David Steele joined the Sun in September 2004 as a sports columnist, after nine years at the San Francisco Chronicle. Before becoming a ...

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David Steele

David Steele


Webster is gone, but 'Eraser' lives on

April 9, 2009

Thirty years and six months ago, Marvin Webster was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, in hook-shot pose, wearing the uniform of the NBA team that had signed him to a then-shocking $3 million contract, next to a question asking whether he could "turn the Knicks around."

  • Time to get over trauma of transplants

    March 29, 2009

    Twenty-five years later, the NFL and three of its cities are better off than they were back then.

  • Phelps fish out of water on TV

    March 15, 2009

    A harsh reality emerged from Michael Phelps' interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, the first part of which aired Friday morning, with the second part tonight: Phelps doesn't function that well in front of cameras he knows about, either.

  • Phelps should have known better

    February 2, 2009

    In defense of Michael Phelps and his "youthful and inappropriate" behavior and "bad judgment," taken on its own, this is far from the worst slip-up ever by a national hero. This space surely isn't the only one in which the first reaction to the now-infamous photo - eight-time gold medalist from the previous Olympics with a marijuana pipe stuck in his grille - was laughter. Plus, his instant contrition and pledge to do better, along with his near-universal fame, likely give him a cushion a lot of other celebrities wouldn't get.

  • 'Baltimore' hits the road

    November 13, 2008

    You did not have to be around for the glory days of the Orioles to understand why putting Baltimore back on the road jerseys is so uplifting to the city's soul.

  • Anthony exhibit step in right direction

    July 14, 2008

    It was a day full of new and surprising experiences for Carmelo Anthony. He was the center of attention yesterday as the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards unveiled the exhibit dedicated to him - but he was unaware some of the artifacts, such as a photo of him as a child taking a jump shot on a Baltimore playground, would be in the exhibit.

  • City sits on sideline in NBA competition

    July 6, 2008

    The two news items from early and late Wednesday weren't exactly related, but they were more than coincidental. In the morning: a front-page story in The Sun about how The Relic on Howard Street (aka 1st Mariner Arena) still makes a decent profit. At night: a settlement that allows the NBA's SuperSonics to move from Seattle to Oklahoma City.

  • Ogden top of the line

    June 13, 2008

    When Brett Favre officially retired that day in March in Green Bay, he drew a big crowd, much as Jonathan Ogden did yesterday in Owings Mills. Just like Favre's announcement, and like Michael Strahan's earlier this week, Ogden's farewell was carried live on national TV (in homes that get the NFL Network, at least).

  • O's charm is not limited to city

    June 8, 2008

    Putting "Baltimore" back on the Orioles' road jerseys next season is a good thing; no one can argue that. Anything the franchise can do to cater to the core of the fan base - after all the years of alienating it in so many ways - is welcome. You don't have to be an Orioles lifer to get that.

  • Sun archives: Black QBs owe McNair big debt

    April 20, 2008

    Some 24 hours after Steve McNair announced his retirement, Troy Smith said he had yet to speak individually to his former teammate, mentor and friend, only as part of the team farewell meeting that had ended in a standing ovation.

  • Caught a break

    January 19, 2008

    Not that Jason Garrett isn't making enough money now, but the Ravens should send him a bonus. A thank-you for not taking the head coaching job. A token of appreciation for sparing the franchise a big potential headache and, possibly, for opening the door to a better candidate.

  • Bisciotti should take chance, put Ryan in charge

    January 1, 2008

    Rex Ryan should be hired as the Ravens' next coach before he gets away.

  • Throw out the lead runners

    December 16, 2007

    After everything the Mitchell Report laid out about the depth and breadth of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, after all the suggestions and recommendations, after all the names were named and blame was assigned ... the same two foxes were left to guard the henhouse.

  • Arena first step in filling basketball void in city

    March 25, 2007

    Enough area basketball fans and observers said it while walking around HSBC Arena last weekend to make it more than a fleeting thought by a niche audience:

  • Another Colt in No. 88 jersey is more injustice for Mackey

    January 29, 2007

    Old-time Baltimore football fans weren't the only ones who thought there was something strange about the sight of No. 88 on the Colts.

  • Sorry, Carmelo, old baggage can weigh down new penalties

    December 19, 2006

    He should have known better.

  • Robinson's dismissal is crying shame

    October 1, 2006

    For the second time this season, Frank Robinson was moved to public tears. The first time, in May, after he had to bench an overmatched catcher in mid-inning, showed the depth of his humanity beneath that famously tough exterior.

  • In this city, Anthony holds court in big way

    July 2, 2006

    Sam Cassell stretched out his hands, the ones that held the imaginary torch."It's passed," Cassell said with the smile that still can't be mistaken for any other. "Here it is, 'Melo, here it is."

  • Memory of shock, emptiness still fresh 20 years later

    June 19, 2006

    I was sleepy. But I couldn't have been that sleepy.

  • Lonise Bias: reaching people since 1986

    June 18, 2006

    Lonise Bias has made it her mission over the past 20 years that her son Len's death not be in vain. Tuesday was the latest proof that it was not.

  • Anthony's image rebounds with community outreach

    September 3, 2005

    Carmelo Anthony comes back to Baltimore this summer with a purpose, ready and eager to put it into action. "I'm really trying to be the man in this city," he said.

  • Cheers for Palmeiro's last at-bat could be start of new beginning

    August 15, 2005

    WITH TWO OUTS and two on in the bottom of the ninth inning yesterday afternoon, the Rafael Palmeiro saga officially turned back into a baseball-only story.

  • Forgiveness is in air at yard as team's fallen hero signs in

    August 12, 2005

    IT WAS big, almost as big as the girl waving it over her head. It was bright orange with black lettering, and it read, "Welcome Back Raffy."

  • Fans can make a stand -- by sitting at home

    August 11, 2005

    SO, Rafael Palmeiro is still lawyering up. Fine. He spent the last nine days of his 10-day steroid suspension in silence and solitude.

  • Anthony saves face; message saves lives

    May 12, 2005

    OFFICIALLY, THE gathering in a vacant lot behind Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday afternoon was the kickoff of a state-run anti-violence project.

  • Anthony saves face; message saves lives

    May 12, 2005

    Officially, the gathering in a vacant lot behind Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday afternoon was the kickoff of a state-run anti-violence project.

  • As a voice is stilled, memories are stirred

    March 7, 2005

    IT WAS THE spring of 1977. I was 12 years old, living in Landover, pondering my upcoming ascent to high school and sitting at a crossroads. I needed a baseball team to call my own, and it was obvious by then, six years after the Senators moved, that my hometown was not going to provide me with one.

  • Cummings to NBA: Make Anthony part of solution

    December 9, 2004

    Rep. Elijah Cummings has communicated his feelings directly to NBA commissioner David Stern about the presence of a well-known former resident of his West Baltimore district in an infamous DVD.

  • Heading back to East Coast a long, strange trip for columnist

    September 9, 2004

    YOU'RE NEVER coming back from there.