Today is Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday.
No matter what you call it, it’s the last day before Lent, which makes it a day of merriment and celebration.
In Britain, particularly, the day is a day for mob football — wild, raucous affairs with goals miles apart and teams of hundreds. Scoring is difficult (in some cases nearly impossible). It is basically an excuse to get drunk and run around in the early spring’s relative warmth for a few hours.
It is a very Conference III sport and, in celebration, the NHL has scheduled six of the seven teams in its best division to play in their on-ice version of mob football. Conference III hockey is similar in spirit to these medieval carryovers, except that in Britain, there’s often more room to operate.
In a special Shrovetide edition of the Game Previews, we answer the question: which absurd, lawless and dangerous version of mob football best describes each game?
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