Hat trick?

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Mon May 20 02:31:56 UTC 2002

Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>In a strange game (apparently played where water freezes even outside
>refrigerators) three scores (goals) are known as a "hat trick." Why?

You *gots* to pay more attention to your local news, Dennis! A hat trick is
when the three goals are scored by the same player, so it's a pretty rare
occurrence. Especially when it happens in a tense conference championship
game, and the player who does it has never before done it in his career.
So, three goals in a game isn't unusual; three goals by the same player is.
I could come up with comparably rare feats in other sports, but I'll spare you.

Alice Faber                                             faber at haskins.yale.edu
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