A rising defense, which challenges the growing orthodoxy that football is a death sport, is nothing more than a clever filibuster. Like cigarettes and steroids, the seriousness of concussions is no longer open for debate.
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.
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.
This is the refrain we're hearing from the athletes who've been treated by Dr. Anthony Galea: 'We don't know anything about any performance-enhancing drugs.' Sound familiar?