Chicago Customs Agents on the Lookout for Super Bowl Counterfeiters

“If we were not to intercept them, many, many people would spend a lot of money on a product that just simply isn’t up to standards,” Ferrara said.

Some of the tell-tale signs of a fake jersey include the placement of the NFL logos sticking over the “V” of the neck line, as well as player names stitched over other fabric pieces.

Dan Hardman sells authentic NFL merchandise at Pro Jersey Sprots in Downers Grove. He said the material in counterfeit jerseys may start to fade away after one or two washes.

“It breaks my heart to know that people are trying to save a buck and not invest in something that they really can invest in something that they can have forever,” Hardman said.

Several years ago the government nabbed $17 million in fake NFL gear in Operation Red Zone, a five month operation that seized nearly 200,000 counterfeit items.

“The Blind Side” was a major hit in theaters, but it apparently wasn’t as beneficial when it came to Michael Oher’s career.

The Carolina Panthers player, whose journey to the NFL was the premise behind the film, says the 2009 blockbluster took away from his talents on the field.

Instead of heading home with their first series win at Yankee Stadium since 2005 and a .500 road trip, the White Sox traveled back to Chicago with their fourth loss in five games. However, they maintained a five-game lead in the American League Central as Cleveland lost again to Minnesota.

“It was a good back and forth game, but it was a frustrating one at times too,” catcher Alex Avila said. “We weren’t able to make that one pitch, two or three mistakes today on the pitching side, and we weren’t able to get that hit to make it a two- or three-run lead.”

The bullpen will catch much of the heat for Sunday’s loss. But the mistakes could be found in almost every nook and cranny.

“I will not IR him,” Jones said Thursday morning on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM]. “We will take the chance that he could get back in the latter part of the season, maybe into the playoffs. He will not be IR’d. That obviously means that we think he’s got possibly some playing time.

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