I told a friend Thursday night I want to be president of the Jack Clark Fan Club … read why in today’s High 5:
ON THE MARK: St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writer Rick Hummel writes the following: Former Cardinals slugger Jack Clark, talking about players who admitted to having taken steroids or who have been suspected of it, said today: “A lot of them should be banned from baseball, including Mark McGwire.”
– “All those guys are cheaters,” said Clark, who was the Cardinals’ main power threat on the 1985 and 1987 National League championship clubs.
– “A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez): Fake, phony.
– “Rafael Palmeiro: Fake, a phony.
– “(Roger) Clemens, (Barry) Bonds: Fakes. Phonies. They don’t deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
– “They should all be in the Hall of Shame. They can afford to build it. They’ve all got so much money.
– “And they could all go there and talk about the next way to rub something on your skin. The whole thing is creepy. They’re all creeps.”
McGwire and Clark are scheduled to appear this weekend at the Cardinals’ Winter Warmup event. “I’m not even going to say hello to him.” Clark said of McGwire. “I’m not going to shake his hand.”
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?: Lenny and Squiggy.
MINIMUM STANDARDS: Arne Duncan, the U.S. education secretary, made an interesting point, “If you can’t graduate two out of five of your players, what are they doing at your university?” The man has a point. The nation’s major college basketball powers are again coming under scrutiny for poor graduation rates, and rightly so. I’m a huge sports fan, but these schools need to be more than proving grounds for potential NBA players.
RIPPIN’ ON POSH: From Sharyn Jackson in the Village Voice: “I always thought a British accent made people sound smart, but I guess I was wrong.” Jackson was criticizing the performance of Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) on American Idol earlier this week. Geez, Sharyn, a bit hard on the Brit, eh? She might be a bit malnourished, but I thought she came off rather well on Idol. Pip, pip. Carry on.
WHAT’S PLAYING TODAY ON THE STEVEMOBILE?: “Stuck On You” by Lionel Richie. (Remember when Lionel Richie and his floppy Afro wwere semmingly everywhere? And then he just disappeared.)