Sports, which once avoided the complex world, now embraces it, serving as the chief staging ground for expressions of patriotism, and has codified it into its game-day identity.
Boston sports fans have been treated to championships from all four of their major pro sports teams in the last seven years. A writer reflects on the way it is and the way it was in his hometown.
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.
San Francisco will always have the 2010 World Series championship to celebrate. But the rest of us should remember baseball the way it was in 2010, because it might never be the same.
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.