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Championship Shirts for Non-Champion Patriots Will Be Donated to Impoverished Communities

In case you missed this weekend’s AFC championship game, the New England Patriots fell to the Denver Broncos in a 26-16 thrashing. Despite going up against Peyton Manning’s Broncos at home, the sporting good store Modell’s was so confident that the Pats would pull off the win that they printed $500,000 worth of Patriots AFC Championship gear before the game was even played. In an interview with the Boston Globe, the company’s CEO defended the move, saying, “We took a tremendous risk, but you know what? People expect us to have the merchandise. We printed up everything: hats, shirts, T-shirts, novelties, pennants—you name it—for men, women, kids.” Because the store isn’t allowed to sell the inaccurate clothing, they instead will be donated to impoverished communities in developing countries around the world. Football fans may remember that it’s not the first time the Patriots have made a sizable clothing donation to at-need communities …

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