Great Game Previews In History: 22 October 2013
Today In History
Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age.”
Sartre famously refused the prize, via an open letter, possibly addressed to Miley Cyrus, in Le Figaro, published the next day.
Sartre gave all manner of predictably Sartrety reasons for the refusal — that he did not want to entangle the Nobel committee with his increasingly political activism (he cited his support of Venezuelan revolutionaries specifically; Sartre was arrested during the May 1968 protests in Paris and was pardoned by DeGaulle because “You don’t arrest Voltaire”) and that he found the Nobel Prize to be exceedingly Eurocentric (it was and is, for better or worse), and that he was more interested in bridging the gap between East and West than in holding an award that demonstrates the gap.
Predators at Wild, 7 PM
Records: Predators (5-3-1, 11 points, 4th in Conference III); Wild (3-3-3, 9 points, 5th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson scored power-play goals. Eric Nystrom added a penalty shot and the Predators won 3-2 in Nashville October 8, a game famous (?) in that, because Nystrom’s goal was the only one not scored on the power play, every player except Nystrom was even and he was a +1. Neat!
Last 10: Nashville 5-3-1, Minnesota 3-3-3
Historical Context: Much like Ryan Suter’s much-ballyhooed, much-belly-booed return to Minnesota to be closer to his family, Sartre fled Paris after refusing the Nobel Prize and hid out at the home of Hélène de Beauvoir, sister of his beloved Simone. The Preds and Wild are among the league’s lowest scoring teams at even-strength, so a national TV audience might have to fight off a bout of La Nausée.
Blackhawks at Panthers, 6:30 PM
Records: Blackhawks (5-1-2, 12 points, 2nd in Conference III); Panthers (3-6-0, 6 points, 7th in Flortheast)
Last Time They Met: Mr Patty Kane ended a seven-game goalless drought and the Hawks beats the Panthers 3-1 in Chicago January 20, 2012.
Last 10: Chicago 5-1-2, Florida 3-6-0
Historical Context: Blackhawks and Panthers. Being and Nothingness.
Capitals at Jets, 7 PM
Records: Capitals (3-5-0, 6 points, 5th in the Metro); Jets (4-5-0, 8 points, 6th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: These two old Southeast Division foes said their last words to each other April 23 in which the Caps won 5-3 and clinched the last Southeast title. Matt Hendricks was the No. 1 star.
Last 10: Washington 3-5-0, Winnipeg 4-5-0
Historical Context: Winnipeg, like the Nobel committee, rejected the East, and now they’ll try to bridge the gap back as two teams struggling with their identity (there’s a concept Sartre wrote about…a lot) try to find their way.