Of course, the emptiest apology of all came from Bettman, who sort of assured us this won't happen again.
Uh, I'm not a believer - once an accident, twice a trend, three times a ritual.
Hey, I'm not going to be caught with my skates off again - the current NHL labor deal is good for eight years - so I'm already planning for the next, inevitable lockout. I just booked passage on Travelocity for February 2021:
Carnival in Rio, baby!
Ask The Slouch
Q. Re: Brent Musburger calling Katherine Webb "beautiful" during BCS title game. Dirty old man or innocuous observation? (Robert Grove; Spokane, Wash.)
A. Two issues here: (1) Am I the only one who found Miss Alabama unattractive? (2) Lay off Brent. Then again, I comment on how good-looking men are during poker telecasts.
Q. When the NFL fines a player for an illegal hit, what percentage should the "hit" player receive? (Ed Shade; Hurricane, W.Va.)
A. I love this concept: Ed Reed should just sign over 25 percent of his penalties to the assailed player.
Q. Any truth to the rumor that Mike Shanahan has cleared Robert Griffin III to play in the Pro Bowl? (Russell Riley; Charlottesville, Va.)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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