Unhappy Hawks under new ownership
Unhappy Hawks under new ownership

It's been my experience that crazy things happen over the last few rounds of a footy season.

Look no further than Snoop Dog, he's changed his name to Snoop Lion. Weird!

If I'm making that change I'm thinking Snoop Hawk or Snoop Magpie!

But maybe he can't bring himself to run with the favorites. Maybe he still needs to be anti-establishment, yet somehow relevant. Why Brisbane?

Having said that, invariably some of the also-rans tend to produce one last hurrah.

It's as if players, responding to a wasted season, find the strength to play their own grand final in those weeks before the finals start.

Admittedly most of these upsets come at the expense of a 'fat cat' opponent already assured a place in the finals, something less likely this season given the logjam look of the ladder right now, but likely nevertheless.

And all this jockeying for position can make for odd bedfellows.

West Coast fans were no doubt urging arch rivals Sydney on last Saturday night.

You weren't?

Ok, I understand it's easy to dislike Collingwood but the Magpies breathtaking win was a real body blow to any hopes the Eagles might have of a premiership.

Now only one place in the top four remains reachable, well barely.

And no top four spells no hope!

Facing a massive percentage disadvantage John Worsfold's men not only have to win every game but hope those upsets I mentioned all come crashing down on Hawthorn.

By contrast Fremantle caught a mini break yesterday.

When an injury ravaged North Melbourne won the battle of the two other eleven win teams (both with a greater percentage than the Dockers and headed by North) Essendon's downward spiral continued, as did it's grip on eighth place.

I very much doubt despite their "mathematical chance" either Carlton or Richmond have any viable chance of making the eight but they will remain the most dangerous teams out of the running.

St Kilda, also a serious contender on the outside looking in is likely to be without it's best player when it meets Geelong on Friday night and then as coincidence would have it, the Bombers play Carlton on Saturday three hours before the Fremantle/Richmond matchup in Perth.

Perhaps playing last gives the Dockers another slight advantage!

Because from now it's all about TCB (taking care of business). Those dog days of summer are waiting for one false step!

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