Great Game Previews In History: 8 November 2013

by J.R.

Programming note: Game Previews are gonna be a morning thing now, except when they aren’t

Today In History

Cortez_&_La_MalincheHernán Cortés arrives in Tenochtitlan with a whole bevy of Spanish guys on November 8, 1519. Moctezuma II actually welcome them — threw a big old party and everything — in an effort to lure them in and learn their weaknesses. It proved to be too clever by half.

Indeed, he gave the Spanish gold to placate them, which didn’t work, because giving gold to a 16th century Spaniard is more or less like skating with your head down near John Scott. He shouldn’t hit you and it’s wrong that he does, but he just can’t help himself when you throw it out there like that.

Anyway, eventually Cortés found out some Aztecs killed some Spanish dudes down by the coast and used this as a pretext to hold Moctezuma hostage and use him as a puppet.

Then it gets complicated: Cortés was facing a mutiny, so he had to leave and then his second-in-command started killing people, including the Aztec Emperor, so Cortés rushed back and it was on and blah blah blah there was a big war and then a siege and eventually down through the years, Mexican Coke.

Predators at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Predators (8-5-2, 18 points, 5th in Conference III); Jets (6-9-2, 14 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Carter Hutton won for the second time against the Jets, a 3-2 overtime win in Nashville October 25.

Last 10: Nashville 6-2-2; Winnipeg 3-5-2

Historical Context: Like Cortés who couldn’t leave Tenochtitlan without having to come back over and over again, Nashville can’t escape Winnipeg. To wit: the Predators have yet to engage in a single Chambers Pot game, but are playing the Jets for the third time.

Flames at Avalanche, 7 PM Mountain/8 PM Central

Records: Flames (6-8-2, 14 points, 6th in Pacific); Avalanche (12-2-0, 14 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: First meeting of the year, but these old Northwest Division rivals last met April 8, a 3-1 Flames win.

Last 10: Calgary 3-7-0; Colorado 8-2-0

Historical Context: There’s a certain tendency to romanticize the indigenous peoples and demonize the Spanish. And, look, the Spanish were dirtbags, but the Aztecs were no treat either. They ate people and sacrificed humans. Not even Jay Feaster eats people.