Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Muggle Quidditch Olympic jerseys are on sale, kind of awesome

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the Olympic Games is their ability to convince sports fans to set aside their regional rivalries and longstanding grudges. For a couple of peaceful weeks, loyalty to a favorite team or club is forgotten as fans across a nation unite to cheer for their countries.

While players of Muggle Quidditch won't be representing their nations in London this year, they - and their fans - can show their national pride with national team Quidditch jerseys, on sale just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics!

These jerseys are created by Quiyk, a US-based athletic apparel start-up that specializes in Muggle Quidditch gear. Made of a moisture wicking, anti-microbial 92% polyester/8% spandex fabric blend, the jerseys are as functional as they are fashionable. Also, as one would expect, they are ever so slightly magical: each jersey is made from the "all new ultra-light Quiyk fabric" which is purportedly 18% lighter than the previously used Quiyk fabrics.

There's no denying that these jerseys will appeal Harry Potter fans whether or not they have ever played a game of Muggle Quidditch. Priced at a reasonable $49.99, with designs for the US, Australian, French, and English national teams to choose from, these jerseys are a perfect way for a Potter fan to show their national pride - and dorky side! - as they watch the 2012 Olympic Games in style.

Also, remember that bit about players of Muggle Quidditch not representing their teams in London? As it turns out that they can represent them in Oxford instead during the International Quidditch Association's 2012 Summer Games which are to be held 19 days before the London Olympics kick off.

I wonder how long it will be before the IOC is presented with a petition to accept Muggle Quidditch as an Olympic event...