North will go into tonight’s home game against Collingwood in a (lame) pale blue and white strip.
I didn’t watch The Footy Show last night (coz it’s a disgrace), but apparently James Brayshaw copped a bit of shit for it.
It’s pretty annoying that North are essentially forced (through lack of bargaining power) to fold to Collingwood’s demands. But the issue is actually at AFL HQ. It’s a North home game, why don’t they demand that Collingwood wear a suitable clash strip? Or even better, acknowledge that Australians’ vision is not confined to greyscale?
Apparently the AFL are faced with Collingwood suggesting that they will NEVER play an away game against North if they are required to wear a clash strip (an actual one, not this white-on-black vs black-on-white crap). To this I say, call their bluff. Either the AFL is for equity or it’s not.
The problem is, the AFL preside over the most inequitable mechanism in the game – the fixture. And if you think there’s no correlation between North’s willingness to wear a clash strip tonight and the favourable fixture it has received (first 11 games in Melbourne, first 4 home games against Hawks, ‘Dons, Tiges and ‘Woods) you’re deluded.
Which leaves JB in a terrible negotiating situation – either acceed to AFL/ Collingwood’s demands and erode the NMFC brand, or get a crap fixture. Publicly damning the situation will only hurt North’s bargaining power at AFL HQ, publicly accepting it offends North’s supporter base. He’s left to do all the work behind closed doors (in this, he has my complete confidence) and stave off the abuse as best he can.
I think it’s time the AFL took responsibility and gave back JB and NMFC some dignity.