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schmuttt

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When the siren went on Saturday night I didn’t even celebrate (Although that was because I was terrified Trac had just done a serious leg injury). Anyone else finding the season feels very long when you’re waiting for us to start losing? Like 8-0 and should be 9-1 at worst but I’m still not confident of finals till we’ve banked 13 wins, and not confident of top 4 till we hit 16.

Basically what I’m saying is I feel like I’m in a holding pattern watching us play because whilst 8-0 is ‘awesome’ it also isn’t an achievement at all and now I’m extremely anxious about where we will be come end of the year.

tldr; expectation is scary
 
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stEdy

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Watching us right now is like an out of body experience.

Feels like one half of me is actively dissociating as it can't comprehend that we're actually good and the ramifications of that come september: "Finals? Prelim? Grand Final? FLAG!?"

The thought of going to the G to watch us in a grand final makes me feel ill.
 

Jamurp

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When the siren went on Saturday night I didn’t even celebrate (Although that was because I was terrified Trac had just done a serious leg injury). Anyone else finding the season feels very long when you’re waiting for us to start losing? Like 8-0 and should be 9-1 at worst but I’m still not confident of finals till we’ve banked 13 wins, and not confident of top 4 till we hit 16.

Basically what I’m saying is I feel like I’m in a holding pattern watching us play because whilst 8-0 is ‘awesome’ it also isn’t an achievement at all and now I’m extremely anxious about where we will be come end of the year.

tldr; expectation is scary
Every dees supporter I know seems to be in disbelief as we keep banking the wins and going 6-0, 7-0, 8-0.. Nobody expected this start to the season and you’re right it does feel awesome but also a little strange. Part of me is just expecting it to go tits eventually, but I know we’re actually looking like genuinely good football side.

I think we all want the ultimate success though, it’s not enough to just make finals, it’s time to finally win a flag, and perhaps that’s why we have one eye on the pointy end of the season. Gotta enjoy the ride too though.
 

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Over the past month I've been relatively calm through most games. I'm really trusting the defensive transition and the back six. Even when oppo has all the momentum we've been able to weather the storm and limit the damage done. It's a strange feeling, but one that I like. Not seeing the runs of 5-7 goals in a row against us that we were not so long ago.
 

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When the siren went on Saturday night I didn’t even celebrate (Although that was because I was terrified Trac had just done a serious leg injury). Anyone else finding the season feels very long when you’re waiting for us to start losing? Like 8-0 and should be 9-1 at worst but I’m still not confident of finals till we’ve banked 13 wins, and not confident of top 4 till we hit 16.

Basically what I’m saying is I feel like I’m in a holding pattern watching us play because whilst 8-0 is ‘awesome’ it also isn’t an achievement at all and now I’m extremely anxious about where we will be come end of the year.

tldr; expectation is scary
The veil of negativity became our security blanket. Keeping up the veil is becoming harder and harder as the wins breed positivity, but living life without it feels like walking down Bourke St naked. Our underbelly still feels a bit too soft to have it so plainly exposed.

There is still lingering doubt about how we bounce back after the eventual loss. Do we accept that losing is a part of football and maintain our system and mindset and keep things on track? Or do we start to second-guess everything, let the mental demons gnaw away at the psyche and regress, letting the external pressure affect us to the point of failure?

We probably should just keep winning and never lose again. It seems to be working so far - why have we never thought of this before?
 

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Watching us right now is like an out of body experience.

Feels like one half of me is actively dissociating as it can't comprehend that we're actually good and the ramifications of that come september: "Finals? Prelim? Grand Final? FLAG!?"

The thought of going to the G to watch us in a grand final makes me feel ill.
I’m actually having this chat with Dad. This is the best he has ever really seen us and he’s in his early 60s. It’s some level of disbelief and out of body experience.

Right now I’ve gone to hard calculations. Hurdle 1 is 13 wins (guaranteed September); hurdle 2 is 15 wins (virtually guaranteed top 4) and then hurdle 3 is top 2 which is simply as many wins as we can get.

But yes it’s definitely a state of disbelief. We are 3 games clear in the top four after eight rounds. What the actual fu**.
 

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The veil of negativity became our security blanket. Keeping up the veil is becoming harder and harder as the wins breed positivity, but living life without it feels like walking down Bourke St naked. Our underbelly still feels a bit too soft to have it so plainly exposed.

There is still lingering doubt about how we bounce back after the eventual loss. Do we accept that losing is a part of football and maintain our system and mindset and keep things on track? Or do we start to second-guess everything, let the mental demons gnaw away at the psyche and regress, letting the external pressure affect us to the point of failure?

We probably should just keep winning and never lose again. It seems to be working so far - why have we never thought of this before?
 

Crimson Azure

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When the siren went on Saturday night I didn’t even celebrate (Although that was because I was terrified Trac had just done a serious leg injury). Anyone else finding the season feels very long when you’re waiting for us to start losing? Like 8-0 and should be 9-1 at worst but I’m still not confident of finals till we’ve banked 13 wins, and not confident of top 4 till we hit 16.

Basically what I’m saying is I feel like I’m in a holding pattern watching us play because whilst 8-0 is ‘awesome’ it also isn’t an achievement at all and now I’m extremely anxious about where we will be come end of the year.

tldr; expectation is scary
The Melbourne in you is strong and I'm right beside you. Its almost like I want to drop a game so the sense of normality can return where hope and expectation go to die. I can't bring myself to believe the two weeks have been 'mature' wins, rather I still see them as a weakness that has been exposed.

Starting to get heaps of mates ask questions or make statements like 'are the Dees the real thing? or 'are you getting excited?' My standard response it 'If we're up by 6 goals with two minutes to play in the GF, I lift the lid then.'

Funnily enough, the only time I've felt settled was the tigers game when the expectation by all is that we would lose and a honourable loss was ok.
 

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The veil of negativity became our security blanket. Keeping up the veil is becoming harder and harder as the wins breed positivity, but living life without it feels like walking down Bourke St naked. Our underbelly still feels a bit too soft to have it so plainly exposed.

There is still lingering doubt about how we bounce back after the eventual loss. Do we accept that losing is a part of football and maintain our system and mindset and keep things on track? Or do we start to second-guess everything, let the mental demons gnaw away at the psyche and regress, letting the external pressure affect us to the point of failure?

We probably should just keep winning and never lose again. It seems to be working so far - why have we never thought of this before?
Quality post, the veil comment is spot on, we're open and exposed and waiting for everyone to laugh at our junk.

This is the (the bolded) one area I have a little confidence. The talk about a team and selflessness has me thinking players are no longer primarily self concerned. The team mantra seems to have built a collective confidence and solidarity I haven't seen before in our players. I hope this translates into a resilience amongst the playing group. The coaching group will have set them for an eventual loss. Just look to teams like bombers 2000, unstoppable, yet they lost a game and cats 2007 who started 2-3. Losing is part of any AFL season and they must be expecting this.
 

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