Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 3 April 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 Albania.

Albania tourism destinations

Stars at Ducks, 9 PM (Yjet në Rosat, 4 AM)

Records: Stars (16-16-3, 35 points, 5th in Pacific, 6th in Conference III); Ducks (24-7-5, 53 points, 1st in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: It’s been just two days since Viktor Fasth got the mbyllje e ndërmarrjes in a 4-0 Anaheim win.

Last 10: Dallas 4-5-1; Anaheim 4-4-2

Did You Know? The Albanian version of Dancing With The Stars is an absolute ratings monster. Albania is one of Europe’s top duck-hunting destinations.

Keep A Sy On: Whether the Stars have any players left after the afati tregtare.

What They’re Saying:  The final version of the Albanian entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest as well as the official music video have been published.  The Albanian rock stars Bledar Sejko and Adrian Lulgjuraj will perform their song Identitet in the second semi-final in Malmö. The duo, Bledar and Adrian won back in December 2012 the Albanian national music festival Festivali i Këngës 51 and the ticket to Malmö where they will represent Albania at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.  The final version of the Albanian entry has been reworked and recorded at the Kingside music studio in Sweden. — Albania: Listen to the final version of Identitet” from ESCToday.com

Wild at Sharks, 9 PM (Xanxar në Peshkaqenë, 4 AM)

Records: Wild (21-12-2, 44 points, 1st in Northwest, 2nd in Conference III); Sharks (18-11-6, 42 points, 3rd in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Ryan Suter had ndihmon on both Wild goals in a 2-0 win March 23.

Last 10: Minnesota 8-2-0; San Jose 7-3-0

Did You Know? Lord Byron once referenced a “wild Albanian kirtled to his knee,” whatever that means. Grand Theft Auto IV features an Albanian gang specializing in loan-sharking.

Keep A Sy On: Zach Parise has a six-game point streak against the Sharks, with three gols and five assists.

What They’re Saying:  You know the environmental mantra — reduce, reuse, recycle? Well, this story is kind of about all three. More than half a million concrete bunkers dot the Albanian landscape. They’re holdovers from the time of Cold War leader Enver Hoxha. Since the end of Communism, many of the bunkers have been re-purposed. But there are so many, Albanians don’t know what to do with them all. If you’re looking for a poster boy that embodies “Communist strongman with an iron fist,” Enver Hoxha‘s definitely your guy. Let’s tick the boxes. Massive state security apparatus? Check. Cult of personality? Check. Rampant paranoia and xenophobia? Check and double check. Here’s a guy that not only feared attacks from the West, but also from fellow Communists like Tito, Khrushchev and later Mao. And so in the late 1960s, Hoxha launched a concrete program to protect Albania from attack. He began constructing defensive bunkers. The final count? Somewhere between 750,000 to one million. — “Albania’s Bunker Mentality” from PRI’s The World.

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