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Monday, February 2, 2015

Where Does Misprinted Sports Apparel Go & its Hypocracy

~ Indianapolis actually beat Chicago in Super Bowl XLI (2006 Season)

Well the Super Duper Bowl is over and not sure about you out there but we thought it was actually a good game with an amazing ending thanks to a boneheaded offensive call by Seattle toward the very end..

And once the game ticked down to the final zero, all the Patriots players were celebrating with their NFL Champions T-Shirts and caps..

And QVC and HSN were selling everything 'Patriots- Super Bowl Champs' related from shirts to jackets to commemorative pins to over-sized blankets

And it got us thinking..
~ Poor children wearing Arizona Cardinals- Super Bowl Champs shirts

Certainly an equal number of merchandise was made proclaiming Seattle the 'Champions' which will never see the light of day..

But what happens to it?  Certainly it isn't thrown into some bonfire or buried in compost..

All four professional American sports- NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB donate all losing side 'Champion' merchandise to an organization called 'WorldVision' which saves the merchant from being so needlessly wasteful and puts the apparel to good use..  OVERSEAS!

From MentalFloss:

"The international humanitarian aid group collects the unwanted items over the days following the game at their distribution center in Pittsburgh, then ships it overseas to people living in disaster areas and impoverished nations. 
After losing Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, Arizona Cardinals gear was sent to children and families living in extreme poverty in El Salvador.

In 2010, after the New Orleans Saints defeated Indianapolis, the Colts gear printed up for Super Bowl XLIV was sent to earthquake-ravaged Haiti."

In 2011, after Pittsburgh lost to the Green Bay Packers, the Steelers Super Bowl apparel went to Zambia, Armenia, Nicaragua and Romania."

We're not sure where the clothing went since then but certainly to nations where very poor people are in need..

Except the US..   Guess for instance no one suffered in Hurricane Katrina and could have used clean clothing?
~ The Philadelphia Phillies really won the 2008 World Series, not Tampa..

Overseas distribution is part of the agreement between the leagues and World Vision. The leagues don’t want the donated items appearing on TV or popping up on eBay, so they get them out of the country--  as far away and as fast as possible.

Maybe one day when our economy fully collapses from our leaders selling us out to the corporations, major sports leagues around the world will send their garbage clothing with mis-printed 'victors' to our impoverished

Children in the inner cities can celebrate the Russian Hockey Championships by wearing 'Leh Praha -- 2013-14 Gagarin Cup Champions' shirts and caps to school (of course everyone knows Metallurg Magnitogorsk won that year)
And the American elderly can bundle-snuggle up in their cold homes which they can't afford to keep warm wearing cozy sweatshirts that say 'Barcelona- 2013-14 Championes de La Liga (Spanish Soccer league) when Atletico Madrid really won it

So as it stands now, Americans who are Pats fans will pay $28 for a scratchy T-that says they they won SB XLIX  and people half way around the world wear the 'Seahawks- SB Champs' shirt for free.

But that's always been the problem..  People, especially Americans do not perceive or care to be concerned that other Americans are suffering and a million-billion miles away from anything resembling the American Dream..

People, especially air-head celebrities will adopt babies in Romania, Bosnia, Albania, various parts of of Africa or Asia and then flaunt their different-race baby as if they are caring, compassionate women..
~ Sandra Bullock pretending to be a mother to her foreign born.

And ignore all the Caucasian and minority American born babies who desperately need a home and a family to love and raise them.

Others will donate their time, energy and money to places around the world with exotic names like Haiti, Botswana, Senegal and Belize while completely ignoring the people suffering in not-so exotic sounding cities like Detroit, Chicago, Camden and Oakland.

Much more posh and 'sexy' to say you donated some money to a charity helping people in a place on the globe most could not locate if given 5 guesses vs helping one's fellow citizens living maybe a half-hour drive away..
~ "Ms Bullock, why would you not want to adopt me?"

According to WorldHunger.gov, in 2012 there were 46.5 Million Americans officially deemed to be in poverty.  This number was up from 37.3 Million in 2007..  1 in 5 children live in poverty and dependent on food stamps.

20.4 million Americans live in extreme poverty. This means their family’s cash income is less than half of the poverty line, or about $10,000 a year for a family of four

The 2012 poverty rate for Hispanics was 25.6%, Blacks 27.2 %, Asians 11.7% and for non-Hispanic whites 9.7%
And that's why the NFL like all the other sports leagues are bullshit hypocrites..

They flaunt their charitable deeds as to make them appear not so selfish and greedy while paying zero Federal taxes yet can't even allow genuinely poor Americans including children to wear their mis-marked apparel.

Pathetic..

If Americans can't help other Americans in need, who will?
~ Foreign child wearing Patriots- Super Bowl champs shirt the year NY Giants defeated them