Thursday, March 5, 2015

NCAA Countdown: 296

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12:07 AM
Thirteen teams were beaten in their conference tournaments Wednesday, none of which will be considered for an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament. That leaves 296 teams still alive for the 68 NCAA slots: CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT LOSERS (Wednesday, March 4) School Conference RPI Binghamton ... Read more

NCAA Countdown: 309

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:01 AM
Seven teams were beaten in their conference tournaments Tuesday, none of which will be considered for an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament. That leaves 309 teams still alive for the 68 NCAA slots: CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT LOSERS (Tuesday, March 3): School Conference RPI Jacksonville ... Read more

Who's left on the Oregon Trail?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 8:34 PM
As an aide to Chip Kelly, here is a list of the 26 current NFL players out of the University of Oregon who have yet to join the Chipster in Philadelphia ... Let me know if I missed anybody ... Player Pos. Mark Asper G LeGarrette Blount RB John Boyett FS Jarius Byrd DB Kellen... Read more

NCAA countdown: 316

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 1:28 AM
While most of the college basketball media will spend the next two weeks telling you which schools would be in the NCAA Tournament at any given moment, we decided to take a different approach this year ... Keeping you abreast of who is absolutely out ... day by day. Below are the 35 teams that, as... Read more

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

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.

To listen to Boop on 94WIP, click here.

Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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