Greg Baum has been a journalist for 40 years, the last 29 at The Age. He has written almost exclusively about sport; he says that it was either that or get a real job. He has covered cricket in three continents, summer and winter Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cups of soccer and cricket, and more than 30 AFL grand finals, but also more training sessions in the freezing floodlights at the Western Oval than he cares to remember. He has won a Walkley award, a Quill award from the Melbourne Press Club and a number of AFL media awards, but has now reached that august age when he judges awards rather than receives them. After a lifetime in the eastern suburbs, he now lives in Flemington and wonders why he didn’t move there 20 years ago. He has three sons who are much smarter than him, a partner who is a much better journalist than him, and a dog and cat who don’t care, bless them. Sport is still his first love, but it remains unrequited on the playing field.