Can You Spot What's 'Wrong' With The NSW Blues Origin Jersey?
It's pretty obvious. The question is why?
For years, NSW has played sport in sky blue. This has long been our most populous state's traditional colour across all male and female interstate sporting contests.
Victoria, by contrast, is associated with navy blue. So why have the NSW Blues adopted navy blue for State of Origin Game II in Perth this Sunday, with only a couple of sky blue chevrons to please the purists?
We'll tell you in a sec. First, you should know that they have been expertly trolled by A-League club Melbourne Victory.
Which you can understand, given the similarity.
Hey, Victory are probably just bitter that Sydney FC looked so terrific in their traditional sky blue when they won the A-league Grand Final last month, thereby taking their crown.
But still, good sledge guys.
As to why the NSW Blues are in navy blue in State of Origin, well, this was in fact announced late last year. The jersey is a one-off for the Perth game and is all about taking the game to new frontiers or some such.
Why exactly a new 'frontier' needs a new jersey is unclear, but here's what NSW coach Brad Fittler said on the subject last November:
We pride ourselves on being innovative and this will be the first time in State of Origin history that a team has used an alternative jersey.
It aligns with our vision of taking a fresh new approach to the series, and the game's decision to take Origin matches to new frontiers.
We fully support any move to grow rugby league's showpiece event to even more fans.
"We're confident our alternate strip will inspire a new generation of Blues supporters, and give the crowd in Perth even more reason to get behind us as we defend the shield.
Yes, but which hue of blue is true?
If you were a cynic, you'd say this had something to do with generating extra merchandising revenue, but cynics will be cynics.
Either way, we're not convinced the fans are fans. Of the jersey, that is.