Marvin Miller taught the professional athlete that the commissioner was nothing more than an employee of the owners. Roger Goodell's missteps in six-plus years on the job only make that more apparent.
Jonathan Vilma reminded us why we fight presumptions of guilt and powerful organizations: The greatest asset a person has is his name.
The players, coaches and media members downplaying the significance of bounties for injuries miss a point: Football is losing its place in polite society.
It was a Mount Everest of a record. But the game has changed so much that Dan Marino's passing mark didn't have a chance of standing tall against the Drew Brees and Tom Brady ascents.
Atlanta civic leaders embraced pro sports as a catalyst to change attitudes in and about the South. But Henry Aaron had to be persuaded to return when the Braves moved.
What did we learn from the denouement of the Reggie Bush scandal? That no one was hurt, that nothing will change and that it's only a matter of time until something similar happens again.
Could we ask for more than the wild sports ride 2010 has already given us? From a smashing Super Bowl to the maddest of Marches and fabulous finals, it's been a thrill a minute.
What passes for excitement in the NFL today happens on Park Avenue in the commissioner's office. Roger Goodell is the person to watch in the NFL, on every issue, with every team. The NFLPA is losing the battle for the public.
Michael Vick returns to action on Sunday. But how much of a second chance will the public give him?