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Great Game Previews In History: 27 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

The Naval Act of 1794 — passed on this day in, uh, 1794 — authorized the building of the first six frigates of the U.S. Navy. A real original six.

One of them — the Constitution — is still in commission in Charlestown Navy Yard and part of the Navy’s educational outreach programs.

That leaves five and, wouldn’t ya know, there are five Conference III games today.

 

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[Redacted]: Looking Forward

by obscenealex

Greetings, [confrères], and welcome to another week of [Redacted].  I’m going to pretend most of this past week never happened. Start over.  Press the reset button.  Rage quit.  Maybe even black out to forget.  Instead of revisiting the past week, we’re going to spend this week looking ahead.  The future hasn’t happened yet (something Boring Sean Monahan may have already said at some point) and therefore offers me the hope missing from the past week.  Let’s get this over with…

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DemocraThree: 21 March 2014

by J.R.

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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; 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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Thursday Thirteen: Opportunity Equinox

by J.R.

Every Thursday we bring you III Communication’s Conference III Power Rankings, the Thursday Thirteen.

This week, spring’s springing and it’s all jumping off.

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Great Game Previews In History: 19 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Cavelier_de_la_salleDuring an expedition to claim all the land in America between the Gulf of Mexico and Fort St. Louis — an expedition that left France with 320 people which dwindled to 36 — René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, explorer of the Mississippi, was murdered.

The Belle, the last of the three ships remaining from those he had sailed from France, had run aground (just as its two sister ships had done earlier) and, for two years, La Salle’s group had been wandering around aimlessly searching for the Mississippi Delta. On March 19, 1687, Pierre Duhault and a companion hid in the grass. As La Salle passed by, Duhault shot him in the head. He was stripped of all his clothing and jewelry and left to die where he fell, somewhere near what is now Huntsville, Texas. René-Robert Cavelier de la Salle died one hour later.

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: St. Louis at Chicago, 19 March 2014

by J.R.

For the fourth time this season, the Blues and Blackhawks — the top rivalry in Conference III — will face off for the Conference III Belt.

And for the first time, the Crown of Fecal Matter will go to the loser of a Belt match.

Can St. Louis hold the belt? Can Chicago shed the hat?

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[Redacted] Week in Review: Stop the [Bovine Excreta]

by obscenealex

I’m not in a welcoming mood this week.  Get off my [well-manicured] lawn.

Oh, I have to write a column for you to read?  Well [gird yourself] then, you spoiled [solipsist].  Here it is:

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DemocraThree: 14 March 2014

by J.R.

demo210

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; 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: 14 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-IvryrubensOn March 14, 1590, Huguenot forces led by King Henry IV of France defeated the Catholic League led by Duc de Mayenne at the Battle of Ivry during the French Wars of Religion.

Henry had moved to occupy the League-occupied city of Dreux, but the forces of Mayenne — bolstered by Swiss infantry and Flemish pikemen — gave chase, intending to break a siege. Henry deployed his army — outnumbered badly, with the Catholic League having 12,000 foot soldiers to 8,000 Huguenots — on the plain of Saint André near Ivry.

Henry gave a pre-game pep talk:

“Companions! If you today run at risk with me, I will also run at risk with you; I will be victorious or die. God is with us. Look at his and our enemies. Look at your king. Hold your ranks, I beg of you; and if the heat of battle makes you leave them, think also of rallying back: therein lies the key to victory. You will find it among those three trees that you can see over there on your right side. If you lose your ensigns, cornets or flags, do never lose sight of my panache; you will always find it on the road to honour and victory.”

And then with volleys from six royal cannon, the battle was joined.

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Great Game Previews In History: 12 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Sitio de Roma 537 dC Ostrogodos atacan templo Adriano.previewVitiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome, retreating to Ravenna and leaving the city in the hands of the Byzantine general Belisaurius on March 12, 538, which is also the fifth anniversary of Chris Chelios’ first NHL goal.

The Ostrogoth siege had gone pretty well, but it sowed the seeds of its own destruction, as even the invading force was beset with fatigue and famine and disease.

The end of the siege was precipitated after the Ostrogoths broke a truce by trying to re-enter a Byzantine-occupied portion of Rome via an aqueduct. They were repelled, the Byzantines occupied a handful of cities, splitting Italy in two and forcing a retreat by the Ostrogoths to Ravenna.

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