Tonight, Chicago rolls into Nashville for its first defense of the Conference III Belt of the 2014-15 season — and Nashville gets its first shot at the strap in the new campaign. The Hawks and Preds met for the Belt three times last season, with Nashville winning twice.
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.
Tonight, in a Sunday special, the Conference III Belt is on the line as Nashville travels to Chicago as the Predators try to become the third member of the three-Belt club along with the Blackhawks and Blues.
This is the third time Nashville and Chicago have met for the Belt, with each team winning once, bookending a Nashville title run.
Let’s see how they stack up!
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?
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.
With the trade deadline looming, we’ve asked our usual cadre of bloggers from around The Heptarchy to give us some idea of what the hay is going on with each team. Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. For our special trade deadline edition, we’ll go in alphabetical order:
Today In History
Sent to exile there as a condition of the Treaty of Fontainebleau — he was allowed to keep his title of “Emperor” and was the ruler of Elba, which was carved out as a separate principality, which means treaty-making was a different animal in 1815 and deposed dictators were treated a lot better than they are now — Napoleon was unhappy being separated from his wife and son (who were sent to Austria) and was not receiving the allowance he was guaranteed by the treaty (seriously, all those dictators who got hanged by their toes must look at Napoleon-on-Elba and just shake their heads). Further, he had heard rumors he was going to be sent to a remote island in the Atlantic (which, of course, he was, eventually).
Thus, he stole away while the guard ships were away, wisely timing his escape so he’d land in France as prisoners of the Napoleonic War were returning from their captors’ countries, thus providing him with an ever-growing army. And thus began the Hundred Days.