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Entering a season of optimism, except for those teams not in the hunt

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"Cocktails and dreams" from the 1980s movie Cocktail was the preferred diet of the fictional Doug Coughlan and the eventual name Bryan Flanagan, also fictional, bestowed upon his own bar as an homage to his flawed friend.

That same name could be given to the fortunes of 800 league footballers this week, except it would have to be corrected ever so slightly. As the home-and-away season ends and the finals reveals itself, the psychological state of these players is almost split into two, but it's "cocktails or dreams".

Bryan Brown (left) and Tom Cruise in Cocktail.

I was desperate not to reference the smell of spring this week. Desperate. And then I went for a run with the dog along my usual route and there was freshly cut lawn everywhere. A deep puddle that could almost classify as a small pond that had settled on the footpath, not far from Merri Creek, had become a side-stepping ritual on my trail, but this week it had dried up.

I noticed more people along that very same path this week too. More people, more dogs and more smiles. It was nice to see, but there was a........

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