Tuesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

February 10, 2009 | Glenn Clark

I do NOT think Cal Ripken used steroids.

That being said; it is ABSOLUTELY the fault of Major League Baseball that we are even in this position. They dug their grave. They turned their heads on an issue. Baseball apologists stood by them while they pretended like nothing was going on.

Now, our heroes like Cal Ripken have to hear things like this during trying times.

We’ll hear things like “You know, Cal was the person Alex Rodriguez looked up to; maybe he learned something from him.” We’ll hear things like “Cal had injury problems in 2000-2001; why wouldn’t he use steroids to try to bounce back quickly.”

It’s not Cal’s fault that we’re hearing these things. It is ABSOLUTELY Major League Baseball’s fault. And for me; it only leads me to do the same thing I’ve been doing for the last 10 years……..falling more and more out of love with baseball.

I’ll watch more European soccer this summer like I did last year. I’ll watch more UFC fights this summer. I’ll watch more tennis; and maybe even some golf this summer. Unfortunately there won’t be any Olympics or Arena Football to watch; but there will be something.

This is what baseball has done. And guys like Cal Ripken don’t deserve it.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say……..

Best of Monday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester doesn’t think Ripken has to prove steroids innocence

Thyrl Nelson says Phelps, A-Rod each ‘endorsed’ drugs

Casey Willett wonders is Ravens could add Peppers should 52 leave

Casey Willett says former Raven Mulitalo’s time with Lions over

Chris Bonetti says Hounds couldn’t hang with MAAC-best Siena

Glenn Clark says SNL had Phelps fun over weekend

Alex Thomas says Loyola Blakefield continues to dominate MIAA Swimming

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh ‘convinced (52) wants to finish his career a Baltimore Raven’

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Cowboys ‘probably’ won’t spend more for 52 than Ravens would

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says 52 example of reason why A-Rod likely to be eventually forgiven

The Examiner’s Tony Giro offers 52 reasons why Ray should stay

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Lacrosse Final Four not expected to be ‘big money maker’ for Ravens

The Examiner’s Tony Wisniewski says Harbaugh expects Ravens to pay 52 ‘a lot of money’ to keep him

ESPN.com’s John Clayton wouldn’t be surprised by ‘slight drop-off’ from Flacco

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens fans ‘sly, knowledgeable’

Sporting News’ Mike Florio says Ravens could use franchise tag on Scott, Leonhard

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 3rd in final power rankings

USA Today’s Jim Corbett says Harbaugh knows Ray has to ‘take a look around’

“The Fukerton”’s Chad Dukes thinks Ray will find shallow free agent market

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says staff in ‘transition’ to younger pitchers

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says pitchers and catchers preparing for Saturday’s report to Spring Training

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says official Wigginton announcement could come today

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds taking second medical look at Wigginton before finalizing deal

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Patton ‘might pitch his way’ to big leagues in ‘09

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Baysox trying to sell naming rights to field at Harry Grove Stadium

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Wigginton could be used as emergency SS

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have kept season ‘interesting’

The Sun’s Jeff Barker wonders if Hayes might ‘re-emerge’ as starter

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue says Terps’ NCAA Tournament hopes still ‘alive’

Washington Post’s John Feinstein says Terps’ struggles getting more publicity than struggles at Georgetown, George Washington

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps won with less than 60 points for only 6th time in shot clock era

SI’s Andy Glockner no longer lists Terps ‘in the mix’ for NCAA Tournament

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles prospect Jonathan Graham-Ernie’s son (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Coleman scored season high 23 in win at Boston College

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Toliver chipped in 19 in win

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says OL commit Nick Klemm ‘didn’t want to’ de-commit from Boston College; but coaching change forced his hand

Washington Post’s Josh Barr says Terps offer Forestville WR Antonio Belt

Washington Post’s Josh Barr wonders why Terps waited until after Signing Day to make Franklin announcement

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 6 Terps headed to NFL Draft Combine

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says expectations will be lower for Terps in ‘09

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich has Terps 8th in pre-Spring power rankings

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles junior prospect Nick Forbes (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter profiles junior prospect Joshua Alaeze-Melvin’s younger brother (must subscribe)

Scout.com’s John Wallpher profiles Baltimore WR prospect Coxson (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS LACROSSE:

Inside Lacrosse keeps Terps 3rd in Media Poll

Inside Lacrosse says Terps 3rd in USILA preseason poll

Inside Lacrosse says Maryland-Navy amongst games to be seen on CBS College Sports

Inside Lacrosse’s Christian Swezey says Terps starters outplayed Princeton in weekend scrimmage

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Terps attack will be strong, but defense will be difference in how far they go

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Saints get pair of double doubles to knock off Greyhounds

The AP says Barney scores 19 in Loyola’s loss at Siena

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Marquise Kately scores 19 as Bears beat South Carolina State

The Sun says Holmes adds 15 for Morgan in win over Bulldogs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens still thinks Terps top team in Baltimore

ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has Morgan IN

Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan thinks Terps IN

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Michael Harper scores 16 as Eagles beat Winston-Salem State

The Sun says McKee adds 13 for Coppin in win over Rams

UMES BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Hawks drop fifth straight game, 56-42 at Hampton

UMBC BASKETBALL:

New Hampshire Official Site previews tonight’s trip to UMBC

UMBC LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Retrievers picked to defend America East title

TOWSON LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Tigers to have plenty of games on TV, radio

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says 9 players pick up academic honors from CAA

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

Carroll County Times says former Tiger Dave Byers to be inducted into Carroll County Hall of Fame

HOPKINS LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Jays also get plenty of games on TV, radio

Inside Lacrosse’s Quint Kessenich says Michael Evans amongst top pro prospects

NAVY LACROSSE:

The Official Site says Evan Sullivan honored by Inside Lacrosse

The Official Site says Mids find themselves in multiple preseason polls

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Meade ‘plenty pleased’ with opening win over VMI

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Slotback commit John Howell had ‘prolific’ high school career

Go Mids’ Burke Hayes says Marco Gupton commits to Midshipmen (must subscribe)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says Mids just two games back of Patriot League leaders

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps ‘happier’, not quite ready to commit to London Olympics

ESPN.com Page 2’s Jeff MacGregor thinks Phelps was probably happy to hear about A-Rod scandal

ESPN.com Page 2’s Jemele Hill says Phelps does deserve ‘harsh criticism’

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Lenny Moore was victim of racial issues during Colts era

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Maggie McElroy; who scored 16 points last night to help lift Maryvale to a 56-41 win over Chapelgate in the first round of the IAAM “B” conference playoffs.
-UMBC 65, New Hampshire 57. Think the Retrievers have revenge on their minds tonight; and I think they’ll get it.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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