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Great Game Previews In History: 12 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

On December 12, 1098, Crusaders led by Raymond de Saint Gilles and Bohemond of Taranto negotiated the surrender of the city of Ma’aara in what is now Syria. The city had been under siege for two weeks.

Upon the surrender of the townspeople, the Crusaders immediately began a slaughter (that’s like fighting someone who doesn’t want to fight, Ray Emery).

But alas, those silly Crusaders took a city that wasn’t nearly as rich as they thought. While some negotiations were going on, the soldiers had to wait in this desolate Detroit of the Desert and eventually started eating dead people, leading historian Albert of Aix to say “Nam Christiani non solum Turcos vel Sarracenos occisos, verum etiam canes arreptos” (“the Christians did not shrink from eating not only killed Turks or Saracens, but even dogs”).

Even dogs, you guys. Even dogs.

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Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: Dallas at Nashville, 12 December 2013

by J.R.

Tonight, the Dallas Stars visit the Nashville Predators in what is not just the first Chambers Pot game of the season, but a tilt for the Conference III Championship Belt.

Let’s see how these two bitter rivals stack up:

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Introducing The Conference III Championship Belt

by J.R.

4horsemen4beltsEvery sport should have a championship belt.

This is an idea that’s kicked around the Internet for awhile — there are a couple efforts to track the NCAA football belt: here’s one that starts in the 1970s and another that goes way back to the first game between Princeton and Rutgers. Here’s a site has a belt for NCAA basketball and the NFL and Grantland has one for the NBA.

In sports like the NBA and NHL with playoffs that include a large number of teams, if extended into the playoffs, the belt will almost always end up with the actual champion at the end of the year, which, while sensible, is boring (NB: if the title holder at the end of the regular season didn’t qualify for the playoffs, this wouldn’t necessarily be true, but if the belt makes it into the playoffs, it will be held by the actual league champion). And, as we know, Conference III is neither sensible or boring.

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33 Predictions For 2013 & Programming Notes

by J.R.

I made these standings predictions over at Second City Hockey, but we’ll repeat them here for posterity ahead of the beginning of Conference III:

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Heat Index: The Comprehensive Guide to All 21 Conference III Rivalries

by J.R.

Here we are.

After staring awkwardly at each other for a few months, laughing with and at one another, back-slapping and guffawing, being mirthful and merry, the season is now in our sights.

It’s time to hate.

There are 21 rivalries in Conference III — some old, some new, some borrowed, some involving the Jets (not many).

Which have the most heat in this historic first season? Our crack team of researchers using the scientific method (“scientific method”=thinking about it for a few minutes) have ranked all 21.

Some caveats:

1) The old Central Division is over-represented at the top and Winnipeg and Colorado, especially, are over-represented at the bottom. This will be hard to swallow for Jets fans, but we just don’t care about you yet.

2) Historical factors related to the old North Stars and old Jets were considered when necessary.

3) Teams are given in the order I thought of them when I wrote the list. By all means, consider word order a slight against your team.

4) Feel free to disagree and call me stupid. I don’t care, because you are wrong.

Starting at the bottom…

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Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh: Conference III Camp Report, 17 September 2013

by J.R.

hmhf45aAs camps continue in Conference III, we’ll do a daily check-in on what’s happening across The Heptarchy. Most of the time, frankly, this is going to be by Twitter search or maybe Google if we are feeling especially inspired. Sometimes the Nashville report may be done in person. We’ll see if our buddy Gord Stinkhole wants to check in from Winnipeg. And if any of y’all have any insights from a camp visit, fire ‘em to conferencethree[at]gmail[dot]com. We’ll totally rip off your content.

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Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh: Conference III Camp Report, 14 September 2013

by J.R.

hmhf45aAs camps continue in Conference III, we’ll do a daily check-in on what’s happening across The Heptarchy. Most of the time, frankly, this is going to be by Twitter search or maybe Google if we are feeling especially inspired. Sometimes the Nashville report may be done in person. We’ll see if our buddy Gord Stinkhole wants to check in from Winnipeg. And if any of y’all have any insights from a camp visit, fire ‘em to conferencethree[at]gmail[dot]com. We’ll totally rip off your content.

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Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh: Conference III Camp Report, 12 September 2013

by J.R.

hmhf45aAs camps continue in Conference III, we’ll do a daily check-in on what’s happening across The Heptarchy. Most of the time, frankly, this is going to be by Twitter search or maybe Google if we are feeling especially inspired. Sometimes the Nashville report may be done in person. We’ll see if our buddy Gord Stinkhole wants to check in from Winnipeg. And if any of y’all have any insights from a camp visit, fire ’em to conferencethree[at]gmail[dot]com. We’ll totally rip off your content.

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Rich Transit Gloria Clunedi: The Disappearance of @richcluneshow

by J.R.

byebyerich“Smart lad to slip betimes away,
From field where glory does not stay.” — “To An Athlete Dying Young” by A.E. Housman

“OK.”

Like a meteor or a rainbow, like Housman’s garland, briefer than a girl’s — some things are too beautiful to live in this world.

Imagine a painted bunting landing in a gray, abandoned wasteland. So out of place it would be — so in danger from the starving, drooling scavengers.

It would simply be too singular to survive. Thus it was with Rich Clune’s Twitter account.

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The Ultimate 2013-14 Conference III Schedule Guide

by J.R.

Bookmark this post, gang. It’s the highlights, low lights and brunch dates for the Conference III season. It’s linked in The Essentials for quick reference, as well.

All times Central, except where noted (NB: now proffering “Where Noted” as lingo for playing in Colorado – i.e. “Tonight the Blackhawks take on the Avs Where Noted”).

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