Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 21 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 The Netherlands.

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Blues at Avalanche, 7 PM Central, 6 PM Mountain (Blauw tegen Lawine, 2 AM)

Records: Blues (26-16-2, 54 points, 2nd in Central, 2nd in Conference III); Avalanche (14-23-7, 35 points, 5th in Northwest, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: With just sixteen seconds remaining in overuren, David Jones stopped monkeying around and scored the only goal in a 1-0 Avs win February 20.

Last 10: St. Louis 8-2-0; Colorado 2-5-3

Did You Know? The Ribs & Blues Festival is the largest blues festival in The Netherlands. Avalanches, needless to say, aren’t a real issue in a country 20 percent below sea level.

Keep An Oog On: Blues doelverdediger Brian Elliot has given up one goal in three starts. PA Paranteau leads the Avs in scoren with 41 points.

What They’re Saying: Composer John Ewbank, who wrote the Song for the King which was to be sung at Willem-Alexander’s investiture, has cancelled the project because of the storm of criticism. The committee organising the celebrations issued a statement saying it ‘understands’ the decision. The song went public on Friday morning but was lambasted for its trite lyrics and style, which included a rap based on ‘the W from Willem’. The text was written by a group of Dutch celebrities ‘inspired by’ text sent in by the public. ‘After blocking the latest afterbirth from my twitter account, I have absolutely had enough,’ Ewbank wrote. He went on to list the alternative songs which have since been produced and wished everyone ‘much pleasure’ in singing them. The committee says it plans to press ahead with plans for a mass sing-in for the new king on April 30 but is not sure what form that will take. On Twitter the song was described as ‘horribly pretentious’, as sounding like a Eurovision Song Contest entry and a good reason for Willem-Alexander to move to Argentina.— “Composer withdraws Song for the King after rain of criticism” from Dutch News.

Flames at Wild, 6 PM (Vlammen tegen Woest, 1 AM)

Records: Flames (18-22-4, 40 points, 4th in Northwest); Wild (24-17-3, 51 points, 2nd in Northwest, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Wild held off a razend Flames comeback, hanging on 4-3 on April 15 in Calgary.

Last 10: Calgary 5-5-0; Minnesota 3-6-1

Did You Know? The GasTerra Flames play in the highest level of the Dutch basketball league system. The Netherlands’ first two national parks were established privately in the 1930s.

Keep An Oog On: PM Bouchard has three doelen in four games for the Wild.

What They’re Saying: People who riot, not taxpapers, should pick up the bill for policing costs as well as the damage they cause, say MPs from the right-wing Liberal VVD. At the moment, the state foots the bill for ‘maintaining public order’. This means taxpayers have to pay the police costs for events like the Project X riots in Haren last year. The VVD points out that the organisers of legal events, who apply for a permit, pick up part of the public order costs. But illegal parties, like the Haren event, are paid for out of the public purse. ‘This has to change,’ VVD parliamentarian Klaas Dijkhoff told news agency ANP. The party wants justice minister Ivo Opstelten to press for a change in the law and claims a majority of parliament supports the plan. — “Rioters should pick up the bill for their damage, says VVD” from Dutch News.

Stars at Kings, 8 PM (Sterren tegen Koningen, 3 AM)

Records: Stars (22-19-3, 47 points, 4th in Pacific, 5th in Conference III); Kings (25-14-5, 55 points, 2nd in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Stars scored four times in the derde periode to win 5-1 April 9 in Groot D.

Last 10: Dallas 6-4-0; Los Angeles 6-2-2

Did You Know? When Queen Beatrix abdicates April 30, Willem-Alexander will become the first King of the Netherlands since 1890 when William III died.

Keep An Oog On: Ray Whitney had a six-game punten streep stopped on Friday.

What They’re Saying: During the interview Willem-Alexander said he had no problem if the Netherlands moved towards a purely ceremonial monarchy. His future role is continuing to build on the tradition of his predecessors. ‘It is a tradition which represents the continuity of this country and its stability. But I also want to be a king who can unite people in the 21st century,’ the future king said. If people wanted to move away from this, the prince said he accepted everything, as long as it was a democratic decision in accordance with the constitution. ‘That is what I am king for and if something has to be signed, I will do it,’ he said. The previous government reduced the role of the monarch in forming a new government and there had been speculation the prince wanted a more active role as head of state. Asked why he did not want to be named king Willem IV, the prince laughed and said he did not want to be a number. ‘Willem 4 is in a field, next to Bertha 38,’ he said, referring to the way cows are named and registered. — “One in three watch tv interview with future king Willem-Alexander” from Dutch News

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