Mike Modano: Taking Another Kick at the Can With Detroit

August 6th, 2010 by Greg Eno Leave a reply »

Mike Modano and 40-years-old make an awful couple.

It’s Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett. Chocolate ice cream and anchovies. Paisley and polka dots.

Modano sat at the rostrum at Joe Louis Arena Friday afternoon having just signed on as the newest Detroit Red Wing.

And that’s exactly what he looked like: the newest Detroit Red Wing.

Modano has played in the NHL for 21 years, his social security records say he’s 40, but I  can’t accept his age.

Modano was at ease in his new No. 90 Red Wings jersey, answering reporter's questions with his perfect tan, blemish-free face, full head of hair, and big white teeth.

A 40-year-old hockey player with 21 NHL years behind him ought to have a face that looks like un-ironed corduroy. His voice should be raspy and his tongue should be pocked with marks from hitting the gaps caused by his missing teeth.

His face shouldn’t be tanned, it should be yellowed. You should be half looking for bolts coming out of his neck.

But there Modano sat, chatting as if he was an author on a book tour, not a 40-year-old giving th ...

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