Great Game Previews In History: Get Boozy on Repeal Day

by J.R.

Today In History

prohibition_ends_repeal_day_cocktailsEighty years ago today, three states — Pennsylvania, Ohio and Utah — approved the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment and, ergo, Prohibition.

“What America needs now is a drink,” President Roosevelt famously declared, as if America hadn’t been drinking all along during the 13 years of allegedly booze-free America, hooch being readily available and people being willing to ignore the law.

It’s interesting that Utah gets the credit as the final state needed to ratify the 21st, since two states with far more influence and far bigger footprints did the same contemporaneously. Utah is likely remembered as the turning-point state because it makes for a more interesting story that a state which, to this day, places bizarre restrictions on the sale of alcohol is, in fact, the one that made it legal to drink again.

Blackhawks at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Blackhawks (20-5-4, 44 points, 1st in Conference III); Wild (16-8-5, 37 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Hawks took it 5-1 Oct. 29 in St. Paul.

Last 10: Chicago 7-3-0; Minnesota 5-4-1

What’s Your Tipple: In celebration of Repeal Day, we’ll offer drink suggestions for each of tonight’s match-ups (all seven Conference III teams are in action). Minnesotans, being a hospitable people, will want to welcome the visitors from Chicago and there’s really no other choice here except Jeppson’s Malört, which is about the Conference III-est liquor on earth.

From its label:

“Most first-time drinkers of Jeppson Malort reject our liquor. Its strong, sharp taste is not for everyone. Our liquor is rugged and unrelenting (even brutal) to the palate. During almost 60 years of American distribution, we found only 1 out of 49 men will drink Jeppson Malort. During the lifetime of our founder, Carl Jeppson was apt to say, ‘My Malort is produced for that unique group of drinkers who disdain light flavor or neutral spirits.’

It is not possible to forget our two-fisted liquor. The taste just lingers and lasts – seemingly forever. The first shot is hard to swallow! PERSERVERE [no seriously, that’s how it’s spelled on the label]. Make it past two ‘shock-glasses’ and with the third you could be ours…forever”

It is a Swedish invention, much like many Minnesotans and here’s a photo of Zenon Kenopka when somebody switched his wine for a bottle of the stuff (s/t Mighty Mike D):


Stars at Maple Leafs, 6 PM

Records: Stars (13-9-4, 30 points, 5th in Conference III); Maple Leafs (14-11-3, 31 points, 5th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: The Leafs won 4-3 in a shootout Nov. 25, 2011, in Dallas.

Last 10: Dallas 5-3-2; Toronto 3-5-2

What’s Your Tipple: We’re going to go with the suggestion of another Mike:

He’s right about Texans and their Dr Pepper, can’t get enough of the stuff. There’s a museum in Waco and everything. And he’s right about the Leafs, too, for that matter. Fill a shot glass with three parts Amaretto, one part Bacardi 151, set that sucker on fire and drop it into a beer.

Jets at Panthers, 6:30 PM

Records: Jets (13-12-4, 30 points, 6th in Conference III); Panthers (7-16-5, 19 points, 7th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: The old Southeast Division foes last met April 3, when Andrew Ladd score his second goal of the night in overtime for a 5-4 Jets win in Sunrise.

Last 10: Winnipeg 5-3-2; Florida 4-5-1

What’s Your Tipple: This is one that might require a heavy level of intoxication to stomach. With these clubs’ weird ties to Chicago, a knockoff Malört might be appropriate, but nobody beside the Jeppson people have any interest in making that stuff. Rowdy Jets fans love to travel and shout out the name of the ownership mid-anthem (“…the TRUE NORTH strong and free…”), which is mind-numblingly weird and makes me very happy that nowhere in The Star Spangled Banner is the lyric “…Nashville Hockey Club Limited Partnership…”. To prevent this, a few anthem singers have opted to sing that portion of O Canada in French. The official French lyric for that line is “Il sait porter la croix!” which means “So also is it ready to carry the cross,” because the French and English in Canada can’t even agree on the words to the anthem.

ANYWAY. This game needs tequila and Manitobans need to enjoy being in Florida. Frozen margaritas all around.

Islanders at Blues, 7 PM

Records: Islanders (8-15-5, 21 points, 8th in SUDM); Blues (18-5-3, 39 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Alex Pietrangelo had three assists in a 5-1 St. Louis win Feb. 16, 2012 at Scottrade.

Last 10: New York 2-6-2; St. Louis 7-3-0

What’s Your Tipple: A nasty storm is rolling into St. Louis, determined to drop all manner of frozen nonsense on the Gateway City. It’s the kind of night that calls for a nasty, cheap drunk. It’s the kind of night made for Bud Ice.

Hurricanes at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Hurricanes (11-12-5, 27 points, 6th in SUDM); Predators (13-12-3, 29 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Carolina won 4-3 in Raleigh on February 28, 2012.

Last 10: Carolina 4-5-1; Nashville 5-4-1

What’s Your Tipple: I’ve told the tale of my darling grandmother, who mixes her Jack Daniel’s with damn near nothing, except Sundrop and only then in the heat of summer. But my grandmother is a hospitable woman and Jack Daniel’s and Sundrop is a perfect mixture of Tennessee and North Carolina, even in December. Sundrop, for what it’s worth, was invented by a Missourian, but it’s wildly popular in Tennessee and, especially, the Carolinas.

Avalanche at Oilers, 7:30 PM Mountain/8:30 PM Central

Records: Avalanche (19-6-0, 38 points, 3rd in Conference III); Oilers (9-18-2, 20 points, 7th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Oilers won 4-1 in Colorado April 19.

Last 10: Colorado 6-4-0; Edmonton 5-5-0

What’s Your Tipple: Anyone who has made it this far might be inclined to take a break and ease off with some juice or something, but if you’ve made it this far, might as well top it off. It’s been a liquor-heavy night, so why not end it with a good Imperial Stout. Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery makes an oil-themed version called “Ten Fidy“:

This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hides a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt.  Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer.

It’s chocolatey so it’s kind of like dessert and it’s hefty and 10.5 percent, so it’ll hold up despite all the other nonsense you’ve ingested.

Happy drinkin’!