Jonathan Vilma reminded us why we fight presumptions of guilt and powerful organizations: The greatest asset a person has is his name.
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.
For all its seeming invincibility, NFL may be the most vulnerable of sports, a house of brick erected upon fault lines serious and numerous.
Let's get some perspective, people. We've heard this story so often before in sports that Brett Favre's comeback is more the norm than the aberration.