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Conference III Championship Belt Tale of The Tape: St. Louis at Minnesota, 29 November 2014

by J.R.

Tonight, for the sixth time in a 51-day reign, Minnesota will defend the Conference III Belt. Our fighting champs will face off against St. Louis, historically the most successful Belt team.

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[Redacted]: Hockey Is Finally Here

by obscenealex

Welcome back, [poultry fetishists].  Teams from other divisions played yesterday, but [ignore] them.  Today marks the first day of the real NHL regular season.  To mark this momentous occasion, join me for a review of the teams that make our beloved Conference III a special division—a Great Divide—separating it from the Flortheast, the Californian, and the Metropolitan, where division name jokes write themselves.  As J.R. so eloquently pointed out yesterday, it is our division that both unites us and divides us, and since he chose to focus on the former, I will examine the latter in the form of crass, brash, and morally distasteful power rankings.

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Playoff Threeview: St. Louis & Chicago

by J.R.

CIII2. Blues 52-23-7 (111 points, 2nd in Conference III) vs. CIII3. Blackhawks (46-21-15, 107 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Season Series— Blues 3-2

LeadersBlues: Alexander Steen (33G, 29A, 62 Points, 9 GWG), Alex Pietrangelo (43A), David Backes (10 PPG); Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp (34G, 44A, 78 Points, 10 PPG), Patrick Kane (10 PPG, 6 GWG), Ben Smith (15.6% shooting)

Probable Goalies: Blues: Ryan Miller (25-30-4, .918, 2.64); Blackhawks: Corey Crawford (32-16-12, .917, 2.26)

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III Communication’s Official Guaranteed To Be Right Playoff Predictions

by obscenealex

Obscene Alex and J.R. can’t agree on the utility of explicit language; can they agree on the outcome of this year’s playoff series?

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: Colorado at St. Louis, 5 April 2014

by J.R.

This afternoon, in a special Brunchrence III bout, Colorado defends the Conference III Belt for the first time — and maybe the last time of the 2013-14 season — as the Avs visit the St. Louis Blues.

Let’s take a look at the match-up.

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Great Game Previews In History: 1 April 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

The Recapture of Bahia begins on April 1, 1625 as a combined Spanish and Portuguese force made an effort to take back the Brazilian port town of Salvador da Bahia from the Dutch during the Eighty Years War (these countries, incredibly, were world powers in the 17th century and boy does that seem weird).

In May 1624, Dutch West Indies Company forces commanded by Jacob Willekens captured Bahia from the Portuguese. Philip IV, king of Spain and Portugal, ordered a Spanish-Portuguese fleet set sail with the objective of recovering the city. Sailing from the port of Lisbon under the command of Fadrique Álvarez de Toledo y Mendoza, the fleet crossed the Atlantic.

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Great Game Previews In History: 23 March 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

431px-Borovikovskiy_PtPavla1GRMTsar Paul I is assassinated on this day in 1801. But it was Russia — so nothing was easy.

Paul had angered the nobility through a number of his efforts at modernization (or humanity). He tried to foist a code of chivalry on them, he discovered widespread corruption in the treasury, he had the audacity to repeal laws allowing corporal punishment of peasants. What a jerk!

A conspiracy was organized by Counts Peter Ludwig von der Pahlen, Nikita Petrovich Panin, and the adventurer Admiral Ribas (NB: why isn’t “Adventurer” still a job?). Ribas died, as adventurers do, so the plan was delayed, but on the night of March 23, Paul was murdered in his bedroom by a band of former military officers, who charged into his bedroom drunk and found the tsar hiding behind some drapes in the corner. The usurpers tried to force him into abdication. Paul resisted and one of the assassins struck him with a sword and then he was strangled and trampled to death.

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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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Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: Winnipeg at St. Louis, 17 March 2014

by J.R.

One day after winning their first Conference III Championship Belt since October — ending the Stars first-ever run after just five days — the Jets have to go on the road to defend the title against St. Louis with the Blues less than a week removed from a 78-day run with the strap.

Can the Jets stave off the Blues from reclaiming what they see as their birthright or will a team with Evander Kane make like Kane and drop the Belt one day after winning it?

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Great Game Previews In History: 15 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

1311+Battle+of+HalmyrosIn 1311, the mercenaries of the Catalan Company defeated those of the Frankish-Greek Duke of Athens, Walter V of Brienne at the Battle of Halmyros.

Walter sowed the seeds of his own destruction here: he invited the Catalan Company into his duchy in order to defend it against its bellicose neighbors. Then he attempted to pay a portion of the company lavishly and send the rest away with no pay. That was unacceptable.

The almogavars rained their javelins down on Walter’s knights and then charged the field, cutting them down as they went. Meanwhile, Turks — who had waited tentatively on the sideline because they thought the battle was a pretext to destroy them — ran roughshod over the remaining allies of Walter’s, of whom there were almost none.

The Catalan Company was the new leader of the Duchy of Athens.

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