Hossa has his most impressive season with the Hawks


Hossa has his most impressive season with the Hawks

When thinking back on Marian Hossa's 2011-12 season, an initial memory is the horrible hit Raffi Torres delivered to him in the playoffs. But the Blackhawks have reminded fans that this has been his most impressive season in Chicago.

Here are some of the notable statistics Hossa earned this season:

5Number of consecutive goals Hossa scored a goal from October 13-25.
9Number of games he scored at least one point from January 8-24.
12Number of consecutive seasons where Hossa scored 20 goals, tying Vincent Lecavalier for the second-longest streak among current players in the league.
17Number of points earned in December. Hossa scored eight goals, nine assists, and finished the month with a plus-13 rating.
77Number of total points earned in the season. It was his best offensive season since he was with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006-07. He scored 100 points during that season.
81Number of games Hossa played this season. It was his highest number of matchups during his career with the Hawks.
904Number of total points Hossa has earned throughout his career in the NHL. He's recorded 417 goals and 487 assists. Only eight other current NHL players have also surpassed the 900-point mark.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

Mark Carman, Hub Arkush, Phil Rogers and Will Perdue join Kap on the SportsTalk Live Podcast.

The guys start by discussing Brandon Morrow's injury that he sustained while taking off his pants... what's the craziest cause for an injury the guys can remember?

Plus, should the Bulls move up or down in Thursday's NBA Draft? Does it make sense to take on a bad contract in a potential deal?

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