I feel like I did before the third test began, or before the last day of the last test. Lots of nervous, jittery energy. I think we have the talent to go well. I know we could completely stuff up the season. And I've no idea where we'll fall. I just no longer have faith in Essendon to be more than the sum of the parts. The mixture of preseason form, injuries, forwardline form just continue this yo-yo worry to excitement that feeds into the entire loop.
I can put forward scenarios for why we will finish top 4, and do the same for bottom 4. The reality is I have no bloody idea how we'll ago, and unlike others who just discard analysis for faith and hope (even if I suspect what they really feel is over-stated on here), I can't let go of reason to just blindly believe.
And of course, anything I see a week from now will be tempered (good or bad) by the knowledge its only after a handful of games that you really know. I remember in 2015 people got way too over the top excited about the Hawthorn win, and glossed over what happened against St Kilda, Fremantle and Carlton.