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Blackhawks Flirt with NHL Record; Jumbo Sized Soccer Seats and Super Quips from Giants Coach Tom Coughlin

berman2_opt_copy_copyBY LEN BERMAN

1. Quick Hits

The Chicago Black Hawks win again, so they've now got the second longest points streak in NHL history, 29 games.* (See No. 3 below.)

When Oklahoma City beat the Lakers last night 122-105, the Thunder committed only 2 turnovers, tying an NBA record.

Real Madrid knocked off Manchester United to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. This is apparently a big deal.

Now you know. Denver linebacker Von Miller guaranteed that the Broncos will win Super Bowl 48.

2. Jumbo Sized

Are you a really big soccer fan?

Wait before answering. When Brazil hosts the 2014 World Cup there will be special seats to accommodate obese fans. They even get their own color. That's the good news for hefty fans. The bad is that the seats cost double. Well, that's fair. Here's the bad news. There are only 120 of the seats, and the seat is built to hold only 560 pounds. So if you are a really really big soccer fan, buy your special seat early, or start cutting down on those jumbo soft drinks.

3. The Blackhawks*

Yes, everything in sports comes with an asterisk. The Chicago Blackhawks are closing in on the NHL record for getting at least a point in consecutive games. The record is 35 held by the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers. There's the rub. The Flyers didn't lose a game in that streak, the Blackhawks have lost 3 shootouts in their 29 games. The overtime and shootout rules didn't exist back in 79-80, so the Flyers either won or tied all their games. It's like comparing post-season home run records to World Series home run records. Apples and oranges. But enjoy the streak Blackhawks fans. The * doesn't taste all that bad.

4. Stand-Up Comic

You don't think of Giants football Coach Tom Coughlin as being a funny guy. He's out with a new book, "Earn the Right to Win," and last night on CNN he told Piers Morgan that when he coached at Jacksonville, he had all his players on the same page. They were all united in one goal, "hating me." Winning a couple of Super Bowls has a way of softening one's demeanor.

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Happy Birthday: Shaquille O'Neal. 41.

Bonus Birthday: Meathead! Actor/director Rob Reiner. 66.

Today in Sports: (The day Shaq was born) Jack Nicklaus surpassed Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner. (Approximately $1.5-million or what you get for winning the Masters this year.) 1972.

Bonus Event: Remember the Alamo! It fell to Mexican forces. 1836.

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About Len Berman:

Len is an Emmy-Award winning sportscaster and New York Times Best Selling Author who has covered just about every major sports event including multiple Super Bowls, World Series, and Olympics during his 40-year career in broadcasting


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