Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Swans bigger, Hawks better, in AFL epic

Greg Baum The least that can be said about this match is the most that can be said: it lived up to its billing.

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Buddy makes his mark, reaches his goals

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Greg Baum In all the contemplations of whether Lance Franklin was worth the money and the fuss to Sydney, never was it considered that he might actually improve as a player in his new guernsey and guise.

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Bombers fans' boo boo

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Greg Baum Essendon fans spent so much time and energy booing at Etihad stadium last Friday that it was a wonder they got around to cheering at all.

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The 'G will divide and conquer

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Greg Baum Some would have this grand final as a contest for Melbourne-Sydney honour. They are like uniformed Japanese sentries who, until the '70s, periodically emerged from the jungles of Malaysia, still...

Spirit of the Bloods leads to premiership

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Greg Baum The Sydney Swans will never know how they won this premiership, except that it is the way they always win.

A new Bloods, still with its links to the old team and its culture

Adam Goodes and Nick Malceski.

Greg Baum The Swans' popularity now transcends even Melbourne-Sydney sectarianism.

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Hawks play straight men

Fists of fury: A big pack flies for the ball during Hawthorn's win over Sydney at the MCG on Saturday night.

Greg Baum All the goals that Hawthorn could not kick in last year's grand final, it kicked on Saturday.

Dons take limelight on special night

Michael Long and Nicky Winmar at the MCG on Saturday.

Greg Baum It was Dreamtime at the 'G and there was much for those on hand to celebrate and appreciate.

Siren sounded on racism in football

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Greg Baum Two images from 20 years apart suggest that nothing has changed.

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Goodes 'gutted' after racial slur

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Greg Baum and Michael Gleeson Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes said he was ‘gutted’ when a young fan called him an ‘ape’ in the dying minutes of his club’s win over Collingwood on Friday night.

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Goodes' critics way off mark

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Greg Baum The idea that Adam Goodes needs to harden up is absurd.

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Swans in the driver's seat to sink Pies

Jude Bolton battles Nick Maxwell.

Greg Baum Sydney begins the indigenous round in style, with a 47-point defeat of Collingwood.

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The best out of Sydney

Future champion: Lenny Hayes at 18, soon after joining the Saints.

Greg Baum Lenny Hayes was Sydney-born and bred, but into an Australian rules tradition.