Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

Nat Fyfe: up high, down low ... Brownlow?

Greg Baum Lachie Hunter didn't really have a prayer. With minutes to play and the Western Bulldogs/Fremantle match in the balance, he'd made a strong lead to a Easton Wood's kick-in.

Gameday: no experience necessary

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Greg Baum Paddy McCartin is slogging away at Sandringham, aka St Kilda's reserves, or as the AFL might would prefer it henceforth, the Saints' feeder club, or even AAA franchise.

WADA appeal into Essendon verdict: Too big even for City Hall

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Greg Baum You can't fight City Hall, they said. You won't stop the AFL from having its way. And so it proved. First, the AFL conspired (legally) with ASADA to bring charges against Essendon, and to apply its...

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Mitch Clark: understanding mental issues on the field

Mitch Clark passes the ball during the match against Collingwood.

Greg Baum Mitch Clark is walking on eggshells. Geelong is walking on eggshells around Clark. Everyone is walking on eggshells around Clark and Geelong.

The 10 commandments of AFL football

AFL Sherrin THUMBNAIL

Greg Baum In the good old days, a footballer might have had a steak before the game, a smoke during it, and a skinful afterwards.

Essendon drug saga: Twenty-six months we'll never get back

Flanked by his temmates, Essendon captain Jobe Watson speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Greg Baum If only football did not have to go through the last 26 months. That figure fell as readily from Jobe Watson's lips on Tuesday as if it was a jail term: it was the time he had spent worrying "last...

The drugs vigil: it's as easy as A, B, C, D, E and F

Fremantle's Ryan Crowley.

Greg Baum In an alternative universe, in which vigilance against drugs in sport wasn't so wound up in an ever-growing ball of well-meaning but impenetrable red tape, another Ryan Crowley case unfolds.

Two strikes, but have we Hird the last?

James Hird

Greg Baum Next Thursday, it will be two years since the Essendon drugs scandal first burst into public view.

James Hird gets his day in court - again

Essendon fans show their support for James Hird outside the Federal Court in Melbourne on Monday.

Greg Baum Bottom line, James Hird is trying to get off on an elaborate technicality.

Of ticking boxes and ticking bombs

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Greg Baum Looking back three years later, the everyplayer found it hard to say when, how - or if - it had all gone wrong.

Bombers leap from frying pan, beware fire

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Greg Baum Essendon players want their cases heard because they desperately want to relieve the burdens they have carried for 21 months.

Slavish imitation: a history lessened

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Greg Baum The western hemisphere's most infamous instance of slavery was practised in the United States throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Trading faces: the game within the game sparked by free agency and fans frenzy

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Greg Baum Mid-way through 1980, North Melbourne's Stephen Icke did a double take as he parked his car at VFL Park for a game against Hawthorn. In the next bay was Russell Greene, a mate who played for St Kilda.

It's Phil Walsh san, football zen master

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Greg Baum It amuses John Worsfold still to remember the sound of Phil Walsh's voice in an adjacent office at West Coast, on the phone in tongue-twisting conversation with his Japanese tutor.

Jordan Lewis' year of rolling out the barrel

Natural leader: Jordan Lewis, who is in career-best form for the Hawks, lets fly at training on Friday.

Greg Baum Hawthorn was blockaded in Sydney's half. The game plan called for it to hold its nerve and thread its way out, but it wasn't working.

Bans, bargain bans, going cheap

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Greg Baum So, charged to get to the bottom of the first great drugs-in-sport crisis in Australian history, ASADA's solution is a sweetheart deal? For the 17 Cronulla players, suspensions backdated so far that...

'Half-guilty' Kangaroo Brent Harvey gets a full whack

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Greg Baum To add another twist to a season of tribunal adventure and misadventure, North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey pleaded half-guilty to misconduct.

Cats use a life, Blues get one

Any which way: Geelong's Joel Selwood leads the Blues on a merry dance.

Greg Baum Geelong’s sighs of relief and Carlton’s boos echoed through the Etihad chamber at the final siren, but the feature of this game that might resound furthest into the future was the...

Williams hit golf out of bounds with the humour sport deserves

Greg Baum In a New York show in 2002, the suddenly late Robin Williams famously deconstructed golf. Here is a flavour; you will have to imagine the rat-a-tat delivery.

AFL the unseen player in court drama

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Greg Baum The AFL is neither applicant nor defendant in this Federal Court showdown, but it is present in nearly every conversation.