Just after the green flag waved to begin the NASCAR Duck Commander 500 on Monday, Sprint Cup points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., the sport's most popular driver, smacked a wall and had to climb out of his car because it was on fire.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. made peace with Daytona. Had to. Even after his father's fatal crash there in 2001, Dale Jr. knew he would see her again and again and again. And the love affair would eventually continue.
Yes, we're poking a little fun today as usual (thank you Dale Jr. and Jim Boeheim!). But mostly we're rewatching the cheers for the Nets' Jason Collins as he made his debut as the NBA's first openly gay player Sunday night.