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.
Elena Kagan used to swing a mean softball bat, but the ante is upped now that she's a Supreme Court nominee who's taken a swing at the NFL. Courtside Seat weighs in on the Coyotes and Mark Cuban, too.
Jerry Reinsdorf's pretty powers of persuasion. Barry Bonds' long layover in limbo. The New Orleans Saints' unpalatable prescription pills. The view is great from a Courtside Seat.
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Extra Point/ESPN Sportsbeat for Oct. 1-15, 2002