Uncertain future ... Will Dustin Fletcher finish his career on the same games tally as Simon Madden? Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
OK, we'll have to leave it there for today. Thanks for all the questions and comments, there's some pretty good games coming up this weekend, so enjoy ... and that other on-going saga, of course! See you back here same time next Monday.
Essendon has a right to fight the stripping of its premiership points for this season. Perversely, though, there's another potential disaster looming if, in fact, the Bombers hang on to them.
The Bombers have played just two AFL finals in the past eight years, both ending in thrashings and accompanying humiliation. Right now, you would have to take short odds on that becoming a hat-trick in a month. As brave as James Hird's side has been in battling a tide of off-field turmoil the likes of which we haven't seen before, its goose appears well and truly cooked.
Sunday's 53-point home loss to West Coast wasn't as embarrassing as last week's 79-point belting at the hands of Collingwood. The Bombers were in the game far later than the week before that when Hawthorn towelled them up by 56 points.
But the bottom line remains three smashings in a row by an aggregate of 188 points. They look drained and tired and have three more potential losses ahead of them.
To add to the drama surrounding Windy Hill, Dustin Fletcher is due to play his 379th game at the weekend, passing Simon Madden's club record, but the prospect of both a personal suspension for late contact on West Coast's Jamie Cripps, and a team ban by the AFL Commission, raises the possibility Sunday's loss might have even been the 38-year-old's last game.
What do you think? Can the Bombers find a steadying influence to approach their final three home-and-away matches? Or are there simply much more weighty issues to contend with? Is Dustin Fletcher any chance to play on again next season? Have your say during Rohan Connolly's live blog from midday. You can SEND in your questions right now.