WARWICK – Edson Resendes waited until the conclusion of Tom Brady’s postgame press conference before jumping in his car and heading to Dick’s Sporting Goods.
“I was hoping they wouldn’t be closed,” said the Providence native Resendes, who was accompanied by his girlfriend Santia Williams. “But I was glad to see the cars in the parking lot.”
More often than not, New England’s favorite NFL team knows how to come through in the clutch. Disappointment took a holiday on Sunday night, both inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and at local retailers that couldn’t wait to welcome customers who wished to purchase Super Bowl LIII gear.
For Resendes and Williams and countless fans who flocked to Dick’s, their desire to purchase hats and T-shirts – the exact same ones their favorite New England players wore after defeating the Los Angeles Rams – was a classic case of supply versus demand.
People wished to get their hands on the keepsakes as they rolled off the manufacturing line, as in right before the clock struck midnight. It surely beat getting up at 6 a.m., which is when Dick’s was scheduled to re-open. To the store’s credit, they were well stocked and clearly prepared for those who ventured out after the Patriots captured the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy.
“I’ve got work in the morning and I’ll be wearing what I’m getting,” Resendes said. “I’m glad I got it now.”
For West Warwick native Greg Gonsalves, he spent five minutes shopping for his family before waiting in line for 10 minutes. He bought a total of five T-shirts for his family. Come the morning, there figure to be plenty of smiles as Gonsalves distributes the reminders of the newest addition to New England’s ever-expanding Super Bowl trophy case.
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