San Francisco 49ers’ Are Super Bowl XLVII Champs…. In Sub-Saharan Africa And Mongolia.

Super Bowl loser's Chicago Bears shirts in Zambia

Colts defeat Bears 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI everywhere but Zambia.

Before the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens even hit the field, apparel of all types were being printed that proclaim each team as the Super Bowl XLVII winner. When the game ends, what does the NFL do with the losing team’s gear? They used to have it destroyed but for the last 17 years, the NFL has donated the world’s 2nd best football team’s gear to World Vision. World Vision then sorts through and distributes up to 100,000 articles of clothing to countries around the world – sweatshirts to cold climates and t-shirts to countries with warm climates.

So don’t fret too much 49ers’ fans – you didn’t win Super Bowl XLVII but you did earn some Jubbling points in Mongolia and possibly Malawi where they think you are the champions – it’ll say so right on their shirts! [Bloomberg via Consumerist]

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Duration Of Super Bowl XLVII Power Outage Might’ve Been Halved With Instant-On LED Lighting.

Super Bowl power outageSuper Bowl XLVII Checklist
Ravens and 49ers – check.
Fans – check.
Backup power supply – check.
In case of outage, restoring full brightness to HID lighting – 15 minutes!

The power outage during Super Bowl XLVII in some ways overshadowed the game itself. It allowed me to make a beer run that I might not have made otherwise and some claim it changed the course of the game. With everything in place, including a backup power system, why did it take 34 minutes to restart the game? According to a guest post on Greentech Media, “Superbowl Power Outage Shines a Bad Light On HID Lighting,” half of the delay can be attributed to energy inefficient, slow-to-full-power high-intensity discharge (HID) based lighting. From the article:

“HID are not energy efficient. The light output from an HID lamp degrades quickly, with each fixture giving out less light for the same power consumed.

What many didn’t pick up last night is the fact that even with power restored HID systems take 10 to 15 minutes just to come to full light output – or roughly half of last night’s downtime.”

Based on what happened during Super Bowl XLVII, we’ll see if sports stadiums migrate over to more energy efficient, longer-lasting and instant-on LED lighting. The Superdome does have 26,000 LED lights but unfortunately for Super Bowl XLVII – they’re installed on the outside of the stadium. [Greentech Media]

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