This was written before Friday night's mega final, but chances are that if you are not yet of a certain age and you don't have a dog in the finals race, you have woken up on Saturday morning either feeling warmly disposed towards Richmond in their newfound success, or at least thinking that there is still next week for them, without a hint of the schadenfreude you might direct towards another team.
Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age
Like a Nathan Lyon variation, Cricket Australia has subtlely changed direction.
Since the AFL season has come to a hiatus, and A League season hasn't started yet, and the Test cricket season has but we'd rather not talk about it, and the basketball season may or may not have started - it's hard to say - let's seize the chance to do what all good sports adminstrators do: duck over to America for a weekend to "study" the latest in sports promotion.
A guide at the National Sports Museum recently told John Bradman that the most popular exhibit just now is a photo of his father, the inimitable Sir Donald, with Sachin Tendulkar, taken on the the Don's 90th birthday.
Kanga Tech is a patented system for reducing soft-tissue injuries developed at North Melbourne under high-performance manager Steve Saunders. The Roos swear by it, and are now selling it to the world. Hockey, soccer and basketball clubs are on board, including two in the NBA.
A study has found that all but one of 111 former NFL players showed signs of CTE, a nasty degenerative brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head.
As industrial battles go, this was hardly the waterside workers dispute of 1997. Rather, it was how a rich sport was going to divide its spoils between mostly well-paid athletes for the next five years.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland proposed that the protracted pay dispute go to arbitration if not resolved this weekend, then Sutherland the old fast bowler smiled thinly as he added: "In cricket parlance, we're prepared to accept the umpire's decision."
In the beginning, the crux of this dispute was revenue sharing. Nearly a year later, it still is. But now it appears it is not so much the principle as the words. "Revenue sharing" is a sacred incantation to one party, an expletive that must be deleted to the other.
The fact of Donald Trump suggests we have peaked as species and are on the decline. None the less, wherever we are in 100 years, historians will look back at the last week and scratch the unprotected part of their heads in wonder.