highlight reel plays he made saving doubles in the gap."

Hewitt says he could not stop watching the highlights that night. Gonzalez had faith in the glove and proved everything about it on opening night. Not only did the lightweight glove perform–it needed no breaking-in.

Gonzalez used the Nike Vapor 360 for the rest of the season. He won a third Gold Glove -- a big step for lightweight synthetics. Nike provided him the glove in all black, which Hewitt says kept the product in "full stealth mode."

Although his baseball background is adopted, Hudson noticed a difference in Gonzalez swagger. In speaking to the two-time All-Star, Hudson noticed new abilities in CarGo's play.

"Players have the ability to try and make plays they would not normally catch. He decided to use the glove in a slightly different way because he had more confidence in this glove than he had in his normal glove ... ," Hudson says and pauses.

"... For example, he could trust a backhand shoestring catch," Hewitt adds to his British colleague's point.

The glove does not have super glue, but it might as well, compared with standard leather gloves. Based on Gonzalez as a prototype, the glove allows users to cover more ground and trust the pocket.

"My first impression was ‘wow, this is different,’" Gonzalez says. "Once I put it on and played catch in camp, everything clicked. This is what I was looking for. I wear this glove and I feel like I can catch any ball."

Following Gonzalez and Hudson's soccer background, the official Nike Vapor 360, which was unveiled Tuesday, includes a yellow and black design. Hewitt says the unique Nike yellow color has become "synonymous with performance." In Nike terms, vapor means "enabling speed through lightweight." The 360 part is inspired by an outfielder (the glove is currently only made for outfielders) being able to make a grab in all directions.

The Nike Vapor 360 is on pace for sale to the public by the 2014 holiday season with a possible release on Black Friday on Nike.com. In the meantime, Gonzalez, McCutchen on Tuesday night and other MLB players dabble with the current limited edition.

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the 20th edition of the event. The year will also mark the 18th RoboCup soccer tournament. The annual event will surpass the World Cup in quantity by 2018.

By 2050, it may surpass the quality.

In late July, this year's RoboCup will take place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. The event features robotic soccer players created by teams. The competition, founded by Japanese artificial intelligence researcher Hiroaki Kitano, debuted in 1997. Kitano's mission was to steamroll a movement to develop robotic soccer players that could compete with humans by the 2050 World Cup.

While the inaugural tournament featured 38 teams from 11 countries, the 2014 event plans to include 550 teams from over 45 nations. There will be separate divisions for humanoid and wheeled robots and for non-soccer events for best domestic and rescue robots.

Although the robots encounter issues of bumping into each other and a lack of a brain, the technology continues to develop. The players, balls, field and goal are still miniature compared to the human counterparts, but changes may be in the future. After all, 2050 is still 36 years away.

On a darker note, this Nike ad could one day be real:

[H/T Forbes]

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Brazil is anticipating the total amount of foreign visitors during the World Cup to cap at around 600,000 people from 186 nations when the final whistle blows. For most Brazilian businesses (although not the nation as a whole, as previous World Cup host have seen monetary downfall), this is an opportunity to exploit hundreds of thousands of potential patrons.

For the dating apps Tinder and Grindr, the influx of tourists is like Christmas in the summer. Every day.

According to the Latin Post, Tinder, the anonymous swipe-dating app, has increased its downloads in Brazil since early June. Tinder's actual usage is up 50 percent as well. In Brazil, the average Tinder user is spending over an hour–approximately 77 minutes–per day on the app.

Meanwhile, Grindr, the non-anonymous app geared toward gay, bi and bi-curious men, has seen the rate of users opening the app boost 31 percent. Brazil is the sixth-largest market in the world for Grindr with 200,000 active monthly users.

Along with the tourism numbers, 3.1 million Brazilians mobilizing around the country in travel helps, as well. Brazil, with 23 percent of its citizens using smartphones, has the second greatest population of people using the mobile Internet in Latin America. (Mexico is at 28 percent.) That puts about 82 million Brazilians on the mobile web.

The World Cup dating news continues with a growing theme of finding love at the World Cup, as this risqué Hyundai commercial suggests:

[H/T Latin Post]

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The driest part of the NFL summer is here. The limbo between the end of mini-camp and the start of training camp has players and fans struggling to be proactive.

But Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has found a method to improve during this football purgatory -- by learning Minnesota's offense through EA Sports' Madden NFL video game.

Bridgewater told ESPN he uploaded the Vikings' playbook to his Madden NFL game to practice and improve his execution of Norv Turner's offensive system.

The video game allows Bridgewater to simulate offensive plays against defenses similar to those he will be facing on the field.

"It helps because you get one more rep than you had in practice, actual practice," Bridgewater said. "Any chance you get to take an extra rep or go the extra step, extra mile, it's going to be very beneficial transferring it to the field."

Bridgewater used the same tactic during his Louisville days when he used an NCAA football video game to practice the Cardinals' playbook.

Madden's customizable playbook and increasingly realistic play makes it a viable tool for NFL players to prepare for game day. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees credited Madden NFL on life-like practice without the hits.

Elite quarterbacks like Brees know the importance of going the extra mile to master the playbook to translate that football IQ to the field.

Bridgewater’s commitment to learning the Vikings’ playbook is invaluable in a young quarterback who is expected to lift a struggling franchise.

"I try to take as many reps as I can, whether it's on a video game, playing EA Madden Football or in the playbook, just drawing it or just visualizing it in my head," Bridgewater said. "I try to just maximize every rep I can get and every opportunity that I can take."

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