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.

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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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AFL's favourite sons may rise but they can also fall

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Greg Baum This week might cause clubs to exercise greater discernment when playing favourites.

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Top pick decides to be choosy

Greg Baum A player who seeks to change clubs because of personal ambition is liable to be seen as selfish.

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Loyalty in eye of the beholder

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Greg Baum Let's call him Lance, though it could be Dale or Dustin, or soon, your favourite footballer.

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Life of Brian

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01:  Mitch Duncan of the Cats is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal during the round one AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Greg Baum Brian Lake wants to be remembered as a Bulldogs life member and Hawks premiership player.

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The Buddy snatchers open a can of worms

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Greg Baum The Blues wrote the book on manipulation; the Swans merely digitalised it.

Dream achieved, Tarrant at ease

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Greg Baum The Magpies backman is leaving the game with no regrets.

The Brownlow of Jobe

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Jobe Watson of the Bombers poses with the Brownlow Medal during the 2012 Brownlow Medal at Crown Palladium on September 24, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Greg Baum Essendon captain Jobe Watson out-stays a packed field to win the 2012 Brownlow Medal.

The brown and gold rush

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Greg Baum Hawthorn's two tumbles from grace have reminded fans to cherish what they have.

Draft tales: boys becoming men

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Greg Baum Emma Quayle's The Draft follows five draftees and their time in the AFL cauldron.

Haunted Demons fans are ready to give up the ghost

Greg Baum In its support profile, Melbourne Football Club often is portrayed as a split personality.

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Nick Riewoldt: the fire still burns

Greg Baum At 18, Nick Riewoldt was the shining light in a struggling St Kilda team. At 30, he still is.

Like it or lump it, football is back

Greg Baum It is just 139 days since the last grand final, and already it is fusty history. What matters now is that it is only 227 to the next.

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Dogs unleash winning form at long last

Time to celebrate: Luke Dahlhaus is thrilled with the Bulldog victory.

Greg Baum For the Western Bulldogs, the result of this slog of a match mattered.

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Accidents do happen, and are often unavoidable

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Greg Baum The match review panel has developed such a mania for finding not just cause, but culpability in every heart-in-mouth happening on the football ground that it is wonder it did not prefer a charge of...

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Dawning of a brand new day

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Greg Baum Essendon and Richmond, the traditional owners of this most joyous of AFL theme matches, have had their recent dark days - Richmond's in particular are the stuff of mythology - but this night met as...