Here’s more proof that there are simply too many bowl games. The Redbox Bowl is getting raked over the coals for the absolute fail that is the t-shirt they are selling featuring the game’s two opponents Cal and Illinois.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will be taking on the California Golden Bears at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara (home of the San Francisco 49ers) on December 30th.
What won’t be happening on December 30th at Levi’s Stadium is Cal State playing against the University of Illinois team from several seasons ago.
Not that anyone would know that after seeing the t-shirts the Redbox Bowl is selling promoting the game.
Even worse, the Redbox Bowl doubled down on their mistakes by selling a standalone “Cal State” t-shirt.
The Illinois helmet is also wrong. The current orange helmet has a blue I. This is several years old.— Mike Rohan (@MikePRohan) December 10, 2019
Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, the “tourist destinations” listed on the t-shirt are not even close to Santa Clara.
But wait, it gets worse. The creative director/brand manager for Cal even tweeted about the shirts and the errors that were made, saying that they “officially rejected this design.” Whoops.
UPDATE: we officially rejected this design. It was released without our approval. The University of California, Berkeley Athletics Department either goes by Cal or California, period. Despite this mishap, we look forward to taking on the Redbirds on Alcatraz later this month. 😉 https://t.co/h7bOoffYxr pic.twitter.com/zyTY3uy93Q— John Lemein (@jlemein) December 10, 2019
Naturally, fans being fans, they had a lot of fun with this situation at the Redbox Bowl’s expense.
Maybe these will become valuable like when the Post Office makes errors in printing stamps? Buy them all!— CALIFORNIA, Here’s to Thee! (@cal_bears97) December 10, 2019
Cal State is like the 18th most concerning thing about this design https://t.co/61Kk2VP4hQ— Trevor Vallese (@TVallese) December 10, 2019
Wait they still have Red Boxes at Cal State?!? 🤣😂🤣— James Butler (@jbkayak) December 11, 2019