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Lovie possibly including Pep Hamilton in future plans

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Lovie possibly including Pep Hamilton in future plans

Interesting reports have been surfacing today that Lovie Smith is looking to make Pep Hamilton his offensive coordinator if he lands another head coaching job in the NFL. Previously, Smith booted Hamilton from his Bears staff following the 2009 season after he served as the quarterback coach during his 2007-09 seasons.

Hamilton, who is currently serving as Stanford's offensive coordinator, is also expected to interview for the same position with the Jets.

Because of the offense that Smith Covets, hiring Hamilton would be a wise move for the former Bears head coach to make.

If Smith had made a similar decision last off season, he would probably still hold his position in Chicago. Hamilton would have brought a system that utilizes all the skill players on the field, protests the quarterback and is known for moving the chains and helping the quarterback complete a high percentage of passes. All of which were problems for the Bears' offense last season.

Celebrating Blackhawks hat tricks on National Hat Day

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Celebrating Blackhawks hat tricks on National Hat Day

It’s National Hat Day – no better time to celebrate hat tricks in Chicago Blackhawks history.

There have been a combined total of 283 of them (263 in regular season, 20 in playoffs) since the franchise started up in the 1926-27 season.

95 different players have had at least one – including Gary Suter whose only hat trick with the Blackhawks came April 24, 1994 – in a playoff game.

The first hat trick in Blackhawks history was by George Hay on Feb. 19, 1927 – the 32nd game in franchise history. It was his only hat trick with the Blackhawks.

The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull had the most with 30 (28 in regular season, two in playoffs). He also holds the franchise record with four hat tricks in a single season, which he pulled off twice – 1959-60 as well as 1965-66. Stan Mikita is next with 16 career hat tricks (all in regular season).

On January 31, 1963, both Bobby Hull AND Stan Mikita (the first of Stan’s career) recorded a Hat Trick… one of seven times (six regular season, one in playoffs) that multiple Blackhawks tallied a hat trick in the same game. A pair of Blackhawks brothers – Max and Doug Bentley – each had a hat trick on Feb. 26, 1947. The last time a pair of Blackhawks scored three goals each was March 9, 2003 – Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze.

Of the 276 games in Blackhawks history in which a Blackhawks player had a hat trick, the Blackhawks have won 233, lost 30 and tied 13, including 7-0 when multiple Blackhawks accomplish the feat.

The youngest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick is Jeremy Roenick (19 years, 340 days) on Dec. 23, 1989. The oldest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick was Kenny Wharram (35 years, 267 days) on March 26, 1969.

Patrick Sharp is the only Blackhawks player to collect a hat trick on his birthday (Dec. 27, 2013).

Two Blackhawks have had a hat trick in a season opener

Bobby Hull          Oct. 23, 1965

Brandon Saad    Oct. 5, 2017

Three times a Blackhawks player had a hat trick in consecutive games (including once in the playoffs)

Doug Bentley     March 28-30, 1944 (playoffs)

Stan Mikita         Dec. 4-5, 1965

Brian Noonan    Dec. 27-29, 1991 (he scored four in the second game)

Two Blackhawks had a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final

Pit Martin            May 10, 1973 vs. Canadiens

Dirk Graham       June 1, 1992 vs. Penguins

Improbably, the Blackhawks lost both of these games.

Denis Savard has a franchise record three playoff hat tricks.

Bill Kendall’s hat trick on Dec. 17, 1933, were the first three goals of his NHL career.

Many Blackhawks have recorded a Hat Trick plus one (a four-goal game) but only one has had five. Grant Mulvey on Feb. 3, 1982.

How many hats have been thrown on the ice as a result of Blackhawks hat tricks? That we’ll never know, but hats off to all of the Blackhawks who, by scoring three or more goals in a game, have made this hat trick celebration necessary.

 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Instant South Sider Daniel Palka

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Instant South Sider Daniel Palka

Daniel Palka spoke with Chuck Garfien about a whole bunch of topics.

Losing weight this offseason and how he's done it (3:15), the Chicago Bears losing in the playoffs (5:48), why he walks around with a baseball bat wherever he goes (11:05), his connection with White Sox fans and the South Side of Chicago (16:10), his humorous Twitter feed (20:25), his Uber driver asking if he can use his bathroom (28:00), going to his first SoxFest this year (33:12), his conversation this offseason with hitting coach Todd Steverson (40:18), why he loves Roberto Clemente (44:05) and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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