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Mascot Math Holiday Edition

Tis the season for examining the provenance of some of the sports world's furriest stars
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FROSTY + DUSTIN PEDROIA √ó GRINCH = BOSTON'S WALLY THE GREEN MONSTER

HEAT MISER √∑ POSEIDON + CAPTAIN MORGAN = ARIZONA STATE'S SPARKY THE SUN DEVIL

BUDDY THE ELF + JAMES LIPTON √ó PINT OF GUINNESS 2 = FIGHTING IRISH LEPRECHAUN

Extra MUSTARD RUDOLPH - ROB FORD = MILWAUKEE'S BANGO THE BUCK

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

An Olympic torchbearer accidentally set his jacket on fire as he carried the flame through the Siberian town of Abakan.

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VICTOR BURNSIDE/PEFKOS/FOTOLIA.COM (HOLLY)

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GOLDEN BOOKS/PHOTOFEST (FROSTY)

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UNIVERSAL/EVERETT COLLECTION (GRINCH)

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DAMIAN STROHMEYER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PEDROIA)

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AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WALLY)

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EVERETT COLLECTION (HEAT MISER)

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PURESTOCK/GETTY IMAGES (POSEIDON)

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ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES (SPARKY)

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NEW LINE CINEMA/EVERETT COLLECTION (BUDDY)

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TAYLOR HILL/GETTY IMAGES (LIPTON)

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RICHARD L'ANSON/LONELY PLANET IMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (GUINNESS)

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LM OTERO/AP (LEPRECHAUN)

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NBCU PHOTO BANK/GETTY IMAGES (RUDOLPH)

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MARK BLINCH/REUTERS (FORD)

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MIKE MCGINNIS/CAL SPORT MEDIA (BANGO)

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ALEXANDER KHITROV/AP (TORCH)