We had a crazy hockey night that featured three hat tricks (so basically a hat trick of hat tricks) and a phenom recording five points. Plus, the Raiders are going to stay in Oakland (for at least one more year) after all. We get to that and much more (like a Mario Kart flash mob) here at the Friday Cheat Sheet…

There were 3 hat tricks in the NHL last night, and Conor McDavid had 5 points


There was plenty of talent on full display across the NHL on Thursday night, with three different players recording hat tricks.

We’ll start with the hat trick that gave the NHL a new goals leader on the season… Alex Ovechkin:

In Chicago, we had the Dallas Stars’ Patrick Eaves getting a hat trick in the first period of the team’s 4-2 win — big for Western Conference purposes — over the Blackhawks.

And in Edmonton, Jordan Eberle got his first career hat trick in a 5-2 Oilers win over the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Eberle wouldn’t have the hat trick if not for his 19-year-old phenom teammate, Connor McDavid. Along with getting credited for an assist on all three Eberle goals, McDavid scored two goals of his own, like this one:

McDavid is pretty damn impressive so far, but it’s probably a bit too early to start making comparisons like this:

The Raiders finally decided to sign a lease to stay in Oakland for at least one more year

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 12:  A general view during the Oakland Raiders game against the San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum on October 12, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – OCTOBER 12: Oakland Raiders game against the Chargers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Raiders have agreed to stay in Oakland through 2016, with options to stay in 2017 and 2018:

As Alex Putterman explains, Mark Davis and the Raiders were left with pretty much no choice, given the owners don’t want them in Los Angeles:

The Raiders had little choice but to stay in Oakland because the NFL’s owners basically told them they couldn’t leave. The league picked the Rams to relocate to L.A. and gave the Chargers the option of joining them, offering the Raiders the chance to follow only if the Chargers opt to remain in San Diego beyond 2016.

There are some really eye-opening quotes in Putterman’s article, including a rumor that the owners were worried about a connection between the Raiders and Los Angeles gangs. Um, that seems like a bit of a stretch, but these are the things old white people (owners) think about.

Quick Hits

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– Silicon Valley season three teaser:

Season two was fantastic (in my opinion, at least) and love the upside of this show to potentially get better and better.

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Yesterday we shared the awesome Star Kart video, and now we have a fantastic Mario Kart flash mob at a mall.

About Matt Clapp

Matt is an editor at The Comeback. He attended Colorado State University, wishes he was Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, and idolizes Larry David. And loves pizza and dogs because obviously.

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