Oddly Enough

"Winning" Super Bowl shirts end up in Nicaragua

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches the New York Giants celebrate their upset win at game's end in the NFL's Super Bowl XLII football game in Glendale, Arizona, February 3, 2008. REUTERS/Shaun Best

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Shirts and caps proclaiming the victory of the New England Patriots -- when the American football team actually lost the latest Super Bowl -- have ended up in the hands of poor Nicaraguan children.

Hundreds of shirts and caps, which had been manufactured in advance to celebrate the Patriots’ expected victory over the New York Giants, were handed over to children in the southern city of Diriamba.

“The children are the winners,” said Miriam Diaz, of World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization.

World Vision has links with the National Football League, or NFL, and every year helps out poor children in Latin America and Africa with the unwanted “winners” shirts of the team that actually loses the Super Bowl.

Winners’ shirts and other garments are produced in advance so players and fans can put them on to celebrate immediately after the final whistle of the game. Garments of the losing team are obviously unwanted.

The Giants stunned the previously undefeated Patriots 17-14 in this year’s Super Bowl.

Reporting by Ivan Castro