Chin up, football fans; the 49ers' defeat isn't a total loss.
We know you're heartbroken that those pre-made Niners Super Bowl championship T-shirts and sweatshirts, bought by retailers in hopes that they could capitalize on a Super Bowl win, won't be on your backs. But they are going to families in need across the globe.
According to ESPN, Worldvision, a Christian humanitarian organization that has worked to aid impoverished nations, is taking the merchandise and sorting it by size, gender, and season before shipping the clothing off to five different countries: Zambia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Armenia, and Romania.
Jeff Fields, corporate relations director for Worldvision, noted that it's very unlikely anyone who receives the Niners items will have any idea "what is wrong with them."
"We're going to some really remote parts of the world," Fields told ESPN. "They don't have the Internet. They don't know about the 49ers or about American football. The people really light up when they see that they have a chance to wear a new T-shirt."
Who knows for sure how much 49ers gear will be shipped overseas, but the charitable organization says it sometimes gets tens of thousands of items with a retail value of over $1 million. The NFL, Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, and others were kind enough to commit to donating.
This isn't the first time kids in need have benefited from a Super Bowl loss; Fields pointed out that Worldvision received a record amount of gear after the Super Bowl XLII in 2008, when retailers ordered more than 100,000 T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other items declaring a "19-0 Perfect Season" for the New England Patriots. As you football fans recall, New England lost to the New York Giants.
So don't be too hard on your Niners -- they're still champs to people who are truly in need.