The horror of Trayvon Martin's murder in Sanford, Florida is a lot to take, for a lot of very good reasons. But for all the horror and ugliness that the case revealed and has continued to reveal, the response to this injustice has also contained a fragile sort of hope. That the NBA Players Association, the Miami Heat, and LeBron James (of all people) have been a part of that is surprising, and inspiring in its own right.
Manning, the NFL's most skilled quarterback, is replacing Tebow, the league's talisman of revelation and surprise. Tebow's ghost may stand in the way of Manning's acceptance, but in the end, the league needs both the master technician and the holy fool to operate at full strength.
Golden State's breathtaking but flawed guard, has finally been traded. One of the league's most electrifying player, he's also one of its most frustrating—and, if you aren't watching him regularly, one of the most empty and ill-defined. To watch Monta Ellis is to love him.