Twice this season, Hawthorn have worn a jumper that threatens to single-handedly destroy our great game and the AFL has sat idle.
When the drug-addled marketers got together and designed this sparkly gold monstrosity, they were launching an assault on our senses and good taste, like Channel Seven’s spectacularly ridiculous Megawall.
AFL is not a high school rock eisteddfod; it is the pinnacle of human achievement and deserves to be treated with respect. In fact, the moment the game moved away from woolen jumpers it was in trouble.
The smell of a merino wool jumper drenched in sweat and twenty kilos heavier from the rain is what made our game great. It was a badge of honour to be worn with pride.
I’ve never liked change, even when it’s for the better and this merchandising push for ‘clash strips’, which seem to mostly clash more than the originals, brings the game into disrepute.
The Hawks are literally bedazzling the very fabric of our game and the AFL’s policy is one of appeasement.
Hawthorn are serial offenders too. That diamond pre-season jumper was reason enough to have them stripped of draft picks and premiership points, yet the AFL’s refusal to act then has led to this current debacle.
The AFL must act now because through the shimmering, blinding reflection from this jumper it can see the very seeds of its destruction.
Hawthorn stand charged of bring the game into disrepute, now the AFL must act.