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Is it time to serve last drinks on bath water?

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This is just me but does it feel that the media coverage this week seem to be stretching out a bit far? 

Here we are at Wednesday and stories about us are still coming out and outnumbering the Hawks at least two to one. I will admit that I personally seek more Demons related media than most and that the release of these stories may be staggered to insure there is something in the paper each day. But I thought that our media commitments were going to stop on Tuesday. 

The media who are more than happy to proclaim mission accomplished will be more than happy to go on about how we got ahead of ourselves and that we are mentally weak. 

I will admit that maybe I am being overly dramatic but I've been here before. When it was said in The Age that we where 'threatening to be a football powerhouse over the next five years', I shuddered a bit. We were told the same thing during the Daniher years and just assumed it would all come to us in due course.

 

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It's very annoying.  The only ones building us up are the media, and then they will be the ones to say we were over-confident and cocky when we lose.  I'd much prefer to be going under the radar.  But we are the story of the finals, so it was bound to happen.

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2 minutes ago, Colin B. Flaubert said:

This is just me but does it feel that the media coverage this week seem to be stretching out a bit far? 

Here we are at Wednesday and stories about us are still coming out and outnumbering the Hawks at least two to one. I will admit that I personally seek more Demons related media than most and that the release of these stories may be staggered to insure there is something in the paper each day. But I thought that our media commitments were going to stop on Tuesday. 

The media who are more than happy to proclaim mission accomplished will be more than happy to go on about how we got ahead of ourselves and that we are mentally weak. 

I will admit that maybe I am being overly dramatic but I've been here before. When it was said in The Age that we where 'threatening to be a football powerhouse over the next five years', I shuddered a bit. We were told the same thing during the Daniher years and just assumed it would all come to us in due course.

I think the players did all the media stuff on Monday and different outlets will release stories gradually during the week.  

It is the media getting ahead of themselves painting a fairytale.  It would be a brave (and dumb) media person to run with the 'bathwater'/'mentally weak narrative, a narrative we have proven wrong.  Said media person would run high risk of egg on face.

I wouldn't worry about too much exposure - the Pies will dominate the limelight soon enough and we can recede into the background a bit.

I'm sure inside the club feet are planted firmly on the ground - its all fugazzi to them! 

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I'm so up and about right now I'm drinking the bath water by the keg.

After the last decade of [censored], I'm throwing myself face first into optimism.

I'm gonna enjoy every bit of the media coverage, even if it is way over the top.

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So long as the team does not drink it and take too seriously the base opinions that seem to populate the bath water, who cares?

Go dees.

 

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Very similar coverage to the Dogs to 2016, I guess everyone loves a fairytale.

Given what we have been through in the last 12 years I don't mind it, im sure the players ego's are in check.

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As already stated, the media loves a fairytale.

Do we really need more Hawthorn stuff after more than a decade of dominance. They've had their time in the sun.

It's our time to shine. Soak it up.

It's better than reading about what a basket case we are.

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Internally the club should (& looks to be) focused on the next game.

Externally - let the trumpets sound!!

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1 hour ago, Demonland said:

As already stated, the media loves a fairytale.

Do we really need more Hawthorn stuff after more than a decade of dominance. They've had their time in the sun.

It's our time to shine. Soak it up.

It's better than reading about what a basket case we are.

I'd rather a cavalcade of "Down memory lane" type escapades for the next few days reliving our worst moments just to get the players focussed on proving everyone wrong. Starting with Neeld appearing on Today, Breakfast (7), ABC Breakfast, Today Tonight, Tonight Today, The Daily (horrid thing on 7 at midday), the Channel 10 midday abomination, Charlie Pickerings old show. Just go full leotard (+ re minus the star sign) on it.

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They've built it up nicely so they have a good story in the chamber for if we go out. Annoying but they gotta sell something.

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1 hour ago, BigFez said:

It's very annoying.  The only ones building us up are the media, and then they will be the ones to say we were over-confident and cocky when we lose.  I'd much prefer to be going under the radar.  But we are the story of the finals, so it was bound to happen.

It is all tongue-in-cheek; what the media have to say about the Dees is already known by the supporters and even-minded football followers supporting other clubs. The story of the finals in reality is still the Toiges. However, the passing bandwagon suggests that newspapers, viewers and listeners can be sucked in by extending the alleged interest into a team that is still not fully confirmed in its place. How do we feel about media profits being assisted by such attention on the Dees? IMO that it stinks a little and sensationalises much of the preparation and readiness assessments of the Club, its support bases and core media reporting. Believing is seeing, not hype-ing the season culmination. Still, that said, it is somewhat new territory for us all - and is therefore exciting but it takes a cool head to remain realistic and more accurately focused. 

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I'm not too fussed with all the hype.  This is what finals are about.  The other big focus is the media are pretty much saying the cup is Richmonds to lose so that is fine with me as well.

I think one J Lewis would be earning his paypacket in spades at the moment.  The stuff you hear dribbling out about what he has done the last few weeks has been brilliant. 

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For the media, this week is all about the four teams playing this weekend so stories about Richmond and West Coast are irrelevant. For the Victorian media, GWS doesn't matter, so the only stories to cover are about Melbourne, Hawthorn and Collingwood. To be honest, I'm amazed that there aren't more Collingwood stories but unlike the coverage of most stories in the media, which tend toward the criminal, negative or full blown outrage (Mark Knight's cartoon, for example), sport often sells for the good news rather than the bad. I guess the potential Melbourne fairytale is the story the media wants everyone to buy into (literally).  

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Melbourne is a good story atm. Neutrals are behind us (so long as their team still isn't in it), and we've come a long way to earn respect.

I think MFCSS is fueling this post's particular narrative. We've turned a massive corner and you can't underestimate this team's potential.

I heard rumblings last year that in a few matches throughout the year, Melbourne players were cocky and trash talking when they were in front. Then they would lose and among the football fraternity, there was this opinion that Melbourne was an immature team that couldn't handle a bit of pressure. They thought they were better than they are.

It has propelled this team and put them in a position where, really, their biggest threat is themselves.

The media coverage probably isn't where we want it to be. It's more a "Crap Club Is Now Good Again" narrative rather than "Great Club Is Still Great". It took Richmond a while to break that, and let's not forget a decade ago Hawthorn was the media's darling after Franklin's goal against Adelaide in the 2007 Elimination.

We may well lose to Hawthorn this week but it won't be because of the media coverage. I was reading comments on an article in Perth Today about how the Eagles would rather play Hawthorn than Melbourne. The Eagles supporters were mostly in agreeance (aside from the typical "NO ONE CAN BEAT THE EAGLES" post) saying that Melbourne is building a tsunami and you probably don't want to play them atm.

You need to dig through the trash and hyperbole and look for the genuine commentary. Where it exists, people like David King, Mark Robbo, people who have generally been very harsh on Melbourne, they are absolutely convinced we will smash anyway in our way this season. I don't believe they're buying into it. They're simply going om facts and the current standard of play.

I am confident this team can handle the pressure. This is a team of schoolboy winners and hardnuts, with amazing team chemistry.

This sort of team, imo the media coverage propels them even higher.

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