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.
Did Brett Favre "big-time" the Vikings? Did LeBron James do the same to the Cavs? Here's one man's answer: If they did, it's only because Minnesota and Cleveland allowed them to.
What have we learned from Manny Ramirez and Terrell Owens in the past few weeks? Maybe it's that the balance of power is shifting to ownership in pro sports.