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Great Game Previews In History: 27 February 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

471px-Henry_IV_en_Herculeus_terrassant_l_Hydre_de_Lerne_cad_La_ligue_Catholique_Atelier_Toussaint_Dubreuil_circa_1600Henry of Navarre is crowned as Henry IV of France on February 27, 1594, ending an ordeal that began when Henry III was assassinated by a crazed monk.

Initially, he was opposed by the Catholic League (for the obvious reason that he was a Protestant). While he was confined to the south of France, he was aided by his Protestant ally, Queen Elizabeth I. Meanwhile, his Catholic uncle was proclaimed King of France, which didn’t bother Henry too much, because he had his uncle taken prisoner and, in any event, the old man died. The League then pushed a series of Spanish candidates, which made the people of France suspicious that they were being duped by the League.

Eventually, Henry renounced his Protestantism — allegedly saying Paris vaut bien une messe (“Paris is well worth a mass”) — and earned the support of the vast majority of his subjects and, thus, leading to his coronation.

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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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Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: Winnipeg at St. Louis, 8 February 2014

by J.R.

This afternoon, St. Louis defends the Conference III Championship Belt one last time before the Olympics as Winnipeg comes to town.

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Great Game Previews In History: 4 February 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

415px-Septimius_Severus_busto-Musei_CapitoliniRoman Emperor Septimius Severus dies on this day in 211.

Having traveled to Britain in an effort to conquer the Caledonians in 208, Severus and his army had pushed far into what is now Scotland before the native Caledonians revolted and, boy, did that tick off the emperor:

“Let no one escape sheer destruction, No one our hands, not even the babe in the womb of the mother, If it be male; let it nevertheless not escape sheer destruction.”

Alas, Severus fell ill in the midst of the long campaign and retired to Eboracum (now York), where he died, telling his sons:

“Be harmonious, enrich the soldiers, and scorn all other men”

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The [Redacted] Week in Review With Obscene Alex: Hungry Coaches Edition

by obscenealex

Mike Yeo wants a sandwich

Yeo wants it so bad he can taste it.

In the past week, I’ve flown to every Conference III city (except Winnipeg, but I was in Atlanta, so that counts, right?) to do some scouting and what I learned might surprise you.  You see, I did evaluate some players, but more importantly, I discovered the one thing that all Conference III coaches have in common.  That, [dear readers], is the inability to resist a fresh, hot, and juicy [sandwich].  Just mention the word and Mike Yeo’s mouth starts to salivate.  Hopefully teams in other divisions won’t learn of this kryptonite.  Don’t believe me?  I wish it weren’t true either, but here’s the proof:

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DemocraThree: 31 January 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, 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: 31 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

472px-Explorer_1_conferenceExplorer I, the first American satellite (and the third overall after a pair of Sputniks), rides to space atop a Juno I rocket, on this day in 1958.

It was the beginning of the successful U.S. space program and, ergo, the beginning of the Cold War Space Race.

It stayed under power for 136 days and in orbit until 1970 making more than 58,000 orbits.

Hers was a scientific mission — part of the International Geophysical Year — but there’s no doubt there was a little of “oh hey Russia we can do that, too (finally!)” involved too. After all, the U.S. trotted out Wernher von Braun at the press conference (as pictured). That’s a little bit of a how-do-you-do to the Soviets.

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Thursday Thirteen: Slip Sliding Away

by J.R.

Every Thursday we bring you III Communication’s Conference III Power Rankings, the Thursday Thirteen.

This week, we’re sliding all over the place.

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Great Game Previews In History: 28 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-Le_Bal_des_ArdentsOn this day in 1393, Charles VI of France hosted what would be known to history as the Bal des Ardents. Our French-speaking friends know that means “The Ball of the Burning Men,” which may be the most Conference III name for a party ever.

Charles became king on the death of his father, Charles V, at just the age of 12. Now 15, the party was intended to raise his spirits, one of many events planned to raise the spirits of Young Chuck, who had a bit of a spell the summer before.

Officially, the ball was to celebrate the third marriage of one of the ladies-in-waiting of Charles’ wife and, in the 14th century, remarriages of widows were often occasions for tomfoolery.

But this one went horribly awry.

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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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