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Month: December, 2013

Have A Very Conference III New Year

by J.R.

A couple more Conference III games tonight before we close the book on 2013.

Please drink responsibly and while doing so, offer some resolutions for the teams of Conference III.

Please enjoy this selection of songs from the bands of Conference III country as you do so.

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Great Game Previews In History: 31 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

selznick_serlin1On New Year’s Eve 1853, paleontologist Sir Richard Owen (the man who coined the term “dinosaur”) and sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins hosted a dinner party at London’s Crystal Palace inside the mold Hawkins used to make his sculpture of the Iguanodon.

You can see the (rather extravagant) menu here, which is in a bunch of French, but includes pork chops and young curried rabbit. And Madeira, which is just fine with me.

Twenty of the leading naturalists and scientists of the day were invited and I suspect it was a lot like this, except cooler because A) Ross wasn’t there and 2) THEY WERE EATING DINNER INSIDE A DINOSAUR.

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: St. Louis at Minnesota, 31 December 2013

by J.R.

Tonight, the St. Louis Blues go on the road to St. Paul for their second Conference III Championship Belt defense in three days and the fourth Conference III Championship Belt match since the Christmas hiatus. Minnesota is looking for its first chance with the belt (and first chance at the belt) since a four-day run in October.

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The [Redacted] Week In Review With Obscene Alex: 30 December 2013

by J.R.

200px-Profanity.svgOne of the greatest parts of the Conference III Festivus post was the commentary by a man we named “Obscene Alex,” whose vitriol was pungent, WordPress moderated his comment and I was forced to include his contributions in a highly-censored form.

Obscene Alex was kind enough to join the Conference III conversation on Twitter, locking up his oh-so-perfect handle and he has agreed, from time to time, to review the week in Conference III action for us. We’re pleased (and a little frightened) to present his first post (with my redactions in brackets):

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Great Game Previews In History: 30 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

ar133286093411971December 30 has not been a good day for kings.

In 1944, Greece’s George II, faced with a Communist (and, ergo, viciously anti-monarchist) government, appointed a regent, Archbishop Damaskinos, and agreed to let a referendum decide the fate of the King of the Hellenes. Eventually, said referendum restored the monarchy, but it was all for naught. George II, by the way, was the cousin of Prince Philip, now the consort to Queen Elizabeth.

In 1947, also on December 30, King Michael I of Romania, was forced to abdicate by the Soviet-backed regime in his country. Michael, by the way, is still alive, splitting his time between Switzerland and Romania (his citizenship was restored after the fall of Communism). He does not agitate for restoration of the monarchy, believing that such a move must come from the people, though he is wildly popular in his home country and has acted for his nation, advocating for Romania’s entry into NATO, for example. He is also the last surviving commander-in-chief of an European Allied nation from World War II, the only surviving monarch from the Interbellum and one of only three heads of state still alive from World War II (King Simeon of Bulgaria and Tibet’s Dalai Lama are the other two).

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: St. Louis at Dallas, 29 December 2013

by J.R.

It took a shootout to do it, but St. Louis won the Conference III Belt from Chicago Saturday night in a 6-5 classic, setting up the third belt match in three days after the Christmas break as the Blues travel to defend their title in Dallas, still looking for their first run with the strap.

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Great Game Previews In History: 28 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

bald-eagle_1_600x450Richard Nixon, of all people, signs into law the Endangered Species Act on this day in 1973.

The goal of the law is “to prevent the extinction of imperiled plant and animal life, and secondly, to recover and maintain those populations by removing or lessening threats to their survival” and it sets up a system by which a species can be declared endangered.

It has survived 40 years of attacks — either overt or through subterfuge — designed to weaken it and, lo and behold, species are coming off the list. Of particular interest, the bald eagle which increased from 417 to 11,040 pairs between 1963 and 2007, when it was removed from the list.

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: Chicago at St. Louis, 28 December 2013

by J.R.

Tonight, Chicago travels to St. Louis to defend the Conference III Championship Belt for the second time in two days, after Patrick Sharp got hats and a belt for his birthday with the Hawks retaining by virtue of a 7-2 win over Colorado Friday night.

This is the third time the Blues and Blackhawks have squared off for the belt with St. Louis winning the first two back in October during their season-opening belt run.

Let’s see how they stack up:

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Great Game Previews In History: 27 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-HMS_Beagle_by_Conrad_MartensThe HMS Beagle departed Plymouth Sound for its second voyage.

Captain Robert FitzRoy surmised that having a geologist on board would be a good idea, so he signed up Charles Darwin as a supernumerary.

Originally planned at two years, the circumnavigation ended up lasting five and along the way, Darwin developed his theory of evolution, especially while at Punta Alta, Argentina, where he found the remains of giant, extinct mammals and at the Galapagos, of course.

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: Colorado at Chicago, 27 December 2013

by J.R.

Tonight at 7 Central (6 Mountain), Colorado gets its first chance at the Conference III Championship Belt.

Will the young upstarts grab the title or will the mighty Blackhawks retain?

Let’s see how they stack up.

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