Sturm Blog: I Want A Do-Over
Wednesday, 04.14.2010 / 9:58 AM CT / Bob Sturm Blog
By Bob Sturm
So, about 6 months ago, I planned one of the things that I love to do - a sports weekend with the boys. Now, it is a bit more than a sports weekend - we leave Thursday and get back Monday night, but it is not too out of the ordinary. Except that the trip was to go to England and watch a few English Soccer games because that is how I roll.
It is an awesome trip (aside from sitting in an airplane for a total of 23 hours) and I now completed my 4th England journey - with another already in the planning stages for 2012.
But, my timing....wow. Let me explain. 6 months ago, my objective was to pick a weekend in April that was unaffected by the NHL playoffs (and the Stars games in the playoffs, right?) and I also wanted to spend Easter with the family. So, as you can see, this left one weekend. April 8-11.
Yes, it is Masters weekend, but with the time change, the Masters would be easy to watch in the hotel room at night. The only thing I was risking to miss was the final 2 games of the regular season. But, those would just be tune ups for the playoffs - and maybe the top regulars would be rested before the playoffs started.
Obviously, during those 6 months, it became sadly obvious that the Stars wouldn't be in the playoffs. Simultaneously, it also became rather clear that we were possibly on the verge of the Mike Modano retirement.
Oh man. I sat in my office on Tuesday morning, upon my return, and watched Thursday's game against the Ducks - what will forever be known as "Mike Modano Night".
I really screwed up, didn't I?
The electricity that night was shocking. The plot twists were perfect. The result was enough to be right off a script. 5 days later, I had the tear ducts activate a bit as I am sure all of you had a twitch or two on Thursday night.
I don't want the Mike Modano era to end. I have talked myself into the idea of him coming back for a reasonable price. I do hope it happens. On the other hand, the sending off of the weekend is such that it can not be duplicated. It perhaps SHOULD end this way.
I have no regrets about having a great weekend, but doggone, I should have been at the AAC on Thursday night. I want a do-over.
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