Hat trick?

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon May 20 23:57:45 UTC 2002

Well, I'm glad it isn't three consecutive goals scored nekkid.

>At 10:31 PM -0400 5/19/02, Alice Faber wrote:
>>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.
>And an even rarer feat is the *natural* hat trick, not to imply that
>the other kinds are unnatural.  (If i'm not mistaken--and i'm much
>likelier to be about hockey than the other "major" sports--the
>natural kind entails a player scoring on three consecutive shots,
>with no missed shots in between.)

Dennis R. Preston
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