Unhappy Anniversary

For those who care, I recommend Dan Wetzel's piece for "sports column that made me say 'hell yeah' more than once" of the new year. It's a good read and has a useful perspective, bitter yet still passionate about the NHL.

Bettman is set to begin his 15th year as commissioner Thursday, and like most hockey fans I feel the need to mark the occasion by popping a bottle of champagne, chugging the entire thing in an effort to drown my misery and then smashing the empty bottle over my temple to black out the memories.