We’re 12 wins, 2 losses - one loss of which we essentially won but for woeful umpiring (Crows), and the other of which we should’ve won but for woeful defending (Pies).
We’re currently 8 points clear of second place, mid-way the season.
Other than Tomlinson, we have no major injury concerns.
The team looks harmonious and united, on and off field, and most, if not all, of our key players have committed to the club through mid to long term deals.
It seems likely that we’ll finish in the top 4 and, unlike last year, the prelim and grand finals will be held at the MCG (our home ground).
In short, I’ve not seen a Demons team in over 20 years of supporting them better placed than we are now.
That said, I feel nervous. Almost uneasy.
I’ve read reports that Choco Williams might be Collingwood’s senior coach next year, that Yze is in the mix to replace Teague at Carlton. Burgess will be at the Crows next year. Jackson is homesick and will eventually move back to the Weagles. I fear that May or Lever will get injured in round 20.
While I’m probably boxing at shadows here (because we’re in an enviable and unusual position), I just can’t relax. It all feels like a house of cards is about to come crashing down.
I can’t work out whether it’s paranoia borne out of years of following a team prone to failure, or whether my concerns are real.
I’ve also got 500 bucks on us to win the flag at 17/1 (the entire proceeds of which go to my wife, to ensure she watches each game - with some level of enthusiasm).
Anyway, it all feels a bit unreal - too good to be true territory. Anyway else feel this way?
I’d also like someone with inside knowledge to confirm that I’m completely wrong in relation to the Choco Williams, Yze and Burgess concerns.