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Month: February, 2014

Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: The Return of Bobbie’s and Hockey

by J.R.

It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

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Great Game Previews In History: 28 February 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

600px-Founders_of_the_Baltimore_and_Ohio_RailroadThe city of Baltimore charters the B&O Railroad on February 28, 1827.

It was simply a matter of keeping up with the Joneses: for years Baltimore had an advantage over other major American seaports (New York, Philadelphia and Charleston, for example) because it was farther inland and therefore closer to the rest of the country. But the opening of the Erie Canal connected New York with the inland, as did the series of canals built by Pennsylvania connecting Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The city fathers in Charm City mandated the railroad they chartered connect to a suitable point on the Ohio River.

And so it did, becoming the first common-carrier of freight and passengers in the USA.

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Great Game Previews In History: 27 February 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

471px-Henry_IV_en_Herculeus_terrassant_l_Hydre_de_Lerne_cad_La_ligue_Catholique_Atelier_Toussaint_Dubreuil_circa_1600Henry of Navarre is crowned as Henry IV of France on February 27, 1594, ending an ordeal that began when Henry III was assassinated by a crazed monk.

Initially, he was opposed by the Catholic League (for the obvious reason that he was a Protestant). While he was confined to the south of France, he was aided by his Protestant ally, Queen Elizabeth I. Meanwhile, his Catholic uncle was proclaimed King of France, which didn’t bother Henry too much, because he had his uncle taken prisoner and, in any event, the old man died. The League then pushed a series of Spanish candidates, which made the people of France suspicious that they were being duped by the League.

Eventually, Henry renounced his Protestantism — allegedly saying Paris vaut bien une messe (“Paris is well worth a mass”) — and earned the support of the vast majority of his subjects and, thus, leading to his coronation.

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Trade Central Time Zone: Your Guide To The 2013-14 Trade Deadline

by J.R.

Exactly one week from the moment this is posted — Wednesday, March 5 at 2 PM Central (1 PM Mountain) — the NHL will hit its trade deadline, which makes the next week simultaneously one of the most interesting and exhausting weeks on the schedule. It can be very confusing, what with real insiders — like Uncle Bob — trying to cut through the noise of rumormongers, charlatans, fake accounts of real reporters and fake accounts of charlatans.

We’re here to help with a handy guide to what you need to know for the week ahead.

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Great Game Previews In History: 26 February 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

napoleon_elbaNapoleon escapes from the island of Elba off the Tuscan coast.

Sent to exile there as a condition of the Treaty of Fontainebleau — he was allowed to keep his title of “Emperor” and was the ruler of Elba, which was carved out as a separate principality, which means treaty-making was a different animal in 1815 and deposed dictators were treated a lot better than they are now — Napoleon was unhappy being separated from his wife and son (who were sent to Austria) and was not receiving the allowance he was guaranteed by the treaty (seriously, all those dictators who got hanged by their toes must look at Napoleon-on-Elba and just shake their heads). Further, he had heard rumors he was going to be sent to a remote island in the Atlantic (which, of course, he was, eventually).

Thus, he stole away while the guard ships were away, wisely timing his escape so he’d land in France as prisoners of the Napoleonic War were returning from their captors’ countries, thus providing him with an ever-growing army. And thus began the Hundred Days.

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The Threemix: Welcoming You Back To Conference III With A Musical Rebus

by J.R.

Ed. note: It’s back to NHL action this week and to bring you up to speed, a Conference III megamix:

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The [Redacted] Week in Review with Obscene Alex: Is This [Excreta] Over Yet?

by obscenealex

If you’re like me, you’re [thrilled beyond compare] that the Olympics are over and we can get back to our regularly scheduled program of hating each other over geographically closer teams.

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from the past couple of weeks:

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MedaIIIsts

by J.R.

Congratulations to Conference III’s Canadian, Swedish and Finnish players for their Olympic medals.

And congratulations to the rest of us for returning to our normal state of hating David Backes.

Conference III to America: ‘You’re Welcome!’

by J.R.

As ever, Conference III is Real America:

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DemocraThree: 10 February 2014

by J.R.

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Every Friday (except this week obviously), bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D, updated anew this week, and like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.

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