Melbourne Demons' supporters walking down Domain Rd in South Yarra on Tuesday morning might have been heartened by the sight that greeted them.
There, sitting at a table at the Domain Cafe, were Melbourne assistant coach Simon Goodwin, his brilliant but temperamental full-forward Jesse Hogan, and none other than former North Melbourne premiership captain, now Channel 7 pundit, Wayne Carey.
Hogan came under heavy fire this week from a series of media commentators for his poor body language in the Demons' shock defeat by Essendon. The 19-year-old former Rising Star winner kicked just one goal in the match and spent much of the afternoon venting his frustration at teammates, opponents and umpires, often all at the same time.
We can surmise that Goodwin, who was a teammate and friend of Carey's at Adelaide for two seasons (after The King had left the Kangaroos in inglorious circumstances in 2002), asked his old buddy to come along to talk to Hogan about how to cope with the burden of expectation at such a young age, and indeed dealing with negative publicity.
Hogan won the Rising Star award in a brilliant debut season last year; Carey burst onto the AFL scene as an 18-year-old in 1989 and was given the Kangaroos' captaincy at the age of 21.
The champ is believed to have offered Hogan his full support, telling the Dees forward that he set the bar so high for himself in 2015 that any drop-off in performance was inevitably going to attract criticism and negative reviews.
On Monday night, Carey told Seven's Talking Footy: "Let's not forget, he's just a kid who's played just 22 games. With all the expectations and the talk around contracts and all that sort of stuff -- how's this kid meant to handle all that at just 19?"
David Evans and The Shark
Australia's greatest male golfer, Greg Norman, will not be in Augusta for The Masters this week, nor will he be at home in Florida watching the tournament on telly.
On Thursday morning, The Shark will actually be in country Victoria at the property of former Essendon president David Evans.
Evans, you see, is employing Norman to build his very own 18-hole championship course at Alexandra, on the banks of the Goulburn River.
Evans was at the helm at Essendon when news of the club's supplements scandal broke in early 2013; he decided to resign as chairman in July because of ill-health, the impact of the debacle having taken its toll. Since then, he has kept his distance from football and his former club and one-time close friend James Hird, with whom he had a messy falling out.
Evans is understood to have met Norman for the first time at the Essendon-Collingwood Anzac Day match in 2013, when the pair sat next to each other and talked of little but golf.
They have since struck up a strong friendship. Evans has stayed as Norman's house guest in Florida and has invited the former world No. 1 golfer, now global entrepreneur, to be on the advisory board of his Melbourne-based stockbroking and investment firm, Evans and Partners.
Their new club is to be called Cathedral Lodge. Three holes were completed a while ago, and the first nine is due to be open for play by mid-year.
Riewoldt and Son
Joe Riewoldt was a decent footballer in his day in Tassie, and he is not shy about offering advice to son Nick despite the fact the St Kilda skipper has now played 300 AFL games.
The game's proudest father last weekend, he was caught by Channel Seven cameras giving his son a target from the grandstand as Nick had a shot at goal during the game against Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium -- holding his hands high in the air.
Asked after the game how often he had to endure coaching tips from his dad, Nick said: ''Daily.''
Joe Riewoldt also revealed over the weekend that his son had called him after the round-one match against Port Adelaide, in which the Saints were overrun by the Power in the final quarter, and suggested that "the game has passed me by''.
Fortunately, the St Kilda all-time great gathered his confidence and put in a much better performance against the Bulldogs last weekend.
Both Joe Riewoldt and his brother Chris, father of Richmond's Jack, were fine players in Tasmania, the latter a star for Clarence who was on St Kilda's radar at one point.
Western Bulldogs defender Marcus Adams has made such a splash in his first two games that his coach, Luke Beveridge, could not recall a better opening by a tall defender. He has also drawn attention from his teammates.
Adams, a mature-age recruit who played for West Perth in the WAFL last year, has picked up the nickname 'The Specimen', such is the power of his physique.
'One of the best rigs I've ever seen for a guy just coming into the club,'' said one teammate.
All of which means the Doggies now have The Specimen to go with The Package (forward Jake Stringer).
Don Pyke will seek own men
Don Pyke's appointment as Adelaide coach came late, meaning that most of the club's assistant coaches remained in place, such as Matthew Clarke and Scott Camporeale.
But we expect Pyke to bring in some trusted allies, most likely from his native Perth, next season, to bolster the Crows' coaching ranks.
Pyke, the former West Coast midfielder, has made an impact at Adelaide in the first two rounds in his first senior coaching job.
He was on the Crows' coaching staff a decade ago under Neil Craig, but left football to ply his trade in the mining industry before returning to the game.
Good points made by Dr Alan Pearce, a concussion expert, this week in relation to the famous (or infamous) bump-tackle laid by Shane Mumford upon Geelong's Mitch Duncan at Manuka.
Pearce has called out the hypocrisy of an industry that laments the sadness of the story of Justin Clarke, the Brisbane Lions defender who was forced into premature retirement because of a head injury, but then celebrates the Mumford hit on Duncan, which left the Geelong player concussed.
Mumford did no more than lay a highly aggressive and dangerous tackle, and did not deserve to be suspended. But we have to be careful when we salivate about these matters, given that a handful of players in recent times have had to walk away because of head injuries sustained playing the game. It's just blood lust.