This past Sunday, I watched the super bowl at a friend’s house. When the game was over, each player of the New York Giants had a super bowl shirt and a super bowl hat. How on earth did they know the Giants would win the super bowl? I figured there had to be two sets of clothes, one set for one team and one for the other. It just made simple sense that is how they were able to give the winning team a shirt and a hat. After I came to this conclusion, my next question is: What happens to the other set of clothes? What happens to the hats and the shirts made with the Patriots logo on it? Something must happen to the cloths – right?
I have done some research regarding this question. I have found the answer. The other set of championship gear – 288 T-shirts and caps made for the team that did not win – will be hidden behind a locked door at the Stadium. By order of the National Football League, the losing team’s shirts and hats are never to appear on television or on eBay. In fact, they are never even supposed to be seen in North America – ever. On Monday, these items will find themselves being shipped to Uganda and will be given out to people who are in need of cloths.
World vision takes possession of these cloths and will make sure they reach the proper destination. Along with these shirts and hats, medical supplies will also be given. Since these people lack electricity, television, and a radio, they would never know who won or did not win the super bowl in 2008. Most probably do not even know what a football is in the first place.
So when you watch TV, and you see those commercials that reach out to orphans, look to see the shirts the children are wearing. You might be surprised to see the losing team’s shirts on the children who are playing in a slum in Ethiopia.
The distribution of the caps and shirts is made into a science. By the fourth quarter, several employees from Reebok will sit and wait until the end of the game. They will wait to see who wins the game and then rush the field in order to give out the winning team shirts and hats for them to wear. The reason – if they are able to get the shirts and hats on the players as soon as possible, they will be seen wearing the hats and shirts – thus providing free advertisement. Each employee receives a player to find and give a shirt and hat. Family members and close friends will also receive a hat and a shirt to wear proudly. Their thought is, “If I can get the quarterback to wear our hat and shirt on Sunday, they will be bought by adoring fans on Monday or Tuesday – free advertising.
What about the other sports teams? Apparently, the NBA sends the runner-up to an overseas mission organization, The MLB destroys the loser’s clothes, and the NFL sends the opponent’s clothes far, far away.
So now you can look like a smarty when someone asks, “Where does the other team’s clothes go?” Now you know. Share it with your friends and update them to