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Sturm Blog: I Want A Do-Over

by Bob Sturm / Dallas Stars

Bob Sturm
I have another confession to make....

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  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. 

I had no idea what I was missing.  I also justified it that I have been lucky enough to see 500+ Mike Modano games in person since 1998.  This wouldn't be a big deal, right?
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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