thinking that USC won the Rose Bowl: Slate's Explainer reports:
After the [Rose Bowl], Longhorns players paraded around the field sporting freshly minted championship hats and T-shirts. But what happens to the merchandise that gets printed up for championship game losers? . . .
Two different sets of locker room memorabilia get printed only if a game is a one-shot deal — like the Rose Bowl or the Super Bowl — or if a series is down to the final game. . . .
The fate of the NCAA's locker-room merchandise depends on whether it is in the possession of the manufacturers or the Collegiate Licensing Company, which handles the clothing after it leaves the factory. If the shirts and hats haven't left the manufacturer's plant, they are professionally destroyed. If the CLC has them, they work with a variety of charities to donate them. When USC beat Oklahoma in last year's championship game, the shirts commemorating an OU victory were distributed in Haiti with the assistance of a local church. . . .
But what about the spread of misinformation about sports history? Shameful!
UPDATE: Commenter Ex-Fed writes: "It's heartbreaking to think that there are people out there -- the wretchedly poor, refugees, the dispossessed -- whose reality is even more terrible than one in which USC won."