James Hird leaves home on Monday morning.

James Hird leaves home on Monday morning. Photo: Penny Stephens

We'll have to leave it there for today, people. Thanks for all the questions and comments, still quite a few I haven't got around to, will attempt to do so later today or tomorrow. Whatever happens with Essendon saga today, let's hope it allows us a bit of fresh air and chance to concentrate on what's shaping as a great finals series. See you back here same time next week.

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Potential topics this week:

How will Essendon bounce back from its expected heavy sanctions for its supplements program?

Which team will finish ninth, and which of the candidates would present the best opposition in the finals?

Can injury-hit Sydney still win the flag?

Will Brisbane emerge stronger from its board challenge?