Posted in Sports NewsThough it’s been seven months since they final performed at Docklands, there'll little doubt be a way of familiarity as Western Bulldogs supporters watch their boys run out onto the turf they’ve now known as dwelling for 20 years. ‘Sons of the West’ shall be blaring via the PA as they run via their banner of their conventional blue jumper with crimson and white hoops… with the added addition of a jarring breast plate and bubble-shaped imagery slapped on high. I’ve been dreading this for some time actually, however ought to we actually be shocked? Just a few years in the past we noticed the NRL introduce Marvel-themed jerseys into the competitors to a combined response – I bear in mind considering on the time that the AFL wouldn’t go to that excessive. Even when Etihad Stadium was renamed Marvel Stadium, I held confidence that the sponsorship wouldn’t lengthen to the enjoying uniforms, not less than not throughout a home-and-away season recreation. That confidence took a giant hit when it was introduced varied AFLW groups could be carrying Marvel-themed jumpers, fortunately solely as warm-up tops after a public outcry in opposition to them getting used throughout precise match play. Then this occurred. The Western Bulldogs’ Thor-jersey has raised loads of eyebrows forward of their season opener at Marvel Stadium. (Picture: Western Bulldogs) Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic about this, however judging by the outburst of reactions in the previous few days, it looks like I’m not the one one. Some individuals would make a good argument that these guernseys are only a little bit of enjoyable, that they’re good for the children and produce in additional income to the membership, particularly to at least one that hasn’t traditionally been a monetary powerhouse of the league. Let’s not neglect that this money seize hasn’t been fully unprecedented. We noticed groups venturing into this area within the ’90s, with Carlton’s notorious child blue jumper used as a promotion for a well-known chocolate. This might quickly be adopted by North’s garish orange jumper for the telco of the identical title, whereas St Kilda trotted out of their canary yellow monstrosity for a model of milk. Is a Thor jumper any worse than any of those? Extra AFL Definitive information to AFL 2019: Half one When the King of Asgard meets an AFL guernsey Melbourne's and Collingwood’s rise is just not assured AFL high 100: Spherical 1 choice highlights (half two) 2019 AFL season preview: Richmond Tigers AFL Quite a lot of different individuals would argue sure, that morphing a footy jumper right into a superhero costume is on an entire new stage of tackiness that demeans not solely the Western Bulldogs but additionally the AFL. Let’s not neglect, the enjoying guernsey is arguably the strongest piece of visible id for a soccer membership, which is maybe why seeing gamers photo-shopped into rival crew guernseys throughout commerce interval evokes emotions of uneasiness and nausea amongst many followers, or why Hawthorn supporters nonetheless do a double take when seeing Luke Hodge operating round in a Brisbane Lions jumper. And it’s not as if I’m in opposition to groups carrying jumpers exterior of their conventional dwelling ones. As a footy jumper aficionado, I really like a great alternate strip. There are numerous examples of alternate jumpers accomplished effectively, whether or not it's Brisbane’s Fitzroy-inspired away jumper, North’s ’90s throwback ‘Bounding Roo’ quantity, or the verve of the various Indigenous spherical designs. Sadly although, the variety of good alternate jumpers appears to be far outweighed by poor ones. Nonetheless, right here we're with our palms up within the air over a bit of polyester that some grown males will run round in on a Saturday night. With every week earlier than the primary bounce of the season, we must always most likely be spending extra time speaking in regards to the precise footy itself. However when one thing so ugly is about to bestow itself upon us within the first week of the season, how might we simply let it go unnoticed? Footy’s nice, and so is an efficient Marvel flick. Sadly it seems combining the 2 collectively isn’t so nice.