Quickly picking the top talking points of the day...
NFL: Ricky Williams applies for NFL reinstatement. And they should let him in, too. If he's actually committed to the game this time, he could be a hell of a "free-agent" pickup for the Dolphins.
More NFL: QB David Carr signs with the Panthers. It'll be interesting to see how he can perform with a contender, rather than a bottom-feeder. As a mediocre QB, maybe he just needed a better team around him.
Masters: Tiger is 3 over, but within 5 shots of the lead. If it's "Saturday at the Masters," you know this is when Woods hits the "Turbo" button on K.I.T.T.
NBA: Raptors win first division title ever. And Bryan Colangelo assures his place as the NBA's Executive of the Year. (Watch other GMs tack to apply Colangelo's international flavor to their own team. Guess what: It works.)
More NBA: No 70 wins for the Mavs, and perhaps the Nuggets gave a taste of why they'll be a dangerous out in the West playoffs.
(70 wins is totally overrated, by the way. The Mavs' season is a complete waste – at any number of wins – without an NBA title.)
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MLB: Mets still unbeaten. Even if it's only the first week of the season, the Mets sure do seem to be on a mission this year.
MLB "42" Watch: Now that MLB will let any player wear No. 42 on the day of tribute to Jackie Robinson, the question is no longer who is wearing No. 42, but who ISN'T. Players of any racial background: How can you NOT wear No. 42, if you are allowed to for this one special day? Prediction: Even if players privately won't want to, watch them all do it, if only to avoid being the one who doesn't seem to show appreciation for Robinson.
MLS Season Opens: If there's one thing that ESPN does well, it's promotion. "You're a fan. You just don't know it yet." is right up there for cleverness with the insta-ubiquitous "Is it Monday yet?"
The campaign takes a risk in telling fans what they are, but for a sport like soccer, there's nothing to lose in promoting the "try it" concept.
I'm still curious whether the casual (or "non-") fan should be the target, rather than targeting fans who already are sympathetic to soccer (say, those who played as kids).