Thursday Thirteen: Slip Sliding Away

by J.R.

Every Thursday we bring you III Communication’s Conference III Power Rankings, the Thursday Thirteen.

This week, we’re sliding all over the place.

1. St. Louis Blues: The Blues briefly led Conference III in points this week and set the record for longest run with the Conference III Championship Belt, breaking Nashville’s record. They’ll finally put the belt on the line Saturday against the Predators in St. Louis.

2. Chicago Blackhawks: The Hawks charged back Wednesday night against Vancouver and regained the standings-point lead, now up two points on the Blues, but with four games in hand.

3. Naming Rights: So the Avs are probably going to get a outdoor game. Not at Mile High, as we suggested, but at Coors Field. And why?

Mr. Dettman said the brewer’s so pleased with its multi-year title sponsorship of the Series, its pushing for Denver to be in the rotation next year. And what do you know? The game could be played at Coors Field.

“It would be special no doubt,” said Mr. Dettman on Sunday, as the New York Rangers defeated the rival New Jersey Devils 7-3 in the first hockey game played at Yankee Stadium. “Again, the heritage of the brand, being from the Rocky Mountains, we’d welcome that.”

The NHL’s Mr. Jennings joked that Mr. Dettman brings up the topic at every meeting. The league is “absolutely” considering an outdoor Avalanche game next season. “It’s just a great marketplace and a deserving marketplace,” said Mr. Jennings.

It echoes a talking point made numerous times by Bridgestone Americas. The tire maker is not only one of the NHL’s biggest corporate partners, but holds the naming rights to the arena in Nashville, home of its corporate headquarters. This is considered a boon to Nashville’s chances at holding an All-Star Game if the NHL ever has one again:

Bridgestone is the title sponsor of the all-star game as well as the NHL’s Winter Classic, the league’s annual outdoor ratings bonanza. Garfield said his company would “express our desire” for the game to come to Nashville to the league.

4. Colorado Avalanche: PA Parenteau is still an Av, which means Rene Bourque isn’t. The Avs dodged a bullet.

5. Al Roker: You come at the king, you best come quick:

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6. Minnesota Wild: Anaheim can beat everyone at home…except Conference III teams.

7. Ginuwine: Enjoy.

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8. Dallas Stars: Who are these guys?

9. The North Korean Space Program: North Korea claimed to have landed a man on the sun — 17-year-old Hung Il Gong, nephew of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. Check this very Conference III explanation for how they did it:

A North Korean central news anchorman said during a live broadcast: “We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun. North Korea has beaten every other country in the world to the sun. Hung Il Gong is a hero and deserves a hero’s welcome when he returns home later this evening”.

Hung is expected back on Earth in just a few hours time, where he will be greeted by his uncle, and supreme leader: Kim Jong-un. Hung traveled in the cover of darkness, as it would protect him from the harsh, and extreme temperatures of the Sun. Hung will also be bringing back some sun spot samples for his uncle, which I’m sure he will show off to the world in a short amount of time.

10. Nashville Predators: Thank you showing us just how much Conference III potential Conference III has (and for demonstrating that Paul Maurice is, in fact, beatable).

11. Denver International Airport: As the first-ever winner of Arbitrary Rivalry Wednesday, our love for Denver International Airport is well-documented, but then they went and did this for the Super Bowl.

12. Winnipeg Jets: The “surging Winnipeg Jets”? My stars.

13. Frank Arendt: He haunts me. Skip to 44 seconds to see why.

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