Do we write off some of the surprises of the season opening as aberrations, or do we read great significance into them?
Port Adelaide have caused a major boilover at the SCG, downing the Swans by 28 points in a huge upset.
He has lined up against the likes of Matthew Pavlich and Travis Cloke, but Logan Austin can't wait to face his best mate.
It's a mug's game, gazing into the crystal football, but I'm shrugging off last year's pathetic prognostications to have another go at predicting who'll finish where on the AFL ladder.
Travis Boak's 2016 season was only one part of the sum found wanting when Port Adelaide, in the words of its CEO Keith Thomas, "ripped itself to shreds" towards the end of such a disappointing year.
Outspoken Port Adelaide president David Koch has ramped up the pressure on coach Ken Hinkley less than a week out from the season, reinforcing his message that he will not tolerate a third consecutive year outside the top eight.
Mature-aged rookie Brett Eddy has kicked five goals to help Port Adelaide beat Hawthorn by 28 points in Sunday's AFL trial game.
The AFL tribunal won't sit on Tuesday with Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder accepting a fine for rough conduct.
All three players cited by the match review panel from the weekend's JLT Series matches have escaped suspension.
Port Adelaide believe they have the depth of defenders to cover the loss of experienced backman Jasper Pittard for the start of the AFL premiership season.
Port Adelaide could lose Jasper Pittard for the start of the AFL premiership season after the influential defender's hamstring injury in Sunday's 28-point trial loss to Richmond.
Port Adelaide president David Koch has told Gold Coast Suns if they wear red-and-gold jumpers in their match in Shanghai it will be the last time they are invited to China.
February is too early for judgments, but the early signs are positive for St Kilda's new-look backline.
Port Adelaide are yet to make a call on the extent of star AFL ruckman Patrick Ryder's re-introduction to competition after his year-long doping ban.
St Kilda defender Jake Carlisle and Port Adelaide ruckman Patrick Ryder are in line to make their long-awaited returns to senior footy this week after being named in their respective clubs' practice match squads.
A leading public health academic employed by the AFL Players Association to change the gambling culture endemic among AFL clubs has criticised the game's failure at head office level to follow suit.
The AFL maintains preparations for the Shanghai clash between Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast Suns are on track despite photographs showing there is much work to do.
Players say their pay dispute with the AFL will drag on well into next year but are hopeful of a resolution before the new season starts.
Port Adelaide's leadership group has defended its handling of Jarman Impey's hit-and-run case, saying the defender's wellbeing is their prime concern.