Lions fans were savoring the chance to by NFC North Champion shirts last season – the problem was the team lost their final game of the season to the Packers, stopping them from that opportunity.
For some odd reason, Lions fans can now grab a shirt that should have never existed – a “Lions NFC North Champs” shirt – being sold at T.J. Maxx in Chesterfield Township.
A T.J. Maxx spokesperson said by email the shirts, which were on sale for $4.99, found their way onto store shelves by mistake and the store will refund money to any customers who may have purchased the item.
About a half dozen of the T-shirts were available at the Chesterfield Township location over the weekend, on a wall with apparel for other local sports teams. Three other T.J. Maxx stores did not have the shirt in stock.
“As you know, it is a fairly common practice that vendors print team sports t-shirts in advance of an important game anticipating a winning outcome,” Doreen Thompson, vice president of global communication for the TJX Companies, wrote in an e-mail. “In this instance, we believe that one of our vendors may have inadvertently included the Detroit Lions t-shirt in with other goods intended for our local area stores. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused and invite our TJ Maxx customers to contact customer service should they wish to return this item by calling 1-800-926-2699.”
While the shirt is false in what it states, it’s still a very interesting keepsake for Lions fans, or who knows, maybe someday it will be a collectors item?!