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Great Game Previews In History: 12 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

On December 12, 1098, Crusaders led by Raymond de Saint Gilles and Bohemond of Taranto negotiated the surrender of the city of Ma’aara in what is now Syria. The city had been under siege for two weeks.

Upon the surrender of the townspeople, the Crusaders immediately began a slaughter (that’s like fighting someone who doesn’t want to fight, Ray Emery).

But alas, those silly Crusaders took a city that wasn’t nearly as rich as they thought. While some negotiations were going on, the soldiers had to wait in this desolate Detroit of the Desert and eventually started eating dead people, leading historian Albert of Aix to say “Nam Christiani non solum Turcos vel Sarracenos occisos, verum etiam canes arreptos” (“the Christians did not shrink from eating not only killed Turks or Saracens, but even dogs”).

Even dogs, you guys. Even dogs.

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Quarter Life Crisis

by J.R.

Last night, at the conclusion of the Minnesota-Montreal game, 25 percent of the Conference III schedule was complete (yes, I did the math).

This is a traditional time of examination for NHL teams and with just one game on the Conference III slate tonight, the schedule affords a good place to take a breather and see what’s happened through the season’s first quarter.

Thanks to everyone who commented and emailed.

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IIIiteracy: Preds the Pit(ts), Buff’s Brace, Wild Win

by J.R.

Tonight in Conference III action:

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33 Predictions For 2013 & Programming Notes

by J.R.

I made these standings predictions over at Second City Hockey, but we’ll repeat them here for posterity ahead of the beginning of Conference III:

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Heat Index: The Comprehensive Guide to All 21 Conference III Rivalries

by J.R.

Here we are.

After staring awkwardly at each other for a few months, laughing with and at one another, back-slapping and guffawing, being mirthful and merry, the season is now in our sights.

It’s time to hate.

There are 21 rivalries in Conference III — some old, some new, some borrowed, some involving the Jets (not many).

Which have the most heat in this historic first season? Our crack team of researchers using the scientific method (“scientific method”=thinking about it for a few minutes) have ranked all 21.

Some caveats:

1) The old Central Division is over-represented at the top and Winnipeg and Colorado, especially, are over-represented at the bottom. This will be hard to swallow for Jets fans, but we just don’t care about you yet.

2) Historical factors related to the old North Stars and old Jets were considered when necessary.

3) Teams are given in the order I thought of them when I wrote the list. By all means, consider word order a slight against your team.

4) Feel free to disagree and call me stupid. I don’t care, because you are wrong.

Starting at the bottom…

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Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Country Captain Chicken and Farm Fresh Cider

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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Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: S’mores And Hot Chocolate

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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Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh: Conference III Camp Report, 12 September 2013

by J.R.

hmhf45aAs camps continue in Conference III, we’ll do a daily check-in on what’s happening across The Heptarchy. Most of the time, frankly, this is going to be by Twitter search or maybe Google if we are feeling especially inspired. Sometimes the Nashville report may be done in person. We’ll see if our buddy Gord Stinkhole wants to check in from Winnipeg. And if any of y’all have any insights from a camp visit, fire ’em to conferencethree[at]gmail[dot]com. We’ll totally rip off your content.

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Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Costco Beer And Pasta Salad

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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