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Single Digits (Sept. 23)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 1:08 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ... ♦ The fourth quarter of the Eagles-Redskins game Sunday took 58:35 of real time to play … The first quarter had taken 38:48. ♦ Jordan Matthews Sunday became the first Eagles rookie to have two touchdown catches in... Read more

Single Digits, MNF Edition (Sept. 17)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 1:33 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention from Eagles 30, Colts 27 ... ♦ Chip Kelly’s Eagles have more comeback wins from 14 points down (three), than Andy Reid’s Eagles did in 14 seasons (two). Kelly is 3-5, Reid was 2-47. ♦ Nick Foles’ interception late in... Read more

Shady's The One

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:57 AM
LeSean McCoy's touchdown run to kick-start the Eagles' comeback Monday night was the 12th one-yard TD run of his career. That ties him for third on the club's all-time list, which is below. (By the way, Marcus Allen owns the NFL record with 56.) Player TD Randall Cunningham Ricky Watters ... Read more

Boop on WIP (updated Sept. 15)

Monday, September 15, 2014, 2:25 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: Sept. 15, with Big Daddy Graham (13:50) ... Andrew Toney ... Eagles at AFC road playoffs teams ... Shady home/road split ... Sept. 12, with... Read more

Eagles' Blocks of Granite

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 2:12 AM
The 2014 season will be the 35th in which each NFL team plays 16 games. And it will be the 32nd in which the Eagles had to make at least one change to their starting offensive line along the way. You have, no doubt, heard that in 2013 they managed to trot out the same five guys on the OL each game... Read more

Eagles' First Steps

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:16 PM
The Eagles have not handed the ball off to a running back on the first play of their opener since 1994: 1994 — Herschel Walker 4 run 1995 — Randall Cunningham pass to Kevin Turner for 0 yards (defensive offside/5 yards) 1996 — Rodney Peete pass incomplete to Irving Fryar 1997... Read more

Eagles Offensive Team Records

Friday, September 5, 2014, 2:46 AM
The Eagles set a few major offensive team records in Chip Kelly Year 1 ... and came pretty close to setting another couple. Click HERE for a complete list of Eagles Team Offensive Records and how the 2013 club fared in relation to that mark. Read more

The BoopStats NFL Kicking Solution

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 1:22 AM
The NFL has a kicking problem. Two, in fact, and the staff is here to help the league fix both of them in one fell swoop. No. 1: The point-after attempt. Booooor-ing! Just five misses last season in something like six gazillion attempts. And the experimental attempt from 33 yards this preseason did... Read more

Single Digits, No-Hitter Edition (Sept. 2)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 1:43 AM
A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention on an otherwise quiet Labor Day afternoon ... ♦ On May, 29, 1994, Phillies lefthander David West (101 pitches) left after six no-hit innings against the Astros at Veterans Stadium. Heathcliff Slocumb came in and eventually allowed hits (2) in... Read more

Single Digits, Eagles Training Camp Edition

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:04 AM
Philly.com has posted one of our quick-hitting Eagles Single Digit stats during each weekday of training camp this season. Below is the entire list, in case you missed any of them ... or wanted to read them again. Send me an email (BoopStats@phillynews.com) with your favorites among these or if you... 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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Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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