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Great Game Previews In History: 18 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Commune_28_marsThe government of France abandons Paris on March 18, 1871, marking the beginning of the rule of the Paris Commune.

Adolphe Thiers, president of the Republic, ordered the retreat to Versailles of the 40,000 troops of the regular army in Paris. With that, the National Guard, the army of the Commune, took over government offices and gunpowder stores (they also killed two generals, which sparked the armed conflict earlier in the day).

And for the next two months or so, Paris would be ruled by a revolutionary government of varying degrees of socialism.

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DemocraThree: 14 March 2014

by J.R.

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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.

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DemocraThree: 7 March 2014

by J.R.

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Every Friday (except this week obviously) [Ed note: I’m an idiot] 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.

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Conference III Game Previews: Mob Football Edition

by J.R.

Today is Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday.

MobfootyNo 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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The [Redacted] Week in Review with Obscene Alex: Is This [Excreta] Over Yet?

by obscenealex

If you’re like me, you’re [thrilled beyond compare] that the Olympics are over and we can get back to our regularly scheduled program of hating each other over geographically closer teams.

In case you missed it, here are some highlights from the past couple of weeks:

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DemocraThree: 10 February 2014

by J.R.

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Every Friday (except this week obviously), 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, updated anew this week, and 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.

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The [Redacted] Week in Review with Obscene Alex: Toilet Gunk Edition

by obscenealex

The color of the wax was pretty close to rust in this mess.

The color of the wax was pretty close to rust in this mess.

Howdy, [donkey trilbies], and welcome to this week’s edition of the [Redacted] Week in Review.  Good players that matter are in Sochi by now, trying to find functional toilets.  Lesser players are on break.  Without Conference III hockey to cover over the next week, I find myself somewhere in the middle – I just replaced a toilet at my house and Olympic hockey is unlikely to offer the same enjoyable opportunities to converse with opposing fans that the regular NHL schedule does.  As a quick note on both, though, the nasty old wax ring I pulled off when I removed my old toilet was about the same color as the Phoenix Coyote jerseys.  I only wish I had taken a picture for posterior posterity.

It seems like this week has crawled as slowly as watching a New Jersey Devils shot trying to cross the goal line.  Nate MacKinnon is still running away with the Calder scoring race, Winnipeg lost two out of three this week, and the Blackhawks are still wearing the Conference III Crown of [Fecal Matter].  Not everything is the same, though… here’s some new stuff to enjoy:

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Great Game Previews in History: 8 February 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

_65729396_shergar_getty304In 1983, Irish racehorse Shergar disappears — much as the NHL season will briefly disappear today — seized not by the patriotic fervor the Olympic endears, but by armed gunmen who almost certainly (though not definitely) were members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army attempting to extort the horse’s ownership syndicate — including various Astors and the Aga Khan IV — for money to purchase arms.

Shergar was, perhaps, the most famous racehorse in the world in 1983, having won the Irish Derby and King George in 1981, retiring with a record of 6-1 and remaining in Ireland to stand stud, an unexpected move. But then he was stolen and never seen again.

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DemocraThree: 31 January 2014

by J.R.

demomk2

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, updated anew this week, and 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.

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Great Game Previews In History: 25 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

348px-Claudius_(M.A.N._Madrid)_01On this day in 41, After an all night meeting, Claudius convinces the Senate to proclaim him emperor of Rome.

In the wake of the assassination of his nephew Caligula, Claudius had hidden in the palace but was discovered by a Praetorian guardsman. He was spirited away to the Praetorian barracks and declared emperor by the Praetorian Guard (the first to be so declared).

Because of the unusual circumstances of his accession, Claudius had to fight for legitimacy —so he took the names “Caesar” and “Augustus” and deified his grandmother.

It didn’t really work and Claudius’ reputation has suffered (unfairly) for millennia as a result.

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