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2013 Eagles Summaries & BoopStats

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:09 PM
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Boop on WIP (updated July 22)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 2:20 AM
WIP APPEARANCES: Tuesday & Friday Mornings, 2 a.m., with Big Daddy Graham If you missed any of our recent appearances, you can listen by clicking below: July 22, with Big Daddy Graham (8:15) July 18, with Big Daddy Graham (12:35) July 15, with Big Daddy Graham (12:03) July 11, with Big Daddy... Read more

Single Digits (July 22)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:15 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Phillies batters have not drawn a walk since Saturday. That covers two-plus games totaling 96 plate appearances. They went four games in a row last April without drawing a bases on balls (137 PAs). The1919-20 Phillies and the... Read more

GS for KK

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 5:42 PM
At some point during the interminable 1:39 Phillies-Braves rain delay Sunday, someone wanted to know where Kyle Kendrick's 173 career starts ranks on the Phillies' all-time list. Here are their top 20 in games started since 1901 (*lefthanded): Rk. Pitcher GS 1. *Steve Carlton 499 ... Read more

LeBron Returns to the Top of the Charts

Monday, July 14, 2014, 10:36 PM
So, LeBron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he is already the franchise's all-time leading scorer ... So we figured we would trot out this CHART of the leading career scorer for each of the current 30 NBA franchises: Read more

Phillies' four-game sweeps

Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:28 AM
Thursday, the Phillies completed one of the more improbable four-game series sweeps in their history, considering they staggered into Miller Park on a 3-13 slide and were set to face a Brewers team that had the best record in the National League. But — as so often we say — that is why we... Read more

Single Digits (July 8)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 2:39 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Over their weekend series with the Phillies, Pirates pitchers threw 378 pitches. Exactly one of them was thrown when the Phillies had a lead. ♦ After his 2-for-3 performance Monday, Chase Utley is now hitting .372 since... Read more

Single Digits (July 7)

Monday, July 7, 2014, 5:41 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ Chase Utley, who was 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday, is hitting .364 with a .536 slugging percentage in games played a day after he does not start. ♦ John Mayberry Jr. is 14-for-90 (.156) in games he starts... Read more

Flyers' First Line of Defense

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 1:04 AM
The Flyers last weekend selected a defenseman in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 12th time in their history. And not just any defenseman — a skinny defenseman. At 6-3, 181 Travis Sanheim is a pound lighter but an inch taller than 1986 No. 1 Flyers blue line pick Kerry Huffman (listed... Read more

The Three Stages of Dom Brown

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 8:33 PM
We like to think we're as patient as anybody in Philadelphia sports not named Sam Hinkie, but even we're ready to give up on Domonic Brown after breaking down his numbers. He has basically had two bad full seasons sandwiched around one very good quarter of a season (.327/.345/.716). And his two "bad... Read more
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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