http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/sports/10920327.htm SAD IS NOT the right word - it is more like flabbergasted. Because, through all of this, it seemed impossible that the NHL and its union could be so blind, so stupid. Watching the television yesterday afternoon, I thought for sure that NHL public relations director Frank Brown would come out and say that last-minute negotiations had delayed the news conference that had been called to cancel the season. But then Gary Bettman stepped to the podium and spoke. It was 1 o'clock, almost straight up; historians will note that the executioner was prompt. The NHL commissioner faces infamy now, and he seems to know it. And for the first time in public, Bettman looked scared.