Texans fans wipe out stores' stock of team paraphernalia

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on December 12, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 13 at 12:02 PM

HOUSTON—If you’re looking for Texans “Division Championship” T-shirts and jerseys, you have company. Stores across the city sold out in what some called a "feeding-frenzy" Monday morning.

Fans chanted and cheered outside Reliant Stadium after the Houston Texans won Sunday night.  A day later, fans' cheers still echoed inside the Go Texan Store and on cash registers in Academy Sports.

“You have to enjoy this,” said Eric Andell, a season-ticket holder.  “This is great for the city.”

“I feel great because we are doing a great job, a fantastic job,” said Johnnie Clark, another Texans fan.

T-shirts boasting the team’s first-ever division championship sold fast.

“It was about within an hour they all sold-out,” said Robert Ransoondar, manager of Academy Sports near Kirby Road and 59 Highway.

The Go Texan Store sold 3,000 pieces in mere hours.

“We were fully stocked (Monday) morning, but as you can see, we’re already running low,” said Jennifer Davenport, a Texans spokesperson.

The lack of inventory forced three firefighters who drove in from Angleton to look for jerseys instead.  The jersey of third-string quarterback TJ Yates, formerly an unknown fifth-round pick, was in demand.

However, since the NFL’s manufacturer, Reebok, will not make new jerseys, the Texans are printing customized Yates jerseys onsite for $150 apiece.

“I’m probably going to buy it,” said Gail Martin, a Texans fan and season-ticket holder.  “At first, I wasn’t a true TJ Yates fan, but my husband convinced me after yesterday’s game because he brought us to the playoffs.”

That word playoffs, to die-hard fans, means so much.

“It makes me want to cry,” Clark said.  “We Houston fans have waited a long time for this.”

So no matter how long they have to wait, or how much they have to pay for championship gear, die-hards plan to buy.

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