Greg Baum Football fate is as cruel as any Machiavellian machination. The decline and fall of Carlton underscores it.
Greg Baum I don't understand why Adam Goodes is booed so vehemently. But I don't think it helps his cause to deny that booing was at least partly the catalyst for his so-called war dance on Friday night.
Greg Baum Mick Malthouse's valedictory was messy, abrupt and undignified, but in a perverse way was also a final backhanded tribute.
Greg Baum Carlton had expected to slip down the ladder before it rose again, but not this far, and not into this mess.
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.
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.
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...
Greg Baum Mitch Clark is walking on eggshells. Geelong is walking on eggshells around Clark. Everyone is walking on eggshells around Clark and Geelong.
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.
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...
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.
Greg Baum Next Thursday, it will be two years since the Essendon drugs scandal first burst into public view.
Greg Baum Bottom line, James Hird is trying to get off on an elaborate technicality.
Greg Baum Looking back three years later, the everyplayer found it hard to say when, how - or if - it had all gone wrong.
Greg Baum Essendon players want their cases heard because they desperately want to relieve the burdens they have carried for 21 months.
Greg Baum The western hemisphere's most infamous instance of slavery was practised in the United States throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
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.
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.
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.
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...