When I wrote my highly-criticized Fanpost last week that offered a poor attempt at comically countering a criticizing article from the boys at Battle of California, I purposely placed myself in the cross-hairs of ridicule and was prepared for an onslaught.
However, with my sole intention of "stirring the pot" in excitement of one of the most anticipated Stars seasons in the last two decades, my attempt at humor crashed and burned worse than all these videos combined.
For that, I offer a half-apology. On one hand, my article far exceeded my expectations. On the other, it was an igniter for multiple responses and even this note from the Godfather regarding a policy change on DBD.
For those people upset by my post, I apologize. For those readers and writers of BOC who found humor and mockery in my article, you're welcome.
I first heard of hockey coming to my hometown in the summer of 1993. As a 9-year-old, I attended my first NHL game that same year, after begging my father for months to take me to see a sporting event in which he and I both knew nothing about. Since then, we've both been hooked, him maybe even more than I.
The recent playoff drought left a sour taste in my mouth and had me thankful the Texas Rangers were making deep playoff runs to help make my Octobers something to look forward to. And then the lockout happened...again.
When the NHL finally emerged and heads were removed from rear ends, the Stars began an abbreviated 48-game schedule and piecemealed a team on the ice that was an obvious "lets-just-get-through-this-season" team.
When the offseason came (albeit after a frantic finish in which the boys almost snuck into the West's Top 8), it was almost as if the season had then finally begun. Excitement and anticipation of free agency, a new GM, new logo, new unis, new division, new schedule, etc. was more captivating than the numerous 9:30pm start times in which nobody will miss.
With the puck dropping in a little more than a month, and with all the aforementioned items checked off, I've seen the Stars fan base more excited about this season than any other over the last 10 years.
With that passion of the game and excitement over the upcoming new product Dallas fans will see on the ice in 40 days, I read an article that comically bashed the Stars with more expletives than a phone call with Mel Gibson. Whilst my attempt to counter the overly playful article by formulating a serious response written on the other side of the spectrum was not received in the manner in which I intended, it accomplished the mission of riling up passionate sports fans and a group of former intradivisional fans about the upcoming season.
Am I excited about the upcoming Dallas Stars season? Of course. Am I counting down the days until training camp begins? Of course. Am I passionate about the Dallas Stars? Of course.
I wish the boys at BOC well in the Pacific Division, as the Stars' new home in the Central will make for a tough inaugural year with our new foes. Lots of great memories at the Shark Tank, the Honda Center and Staples. But, we're moving on. Lots to look forward to at the Madhouse on Madison, the Scottrade Center and the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
With that being said, let's go Stars!