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Old Navy

Somebody at Old Navy needs a little help with their American Football League history. In 1961, the Dallas Texans went 6-8 and finished second in the AFL West division behind the San Diego Chargers, who lost the 1961 AFL championship to the Houston Oilers. The next year, the Texans beat the Houston Oilers in the AFL Championship and promptly moved to Kansas City to become what is known today as the Chiefs.

That’s a 1962 championship for the Dallas Texans, not a 1961 championship. And the Houston Oilers won the 1961 championship. Keep these things in mind, and we’ll continue.

In 2002, the Texans name returned to pro football when Houston was awarded the franchise that  replaced the Oilers, who moved out of town after the 1996 season. In 2011, the Houston Texans won their first division title with a 10-6 record, good enough for the pole position in the AFC South. The Houston Texans went on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 31-10, in the wild-card round of the 2011 playoffs before dropping 20-13 to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional frame.

Why this little history lesson, you might ask?

Because Old Navy had themselves an epic fail with the replica t-shirt . The Houston Texans didn’t exist in 1961, the Houston Oilers won the 1961 AFL championship, the Dallas Texans weren’t even in the playoffs in 1961, and the American Football Conference shown on the shirt didn’t exist until the AFL and NFL merged into one big NFL in 1970.

In as many ways as possible, whoops.

“The NFL clothing sold in our Old Navy stores is created by a third party sports licensing company,” Edie Kissko, a spokesperson for Gap Inc., which owns the Old Navy brand, said in a statement published by ESPN. “It is our intention to always provide the best merchandise to our customers and NFL fans. We apologize for this error and are removing the T-shirts.”

I checked this morning and the shirts have been pulled from their website.  Still, Mr. Kissko, doesn’t Gap Inc. make enough money off prepubescent, angst-filled teenagers to, oh I don’t know, hire an editor or fact checker or two?  Then again, do companies like Gap Inc or Old Navy really have a place in the adult world?  Much less the testosterone driven world of the NFL.

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