By Don Arnick<!--:-->


One word describes the first three weeks of NFL action….weird!!! Buffalo and Detroit are undefeated. The offenses has the upper hand on the defenses so far. Lots of last minute victories is making the early part of this season interesting. That leads me to the Cowboys and Redskins battle, and it was weird too. How will Tony Romo’s ribs hold up. And will Redskins DeAngelo Hall get to him and put Romo out of the game. Well, Dan Bailey’s foot was need a lot with six fieldgoals including the 36 yard fieldgoal that won the game. And for that battle between Romo and Hall, the x factor man in this was Dez Bryant. On a 3rd down and 21, Romo
found Bryant with Hall defending him. A long pass play with a 15 yard face mask penalty attached to it setting up the fieldgoal. Bryant played injured, like a bunch of Pokes playing with pain. Felix Jones with a hurt shoulder, got a 100 yard night. And Romo was a warrior, battling with sore ribs and taking the hits from Redskins defenders. This was a gritty win, ugly win, but it was a win. At the end of the day, a win is what you need.
I remember back in 1980, when Cowboys QB Roger Staubach retired. Not a dry eye in the room at Texas Stadium, and not a dry eye all around the Metroplex as Roger announced his retirement. I will put the Mike Modano retirement up there as far as the importance on what Mike Modano did on the ice and what he meant to the DFW sports landscape. When the Dallas Stars arrived in 1993 from Minnesota, DFW sports fans were ready to embrace NHL hockey. But we were still learning the game. Mike Modano helped us along. And when the team began to get deep in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and making two Finals and winning it all in 1999, Mike Modano was very much involved. He scored more goals and points than any other U.S. born hockey player ever. Won the Conn Smythe MVP trophy in 1999. Played on two U.S. Olympic hockey teams, played 21 years in the NHL. 20 of them in a Stars uniform, and it did not look or feel right when he came here last year wearing Detroit Red Wings red. North Texas needed a hockey ambassador to help embrace the sport, and Mike was the face of the Dallas Stars franchise. Despite the success he has had over his career, Mike was still a down to earth guy. A guy you would rally around. And we all did. As the Stars began another NHL season, that day inside the Ritz Carlton marked a changing of the hockey guard in Dallas. As the new players take to the ice, and new coach Glen Gulutzan leads the Stars to the long NHL season grind. But Mike Modano will never be forgot, as the player who helped North Texas embrace NHL hockey.