Great Game Previews In History: 5 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

The_Gunpowder_Plot_Conspirators,_1605_from_NPGOn November 5, 1605, the Gunpowder Plot — a conspiracy to blow up the House of Lords while King James I was in attendance for the State Opening of Parliament — was foiled. The conspirators wanted to kill the King (and anybody within about 300 feet of the place) to install his nine-year-old Catholic daughter, Elizabeth (not this one or this one, but this one).

Nowadays, primarily because of V for Vendetta, the imagery of Guy Fawkes is no longer rooted in derision, instead having been reappropriated by activist vacationers, dabblers in anarchy and dingbats, all of whom forget that Fawkes and his mates didn’t want to overthrow the monarchy and absolutism as an institution (indeed, to serve their purposes, they were willing to destroy not just the king, but, ya know, elected representatives), but just the monarch himself to be replaced by a monarch who recognized the authoritarian power of the Pope. Yes, a true victory for liberty and localism were they seeking!

Anywho, if you like antiquated anti-Catholic poetry, the full version of the famous poem is right up your street.

Stars at Bruins, 6 PM

Records: Stars (6-6-2, 14 points, 6th in Conference III); Bruins (8-5-0, 16 points, 4th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Tyler Seguin scored for the Bruins and Loui Eriksson scored for the Stars and some other guys scored for both teams and the Stars won 4-2 on New Year’s Ever 2011.

Last 10: Dallas 4-4-2; Boston 6-4-0

Historical Context: Seguin and Rich Peverley return from whence they came, the former run out because of his prodigious partying (I guess) and the latter because…I have no idea. When Seguin left, he was part of a predictable smear campaign from the Boston media, no doubt at the behest of their patrons within the organization, Seguin’s misdeeds made public by a slew of anonymous sources and team insiders, not unlike how the Gunpowder Plotters were doomed by the Monteagle Letter, a tip sent to William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle:

My Lord, out of the love I bear to some of your friends, I have a care of your preservation. Therefore I would advise you, as you tender your life, to devise some excuse to shift your attendance at this parliament; for God and man hath concurred to punish the wickedness of this time. And think not slightly of this advertisement, but retire yourself into your country where you may expect the event in safety. For though there be no appearance of any stir, yet I say they shall receive a terrible blow this Parliament; and yet they shall not see who hurts them. This counsel is not to be condemned because it may do you good and can do you no harm; for the danger is passed as soon as you have burnt the letter. And I hope God will give you the grace to make good use of it, to whose holy protection I commend you.

Blues at Canadiens, 6:30 PM

Records: Blues (8-2-2, 18 points, 4th in Conference III); Canadiens (8-7-0, 16 points, 5th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: The Blues got a 3-0 shutout win Jan. 10, 2012 in Montreal.

Last 10: St. Louis 6-2-2; Montreal 5-5-0

Historical Context: “Never trust a Frenchman,” the old saying I just made up goes. The Gunpowderers got inspiration from Juan de Mariana’s 1598 On Kings and the Education of Kings, which justified the stabbing of France’s Henry III and approached Henry IV of France for funding (he refused).

Flames at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Flames (6-6-2, 14 points, 6th in Pacific); Wild (8-4-3, 19 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Calgary won 4-1 with a strong effort from Joey MacDonald April 21.

Last 10: Calgary 4-6-0; Minnesota 6-3-1

Historical Context: Will the Flames run Wild as Fawkes and his confreres expected? Too on the nose?