AFL knocks back Melbourne's request for a priority selection at the upcoming national draft.
It can seem at times like modern AFL football doesn't do humility, and nowhere in an increasingly blocked-out calendar do the howls of "look at me" echo louder than on Brownlow night.
Bombers legend Tim Watson says every other club would fight tooth and nail to clear their names as Essendon has done.
A relentless West Coast midfielder considered not good enough to make the All-Australian team has won the AFL's highest individual honour.
It is the grand final week selection dilemma which has opinions split, and Sam Mitchell says he does not envy those charged with making the final call on Hawthorn teammate Cyril Rioli.
The Swans and Hawks have already set the grand final bar high - now it's your turn to show your support.
Pennant Hills shaped greats Kieren Jack and Jarrad McVeigh, writes Andrew Wu.
Essendon has lost the support of the other 17 AFL clubs over drugs investigation.
Rarely does a team enjoy such an admirable season, yet have one negative storyline gather so much momentum all the way through.