"You fellows win five straight," he said, "and I'll buy all 12 of you new sports coats."
So they won five straight and Kerner paid for the coats.
"Let's keep this going," said Kerner. "You win tomorrow night in Detroit, and I'll buy sports shirts to boot." They did.
On November 28 the Hawks won again, at home. Kerner set new ground rules. "After a streak of five, only road games count. Beat Minneapolis on the 30th and I'll buy slacks."
The Hawks lost their slacks in Minneapolis: 118-113. They won their next game, but then lost three in a row.
"The slacks are out," said Kerner. "I'm superstitious; they broke our last streak. You win five in a row and I'll buy shoes."
On December 15 the Hawks beat Minneapolis for their fifth straight and won their shoes.
"Okay, now the slacks," said Kerner. "Beat Detroit on the 17th."
The score: St. Louis 106, Detroit 99. The Hawks got their slacks. They were leading the league by 8� games and Kerner had now spent more than $100 per man on clothes. But how could he quit?
"Okay, sweaters," he said. "You beat Syracuse on the 21st and I'll spring for sweaters all around."