At this point, David Pehl's favorite jersey is a little hard to read.

One can tell by the color scheme that it's a Green Bay Packers uniform, but it's difficult to discern which player's identity is on the back. Nearly three years ago, when David's family gave him the jersey for Christmas, Aaron Rodgers' name was easily legible. Now, not so much.

David's faded jersey, which he has worn every day since he got it in 2010, is representative of his dedication to the team. The sixth-grader from Holmen, Wis., sleeps in a room painted with Green Bay Packers colors and has resisted countless attempts by his family to convert him into a Vikings fan.

Yes, that's right, the entire family of the boy who has worn an Aaron Rodgers jersey for more than 1,000 days are Vikings fans.

"Everyone asks, 'Is he still wearing the shirt?' Yes, he's still wearing the shirt," David's mom, Jessica, told News 8000.

David is attempting to break the record of another fan who wore a Green Bay jersey for years. A boy in Connecticut put on Brett Favre's No. 4 for 1,581 days straight.

And just in case you were wondering, David's family said they hand wash his jersey every other night.

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We don't know what it is about minor league teams in Toledo and Star Wars jerseys, but we love this trend.

In May, the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens donned these neat Chewbacca digs and now the Toledo Walleye (who share an ownership group with the Mud Hens) of the ECHL will be wearing a new set of Star Wars jerseys:

The Walleye took the Mud Hens' idea one step further, as during the game Saturday their opponent will also be wearing Star Wars themed jerseys. The Walleye, of course, will be the good guys with Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter uniform. Meanwhile the visiting Kalamazoo K-Wings will have on Darth Vader sweaters. The speciality jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds going to charity.

Like the Mud Hens, the Walleye will also have other Star Wars-related activities for fans to enjoy.

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After last year's Halloween costume debacle in which Tony Parker and Tim Duncan pointed toy guns at the head of a man dressed as NBA referee Joey Crawford, the San Antonio Spurs have learned their lesson.

This year San Antonio's players donned some more appropriate costumes. Below is a photo of Kawhi Leonard (Popeye), Nando De Colo (the Mad Hatter), Marco Belinelli (Mario) and Manu Ginobili (Buzz Lightyear) from a costume party. Looking good, guys.


And Tony Parker, who was featured along with Tim Duncan in the unfortunate photo last year, shouldn't draw much controversy for this year's costume.

2013:


Spurs big man Aron Baynes went as Batman villain Bane:


The Spurs weren't the only Western Conference team to go all out over the weekend. Several Oklahoma City Thunder players also got dressed up for the occasion:

Kevin Durant:

Jeremy Lamb:

Nick Collison (as Walter Heisenberg from "Breaking Bad"):

Serge Ibaka (as Prince Akeem of Zamunda from Coming to America):

As "Breaking Bad" fans will attest, Collison's costume may be the best individual one, but collectively the Spurs take the cake.

The 76ers also got involved. Here's Jason Richardson as rapper Trinidad James:

And here's Spencer Hawes as the Hamburglar, Arnett Moultrie as Jerome from Martin and James Anderson as another version of Trinidad James:

Utah center Rudy Gobert goes for a look inspired by Vendetta.

(H/T to For The Win)

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One of the great tragedies of the Major League Baseball postseason is that players have not adopted the same fashion sense as their basketball counterparts.

Whereas superstars like Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James go all-out with postgame attire, the same cannot be said for most baseball players.

Thankfully, it's not too late for some stellar fall fashion. Ryan Dempster, the Red Sox's affable closer, may be leading the pack for the "Best Playoff Outfit" award. Dempster rocked this wonderful suit on Boston's flight to St. Louis on Friday.


While it's unclear exactly what this suit means (if it does have a purpose, that is), Mike Foss of For The Win suggests that the wardrobe might be an homage to Canada’s maple leaf tartan. Dempster is Canadian, so that theory would make sense. The colors of the tartan represent the colors of the maple leaf as the seasons change (green in the spring, gold in the early fall, red at the beginning of winter and brown in the middle of winter).

Because of the significance of Dempster's suit, this outfit might top all others worn this postseason. And we say that with all due respect to Andre Ethier.


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While the Boston Red Sox have excelled at the plate, on the mound and in the field during this postseason, there's another area in which the squad is proving itself worthy of a championship -- chemistry.

By this point the team's collective foray into facial hair is well-chronicled. What many people may not know, however, is that the team has also adopted an unofficial slogan and some players have gone as far as to shave it into their heads.

The slogan is "Three Lines, 2 Chainz, One Goal" (don't worry, shirts have already been created). 2 Chainz refers to the rapper, a favorite of Boston slugger David Ortiz. The Red Sox have been known to play the 2 Chainz song "I'm Different" in the locker rooms after wins. "One Goal" signifies the team's quest to win the World Series.

Lastly, as Paul Lukas of Uni Watch notes, "Three Lines" refers to a new hair style that some of the Red Sox are sporting. As a showing of unity, a few of the players have shaved three lines into the hair behind their left ears.

And here's another, via Larry Brown Sports.

While the Red Sox haven't yet proven themselves to be the best team in the big leagues, they do lead the Majors in one category: marketability.

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Andrew Wiggins, the super-hyped Kansas freshman who many think will be the No. 1 pick in next summer's NBA draft, has been compared to LeBron James over and over again.

Wiggins, who like LeBron is 6-foot-8 and has freaky athleticism, has been labeled the best high school prospect since James.

But, as amazing as this sounds, there's one key metric in which Wiggins may be able to top James. According to a Bleacher Report story, Wiggins may be set to receive a shoe deal rivals James' record-setting contract. Nike inked James to a seven-year, $93 million deal when he entered the league, and Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling writes that at least one apparel giant is prepared to offer Wiggins anywhere from $140 million to $180 million for 10 years.

Take a second to let that soak in.

Rich Lopez, the publisher of sneaker website KixandtheCity.com, told Zwerling that Adidas is the front-runner. But there's no way that Nike will get left out of the Wiggins "Shoestakes."

"I'm hearing from people at Kansas that he's got a $180 million offer supposedly coming from Adidas," a source close to Wiggins' inner circle told Zwerling. "But I also heard that Nike is going to match anything."

For comparison, Kevin Durant signed an initial seven-year, $60 million deal with Nike that included a $10 million signing bonus. In 2012, one season after winning the NBA's MVP award, Derrick Rose reportedly signed a 14-year, $250 million deal with Adidas. That amounts to just under $18 million a year. If these reports are true, Wiggins could haul in between $14 million and $18 million per year, and he won't have played a game in the NBA.

Of course, even though Adidas may offer Wiggins more money, that doesn't necessarily mean he'll sign there. Adidas offered Durant $10 million more than Nike, but Durant chose Nike for sentimental reasons. Wiggins could make the same choice, as he reportedly wore Nike growing up and on his AAU team.

And it's important not to count out a dark horse endorser candidate, like Under Armour or a Chinese brand. Under Armour is making a bigger push into the basketball market, and recently signed Warriors star Steph Curry. Chinese brands Li-Ning and Anta have made splashes by signing Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, respectively. Basketball is enormously popular in China, and being from Canada, Wiggins can appreciate his international marketing options better than many prospects.

The irony of all this is that there's no evidence that these monster shoe deals are actually worth it for Nike, Adidas and the rest.

"Nike spends 12 percent on marketing," Matt Powell, a sneakerologist for SportsOneSource, told Zwerling. "So when LeBron sold $150 million worth of shoes at wholesale last year, 12 percent is like $20 million. So it's in the range of what he's being paid now—the first time he's gotten his marketing cost to the sales range after nine years. He's now at an acceptable threshold for the amount of money they're paying him. So you overpay for eight years to make the money back in Year 9? That's not good business."

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Jordan Burroughs has an affinity for gold.

Before last year's Olympics, the wrestler adopted the mantra "All I See Is Gold." He plastered it on T-shirts and even made it his Twitter handle. Then the 25-year-old backed up the hype by winning a gold medal in the 163-pound weight class.

So it should come as no surprise that when Burroughs, a self-described sneakerhead, helped design a line of signature shoes earlier this year, he had one color in mind.

Burroughs' shoes are multi-functional, as evidence by his wife, Lauren Mariacher. Burroughs married Mariacher over the weekend, and instead of springing for the traditional heels, Mariacher wore, you guessed it, Burroughs' gold wrestling shoes.


Burroughs is 65-0 in his international career (which spans back to 2011), and in addition to Olympic gold he's won two consecutive world titles.

Here's the complete story behind the gold kicks.

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Mariacher's shoes were hardly the only neat touch at the couple's wedding. Check out this fantastic cake:


(H/T to For The Win)

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It's a little early, but here's a unique holiday gift idea for the diehard Boston Red Sox fan in your family.

L.L. Bean is creating some 50 pairs of rain boots fashioned from the "upcycled" tarp used to cover the infield during rainouts last season at Fenway Park. That's right, now fans can literally wear the tarp that Boston used during its (rather forgettable) 2012 season.

"This project brings together two of L.L.’s favorite things: Bean Boots and baseball," chief marketing officer Steve Fuller said in a statement of the company's founder, Leon Leonwood Bean. "As a season ticket holder, L.L. loved the Red Sox, and he would be delighted to see the Fenway tarp put to use in a way that fans can enjoy.”

Fans can enter to win the boots by sharing their favorite Red Sox moment on L.L. Bean's Facebook page.

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In golf, a game that requires serious mental fortitude, players will take extra confidence however they can get it. For Keegan Bradley, that confidence comes from his shoes.

The 27-year-old unveiled a fresh pair of Air Jordan golf shoes at the President’s Cup.

Here's a close-up:


Bradley says the specially-made elephant-print kicks served as motivation.

“I’m excited to wear his shoes and be part of [Michael Jordan's] brand,” he told reporters. “Just wearing these shoes makes me a little bit cockier, little more ready to win.”

Unfortunately for the Americans, it doesn't seem like the shoes had that much of an effect on Bradley. He and partner Phil Mickelson lost on Day 1 to the international duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

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As the Red Sox prepare to host an ALDS game Friday, it's hard not to marvel at the improbability of this situation. In April things looked bleak, to say the least.

The Red Sox were coming off a disaster of a season, one in which the team sputtered through its first losing campaign since 1997 and finished in last place in the American League East. New manager Bobby Valentine struggled to win over the clubhouse, and at the end of the season the team shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. Valentine was fired in October.

As a result of last year's mess, and because A.L. East rivals Baltimore, Toronto and Tampa Bay appeared to be on the rise, the Red Sox struggled to drum up enthusiasm for the 2013 campaign. Their record-long sellout streak came to an end in April.

As it turns out, reports of Boston's demise were quite premature. Led by veterans David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jon Lester, the Red Sox not only hung around all season but finished the year with 97 wins, tied for the most in the big leagues. There are lots of factors behind the Red Sox' rejuvenation, perhaps most notably a stellar offense which led the league in OPS (.795), RBIs (819) and OBP (.349).

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