Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

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.

Hawks still rule, but Bombers redraw the line

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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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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

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

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Business as usual for the Bombers

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

Bombers put on a winning face

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

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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...

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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.

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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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.

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

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

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Essendon unveils new training facility

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Greg Baum There's no other way of saying this: the way Essendon has grown between seasons, it is as if the club is on steroids.

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

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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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Verbal pushing and shoving most unbecoming

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Greg Baum Everyone needs to step back and ask: Why was Essendon anywhere near that line in the first place?

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First the drugs, and now Dons take their medicine

Greg Baum Essendon was desperate not to be cast as a cheat, but that is how it will be remembered.

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Hird profile double-edged sword for Dons

Greg Baum No one could accuse James Hird of hiding. Every week of this tumultuous season, he has faced up to pre and post-match media briefings, dead-batting questions about the growing supplements scandal...

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Danger defused, Dons, Carlisle give Pies boot

Greg Baum As the siren sounded to mark the most significant of Essendon's run of five wins in what has been an astonishing start to 2013, Jake Carlisle walked crookedly from the interchange bench to join his...