Sports, which once avoided the complex world, now embraces it, serving as the chief staging ground for expressions of patriotism, and has codified it into its game-day identity.
It's always a harbinger of hope, sure. But in this year's mixed-up, locked-out sports world, baseball's Opening Day is something else, too. It's shelter from the storm.
LeBron overlooks a thing or two when he says the NBA should retire Michael Jordan's No. 23. Like Jackie Robinson. And American history. King James should know better.