Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Bombers fans' boo boo

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.

Hawks still rule, but Bombers redraw the line

Hawthorn v Essendon

Greg Baum After 10 years, the line in the sand had become more of a scuff mark in the grass. Essendon, full of bravado, kept giving it the good old-fashioned "c'mon, I'll have ya", but never did, quite.

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Bombers humiliate old enemy

Essendon's Dyson Heppell wraps up Carlton's Dylan Buckley.

Greg Baum The most ominous aspect for the Blues was that it was not hard to see this coming.

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Weird and wonderful as Bombers soar

Essendon players and coach James Hird belt out the team song in the rooms after the come-fron-behind win over Carlton.

Greg Baum James Hird will coach Essendon again but not in such a weird and wonderful game.

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Sorry, pointless end for the Bombers

Essendon

Greg Baum Essendon was playing for no points and Richmond for academic points.

Bombers put on a winning face

Greg Baum The two faces of Essendon became one in Adelaide on Friday night.

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Business as usual for the Bombers

Gold coast essendon

Greg Baum Ultimately, the 43-point margin was a small form of victory for the Gold Coast Suns.

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Jake Carlisle leaves his mark on submissive Magpies

Jake Carlisle marks ahead of Collingwood's Marley Williams.

Greg Baum It was a long afternoon for Collingwood. It is becoming a long season. But it may suddenly be shortened by a week or two of what once looked certain to be finals football.

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AFL's conundrum: where have all the goals gone?

A goal umpire signals a goal

Greg Baum A week ago, as the world knows, Germany scored seven goals against Brazil in the World Cup. In AFL football on the weekends each side of that match, there were nine instances of teams scoring seven...

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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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We awaited the storm, but all we got were grey areas

Greg Baum It was, memorably if not officially, the ''blackest day in Australian sport''.

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Essendon ignores drama to notch memorable win

Dustin Fletcher celebrates his 379th game.

Greg Baum In the beginning, there wasn’t really a beginning.

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Hushed hallelujahs for this second coming

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Greg Baum How a fan's faith in Essendon and James Hird has been shaken.

Hawthorn's great escape

Eyes on the ball

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was simply happy to get the win, while Essendon's Mark Thompson was almost happy with the loss.

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Playing the ball, not the woman

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Greg Baum Mark Taylor arrived in England in 1997 as Australian Test captain, but also in a drastic and protracted slump that was threatening his place in the side.

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Carlton coach says defeat came as rude shock

Mick Malthouse

Greg Baum Carlton coach Mick Malthouse labelled his team's 81-point capitulation to Essendon at the MCG on Sunday evening as "embarrassing", said it came as a rude shock to him and revealed that the players...

One way or another, the Magpies prevail

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Greg Baum Anzac Day brought two of everything. Two processions, from the shrine in the morning, to the other shrine in the afternoon. Each was in its own way reverential.

Mud to stick no matter the outcome

 Coach James Hird arrives at Windy Hill on Tuesday.

Greg Baum If it was not already, the battle is on in deadly earnest now.

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Code's contradiction muddies the water on doping

Bombers players.

Greg Baum There is an inherently contrary element to the WADA code that stands to muddy the waters.

Doping body definitions cloud issue at Essendon

Greg Baum There is an inherently contrary element to the World Anti-Doping Agency code that stands to muddy the water if any Essendon players are charged by the Australian authority.

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