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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: 20 December 2013

by J.R.

Help III Communication celebrate Festivus by airing some grievances and what have you.

Today In History

349256In 1192, Richard The Lionheart is captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria on his way home from the Third Crusade.

Old Leo was something of a jealous guy, you see. When the Crusaders took Acre, Leopold hoisted his banner alongside that of Richard and his pal Phillip II of France. That was a bit of an affront, because Leo was just a vassal (of the Holy Roman Empire), so they ripped his banner down and tossed it in the moat and Leopold left in a huff (seriously, this was a very big deal).

Anywho, Leopold captured Richard on his way home and held him and got excommunicated for his trouble, because capturing a Crusader was a serious violation of The Code, you see.

Eventually, Richard got out when his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine raised a whole mess of money — and Philip sent a message to Richard’s brother, John (the evil John, from Robin Hood, who’d taken the throne during his brother’s captivity): “Look to yourself; the Devil is loose.”

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Great Game Previews In History: Get Boozy on Repeal Day

by J.R.

Today In History

prohibition_ends_repeal_day_cocktailsEighty years ago today, three states — Pennsylvania, Ohio and Utah — approved the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment and, ergo, Prohibition.

“What America needs now is a drink,” President Roosevelt famously declared, as if America hadn’t been drinking all along during the 13 years of allegedly booze-free America, hooch being readily available and people being willing to ignore the law.

It’s interesting that Utah gets the credit as the final state needed to ratify the 21st, since two states with far more influence and far bigger footprints did the same contemporaneously. Utah is likely remembered as the turning-point state because it makes for a more interesting story that a state which, to this day, places bizarre restrictions on the sale of alcohol is, in fact, the one that made it legal to drink again.

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Great Game Previews In History: 16 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

Swiss chemist Albert (NOT ABBIE) Hofmann (NOT HOFFMAN) synthesized LSD for the first time at the Sandoz Labs in Basel.

He was actually trying to make a stimulant for the respiratory and circulatory systems and ended up discovering a substance that makes people think the Grateful Dead are good.

Thinking himself a failure, he set aside LSD for five years. Picking it up again, he absorbed a bit through his fingers and had a heckuva trip:

affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated-like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. some two hours this condition faded away

Three days later, he took some on purpose and had his assistant escort him — but they had to go by back, because this was 1943 and, ya know, there was a war on:

… little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and plays of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux …

Hofmann remained an advocate for LSD throughout his life, bemoaning its misuse by the counterculture and its prohibition by governments, believing it had legitimate, psychiatric benefits. He lived to be 102, for what it’s worth.

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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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Great Game Previews In History: 15 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

Articles-of-Confederation stampThe Second Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation and submits it to the states for ratification on November 15, 1777.

The full title of what was the United States’ first constitution was “Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.” Time and time again in history, the word “perpetual” and its synonyms get would-be statesmen into trouble. The government formed under the Articles lasted less a dozen years or so and there was a little problem with holding everybody together in the 1860s (though maybe if the U.S. had stuck with the Articles of Confederation, the Civil War would have been avoided; it’s almost certainly not true, but there’s no way of knowing one way or the other).

The Articles created a congress with each state having one vote, the delegates to which were appointed by state legislatures. It was a weak central government — in fact, the Articles didn’t explicitly create a nation, but instead “a firm league of friendship.” The best part of the whole thing, really, is the promise to let Canada join up if they wanted. There was no executive or judicial branch. Congress couldn’t tax or regulate commerce and there was no common currency. So hard to believe this didn’t work out.

Anyway, the center could not hold, because the center was made of straw and by the late 1780s, it was apparent some changes needed to be made.

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While You Were Sleeping: So Much Is Happening

by J.R.

To start, there were a bunch of nutso games in Conference III tonight:

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Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Ginger Apple Cider and Apple Pie Snaps

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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How Very Conference III Of You Florida

by J.R.

The Florida Panthers fired Dale Tallon and made the best coaching hire of all time ever, bringing up San Antonio Rampage coach and the Conference III-est man in the world, former Predators assistant Peter Horachek, to be the interim head man.

Text from TMurda: “But I thought New Jersey was the Devils!”