Today In History
Wales was doing its damnedest to resist subjugation by the English, mainly in the form of Edward I — Edward Longshanks, Hammer of the Scots (what great nicknames; these days he’d be “Edso” or something).
There are various versions of how his death went down, but the tale with the most veracity is that he marched at the front of his army to the forces of Edmund and Roger Mortimer, Hugo Le Strange and Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn, who were to give him homage. Instead he was ambushed, separated from his army and chased into the woods, where he was surrounded, struck down, killed and his hand was cut from his body. In other words, the English are Shawn Thornton.
Though the Welsh fought on briefly, the House of Gwynedd would be eradicated and Wales brought under the English crown.
Last night, at the conclusion of the Minnesota-Montreal game, 25 percent of the Conference III schedule was complete (yes, I did the math).
This is a traditional time of examination for NHL teams and with just one game on the Conference III slate tonight, the schedule affords a good place to take a breather and see what’s happened through the season’s first quarter.
Thanks to everyone who commented and emailed.
Today, the Buffalo Sabres fired pretty much everybody, presumably because Terry Pegula was bored, and then hired as coach Ted Nolan — presumably because coaching Latvia isn’t an exhausting job and because, I guess, Peter Laviolette didn’t answer his phone.
In addition, Pegula brought in Pat LaFontaine as President of Hockey Operations, presumably because bringing back Old Heads is working so well in Colorado.
Buffalo being an example of a winning franchise, the concept of bringing in the team’s center from 1994 is something that might just catch on.
So what would happen in Conference III?
It would be hard to overstate its importance to music generally and hip-hop specifically. One thing is for certain, though: that album is crazy as hell. It’s downright wackadoo insane bonkers.
Its swaggering, funny, pop-culture referencing ethos is beautiful, violent and kookoobananas. It samples kung-fu movies, references breakfast cereal and drops comic book jokes.
Despite being a product of New York, it fits perfectly with Conference III.
And (of course) each Conference III team fits with a song.
In track order (yes there are more tracks than teams and I skipped em, sue me):
Today In History
Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age.”
Sartre famously refused the prize, via an open letter, possibly addressed to Miley Cyrus, in Le Figaro, published the next day.
Sartre gave all manner of predictably Sartrety reasons for the refusal — that he did not want to entangle the Nobel committee with his increasingly political activism (he cited his support of Venezuelan revolutionaries specifically; Sartre was arrested during the May 1968 protests in Paris and was pardoned by DeGaulle because “You don’t arrest Voltaire”) and that he found the Nobel Prize to be exceedingly Eurocentric (it was and is, for better or worse), and that he was more interested in bridging the gap between East and West than in holding an award that demonstrates the gap.
Today In History:
It all started four years earlier when Ivan decided to stop paying tribute to the Horde. The Khan wasn’t too fired up about it as he had other things to deal with — subjugating folks and what have you — but eventually Akhmat was all “Where’s the money, Vasilyevich?” and marched towards Russia, hoping to unite with his ally Casimir IV Jagiellon, Grand Duke of Lithuania and Prince of Poland and go get that money.
Ivan’s advisors were of two minds: some wanted him to retreat and others, mostly Russian, wanted him to stand and fight. And we’re talking about the Golden Horde here, folks. Fearsome.
So, on October 8, Akhmat decided to dodge the Russians massing on the Oka to swing around and pick up Casimir, but he had to cross the Ugra and at the Ugra, he was met by the Russians and the Russians held off the Horde for four days.
Of course, the Russians had guns and the Horde didn’t, which was probably an advantage. Anyhow, the Horde retreated and tried to wait out the Russians. The Russians wisely didn’t pursue, letting the Russian winter do its worst (the Russians would use the “let the winter take care of them” strategy for repelling invasions roughly 93,494 times in the ensuing centuries).
And if fighting to a standoff and freezing out your opponent isn’t Conference III, nothing is.