What a day.
-I thought Tiger Woods handled himself well, and further proved one of my long-held theories: If you have a public relations problem, you will not begin to move past it until you face real questions and display human emotions. Woods did both on Monday.
-While I don't care much about Woods' personal problems, I'm fascinated by seeing the world's greatest golfer trying to come back from such personal problems. I'm even more interested in his association with Dr. Anthony Galea.
In one breath, Woods admits he lied to everybody in his life. In the next he says he didn't take performance enhancing drugs. Can we believe any athlete when he talks about performance-enhancing drugs? Can we believe Tiger?
-All that being said, I'm thrilled Woods is back. Golf was as boring as curling without him.
-I love Opening Day. I love Day 2 even more, when the pomp and circumstance is stripped away and it's just baseball.
-I'll be very interested to see how Scott Baker handles an opening-day start against a good team in a year his team is facing immense expectations. We shouldn't overreact to anything we see early in any season, but Baker could give us a hint as to whether he's up to being a de facto ace of a contender.
-Watching old NCAA championship games on ESPN Classic, you notice just how skinny those players were. More evidence that today's athletes are stronger and better trained than ever before.
-Great moment on ESPN: Brent Musberger, broadcasting the Cards-Reds game, ripping those reporters who started the Albert Pujols-for-Ryan-Howard trade.
Of course, that rumor was started by Buster Olney...of ESPN.
-My sure-to-be-wrong pick: Duke 65, Butler 55.
-You can follow me on Twitter at Souhanstrib. I'll be using twitter and blogging from the Twins game tonight in Anaheim. Joe Christensen and I are covering the game for startribune.com.
-I'll be on with Joe Anderson of am-1500 in the 6 p.m. hour, my ballpark schedule allowing.
I'll also be on the morning show at 7:45 a.m. the rest of the week before the station format changes. And I'm on WJON at 7:14 a.m.
-We had Brad Childress and Dave St. Peter on Sunday Sports Talk yesterday, and hope to get Jim Pohlad and Jim Petersen and a Twins player on this week. The show airs 10-noon, following the Ron Gardenhire Show at 9:30 a.m.