I was at The Camel in Shanghai on Friday night where Dwayne Russell was on the mic for a bit. He mentioned that he has been told we will definitely wear The bars once a year against the Crows from next year.
Lukewarm reception from the crowd, personally I read it more as disappointment that it wasn’t enough.
I know this is old ground, and I didn't order a hat, wasn't really interested in it and only read the odd post in the relevant thread, but why did that clothing manufacturer reject your order? Was there enough irrationality to their answer that suggests the club or AFL pressured them not to do it.