Great Game Previews In History: 4 October 2013

by J.R.

Today In History:

popegregoryThe era of the Julian Calendar comes to an end October 4, 1582. Pope Gregory issues a bull and the implements his eponymous calendar in the Catholic countries of western and southern Europe. There will be no October 5. Or October 6. Or any other date until October 15, which immediately followed October 4. Don’t let Jaromir Jagr tell you he was born in Spain October 8, 1582, because that would be a lie.

Pope Gregory’s formula for leap years is still in effect and we follow the calendar as he set it, but there’s still some goofy effects from those 11 skipped days. To wit: March 25 is the Annunciation of Mary or “Lady Day” in the old parlance. In Britain, it’s what’s called a Quarter Day and it was the start of the New Year (as weird as that is) and thus the start of the tax year. When Britain — and, at the time, the Thirteen Colonies — finally went to the Gregorian calendar in the 1750s, it was necessary to move tax day up 11 days, as well to April 5 (in 1900, the Brits realized they had to add another leap day, so tax day is now April 6 in Britain). April 5 (or 6) is a weird day to make something due, so the U.S. Government moved their tax day to the middle of the month and Pope Gregory, coupled with British intransigence, is why your taxes are due April 15.

Predators at Avalanche, 7 PM Mountain/8 PM Central

Records: Predators (0-1-0, 0 points, 6th in Conference III); Avalanche (1-0-0, 2 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Preds scored three in the third to take a 3-1 win in Nashville April 2 and avoid the sweep by the Avs.

Last 10: Nashville 0-1-0; Colorado 1-0-0

Historical Context: The early part of the NHL season is a little goofy, isn’t it — not as goofy as skipping 11 days or anything, but still weird. Nashville didn’t play until the third day of the regular season, then have to play road back-to-backs and then have four days off before their home opener Tuesday against the Wild. Oh…and there’s a little subtext to this game you might want to watch. Oh and Barry Trotz is upping that Conference III hate, too.

Kings at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Kings (1-0-0, 0 points, 1st in Pacific); Jets (1-0-0, 2 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Chris Mason got the win for the Jets, a 1-0 overtime decision at the MTS Center Dec. 29, 2011. Evander Kane got the winner.

Last 10: Los Angeles 1-0-0; Winnipeg 1-0-0

Historical Context: The reason for Britain reluctance to adopt the calendar may have had something to do with Pope Gregory encouraging the violent overthrow of the Protestant monarchy. Maybe.

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