It is well-known that every major American championship game carries with it a promise of boxes of clothing that will never see the light of day, at least on this continent.
As the winners don their pre-printed hats and T-shirts, the losers head to the locker room and their apparel celebrating a non-existent championship remains packed up and destined for some overseas country. Unless there's a mistake.
Monday's College Football Playoff championship game saw one such error. In the minutes following Georgia's long-awaited national title, Bulldogs star linebacker Nakobe Dean was seen wearing a hat celebrating Alabama's title:
Nakobe Dean had the wrong hat 😅 pic.twitter.com/6NnQyU0AOh
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) January 11, 2022
It's unclear who made the error. An equipment manager could have handed Dean the wrong hat or Dean could have reached into the wrong box, but the end result is a funny visual.
Fortunately, Dean soon realized his error and was seen wearing the right hat, a Georgia hat, during Georgia's trophy presentation.
The hat mishap is a footnote on a big season for Dean, who finished the season with 72 tackles, 25 QB hits, 10.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, five passes defended, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a touchdown. That effort earned him unanimous first-team All American honors and the Butkus Award for college football's top linebacker.
And now, he's a national champion.