It's day 73 of the NHL lockout. At this point, I'm waking up in the middle of nights with cold sweats, praying to the Holy Saviour of the NHL, and feeding my NHL withdrawals by watching highlights from the days of Stephane Richer and Kip Miller.

It's day 73 of the NHL lockout. At this point, I'm waking up in the middle of nights with cold sweats, praying to the Holy Saviour of the NHL, and feeding my NHL withdrawals by watching highlights from the days of Stephane Richer and Kip Miller.
OK, so only the last part of that is true. But I think you get the point. The NHL lockout, being the second one in less than 10 years, is frustrating. At this point, I can't even begin to decide whether I hate Gary Bettman and the NHL, Donald Fehr and the NHLPA, the players, or whomever else is involved, more.
Now, federal mediators are becoming involved. To an extent, I don't know if I should be happy or angered that the feds are becoming involved.
I really don't care. I just want to watch hockey again.
At this point, there's only one day a week I can watch sports. That's on Sunday, when football adorns my television. But my beloved Steelers have hands made of butter, and our starting quarterback has been Charlie Batch, the ageless wonder, so it hasn't been the most pleasant experience (not to mention, football isn't as exciting to watch when you're fed Tebow Time  and the Sanchez Show every week).
I know what you're going to tell me. "But the other six days of the week, the NBA is on!"
I hate to be blunt, but ask me if I care.
I really don't.
The NBA has been on for a month. The Nets and Grizzlies are apparently relevant. I haven't noticed, because I've been avoiding the major sports channels like the plague.
It's just not a sport I can get into. In my opinion, people make these players to be "larger than life." You can't go an hour without someone talking about how LeBron James is the king of the NBA. Kobe Bryant seems to always find his way in the news, even in his late 30s. Ten years ago, it was the same thing for Vince Carter and Shaquille O'Neal.
And honestly, I can't think of anyone in any sport — not even Alex Rodriguez or Tom Brady — who gets talked about more than King James or Kobe. In general, unless it's a Sunday night or Monday morning, the NBA is talked about much more than any other sport. Even during the summer, when baseball is in full swing and the NBA isn't playing games. I've never understood why the NBA garners so much more attention than any other sport. Honestly, I find hockey much more exciting. But that's just me.
Hockey was my first love of sport. I'd been watching games since I was 6 or 7. I went to my first hockey game before I went to my first baseball or football game. To this day, I've never been to an NBA game. And though it took me a while to get interested in baseball, I feel like if I haven't become interested in the NBA yet, I probably never will.
In the meantime, I'm going to go back to watching highlights of the NHL from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Maybe I'll grow a mullet in an attempt to swing the karma of the NHL lockout. Or maybe not. If you know me, a mullet might not be a good idea.
Alix Kunkle is the News Editor of the Leesville Daily Leader in Leesville, La. You may contact him at news@leesvilledailyleader.com.