After close to 50 tennis grand slams and a handful of Davis Cup deciders, a dozen AFL grand finals, Olympic and Commonwealth Games both home and away, Boxing Day cricket and a score of world championships, including various one-goal netball thrillers, this, for me, is the finish line.
A giant Tomas Bugg mural might have popped up in Melbourne's famed graffiti gallery in Hosier Lane but the Demons are making sure that's all the notoriety the AFL utility gets this week.
Michael Hibberd learnt plenty while he was banned from playing AFL in 2016.
Melbourne will make room for Cam Pedersen despite the return of first-choice ruckman Max Gawn to face West Coast in Perth on Saturday, but Jack Watts will have to wait to play his 150th game after the tall forward limped from training with an injured hamstring.
Premiership coach Paul Roos says he would be "staggered" if the AFL's bumper pay deal and free agency did not have clubs and star players contemplating how they could form a "super team".
Hawthorn recruit Jaeger O'Meara appears unlikely to play again this season after the Hawks revealed he has suffered a new knee injury.
Dropping marks and turning the ball over, Oscar McDonald's football world was caving in. He'd already been dropped once in 2017 after a dirty day against Geelong in round three, and another spell in the VFL wouldn't have come a surprise following shockers against North Melbourne and Gold Coast in the matches immediately before Melbourne's mid-season bye.
Melbourne co-captain Jack Viney says the Demons' leadership will urge Tom Bugg to keep his social media escapades "in check" after Bugg's Instagram post about Western Bulldog Jason Johannisen became a talking point.
Chance of back-to-back premierships looks increasingly remote after a 57-point defeat at the hands of the rising Demons.
Disappointed Beveridge denies attitude an issue after heavy loss to Dees, braces for bad news on injury to luckless Lin Jong.
Western Bulldogs players tried to rough up Melbourne stopper Tomas Bugg after the Demons posted an inflammatory post on Instagram ahead of Sunday's match at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Western Bulldogs midfielder Lachie Hunter was adamant through the week his team still had the snarl of 2016.
Fans take time to change perceptions about players who have taken their game to another level – for better and worse.
Rob Lowe, Mr Bean (aka Rowan Atkinson), The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson), the Dalai Lama and Usain Bolt all have something in common - they've been guests of the Collingwood Football Club (or at least photographed with the Magpies' famous black and white stripes).
Tom Liberatore is out of exile, with the tough Western Bulldogs midfielder one of five inclusions for his club's crucial clash with Melbourne on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.
Melbourne will look to the blueprint adopted by Sydney in a bid to physically unsettle dasher Jason Johannisen when they face the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.
The AFL says it has seen some evidence of field umpires inadvertently disrupting play in the centre corridor and will discuss the issue with Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin.
Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones is in no doubt that the Demons' next three matches will be a season-defining period.
Melbourne co-captain Nathan Jones "loved" seeing former whipping boy Jack Watts come full circle in such emphatic fashion on Monday and finally put to bed those unwanted memories of his Queen's Birthday debut in 2009.