Great Game Previews In History: 13 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-Remnants_of_an_army2In 1842, William Brydon, an assistant surgeon in the Army of the British East India Company, safely reaches a camp at Jalalabad, purportedly the only one of an army of 4,500 soldiers and 12,000 camp followers to survive a massacre by Afghan tribesmen (he wasn’t: a Greek merchant also made it to Jalalabad before dying and a number of officers and their wives were captured instead of killed).

From a contemporaneous report:

On the afternoon of 13 January 1842 the British troops in Jalalabad, watching for their comrades of the Kabul garrison, saw a single figure ride up to the town walls. It was Dr Brydon sr. Part of his skull had been sheared off by an Afghan sword and he survived only because he had stuffed a copy of Blackwood’s Magazine into his hat to fight the intense cold weather. The magazine took most of the blow, saving the doctor’s life.

Coyotes at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Coyotes (21-14-9, 51 points, 5th in Pacific); Jets (19-23-5, 43 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Jets eked out a 1-0 win Dec 1, 2011 in the old Jets return to Winnipeg.

Last 10: Phoenix 3-4-3; Winnipeg 3-3-4

Historical Context: With the firing of Claude Noel while I was on assignment this weekend, has the purge begun in Winnipeg? Who will be the lone survivor, riding a dead horse to the bitter end?