Monday, March 2, 2015

The most wonderful time of the year ...

Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:31 AM
“NOW we begin!” is often how Bruce Springsteen would greet his fans during an encore to a concert that was already a couple of hours old, the point being that as much fun and frivolity they may have enjoyed already, the best was yet to come, so hike up your suspenders and get ready to really... Read more

Philly's Women 2,000-Point Scorers

Friday, February 27, 2015, 1:34 AM
A few weeks ago, we printed a list of the men's 2,000-point career scorers from NCAA schools in the city of Philadelphia when the University of the Sciences' Garret Kerr joined the club. And this week, Kerr's classmate Brianne Traub joined the women's version of Philly's 2K club, making the Devils... Read more

Flyers: 21 for 30?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:07 AM
Do the Flyers have 30 points left in their final 21 chambers? That's probably about what they will need to pass Boston for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Despite their 1-5-2 slide lately, the Bruins' 67 points in 60 games puts them on a pace for 92 points. The Flyers, who would... Read more

"A for Villanova ... "

Monday, February 16, 2015, 11:00 PM
Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono Monday night became the ninth City 6 player whose last name starts with an "A" to reach 1,000 points. The only school not represented on the list is La Salle, who has had just six such players, none of whom reached four figures. CITY 6 1,000-POINT SCORERS WHOSE LAST... Read more

Philly's 2,000-point college scorers

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:00 AM
Garret Kerr Tuesday became the University of the Sciences' all-time leading scorer. He is also 11th on the career scoring list among all-time players at current NCAA schools within the city limits of Philadelphia. (Check out the list below.) Notable: ♦ Penn's all-time leading scorer is Ernie... Read more

Temple headed for wins mark

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:43 AM
Temple improved to 18-7 with their win Tuesday against Cincinnati. That gives the Owls nine more wins than they managed last season (9-22). With six regular season games left ... plus at least one in the American Athletic Conference tournament ... and at least one in some postseason tournament or... Read more

Flyers Longest Scoreless Streaks

Friday, January 16, 2015, 2:21 AM
The Flyers have now gone 144 minutes, 59 seconds without a goal, which is the 10th longest regular season scoreless streak in their history. If they get more than a minute into the second period Saturday without tickling the twine, they will move into fifth place on that last, moving past the 165:01... Read more

Fret Not, Sixer Fans

Friday, January 9, 2015, 2:07 AM
So, whether you are still upset at the Sixers' win against the Cavaliers earlier this week or sore that the Knicks (who lost again Thursday night) have the league's worst record, we have good news for you. In fact, we have two good news ... newses .. newsies ... whatever. First of all, even though... Read more

Points, But No Playoffs

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 2:40 AM
The 2014 Eagles scored the second-most points (474) in NFL history by a non-playoff team, surpassed only by Dick Vermeil's 2004 Kansas City Chiefs (483). (By the way, Vermeil's 2002 Kansas City team is third on the list. The Birds blew away their team record for points by a non-playoff team. MOST... Read more

Boop on WIP (updated Dec. 18)

Friday, October 10, 2014, 2:30 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: Dec. 18, with Big Daddy Graham (11:46) Dec. 9, with Big Daddy Graham (17:12) Dec. 4, with Big Daddy Graham (14:46) Dec. 1, with Big Daddy... 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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