Great Game Previews In History: 22 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

embargo-actThomas Jefferson signed the Embargo Act of 1807 just in time for Christmas.

The act — a response to harassment and impressment of U.S. merchant ships by the British and French — banned U.S. ships from sailing for foreign ports, essentially banning all foreign trade.

It was a disaster and like Prohibition later, was widely ignored and smuggling was rampant.

Though in effect for two years, it simply delayed, rather than  eliminated, the threat of war. The U.S. and Britain (not Canada, despite what they tell you) fought the War of 1812 five years after Jefferson’s Embargo.

Wild at Rangers, 6:30 PM

Records: Wild (20-12-5, 45 points, 4th in Conference III); Rangers (16-18-2, 34 points, 6th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: The Rangers won 3-2 March 27, 2012, in St. Paul.

Last 10: Minnesota 5-4-1; New York 3-5-2

Historical Context: Jefferson lamented the effects that his own embargo had on the economy, like a reverse, 19th-century Craig Leipold, crying poor and spending big.

Jets at Canucks, 7 PM

Records: Jets (16-16-5, 37 points, 6th in Conference III); Canucks (21-11-6, 48 points, 4th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Ryan Kesler got the winner for Vancouver in a 3-2 win March 8, 2012.

Last 10: Winnipeg 4-5-1; Vancouver 8-1-1

Historical Context: During the embargo, ships literally rotted in the harbors of New England — their owners unwilling to sell them for whatever they could get for them. Ladies and gents, the Winnipeg Jets!