Great Game Previews In History: 25 October 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-Schlacht_von_Azincourt-1The English army under Henry V defeats the French at Agincourt during the Hundred Years War.

The English — employing the longbow and a large number of English and Welsh archers — defeated a numerically superior French army, turning the tide in the very long war.

One great legacy of the battle is the St. Crispin’s Day Speech from William Shakespeare’s Henry V, the greatest fictional political speech of all time. It ends thus:

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Canucks at Blues, 7 PM

Records: Canucks (7-4-1, 15 points, 2nd in the Pacific); Blues (5-1-1, 11 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Jay Bouwmeester scored in the third and Brian Elliot was perfect in the shootout, a 2-1 Blues win April 16 in St. Louis.

Last 10: Vancouver 6-3-1; St. Louis 5-1-1

Historical Context: Oh. St. Louis still has an NHL team? The Blues haven’t played in a week, so naturally they’ll go home-and-away back-to-back with Vancouver visiting tonight and a trip to Nashville looming tomorrow.

Vancouver leads the league in blocked shots (of course). St. Louis is last (probably because they haven’t played very many games).

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”

UPDATED TO ADD: Ace down in the comments reminds me Canes-Avs are tonight too, with Adam Foote’s number headed up the rafters. From Henry V:

Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.