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The [Redacted] Week in Review with Obscene Alex: Toilet Gunk Edition

by obscenealex

The color of the wax was pretty close to rust in this mess.

The color of the wax was pretty close to rust in this mess.

Howdy, [donkey trilbies], and welcome to this week’s edition of the [Redacted] Week in Review.  Good players that matter are in Sochi by now, trying to find functional toilets.  Lesser players are on break.  Without Conference III hockey to cover over the next week, I find myself somewhere in the middle – I just replaced a toilet at my house and Olympic hockey is unlikely to offer the same enjoyable opportunities to converse with opposing fans that the regular NHL schedule does.  As a quick note on both, though, the nasty old wax ring I pulled off when I removed my old toilet was about the same color as the Phoenix Coyote jerseys.  I only wish I had taken a picture for posterior posterity.

It seems like this week has crawled as slowly as watching a New Jersey Devils shot trying to cross the goal line.  Nate MacKinnon is still running away with the Calder scoring race, Winnipeg lost two out of three this week, and the Blackhawks are still wearing the Conference III Crown of [Fecal Matter].  Not everything is the same, though… here’s some new stuff to enjoy:

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Great Game Previews In History: 6 February 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

528px-Franklin1877The fledgling United States scores big diplomatically when two treaties — the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce — between the U.S. and France are signed in Paris on 6 February 1778.

The Second Continental Congress had been seeking allies for the fight against the British and France — England’s ancient enemy — was the obvious choice. The French initially balked, but charmed by Ben Franklin’s funny hat and impressed by the American victory at Saratoga, they eventually came around.

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DemocraThree: 24 January 2013

by J.R.

demothree

Every Friday, 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 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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Great Game Previews In History: 19 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

447px-Fifth_Monarchy_AspinwallOn this day in 1661, Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London.

Venner was the leader of the Fifth Monarchy Men — a movement based on a Biblical prophecy that four monarchies would precede the Kingdom of Chirst. Venner and his buds supposed that four kingdoms had already come and gone (to wit: Babylonian, Persian, Macedonian and Roman) and that obviously England wasn’t going to persist (what with King Charles I being, ya know, dead, and Oliver Cromwell running the show) and with 1666 coming up with all its Number of the Beast implications, things were ripe for Jesus:

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But Jesus needed the help of guys like Venner, who was a cooper.

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DemocraThree: 17 January 2014

by J.R.

demothree

Today, we debut a new weekly feature here at III Communication — DemocraThree. Every Friday, 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 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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Great Game Previews In History: 16 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

524px-Ivan-Groznyi-ParsunaIvan IV Vasilyevich, Grand Prince of Moscow, is crowned as Tsar of All the Russians on January 16, 1547.

You know him better as Ivan The Terrible.

At 8, Ivan ascended as Grand Prince of Moscow upon the death of his father, Vasili III, who was struck ill with blood poisoning after he developed a boil. His mother acted as regent, but died of what is now believed to be poisoning. Ivan felt put out by the powerful boyars and at just 16, was crowned with Monomakh’s Cap and proclaimed Tsar of All The Russians, the first ruler with that title (though his grandfather, Ivan The Great, used the title tsar).

Ivan ruled until 1584 (!), and his 37 years as tsar show him to be a complex and interesting figure.

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III Hundred and 60 Minutes: 4 January 2014

by J.R.

Today is one of the great days — a day in which its possible, what with the Game Center Live or the Center Ice or streaming radio or sketchy dot-two-letter-country-code not-technically allowed by Homeland Security online feeds, to spend all day watching Conference III hockey.

Are you up to the challenge? Can you go noon to 9:30 and catch all or part of all six games?

Send us proof and you win a prize!*

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Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Tamales and Hot Toddies

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: 2 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

At the French Academy of Sciences on January 2, 1860, the discovery of a planet — Vulcan — was announced.

It was claimed to exist between the orbit of Mercury and the Sun, with numerous mid-19th century astronomers claimed to have seen a black disc transit the sun. Urbain La Verrier became convinced of Vulcan’s existence after hearing the testimony of a country doctor and amateur astronomer Edmond Modeste Lescarbault, who timed this planet’s transit using a pendulum and a pocket watch.

Scientists were convinced of Vulcan’s existence due to anomalies in Mercury’s motion. Later, said anomalies would be explained using Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Today, few, if any, credible astronomers are convinced of the veracity of Vulcan and it has passed into the realm of the handful of proposed or hypothetical planets.

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