Worldwide International Game Previews Of The World: 26 March 2013

by J.R.

WWIGPOTW is a look at the day’s Conference III games for III Communication readers from around the world. Today, we welcome our visitors from way down south where, yes, they play this game: Mexico — who is going to be embarrassed as a nation tonight.


Jets at Hurricanes, 6 PM Central (Chorros contra Huracanes, 5 PM)

Records: Jets (17-14-2, 36 points, 1st in Southeast, 4th in Conference III); Hurricanes (15-13-2, 32 points, 2nd in Southeast)

Last Time They Met: The Jets got a 4-3 win in Raleigh February 21. El Capitán Andrew Ladd had a goal and two assists and Blake Rodador had two goals.

Last 10: Winnipeg 6-3-1; Carolina 4-5-1

Did You Know? Fuerza Aérea Mexicana has a fleet of 10 F-5s. Since its “birth” in 1970, Cancun has taken a direct hit from four hurricanes.

Keep An Ojo On: As the battle for the division campeonato heats up, watch Dustin Byfuglien (especially around your boat and a buffet): he has nine points in eight games and leads all Jets in ice time this season.

What They’re Saying: Born in 1896 in Mexico, O’Neill was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico. In 1901, the family moved to Nogales for several years, and then the peripatetic O’Neills moved away and ended up back in Mexico before relocating to El Paso, Texas. … The aerial combat in World War I took place primarily in the skies over France. The still-green O’Neill was first assigned to a unit that saw little combat. “Ralph complained that, during June 1918, he didn’t have a single encounter with a German” in 30 combat patrols, Roesler said. He eventually was assigned to a more active area, and went on to gain his ace status. After the war, he helped the Mexican government develop an air force to fight rebellions and coup attempts.— “Arizona’s ‘other’ WWI ace: Ralph A. O’Neill flew scores of missions over France” from The Prescott Daily Courier.

Oilers at Blues, 7 PM Central (Aceiteras contra Azules, 6 PM)

Records: Oilers (11-13-7, 29 points, 3rd in Northwest); Blues (17-12-2, 36 points, 3rd in Central, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Blues got a victoria ganada sin que el adversario marque un tanto Saturday, 3-0 in Edmonton.

Last 10: Edmonton 3-4-3; St. Louis 6-4-0

Did You Know? Mexico produces more oil than Canada. Fans of blues music in Mexico — a small but growing group — are called bluseros.

Keep An Ojo On: The Blues’ T.J. Oshie has two goals and an assist in two games since returning from reserva de lesionados.

What They’re Saying: Woe is Mexico! The country’s national oil company, PEMEX, has been on a slow decline for the past decade. If this trend continues, it is very possible that Mexico could become a net energy importer for the first time.— “Is Mexico’s Oil Industry in Trouble?” from The Motley Fool.

Flames at Blackhawks, 7:30 PM Central (Llamas contra Halcones Negros, 6:30 PM)

Records: Flames (12-14-4, 28 points, 4th in Northwest); Blackhawks (24-4-3, 51 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Marian Hossa scored in the últimos segundos to send the game to overtime February 2 in Calgary. Chicago would ultimately win in a shootout 3-2.

Last 10: Calgary 4-6-0; Chicago 6-4-0

Did You Know? Mexico In Flames is not a norteña cover of this song. It’s actually an alternate title for the movie Red Bells, a Soviet/Mexico-produced film about John Bell, the subject of Warren Beatty’s movie Reds. The aforementioned Fuerza Aérea Mexicana operates six Blackhawk helicopters. El Ejército Mexicano has four.

Keep An Ojo On: Jonathan Toews has five goals in his last four games.

What They’re Saying: Mexico state oil company Pemex said Saturday a fire near its Francisco Madero refinery in the eastern state of Tamaulipas has been controlled and did not affect operations. The company said via its Twitter account there were no injuries, and the fire began in fields near the refinery’s coking installation— “Mexico’s Pemex says refinery fire has been controlled” from Reuters.