Great Game Previews In History: 29 October 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

Execution_of_Sir_Walter_RaleighOn October 29, 1618, Walter Raleigh, one-time court favorite and colonist of some renown, is beheaded at the Palace of Westminster for his part in the Main Plot to usurp King James 15 years earlier.

Raleigh, rumored as one of the lovers of James’ successor, Elizabeth I, lived one of those absurdly-busy 17th century lives: founding (and losing) Roanoke Colony, serving in Parliament, introducing tobacco to England, writing a travelogue that contributed to the (false?) Legend of El Dorado.

His execution was just as bizarre. Even at the time it was considered a little much. His contribution to the conspiracy appeared to be nothing more than taking a meeting with the plot’s leader, the testimony of whom was used to convict Raleigh. Raleigh was actually released from prison to lead an expedition to Guiana (and also while in the Tower of London, found time to father a son) and re-arrested before being executed.

Also, let’s not forget this, but James I was kind of a jerk.

Jets at Blues, 7 PM

Records: Jets (5-6-2, 12 points, 6th in Conference III); Blues (6-1-2, 14 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Noted goalscorer Alex Steen scored twice, but the Jets beat the Blues 4-3 in a shootout October 18.

Last 10: Winnipeg 3-5-2; St. Louis 6-1-2

Historical Context: Raleigh — except for that whole Roanoke thing — had a remarkable run of luck before a rather harsh regression at the end of life. Can Alexander Steen keep up his similar good fortune?

Stars at Canadiens, 6 PM

Records: Stars (5-5-1, 11 points, 7th in Conference III); Canadiens (7-5-0, 14 points, 4th in the Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Kari Lehtonen shut out the Habs in a 3-0 Stars win February 21, 2012, at the Bell Center.

Last 10: Dallas 5-4-1; Montreal 6-4-0

Historical Context: What was then known as Virginia was what Raleigh was known for — heck, they named a whole city in North Carolina for the guy. He left the first Roanoke Colony a failure but would not be deterred, coming back with a whole different group of folks, much as Lindy Ruff did in Buffalo last night. That try-again didn’t work either. Lindy hopes for more success.

Senators at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Senators (4-5-2, 10 points, 6th in the Flortheast); Blackhawks (7-2-3, 17 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Blackhawks beat the Sens 2-1 March 21, 2012.

Last 10: Ottawa 3-5-2; Chicago 6-2-2

Historical Context: Never a Senator, per se, being English and England having no Senate, Raleigh did have the rare honor of serving as a member of Parliament for three different counties: Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.