Today in sports: Opening Day across America, a smoking gun in the New Orleans Saints bounty investigation, and the president candidates weigh in on the Masters.
Big news folks: the president of the United States, via White House press secretary Jay Carney, says he thinks women should be admitted to Augusta National, the fancy-schmancy golf club that's hosting the Masters this weekend, and creating controversy in the process. For his part, Augusta president Billy Payne has said membership will accept female members when they feel like it, which is never. The issue has added import this year because IBM, a major Masters sponsor, has a new CEO -- Virginia Rommety -- and the company's last four CEOs (all men) have been offered membership. [AP]
Baseball's opening day technically took place last week at 6 a.m. EST in Tokyo, but the first batch of stateside games took place Wednesday afternoon in ballparks across the country. What better way to celebrate the annual start of Spring than with a photo tour of the various folks who are skipping work and cutting school in order to root, root, root for the home team?
In Cincinnati and Detroit, chilliness was the name of the game, based on the preponderance of stocking caps and bullpen jackets in wire photos.