He's only 8 years old, but Kansas super fan Palmer Kiefer already knows that you never mess with a winning streak.
And with his beloved Jayhawks in the Final Four on Saturday, the second-grader from Wichita, Kan., is closing in on two weeks of wearing his lucky No. 15 Kansas jersey, the number of former KU star Mario Chalmers and current guard Elijah Johnson.
Palmer has worn it every day since Friday, March 16, when Kansas defeated Detroit in the NCAA tournament's second round — and it's not coming off for good until the Jayhawks lose or win it all Monday night in New Orleans.
As reported by the Wichita Eagle, Kiefer takes it off for baths but warned his mother not to wash away the stink because that could dissipate the Jayhawks' luck as well. Even Febreze has been shunned.
His mother, Susan, posted the following on Facebook recently, which was aimed at the students and teachers at Palmer's Hyde Elementary School:
"I apologize in advance for Palmer wearing his KU jersey every day until they play again. … I have been instructed not to wash it or it will mess with KU's winning streak.
"Yes! It is getting a bit dirty since he has worn it daily since the 16th. But I have been informed 'rules are rules' and this is a BIG RULE and I can NOT be responsible for single-handedly ruining KU's winning streak by washing THE jersey."
With nearly the entire state cheering on the Jayhawks, friends of the family have sided with Palmer and the lucky jersey in this debate.
"Don't you DARE wash that jersey!" someone posted on Facebook in response to his mom.
According to the report, Kiefer has worn the jersey everywhere from the zoo during spring break to his class picture day. And he no doubt hopes to be wearing it Monday night as he watches his Jayhawks cut down the nets.
Stink and all.
A special thanks to The Wichita Eagle
Photo credit: Mike Hutmacher/The Wichita Eagle
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