Another top-notch article in the Age by Caroline Wilson looks at how the Brisbane Lions board was told in 2002 that the team was capable of four premierships in a row, but if they did try for it, there would be a long term price to be paid. The board took the short term option of going for four in a row, and came ever so close.
I guess as a fan of the game, I am glad that they did. The great Brisbane side of 2001-03 played some astonishingly good football and took the game to a new level in many ways. It is the truly great that make a difference to sport. Just look at the Australian cricket side from 1999 to 2003, which is another case in point.