Why rival fans love to hate Collingwood
FINISHING in the top four by beating up on cellar dwellers, a buoyant Eddie McGuire and the fans.
There are plenty of reasons to cheer against Collingwood this finals series.
Here are a few of them.
IT'S been great watching Eddie the past few years as Collingwood's halcyon days of 2010/2011 recede into the distance.
We all enjoyed the stray camera shots of Eddie slumped in his seat as the hapless 2016/2017 Magpies bumbled their way around the MCG.
Watching him front up to explain debacles like the Gubby Allen hiring then suspension was equally entertaining, while the Pies' version of the Kirribilli Agreement was the gift that kept on giving.
But with Collingwood back in the finals, McGuire is suddenly an irritating presence for opposition supporters once again.
FINISHING THIRD BY BEATING UP ON DUDS
HOW does a team finish in the top four by beating just ONE top eight side?
Some experts say Collingwood can win the flag.
That seems unlikely unless they get to play Melbourne three times - the sole finalist they've actually beaten.
EXPLOITING GRAND FINAL LOOPHOLES
ON first glance, Collingwood's four consecutive premierships - 1927 to 1930 - look an incredible, superhuman feat.
Look closer though.
Collingwood capitalised on a quirk of the system in 1929 to play off in the grand final despite suffering a crushing defeat in the semi final, according to the Collingwood website.
"When the Magpies finished the home and away season undefeated on top of the ladder, there appeared no stopping the black and white.
"Incredibly, however, Richmond thrashed the previously invincible Magpies by 62 points in the second semi-final to shock the football world.
"Under the finals system operating at that time, Richmond and Carlton then played off, with Collingwood - as minor premier - able to challenge the winner of this match in a grand final."
The club used the same system again in 1930 to clinch their premiership four-peat.
We're thinking an asterisk or two might need to appear on the Collingwood honour board.
THE COACHING SUCCESSION PLAN COMING GOOD … SORT OF
THE disaster that was Collingwood's coaching succession plan was a source of great amusement to supporters the league over.
In one of the AFL's great own goals, a premiership coach was unseated after back to back grand finals, ultimately washing up at a despised rival to coach against the club.
Five barren seasons followed, including four out of the finals.
But now Nathan Buckley has the Pies back in the finals.
Seeing Collingwood play finals is hard enough to deal with. The fact the succession plan can no longer be considered an unmitigated disaster - just a minor one - makes it worse.
THE COOLLLLIIIIINNNGWOOOOOOOOD CHANT
CONSPICUOUSLY absent from the G in the past few seasons, this painful chant will be back in full voice should the Magpies win a final at that venue (the potential upside is watching the team collapse after their supporters go the chant too early).
YES it's a cliche, but that doesn't mean it's not true. Collingwood fans are the worst.
And then there's Joffa. On a positive note, the gold jacket hasn't had much of a work out these past few years.
THE RAT PACK
WE preferred the Vegas version.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr were certainly more charming than Heath Shaw, Alan Didak and Dane Swan.
And Sinatra wouldn't have been stupid enough to lie to Eddie McGuire.