Great Game Previews In History: 11 October 2014
After years of escalation — which included a war and a British-led raid to take Johannesburg — the Boer republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State invade the British-held Cape Colony and Natal, beginning the Second Boer War. Talk about being united and divided simultaneously, eh?
The war began with rapid invasions by the Boers, who had the great advantage of having a fighting force that was nimble, familiar with the area, good on horses and fairly easy to mobilize. Within a few weeks, the Boers had made great inroads into British-held territory, driving back the British in some cases and laying siege to garrisons in others.
Spoiler alert: though the war pioneered the use of modern guerrilla warfare, the Brits ultimately win this one, the Boer territories are incorporated into the British colonies and the Union of South Africa comes to be in 1910…and then develops into a truly reprehensible country but then gets sort of OK again and then hosts the World Cup.
Wild at Avalanche, 7 PM Mountain/6 PM Central
Stars at Predators, 7 PM
Records: Stars (0-0-1, 1 point, 5th in Conference III); Predators (1-0-0, 2 points, 3rd in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: The Predators’ lone blemish in a 5-0-1 April came in the final Chambers Pot meeting of 2013-14: a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars. Both Preds goals were scored by Gabby Bourque.
Last 10: Dallas 0-0-1; Nashville 1-0-0
Historical Context: Though we were told it was inevitable, the Dallas Stars will not cruise to the first 82-0-0 season in NHL history, though 81-0-1 is still possible. The summer acquisitions were meant to strike gold in Dallas, just as the diamonds discovered in Kimberley and the gold at Witwatersrand were to make the Boer Republics the dominant force in southern Africa. The Brits, the Boers’ old rivals, though, had something to say about that, much as Nashville hopes to have some say in Dallas’ destiny. Also of historical note, the first Chambers Pot game of 2014-15 is being played on namesake Shawn Chambers’ birthday.
Flames at Blues, 6 PM
Records: Flames (1-1-0, 2 points, 3rd in Pacific); Blues (0-1-0, 0 points, 6th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Jaro Halak earned the shutout in a 5-0 Blues win January 9 in Calgary.
Last 10: Calgary 1-1-0; St. Louis 0-1-0
Historical Context: We all know how the Blues are going to try to win — grinding, exhausting hockey. And guess what? There was a mess of grindy, exhausting warfare during Boer 2.0. Sieges predominated — with interrupting flurries of guerrilla attacks; it essentially predicted the style of war that would dominate the 20th century.
Sabres at Blackhawks, 7:30 PM
Records: Sabres (0-1-0, 0 points, 8th in Flortheast); Blackhawks (1-0-0, 2 points, 4th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Jonathan Toews got the odd one in a 2-1 Blackhawks road win March 9.
Last 10: Buffalo 0-1-0; Chicago 1-0-0
Historical Context: This one is straight from the can’t-take-it-for-granted department. The final tipping point event leading to Boer 2.o was an ultimatum issued to the British from the leaders of the Boer republics. When news of the ultimatum reached London, the newspapers more or less mocked it. The Globe said something about a “trumpery little state.” Well, anyway. The war lasted almost three years.
Jets at Sharks, 9 PM
Records: Jets (1-0-0, 2 points, 2nd in Conference III [swear it’s true]); Sharks (1-0-0, 2 points, 1st in Pacific)
Last Time They Met: Tobias Enstrom got the late power-play winner in a 4-3 Jets victory at San Jose March 27.
Last 10: Winnipeg 1-0-0; San Jose 1-0-0
Historical Context: The Second Boer War sure sounds like a gang fight doesn’t it? HIT IT: