Great Game Previews In History: 20 December 2013

by J.R.

Help III Communication celebrate Festivus by airing some grievances and what have you.

Today In History

349256In 1192, Richard The Lionheart is captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria on his way home from the Third Crusade.

Old Leo was something of a jealous guy, you see. When the Crusaders took Acre, Leopold hoisted his banner alongside that of Richard and his pal Phillip II of France. That was a bit of an affront, because Leo was just a vassal (of the Holy Roman Empire), so they ripped his banner down and tossed it in the moat and Leopold left in a huff (seriously, this was a very big deal).

Anywho, Leopold captured Richard on his way home and held him and got excommunicated for his trouble, because capturing a Crusader was a serious violation of The Code, you see.

Eventually, Richard got out when his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine raised a whole mess of money — and Philip sent a message to Richard’s brother, John (the evil John, from Robin Hood, who’d taken the throne during his brother’s captivity): “Look to yourself; the Devil is loose.”

Canucks at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Canucks (20-11-6, 46 points, 4th in Pacific); Blackhawks (25-7-5, 55 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Marcus Kruger got the winner in a 2-1 Hawks win in Vancouver Nov. 23.

Last 10: Vancouver 7-2-1; Chicago 6-3-1

Historical Context: Remember when Vancouver was supposed to win all the Stanley Cups all those times and Chicago didn’t let ’em? Or the year Vancouver finally beat Chicago and still didn’t win? Vancouver is Leopold V, trying to hang its banners before it deserves the honor.

Panthers at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Panthers (14-17-5, 33 points, 7th in Flortheast); Jets (15-16-5, 35 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Florida hung it on their old Southeast Division foes with a 5-2 win Dec. 5.

Last 10: Florida 7-3-0; Winnipeg 4-5-1

Historical Context: Like the Jets during their Southeast exile, Richard was a man out of his country: not just in captivity, either. He lived in France while the King of England, using England to make money for his dalliances. A True North strong and free indeed.