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Bears fan loses bet, changes name to Peyton Manning

Decking out in drag and hanging out on the street corner? For wimps.

Showing up at the office in your rival's school colors for a day? Old school.

Changing your name to that of the MVP QB who just embarrassed your team? Now we're talking.

On the eve of Super Bowl XLI, Chicago Bear fan Scott Wiese and a few of his buddies were hanging out (i.e., drinking) when his so-called friends double-dog dared him to wager his actual identity on his belief that his Bears would beat the Indianapolis Colts the next day.

After the Colts won, Wiese shunned the inebriation-as-a-defense-to-contracts argument and ratified the action in front of some 200 witnesses last Friday. On Tuesday, he made good on his bet by filing the legal documents necessary to change his name to Peyton Manning. After his legal notice runs in the local newspaper for a few weeks, he'll get to the really fun part: appearing before a judge to make his case for the name change.

Based on a prior quote, Wiese will likely inform the judge simply that he's a fool:

I think I kind of represent all Bears fans. Not that I'm saying they're all idiots like me, but I represent their passion because I really care about my team, you know?

And the judge will no doubt agree, hammer the gavel, and send Wiese home as Peyton Manning.